British #Chess Championship Photography Competition 2011: Winners

Dear Friends

This year we ran the first British Chess Championships photography competition for many years.  There was no entry fee, and all participants had to do to enter was upload their photographs to Flickr and then to the British Chess Championships Group - with a caption.

Over 100 photographs were submitted by 12 amateur photographers.  First prize was £100, second prize £50.

The competition was judged by the professional photographer and chess player Ray Morris-Hill (, who gave us some feedback on the photographs and has very kindly volunteered to do the judging for next year's Championships in North Shields.

Have a look at them and see which ones you would have awarded the prizes to!

Start of Play - John Sargent - "easily the best shot of the whole playing area, pleasing lines, good composition"

Lee Bullock - Brendan O'Gorman -  "I like the clean blue background and the slight wrinkling of the nose, could crop tighter to remove the OOF forearm, the plastic water cup and the red wrapper"

Its the Hat - Epidemiac  - "a very sweet shot and a great hat.  I would have cropped tighter on the right to take out the drinks bottle and given the picture a bit more "punch" in post processing by increasing contrast and clarity"

Michael Adams gazes at the ceiling  Epidemiac  - "caught the moment here, with a good clean background to emphasise Micky's expression.  Needs more contrast and a bit of sharpening to increase the impact"

Lost on Time - Greg Tebble - "leaving aside the idea that chess might be sleep inducing, this is a lovely picture, great use of depth of field.  Colour balance might need a tweak as the blue background looks a bit cooler than other shots"

Stephen Gordon - Greg Tebble - "good portrait, with a very clean background and enough of the board to set the context.  I would probably have not cropped so tight on the right"  


And the winners are....


1st - £100 - Greg Tebble for "Lost on Time"
2nd - £50 - John Sargent for "Start of Play"

Well done and thank you for your contributions!  The winning images will certainly be used on our website and may feature in next year's programme for the Championships.  Please feel free to use them with full credits to the photographers on your site.

Best wishes

Adam Raoof

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