The World Above

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Charles Garnett
In Silent
Flowers & Sky


As we wonder distractedly about our daily duties, it is all too easy to focus on the road ahead and the surroundings that face us at eye level. However, if we were just to stop and look above us we would notice all manner of beauty, diversity and wonderment suspended above our heads.

High streets, for example, all across the country are losing their identity as the streets fill with the same shops all vying for our attention. But what we often fail to see is the unique and distinctive architecture that sits atop the high street and gives our towns and cities the character that distinguishes them from one another.

Likewise, the sky above can present us with unexpected and unfamiliar conditions, from cloud formations and flocks of birds to impending weather conditions. We never really know what we might see if we just take a moment to explore The World Above.

Competition Judge

Vic Hainsworth

I first caught the Photographic bug whilst serving in the forces out in Aden in 1965. My first camera was a Practika and later, I purchased two Pentax Spotmatic 1000s, together with a selection of lenses. I was very fortunate to have the full use of the unit darkroom with all the facilities, so I quickly learned the art of B/W processing and printing. Before leaving Aden, I made a further purchase of two Mamiya C330 medium format cameras and, posted to Germany in 1967, I was able to further develop my photographic skills when covering military events.
Posted for my last two years to Colchester in 1973, I joined the local camera club, the Colchester Photographic Society, and have now been a member for 40 years. In the mid-70s, I became heavily involved in the increasingly popular production of Slide Tape Sequences, (known as Audio-Visual, A-V or as Diaporamas on the continent). My club was one of the first in the EAF to set up an A-V group and, as Chairman, I organised an annual show to the public, later running a regional event, which then led to involvement in the organisation of several RPS International A-V Festivals and later the PAGB National A-V Championships.
During this time I gained my Associateship of the RPS, and also of the BIPP, as I had by now set up my business as a Professional Wedding and Portrait Photographer, which lasted 24 years until my retirement. Pressures of the business led to my giving up A-V, although I continued to serve on my club’s committee in a variety of roles. I am currently in my third term as President and for the past 10 years I have held the job of External Competition Secretary. I always attend most external competitions, which helps keep me keep abreast of current trends in photography.
Over the years I have used many equipment systems, including Olympus OM1s and OM2s and Leica R8s. My professional cameras were Bronica SQA’s and SQAi’s, but my current equipment is Canon 7D, with a selection of lenses.
I began judging local club competitions in the mid-1980s. My federation (The East Anglian Federation of Photographic Societies) ran judges’ workshops where you could get training and after my first course I was invited to join the ‘C’ panel of judges, subsequently being promoted up to the ‘A’ panel. I travel around East Anglia, judging club, inter-club and exhibition work, and have also sat on the selection panels for Championships and International A-V Festivals, both in the UK and abroad. I enjoy judging and the chance to see other photographers’ work in a competitive environment. I enjoy all genres of photography and do not specialise in any particular area in my own work, so can appreciate a wide variety of photographic expression, from the traditional to the highly creative.
In February 2013, I was elected to the Executive of the EAF as PAGB Awards Officer, my role being to promote the PAGB distinctions around East Anglia. I organised an advisory day in September, resulting in a wave of applications from members of EAF clubs to try for distinctions. Anyone else who wishes to apply for these can contact me. Three levels are available, ‘C’ Credit – equal to good club photography, ‘D’ Distinction – equal to open exhibition standard and ‘M’ – the highest standard of UK amateur photography. This role is an enjoyable new challenge.


Charles Garnett

First Prize

A very humorous scene using the advertising poster as the bulk of the image. Appropriate title, the man in his own world listening to his music. Perfectly placed capture. The image almost has a 3D effect, balanced with the figure on the right hand edge. I would have liked the car windscreen on the left to have been toned down a little – other highlights are not a problem.

In Silent

Second Prize

Excellent use of a wide-angle lens, producing a very powerful, dynamic, symmetrical image. I enjoyed the tonality and textures, there is detail in all areas and good depth of field. The exposure has been handled very well. The structure is filling the frame just sufficiently to lead the viewer upwards towards the top and the sky works well.

Flowers & Sky

Third Prize

Excellent use of leading lines, the flowers echoing the sky-scrapers in the back- ground. I enjoyed the treatment of this image, also good choice of lens. The exposure on the vibrant flowers has been handled very well. I would have preferred the two stems not to have gone out of the image, but this may not have been possible.

New York Walk


A very graphic and simple monochrome image. Using the rule of “thirds”, the figure just breaks up the symmetry of the composition.

Life in Geometry


A well-seen image using shapes incorporated in the structure. The builder has been placed just off centre, providing strength to the image. There is still detail in the dark areas.

Broadcasting Place


A strong, graphic image. Good use of camera angle. I enjoyed the tonality on the sides of the building. Good colour balance contrasting with the sky.

World Above the Blue


A completely different genre to others in this competition, we see very little underwater photography. The positioning of the divers works well and I like the monotone colour.