Monthly #94 - Isolation Period Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 30/04/2020
Judge: paulb531

This will be a strange month in our lives - the like we have never known before. We will be restricted in what we can usually do. Therefore this months competition is about documenting this period of isolation and how you, or others are coping with it, or not. It can be indoors - perhaps your work out routine or macro photography of familiar objects. Or, it could be a photo opportunity when on your trip to the shops or on your daily exercise trip.

I am looking for inventiveness as well as technical competence.

Have fun and I look forward to your submissions.

Competition Entries


Link Posted 01/04/2020 - 22:45
The closing date needs changing to the month end.




Link Posted 02/04/2020 - 09:31
Best regards, John


Link Posted 01/05/2020 - 16:33
Thanks to all who entered. The subject has produced a wide interpretation of the Isolation period. Here are my thoughts.

Social Distancing
A clever concept. I suppose scaled down they are more than the 2 metres required.

The Isolated Pastor
I like how in this photo you have managed to get everything symmetrical. A lot of rich tones and just enough light to light up the room. Is that you in the picture Noel? Perhaps it would have been more impact if you were more prominent.

And I guess I just don’t know
I think its either an inspired masterpiece or its just a picture of a wall – who knows? Perhaps the lockdown is getting to some more than others.

English Rose
A still life very nicely done. I don’t profess to be a fan of still plants but I appreciate the quality of this entry.

A Saturday afternoon
I had a picture like this in my head when I set the competition. What differentiates this period from any other – the unusual. The usual busy streets empty of shoppers. Not only empty but a cracking black and white image ticking the boxes. Good composition, and strong shadows – nicely done.

Cola Wars
You created something great here in my opinion. Very lively colourful and vibrant. A very striking image – excellent.

Dandelion Macro shot
Another fantastic shot. Very colourful and creative image. I have the 100mm / 2.8 WR, I assume this 105mm is an older model?

The Clothes Pins
A descent still life shot spoilt by being a bit fuzzy. The right-hand side of the photo has a pink haze? Perhaps I’m not appreciating the creativeness but I find it a bit off-putting.

The wildlife certainly does’t know its lockdown. You’ve captured a good sharp image here well done.

School’s Out
It certainly is. Parents are having to school their children. This is a good still life shot good composition and well executed. The school being shut is a big part of parents lives with home schooling, a good image of this and pleasing to the eye.

They start young these days. He certainly looks enthralled. Wait while he starts on Minecraft you’ll not get him off it. A nicely crafted shot – with the defused light lighting up his face.

Physical exercise for lockdown
During the lockdown keeping fit is a major issue. Not sure this combination of keep fit equipment makes a great still life photo though.

Solo Peacock
A nice flower and butterfly image. A pity he couldn’t have turned around for you to show markings on both wings.

Edge of My Universe
Each to their own but I hate gardening. I can see the attraction though of getting away from it all. You’ve captured a clean nicely framed image of yourself. It doesn’t look a particularly happy shot but who is happy in these grim times.

I’ve picked four photos that best depicts the isolation and very little to choose between them. I have overlooked some well-crafted images that perhaps didn’t depict the theme enough.

Winner: A Saturday afternoon by normanp
Second: The Isolated pastor by Noelcmn
Third: Edge of My Universe by jofford and schools out by JAK


Link Posted 01/05/2020 - 23:42
Congratulations to Norman and Noelcmn. Very well deserved 1st and 2nd for well conceived and executed images giving a strong sense of the current isolation period.


Link Posted 02/05/2020 - 16:29
Congrats NormanP, agree with our judge, cracking B/W image, worthy winner. And extended to jofford and JAK. Lovely challenge, even if somewhat painful given the mounting frustration worldwide. Thanks for my 2nd spot, I'm chuffed to get that coveted 2nd spot. And yes it is me, and I did a few others, where I am more prominent, but then it becomes more about me rather than the isolation. I'll post one or two to the Forum and perhaps you can judge from that. Thanks for the challenge, excellent as usual, and for the C&C's. Much appreciated as usual.


Link Posted 03/05/2020 - 15:26
Well done normanP for the win and to the other podium places. What an interesting and varied selection of photos. Thanks too to paulb531 for the comp and judging. Looking forward to seeing Norman's comp when he gets back in due course.
John K


Link Posted 05/05/2020 - 20:56
Thanks for the comments. I put a new comp on but may have messed the end date up.
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