Selector's Choice Award

Award winning image by Daryl Porter - Stockcar Racing, taken at Motofest 2015

I'm delighted to share that I was awarded a Selector's Choice Award for this image at this year's NEMPF exhibition. 

NEMPF is essentially the regional group of photography clubs for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. Each year they hold an exhibition and on a small number of entries get through to be displayed.

Each image is shown for a few seconds and 3 judges score it out of 5. So a highest possible score of 15. 

At the end of the competition each judge selects their favourite image from each category and Steve Myall chose my image for his Colour Digital Selectors Choice award. 

Back in 2015 I was over at my in-laws in Nuneaton when we decided to go out into Coventry city centre to check out an event called Motofest. 

When we arrived half of the city centre's road network was shut off to the public and saved for cars and bikes of all types to basically tear up the roads, burn rubber, essentially show of their cars.

As you're positioned by the edge of the road, often in an elevated spot, I needed to break out the 50-140mm Fuji lens to get as close to the action as possible. This lens is equivalent to a 70-200mm on a full frame, it has a constant 2.8 aperture, it's super fast at focusing and pretty light compared to a traditional 70-200mm lens. Having said that, it is much heavier than any other Fuji lens I currently own.

Anyway, back to the image. It started out like this



Then after quite a bit of photoshop work, removing cars, the barrier along with other bits and pieces, it turned out pretty well. I was really pleased with it, so I entered it into one of my clubs monthly competitions. 

It didn't do that well, but I took the judge's comments on board and make a few tweaks. After that I entered the image into the annual NEMPF exhibition and as they say the rest is history. 

Daryl Porter Awarded NEMPF Selector Colour Digital Award