Western League

Photo of the Season

Photo of the season.

The Photo of the Season winner is John Cuthbertson.

The year's competition was judged by last year's winner Callum Collins and our thanks to him for taking the time and trouble to do so. The judging is never an easy task with so many good photos to choose from.

Our thanks go to all the photographers who not only took part in the competition but have also sent their photos to our Gallery every week. The standard of photos we receive each season just gets higher.

John's photo is the match between Corsham Town and Cheddar in September last year. Cheddar also featured in the winning photo last season!

Callum picked this as the winner and said "The advice drummed into all goalkeepers to “keep your eyes on the ball' is perfectly illustrated in this great photo. The photographer's sharp focus on the ball, face and gloves is matched by the goalie's eyes trained on the football. The sense of rapid movement, caught in an instant, is emphasised by the gloves hovering over the grass, the flying foot, and the tousled hair.

There's much skill behind this photo too. The photographer's choice of shutter speed and aperture for focus and depth of field (the blurring of the background), and taking up a position close to the ground, all help to make this a striking picture."

Photo of the season.

Second Place is awarded to Keith Fussell.

The match was between Bristol Manor Farm and Cribbs in March.

Our judge commented "This eye-catching photo sums up the passion, commitment and excitement that exists just as much in lower league football as it does in the top leagues. The simple red, green and blue colours seem to add to the energy of the picture.

Photographs of players looking directly at the camera are unusual, and this one does highlight the relationship, and level of trust, between the player and the club photographer who attends every game. The photo also perfectly encapsulated Bristol Manor Farm's brilliant season."

Photo of the season.

Third Place goes to John Newport.

A game between Radstock Town and Bishops Lydeard in September last year.

Our judge commented "It's all about composition and colour in this photo. The 'rule of thirds' in the compositions means we look first at the ball and players' faces (it's a shame we can't see the whole of the goalkeeper's face), then drop to the faces of the onlookers. The sharp focus on the ball and faces, and the fluorescent colour of the kit compared to the darker colours of the trees and spectators, make this an intriguing picture."

You can view all the entries to the competition by following this link