Amateur New Talent Competition 2013

New Talent Heats For 2013

The Amateur New Talent contest, organised by FoBBS, has this year involved two heats a week apart. The first heat was held in conjunction with 'Bonsai in Wales' at Tredegar House near Newport over the August Bank Holiday weekend. There were four contestants, who worked on some impressive Chinese junipers, watched and supported by a very enthusiastic crowd. At the conclusion of the heat, the judges, Mark Cooper and Malcolm Hughes, were confronted with a difficult decision on who should be the winner. In the end, after much deliberation, Barry John was declared the winner, with Marcus Watts a close second.

The second heat followed a week later, hosted by the Wirral Bonsai Society at their annual show at Gordale Garden Centre. On this occasion, the winner was Michael Poleviak from Leeds who created a delightful semi-cascade tree. As with all such heats, the judges, in this case Andy Dolman and Ian Warhurst, took into consideration the style and balance of the tree, together with skill involved in creating the material, most particularly wiring where the variations were considerable.

The U.K. final, involving the winners together with the best runner up, will be held at the Capel Manor Autumn Show, hosted by the Enfield Bonsai Group on Sunday, 14th October. The overall winner will then represent the U.K. at the European Final, to be held in Audincourt, France at the end of March 2013.

Our thanks go to all those contestants who participated and congratulations to those who have qualified for the final at Capel Manor. Special thanks must also go to the judges and the societies kind enough to host the competition this year.

 

Wirrel Heat - Sunday, 2 September 2012

Studying the trees before the start
Studying the trees before the start

 

The contestants at work
The contestants at work


The winner and his tree, Michael Poleviak
The winner and his tree, Michael Poleviak

Michael Poleviak's winning tree

Michael Poleviak's winning tree

South Wales Heat - Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August 2012

Judging the trees
Judging the trees

The contestants at work
The contestants at work

Runner up Marcus Wall’s tree
Runner up Marcus Wall's tree

Runner up Marcus Wall’s tree
Runner up Marcus Wall's tree

 

The winner  Barry John at work

The winner Barry John at work