20Oct19 European Bonsai Association New Talent Competition UK Heat FoBBS was very pleased that Mark & Mingchen Moreland allowed us to hold the British heat of the Open New Talent Competition at The Heathrow Bonsai Show last Sunday 20Oct19. There were five candidates :- Matthew Griffiths, Miroslav Kolar, Adrian Long, Nathan Oswin, Richie Liz Sabino. All had been recommended by Clubs they belonged to or had shown us a gallery of their own trees. This is I believe the first time in the history of the competition that we have had a competitor who is an upper arm amputee. Adrian Long was recommended by Clifford Manville of Kent Bonsai Club. Adrian recognised the advice & encouragement from the club had got him to this level. The competitors entered into a ballot to choose the tree for them to work on. The trees were junipers all of similar size & shape. The candidates worked for three hours & created five very credible potential bonsai. The competitors were then asked to leave the hall. The trees were labeled again by their letters & our judges were invited in to deliberate. The judges on this occasion were Christopher Durne & Barry Walker. We invited the competitors back & the result was announced .
The winner was Miroslav Kolar, second place to Richie Liz Sabino & third place to Matthew Griffiths. The judges then talked through each tree & and gave some advice. I would again like to thank Mark & Mingchen for the excellent organisation. I must thank the five competitors for putting their heads above the parapet , & last but not least our judges Christopher Durne & Barry Walker.
---- Peter Fielding FoBBS NTC coordinator
Photos by Allison Spink, Charles Billoir, MingChen Moreland