Thank you all for the comments, I'm still chuffed by the result even after two weeks. However, there was another merit competition tonight (the last one, this season, for merit points) which I have just got back from and I am pleased to report;PENFOLD STRIKES AGAIN!!!!
Yep, I won best in the Intermediate Category and best overall on the night!
"Pink" scored 17/20.
"Pier at Dawn" scored 18/20.
"The Boat" scored 20/20 and was the winner.
I am still surprised at how well this has done (it was part of the panel comp) since the style is generally not liked by judges (and it's not my personal favourite out of the panel either).
I know I haven't scored consistently high enough to win the print merit competition, overall, for the season but I am definitely in contention for one of the runner-up spots. I will know more when the full scores are published but either way I don't think it too shabby for a first season.
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