• Barbers Trophy - Open PDI Competition

    Due to the current health crisis, only twelve members attended St Wilfrid's Church Hall on the 16th March for our annual open digital competition for the Barbers Trophy. We were joined by Andrew Mills MA MEd Cert Ed ARPS, our judge for the evening.

    Following agreement at the AGM four years ago, the competition is run in two separate parts: Advanced Class for those members who have won a trophy during the previous season, and Club Class for other members. In this way there are two winners, one for each section, each sharing the Barbers Trophy.

    This competition is usually very popular with our members, due in no small part to the digital nature of the competition and the fact that the subject matter is completely open. However, in view of the difficult times, by the competition deadline, Dick Read, (our digital manager), had received only fifty-eight entries altogether: thirty-seven for the Advanced Class and twenty-one for the Club Class.

    Our judge carefully considered each image in turn, drawing attention to the good attributes whilst giving constructive feedback on aspects that could have been improved. In doing so, he drew attention to the importance of well-balanced lighting, including some shadows, within an image; the benefit of including people in a picture to give it scale; the way animal photos are better if the subject is behaving in some way rather than appearing as a static image; also, the way the background in an image can provide a context to the main subject or focal point of the picture.

    In each case, a mark out of twenty was also awarded, although for one picture in the Advanced Class and two in the Club Class, this judgement was held back until later in order to allow time for further consideration.

    By the close of the first half, twelve Advanced Class PDIs had been awarded eighteen marks or more, thus qualifying those photographers with certificates of merit. Of those, Andrew gave the maximum twenty marks to the following six PDIs:

    "NEEDLES", “JUST ANOTHER JOB” and “END OF THE DAY” all by Dave Johnson

    “MIDAIR MOLLY” and “FLYING SCOTSMAN” both by Tony Storey

    “SULTRY”” by Pony Moore

    Of these, Andrew announced that the overall winner of the Advanced Class would be Tony Storey for his well-caught picture of his granddaughter bouncing on a trampoline.

    Following a short break, the second half of the evening continued with Andrew judging the twenty-one Club Class PDIs. By the end, no fewer than ten had qualified for certificates of merit, and of those, three had been awarded the maximum twenty marks as follows:

    "HIGH" by Craig Mehra

    "BRIGHTON SLOWMO" and “NIGHTRIDER” both by Marc Read

    Of the three, Craig's striking picture of a trapeze artist and her shadow was declared the Club Class winner.

    Warmest congratulations therefore to our two winners, Craig Mehra and Tony Storey; our grateful thanks to Andrew Mills for his expert judging; and our thanks also to all our members for entering such a varied collection of pictures, giving us a most interesting and successful evening.

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  • The Annual M.S.W. Competition

    This long-standing event is so named as it brings together Middleton, Selsey and Witterings Camera Clubs once a year for an open PDI competition. As it was the turn of our Middleton friends to host this event on the 2nd March, ten Selsey members made the journey to the Jubilee Hall venue in Elmer Road, Middleton-on-Sea.

    This competition was frequently won by Selsey back in the 1990s, but we haven't brought home the MSW trophy since 2004. Bearing that in mind, we had chosen our twenty digital images with a great deal of care, and were feeling reasonably hopeful of success at the start of the evening !

    Our judge for the evening was Hilly Hoar, the President of Midhurst Camera Club. Without the usual preview, the evening got underway with each of the sixty images being projected to enable Hilly to sum up what she felt were the strengths and weaknesses of each picture and to give a mark out of twenty.

    A break for refreshments was called after the first thirty images had been judged. This provided an opportunity for us all to socialise and enjoy the splendid spread of refreshments laid on by the Middleton members. Winning raffle tickets for a considerable variety of prizes were also drawn during the interval.

    The second half proceeded with further constructive criticism and marks from Hilly. She frequently drew attention to a picture’s composition, exposure and saturation as well as drawing attention to overexposed parts in some images plus the need for cropping in several cases. Following the judging of the 60th image, there followed a few moments of bated breath while the Middleton laptop crunched out the final results, which were as follows: Middleton Camera Club 375 marks, Selsey Camera Club 356 marks and Witterings Camera Club 354 marks.

    Sadly we didn't win the competition on this occasion, rather accepting second place as we did last year. However, more importantly, by the end of the evening we had all enjoyed the sight of sixty strong images and the pleasant company of other like-minded photographic enthusiasts.

    Our grateful thanks to all the photographers who contributed their images, to Hilly Hoar for applying her photographic wisdom to each PDI and sharing it with us, and to Middleton Camera Club for organising another very successful MSW event.

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