• Turner Peninsula Trophy

    Thirteen members attended this week's meeting to enjoy a fascinating collection of images taken from within the local area and submitted by twelve fellow club members. For this competition, the club’s rules clearly state the following: Entries must be clearly recognised to have been taken from or within the Manhood Peninsula. (ie East to West: between Pagham Harbour and East Head. North to South: between the A27 and Selsey Bill).

    We began by welcoming our judge for the evening, Tim West FRPS, who gave his expert opinion on each of the forty-nine PDIs submitted for this popular annual competition.

    Following a preview of all the images, each one was brought up on the screen for all to see and for Tim to comment upon and give a mark out of twenty. As always, it is fascinating to view the work of fellow club photographers, and I believe we all learnt a great deal from hearing Tim's interesting and helpful feedback.

    Tim drew attention to a number of technical factors affecting the quality of each picture including its composition, exposure and the lighting on various features within the picture. He sometimes recommended returning to a location to re-take the picture at a different time of the day to benefit from improved lighting on the scene.

    Sometimes Tim suggested cropping out areas of a picture that didn't greatly contribute to its overall quality and was pleased to see pictures that had been cropped to a letter-box format when it suited the scene portrayed. He also drew attention to small distracting details that can easily be removed digitally and also asked us, whenever possible, to avoid overexposed highlights commonly seen in areas of sky and water or reflections within a picture.

    Overall Tim complimented the club’s contributors on the high quality of their images seen through the evening, and as a result fourteen of these were held back and subsequently awarded eighteen marks or more as follows:

    With eighteen marks, the following qualify for a bronze certificate of merit:

    VENTNOR SUNSET and SAD BEETLE both by Marc Read

    THE LONG WALK BACK, BRACKLESHAM by Pony Moore LRPS

    PECKING ORDER BY EAST BEACH POND by Tony Storey

    With nineteen marks, the following qualify for a silver certificate of merit:

    DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW, BIRD’S EYE VIEW

    and FULL FRONTAL all by Dave Johnson

    LAUNCHING THE SELSEY INSHORE BOAT by Louise Satturley

    WELL POSITIONED – OOPS MISSED by Martin Thomas

    WW2 AIRFIELD SELSEY by Jacquie Mitchell

    With twenty marks, the following qualify for a gold certificate of merit:

    WALKING THE DOG by Richard Clarke-Adams

    HAVE YOU BEEN GOOD CHILDREN THIS YEAR ? by Tony Storey

    LOCAL FOOTBALL and SELSEY LIFEBOAT CREW both by Pony Moore LRPS

    After further careful consideration, Tim announced that the overall winner, and eventual recipient of the Turner Peninsula Trophy, would be Pony Moore for his very dramatic and well caught football picture.

    Congratulations to the winner, and our grateful thanks to Tim West for sharing his expertise throughout what was a most interesting evening.

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  • Abel and Peter Clark Trophies - Panel Competitions

    Thirteen members gathered together on the 13th January for our annual panel competition. For the nine members who entered their work, (nineteen PDI panels and thirteen sets of prints), the object was to submit panels of three pictures that together either portray a story or have an obvious connection. By the end of the evening there were to be two overall winners, with the traditional Abel Trophy going to the print winner and the Peter Clark Trophy to the winner of the digital section.

    Following the usual welcome and club notices from the chairman, the evening got underway with the thirteen print panels. Making a welcomed visit visit to our club was Paul O’Toole from Littlehampton Camera Club, our judge for the evening. As each set of prints was placed into the light box by Andrew Kendon, Paul commented constructively on the technical, compositional and story-telling aspects as well as the cohesiveness of each panel. Also, where appropriate, he made helpful suggestions for improving the lighting and colour balance of the images within a panel.

    The marking given by Paul was out of five for each individual picture, plus a mark out of five for the overall integrity of the panel, giving a total mark out of twenty. Towards the end of the first half, the following two panels had been held back by Paul for further consideration: "WITH POWER AND PASSION" by Bob Hoare, and "SUN GOING DOWN" by Dave Johnson. Of these, Tim awarded a total of 19½ marks to the former panel, and 20 marks to the latter. Therefore, Dave Johnson was congratulated for being the winner, (and eventual recipient holder of), the Abel Trophy.

    Following an interval for tea or coffee, (organised as usual by Louise Satturley), and our fortnightly raffle, (organised by Bob Hoare), we moved on to a most interesting display of PDI entries. Once again, Paul made some very well considered comments on each of the nineteen panels, often emphasising the importance of the panel’s outside images facing inwards whenever possible along with the need for a coherent, story-telling theme linking the three pictures. He also drew attention to the need for a key line to separate a panel’s three images. Focusing upon the positive qualities as well as constructive criticism, Paul provided much helpful feedback to the members whose work was under consideration.

    The digital part of the competition certainly proved challenging for our judge as the following four PDI panels were held back for further consideration by Paul: “SPOTTED IN THE GARDEN” by Dick Read, “PREDATION” by David Richardson, “CLIMBING MOUNT ETNA” and “MID HANTS STEAM GALA” both by Tony Storey. After a pause for further thought and reflection, Paul awarded 19 marks to the first three held-back panels, and 20 marks to the fourth one, thus resulting in the Peter Clark Trophy eventually going to Tony Storey for his very well composed panel depicting three steam hauled trains running along the Watercress Line in Hampshire.

    Our warmest congratulation therefore to our worthy winners, Dave Johnson and Tony Storey, our grateful thanks to our judge Paul O’Toole and well done to all the members whose pictures contributed to a most interesting evening.

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