• Abel and Peter Clark Trophies - Panel Competitions

    Seventeen members gathered together on the 22nd January for our annual panel competition. For the ten members who entered their work, (twenty seven PDI panels and eleven 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 eleven print panels. Making a welcome return to our club was Glyn Edmunds ARPS, our judge for the evening. As each set of prints was placed into the light box by Margaret Cooper, Glyn commented constructively on the technical, compositional and story-telling aspects of each picture and, where necessary, he gave helpful advice on improving the coherence and layout of each panel.

    The marking given by Glyn 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. By the end of the first half, the following three panels by Bob Hoare had been held back by Glyn for further consideration: "COMING OUT", "BRITISH WILDLIFE" and "CATS - GREAT AND SNALL". Of these, Glyn awarded a total of 19 marks to the first, and a maximum 20 marks to the other two. However, between these two, Glyn announced that the winning print panel would be "CATS - GREAT AND SMALL". Therefore Bob was congratulated for being the winner, (and eventual recipient holder of), the Abel Trophy.

    Following an interval for tea or coffee, (organised by Louise Satturley and Debbie Platt), and our fortnightly raffle, (organised by Beryl James and Bob Hoare), we moved on to a most interesting display of the PDI entries. Once again, Glyn made some very well considered comments on each of the twenty seven panels, often emphasising the importance of a panel's overall harmony and the continuity of its three images. For example, Glyn recommended a black background to prevent white areas in the picture from bleeding out, and drew attention to the careful placing of images within the panel and the need to avoid an intrusive or distracting background within an image. Focusing upon the positive qualities as well as constructive criticism, Glyn provided much helpful feedback to the members whose work was under consideration.

    The digital part of the competition certainly proved more challenging for our judge. Perhaps due to the good standard among the entries, nine PDI panels were held back for further consideration by Glyn. However, as the evening drew to a close, three panels had each been awarded nineteen marks and the following four panels each received twenty marks: "A LONG JOURNEY AHEAD" by Margaret Cooper, "EAST BEACH IN THRESHOLD" and "SHAPES IN THE SAND" both by Dave Johnson, and "MARA CATS" by Graham Ainge . After a pause for further thought and reflection, Glyn announced that the Peter Clark Trophy should go to Dave Johnson for his very striking panel of black and white images depicting boats seen from Selsey's East Beach.

    Warmest congratulations therefore to our worthy winners, Bob Hoare and Dave Johnson, our grateful thanks to our judge Glyn Edmunds and well done to all the members whose pictures contributed to a most interesting evening.

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