• 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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