• It's a Knockout - 17th December

    In the final meeting of 2018, fourteen members gathered together this week for our traditional pre-Christmas "It's a Knockout" event.

    This is a competition in which members' prints are judged - two at a time - by a show of hands from everybody in the audience. The winner of each pair passes through to the next round and the loser (as the competition name implies) suffers a " Knockout ". Following successive rounds, the last print standing by the end of the evening is traditionally declared the winner, gaining a bottle of wine for the member concerned.

    Eleven members brought in up to six prints each at the start of the evening, and these were sorted by Dick Read to ensure that two pictures by the same member weren't displayed together when placed in the lightbox by Dave Johnson.

    The first two rounds of the competition took nearly forty minutes to complete, after which we were more than ready for the half time break and a welcome "cuppa" and mince pie - kindly served by Louise Satturley and Joan Taylor. This was closely followed by our fortnightly raffle, once again organised by Beryl James.

    It was most interesting to view each pair of pictures, but as the evening wore on, it became increasingly difficult to choose a favourite. However, by the end of the evening we were left choosing between two pictures - both taken by Dave Johnson: “Swallowtail” and “Sailing Into a Storm”. After a few moments of careful consideration, hands went up and were counted for each picture, and by a small margin Dave's lovely butterfly picture was declared the winner.

    This most enjoyable evening concluded with a warm round of applause for Dave and the presentation to him of a nice bottle of claret by Club President David Nicholls.

    We wish all of our members a very Merry Christmas and a photographically successful 2019.

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