• It's a Knockout - 18th December

    In the final meeting of 2017, eighteen 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.

    Twelve 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. One exception was a very large picture of a huge wave brought in by Martin Thomas and entitled "THE FACE OF IMOGEN". This was obviously far too large for the lightbox but even so managed to win through to the third round.

    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 Debbie Platt and Louise Satturley. This was closely followed by our fortnightly raffle organised by Beryl James and Bob Hoare.

    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 Dick Read's picture of two aircraft climbing vertically at high speed, and Richard Clarke-Adams' monochrome street scene taken in Lewes. After a few moments of careful consideration, hands went up and were counted for each picture, and by a small margin Richard's picture was declared the winner.

    This most enjoyable evening concluded with a warm round of applause for Richard Clarke-Adams and the presentation to him of a bottle of wine by the Chairman.

    We wish all of our members a very Merry Christmas and a photographically successful 2018.