• It's a Knockout - 16th December 2019

    In the final meeting of 2019, a dozen 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.

    Ten 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 Andrew Kendon.

    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" kindly served by Louise Satturley and Joan Taylor. This was closely followed by our regular raffle organised by 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 two pictures - Teasels by Dave Johnson and 2020 Vision by David Richardson. After a few moments of careful consideration, hands went up and were counted for each picture, and by a small margin David Richardsons’ very dramatic shot of an owl flying directly towards the camera was declared the winner.

    This most enjoyable competition concluded with a warm round of applause for David and the promise of a nice bottle of wine at our next meeting by Club Chairman Tony Storey.

    David Nicholls, the Club President, closed the evening by thanking the committee members for their hard work during the year and wishing all of our members a very Merry Christmas and a photographically successful New Year.

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  • Mix & Match Tournament

    There was a good gathering in St Wilfrid's Hall this week as we welcomed members of the Witterings Camera Club for our traditional pre-Christmas Mix & Match tournament.

    The evening followed the usual format, whereby the two clubs took it in turn to display a digital image with the onus on the opposing club to match the first image as closely as possible with one of its own. It then fell to our judge for the evening, John Lynch from Littlehampton, to decide whether the second image was a good match, a partial match or no match at all.

    Each club began with a cache of fifty images, of which forty-four were used over the course of the evening. As usual with this friendly annual event, there was a great deal of banter and "helpful, unbiased advice" for the judge !

    During the interval, we were treated to a tasty spread of refreshments, efficiently organised by Louise Satturley, Anne Johnson and Joan Taylor. This also gave an opportunity to chat, and catch up on camera club news with our Witterings friends as well as purchasing tickets for the evening's raffle, organised by Bob Hoare.

    With a possible two marks available in each round, (two for a good match or a no-match, and one for a near match), the scores soon crept up. Many of the images were unusual, though very imaginative, in order to wrong-foot the opposing side. However, each club also brought a good variety of images to choose from in order to convince the judge that the first picture had been matched. With each picture only being used once, this became increasingly challenging as the evening wore on.

    By the end, members from both clubs had enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining evening, but with the final scores standing at 41 to Witterings and 32 to Selsey, the honours therefore went to our visitors on this occasion.

    The evening concluded with the two club chairmen thanking the judge, the catering team and all assembled for another very successful inter-club event.

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