• Turner Trophy and Robert & Nikki Mole Shield

    Having nearly reached the end of the 2018/19 season, we met together on Monday 17th June for club members to vote for their favourite prints and digital images from among those gaining certificates of merit through the season's competitions.

    The evening began with members being provided with a voting slip each and invited to view the twenty-seven eligible prints and vote for their favourite three. Five marks went to each 1st choice print, three marks to each 2nd choice and 1 mark to each 3rd choice print. After all the marks had been counted, the chairman announced the top three in descending order.

    • "PASSING THE OUTER HOME SIGNAL" by Tony Storey came third with thirteen marks.

    • "TEXTBOOK KICK" by Pony Moore LRPS came second with fourteen marks.

    • "I WISH I COULD FLY" by Bob Hoare was the winning print with thirty-two marks, thus making Bob the eventual recipient of the Turner Trophy.

    Following the interval, those present were invited to vote for their favourite PDIs by a simple show of hands as each of the eighty-one eligible images was projected. Towards the end of the evening we had four top scoring PDIs with equal votes. However, after two further run-offs, we ended with our top three as follows:

    • In equal third place: "LATE AFTERNOON AT WANDERS CURVE" by Tony Storey

    and "BOXING DAY AT EAST HEAD" by Tony Storey

    • In second place: "LILY" by Dave Johnson

    • The winning PDI: "WEATHER’S ON THE CHANGE" by Pony Moore LRPS, thus making Pony the eventual recipient of the Robert and Nikki Mole Shield.

    The evening concluded with a round of applause for the night's two winners followed by reminders from the chairman about the forthcoming AGM and photo board competition on the 24th June, and the club's annual presentation dinner in July.

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  • Eileen Savill Trophy - Open Print Competition

    The members attending St Wilfrid's Church Hall on the 3rd June were treated to an interestingly varied display of fifty prints entered by eleven of our members for this annual open print competition. The subjects included landscapes, industrial archaeology, wild life, sports pictures as well as close-up studies. The trophy for this competition was acquired by the club in memory of Eileen Savill, a much-loved and long-serving club member, who sadly passed away in 2010.

    Following notices from the Chairman, the evening got underway with a warm welcome extended to Sue Sibley ARPS - our judge for this competition. As each print was placed within the light box by Andrew Kendon, Sue drew upon her considerable photographic experience to comment on the good features of each picture as well as aspects that could have been improved upon, including the composition, lighting and the overall impact of the scene portrayed.

    Great emphasis was placed by Sue upon the importance of creating a narrative within a picture along with the need to have space to move in and around a picture, which in several cases was prevented through over-cropping. Sue also gave great attention to detail while studying each picture, commenting upon the problem of over-sharpening, the need for balance between the left and right sides of an image and the need to avoid the distraction of writing within a picture. Overall, Sue made it clear that she was impressed with the overall standard of the photographic work presented.

    Following such helpful feedback, Sue awarded each print with the customary mark out of twenty. However, in the case of fifteen pictures, this was deferred until Sue had seen all fifty, thereby allowing her a little more time to consider the individual merits of those particular prints. By the end, thirteen prints had been awarded eighteen marks or more out of twenty, thereby qualifying those photographers with certificates of merit.

    Of these, seven were awarded eighteen marks, four gained nineteen and two prints received the maximum twenty marks, as follows:

    “BREAKFAST” by Graham Ainge, and “I WISH I COULD FLY” by Bob Hoare.

    However, there could be only one overall winner, and of these, Sue chose Bob’s delightful and beautifully lit picture of two wild foxes in his back garden as the winning picture - thus making Bob the eventual recipient of this season's Eileen Savill Trophy.

    This most interesting session concluded with a vote of thanks from the Club Chairman to Sue Sibley for her helpful comments and incisive judging. Warm congratulations were also extended to our winner Bob Hoare and thanks to all the members who had contributed their work together with thanks to Andrew Kendon for managing the light box throughout the evening, to Bob Hoare and Beryl James for organising the raffle and to Joan Taylor for serving the half-time refreshments.

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