• Set Subject Competition - "Bent, Broken or Busted"

    This season's set subject competition certainly gave our members some interesting challenges to take photographs or to link existing images creatively to the title "Bent, Broken or Busted". Although only fiftteen members gathered in St Wilfrid's Church Hall for the occasion on Monday 23rd April, they were greatly entertained with a fascinating display of prints and projected digital images, (PDIs), plus hearing helpful comments and suggestions from our judge for the evening, Barbara Holder from Gosport Camera Club.

    There were two possible winners in this competition, one for each format, with the Leila Johnson Trophy going to the winner of the print section and the Gateway Cup to the PDI winner.

    Through the evening fifteen prints and fifty digital images were displayed in turn, each making a link to the set subject. Starting with the prints, and moving on to the PDIs during the second half of the evening, Barbara considered each picture carefully, drawing attention to the positive attributes and also suggesting aspects that she thought might have been improved. These included the composition of a picture, its colour balance and the presence of distracting features.

    In addition to such helpful feedback, Barbara awarded a mark out of twenty to each picture. Of the prints, five had been awarded eighteen marks or more by the end of the first half, which will gain certificates of merit for those members. The following two received the maximum twenty marks: THE ROMAN FORUM and CONSTABLE'S HOUSE, CHRISTCHURCH - both by Tony Storey. After further consideration, Barbara announced that the overall winning print would be Tony's picture of the remains of the old Norman house in Christchurch, making him the eventual recipient of the Leila Johnson Trophy.

    By the end of the second half, no fewer than twenty digital images had been awarded eighteen marks or more including the following four which were given the maximum twenty marks:

    BEDHAM SCHOOL by Richard Love

    END OF THE PIER by Martin Thomas

    GREEK TRACTOR by Margaret Cooper


    Again, after further thought, the overall winner announced by Barbara was Martin Thomas's excellent picture of the remains of the old Selsey lifeboat pier - thus making Martin the eventual recipient of the Gateway Cup.

    The evening concluded with club chairman giving a warm vote of thanks to Barbara Holder along with the fifteen members whose work had contributed to a most interesting and successful evening.



  • Inter-Club Competition at Hayling Island Camera Club

    On the evening of Monday 9th April, ten club members visited Hayling Island Camera Club for our annual inter-club competition, or "Battle" as it is affectionately known. This involves each club putting up twelve prints and twelve digital images for judging, the honour for which fell to Glyn Edmunds this year. The venue alternates year and year about, but is always a very friendly occasion and we Selsey members were certainly made to feel very welcome.

    It proved to be a very close-run competition, with the vast majority of entries being awarded high marks - such was the good standard of photography on show. The prints were viewed and judged throughout the first half of the evening and by the interval Hayling were leading by 103.5 marks to our 99.5.

    Following an opportunity for a cup of tea and chat with fellow photographers, we were able to enjoy the two clubs' digital images, projected for all to see on a very large screen. This part of the evening also proved to be a neck and neck affair, but by the end of the evening, after the digital and print totals had been added together, Hayling Camera Club were still ahead on 210.5 to our 203.

    Despite the disappointment of losing to Hayling for the second year in succession, the important element of events such as these is the opportunity it provides for enjoying and celebrating very good photographic images, and gaining inspiration for one's own photographic endeavours as a result.

    Our grateful thanks to Hayling Island Camera Club and judge Glyn Edmunds for giving us all a most interesting and enjoyable evening.



  • Barbers Trophy - Open PDI Competition

    Eighteen members attended St Wilfrid's Church Hall on the 19th March for our annual open digital competition for the Barbers Trophy. We were also joined by Catherine Jolley LRPS, our judge for the evening.

    Following discussion at the AGM two years ago, it was decided to introduce two classes of entry for this competition: Advanced Class for those members who had won a trophy during the previous season, and Club Class for other members. In this way the competition would be run in two separate parts with two eventual winners sharing the Barbers Trophy.

    This competition is always enormously 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. Therefore not surprisingly, by the competition deadline, Dick Read, (our digital manager), had received no fewer than seventy six entries altogether: twenty four for the Advanced Class and fifty two 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 upon. In doing so, she drew attention to the atmosphere and pictorial qualities portrayed in an image; a picture's exposure and contrast; the use of cropping to improve a picture's composition; and the use of vignetting when this could bring greater emphasis to the subject of the picture.

    In each case, a mark out of twenty was also awarded, although for two pictures in the Advanced Class and seven pictures 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, eight Advanced Class PDIs had been awarded eighteen marks or more, thus qualifying those photographers with certificates of merit. Of those, Catherine gave the maximum twenty marks to the following PDI: "KNOCK THE SPOTS OFF" by Dave Johnson, thus making Dave the Advanced Class winner with his very clever picture of little model workers removing the spots from a set of dice.

    Following the usual break for tea, chat and raffle, the second half of the evening continued with Catherine judging the fifty two Club Class PDIs. By the end, no fewer than twenty had qualified for certificates of merit, and of those, three had been awarded the maximum twenty marks as follows: "SNOW LEOPARD", "THE KILL", and "ANOTHER TIME" all by Graham Ainge. Of the three, Graham's night time scene of two silhouetted figures on a steamy railway platform was declared the Club Class winner.

    Warmest congratulations therefore to our two winners, Dave Johnson and Graham Ainge; our grateful thanks to Catherine Jolley for her 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.