By Tony Storey, Apr 21 2021 01:34PM
We have traditionally met with our friends at Hayling Camera Club each year for a “battle” of prints and PDIs with each club hosting the event alternately. However, this was obviously not going to be possible during a Covid lockdown, so leading members of the Hayling club kindly offered to organise an alternative, taking advantage of the online Zoom platform.
The emerging plan was for each club to contribute sixty-four images which would be presented two at a time for a judge to comment upon and choose one to go forward to the next round and the other to be knocked out. Two marks would be awarded to the preferred image with none to its knocked-out partner. However, in the event of the judge finding it difficult to decide between the two images, a single mark would be given to the losing image.
In this way, the one hundred and twenty-eight images would gradually be whittled down to just one – the winning image of the evening. Also, marks would be accumulated for each club with the winning club gaining more than the other by the end of the evening.
With all of this agreed between the two clubs, and Jim Pasco booked to judge the images, the meeting, hosted by Hayling, began with members from both clubs logging onto Zoom ready for the session to begin at 7.30 pm.
It was very interesting to see all the images as they appeared two at a time through the first round. For his part, Jim gave some very helpful feedback, albeit brief, as there were so many to judge. As it was 8.50 pm by the time the first round had concluded, it was decided to hold a ten-minute break.
Following this, successive rounds took less and less time as the Hayling club’s computer paired images in a completely random way which finally left us with a single winning image: SPLASH by Selsey Camera Club member Marc Read. As the meeting drew to a close, the total marks accrued by each club were announced as follows:
Selsey Camera Club - 136
Hayling Camera Club - 124
Thus, what set out to be a friendly competition and a light relief from the limitations of Covid, turned out to be a double win for our club. Therefore, well done to Marc Read for his winning image and our members whose images impressed the judge, and our grateful thanks to Margaret, Trevor and Debbie at Hayling Camera Club for organising and hosting such an interesting and fun evening.