By Tony Storey, Jul 14 2021 03:39PM
On the evening of Monday 12th July eleven members of Selsey Camera Club joined together online via Zoom to enjoy a live competition. Although we have previously staged online competitions with members viewing and judging one another’s images, or a qualified judge being commissioned to do the judging by video, we felt this time it would be beneficial to organise a live competition with members meeting together online with a judge to view the submitted images, hear some helpful feedback and the judge’s marks for each picture. In this way, we felt this whole experience would be a step closer to our traditional, face-to-face meetings, and thereby help our members to feel positive about the club’s future post-Covid activities.
By the deadline for entries, fifty-five images had been received from eleven members, and these were duly sent off a week before the competition date to our judge – Rob de Ruiter ARPS, the President of Bognor Regis Camera Club. Following an initial run-through of all the images, each one was brought up in turn on our screens by our tech wizard Dick Read for judge Rob to comment upon and give a mark out of twenty. Rob’s feedback was extremely helpful and constructive, covering many aspects of an image’s quality including its composition, sharpness, contrast, and drawing out the story a picture may be telling the viewer.
Once all the judging and marking had been completed towards the end of the evening, thirteen images had been awarded eighteen, nineteen or twenty marks, thus qualifying those photographers with a certificate of merit.
Of those, the following images received eighteen marks:
EILEAN DONAN CASTLE by Joan Taylor
GROUND SPICES by Dave Johnson
SANDSCAPE by Andrew Kendon
SIDESTEPPING THE DEFENDER by Pony Moore LRPS
The following were given nineteen marks:
GO FOR IT and BEAKY BIRD both by Dave Johnson
LICENSED SINCE 1727 by Dick Read
PEERING THROUGH by Bob Hoare
The following five images gained the maximum twenty marks:
ARUNDEL TULIP GARDEN and FREIGHT TRAIN AT SUNSET both by Tony Storey
INCENSE SMOKE and PINK CALLA LILLY both by Dave Johnson
WW2 FLYPAST by Dick Read
After some further careful consideration of these five images, Rob declared that the evening’s overall winner would be Dave Johnson’s beautifully taken picture of the Pink Calla Lily.
Thus concluded a most successful and enjoyable evening for the club and its members. Our grateful thanks go to our judge Rob de Ruiter for his insightful and encouraging comments through the course of the evening, and also to Dick Read for managing the images and software both before and throughout the meeting.