On 24th April we held the last Open theme in the Round 5 of our DPI League competition and was judged by Jon Mitchell who gave a very rounded critique with his renowned touch of humour thrown in. A very strong collection of images covering birds, dogs and fishermen was whittled to 3 images scoring the perfect 10 and 9 gaining 9.5. Elaine Adkins image ‘New Growth’ was judged the overall winner with ‘Playing Fives’ by Jim Pascoe and ‘Shading from the Sun’ by Clive Hollingshead close joint 2nd
On 27th March we ran the Norrie Phillips Memorial Trophy competition. This was a digital projection competition where creativity was the key element, so members could showcase their creative flair not only in the use of image editing software but also in-camera. Attending club members judged and they awarded top marks to 3 images; 'Blue Dolphins born from Blue Flowers' by Lyn Rendall was voted 1st, 'The Beach' by Jim Young was runner-up with 'La Folie' by Brian Adkins 3rd.
'Monochrome' was the subject of round 5 of our internal Print League on the 20th March. A very large and high quality selection of images awaited our judge Glyn Paton, who had the unenviable task of critiquing and choosing the winners. He finally chose Nicky Pascoe's image 'Erin on Points' as overall winner with Neil Grimshaw's image 'Queen Sofia Palace of Arts' as runner-up. 'Into the Light' by Elaine Adkins was placed 3rd.
Our final meeting on 27th February saw this season's set subject for Round 4 of our PDI League Competition titled 'Shadows', and judged by Barry Senior. There was an assortment of images submitted, some had Barry pondering as to whether they were actually 'shadows ' or 'reflections' and others had him puzzling as to how the 'shadows' originated - quite a challenge for him. He finally selected 'Shadowy Shapes' by Frank Leavesley as the winner and 'Chiaroscuro' by Steve Walder-Davis as runner-up.
Peter Woodhouse was the judge for Round 4 of our Open Print League Competition titled 'Battle of the Sexes'. at the beginning of the month. This is a keenly fought annual competition between the ladies and gentlemen, this year the ladies won by the narrowest of margins with an average mark of 8.375 to the gents' 8.3.
On week 2 of the new year we ran the third of our in-house DPI League competitions themed as 'Open'. This produced a varied selection of images for our judge Andrew Mills MA, Med, CertEd, ARPS, C&G(dist) to enjoy and critique; he held back many wonderful images and scored 7 with a perfect 10. Here is the competition result sheet and the galley of all high scoring images - a few of the 10s are shown below
Round 3 of our Print League Competition titled 'Three of a Kind' was judged by Paul Thackery. The aim of the competition was to submit three print images on the same theme and each club member could submit up to three of these sets of three, with 5 club member submitting all 9 prints. The overall winner was Nicky Pascoe with her collection entitled “Ballerina. Lyn Rendall’s collection entitled “Rust Coastal Landscape” was selected as runner-up.
Here is the competition result sheet - images to come.
Round 2 of our Print League Competition titled 'Portrait' was judged by Gordon Brown ARPS who stood in as a replacement judge, due to illness. There was a good selection of images both in colour and monochrome and the overall winners were a husband and wife team - Nicky and Jim Pascoe. Nicky's image 'In the Woodland' was placed first with Jim's 'Mustang Boy' as runner-up.
Paul de Sylva was the judge for our second in-house DPI League Competition which incorporated two competitions - Flora which required images of flowers, plant life and fungi and secondly Wildlife. Both of these competitions adhered to the agreed coordinated definition of Nature and Wildlife photography adopted by the FIAP. The Wildlife Trophy was won by Julie Claydon with her image ' Redshank ' and runner-up was an image by Karen Coller titled ' Mid Air Encounter '. The Flora Trophy was awarded to Lyn Rendall with her image ' Scabious - Pincushion Flower ' and runner-up was 'Banana Leaf ' by John Taylor.
The 1st round of the Print League competition judged by Peter Orr LRPS was well subscribed. Peter provided some very good critiques of the pictures as well as some interesting scores. Pictures below all scored a full 10 points
Blowing in the wind by Catherine Dashwood LRPS, Withdrawn by Nicky Pascoe, Night Worker by Phil Beard PAGB, Under the Elms by Lyn Rendall and The Bin Blue Line by Jules Syrett.
On week 3 of our new season we ran the first of our in-house DPI League competitions themed as 'Open'. This produced a varied selection of images for our judge Rob de Ruiter ARPS to enjoy and critique; he chose 'Venetian Bride' by Jules Syrett LRPS as the winner with Jim Budd's image 'Weaver Bird' in second place and 'Sharing a Tale' by Elaine Adkins third. Here is the competition result sheet and other high scoring images
We welcomed back Glyn Edmunds to judge our final competition of the 2017/18 season - our Best of Year Digital and Print Competitions. This was a chance to see the best work in DPI and Prints that club members have produced over the season and so Glyn had a difficult task in deciding on the eventual winning images. John Livy came away as Best of Year Print winner with his image 'Pin Mill Graveyard', Jim Young was runner-up with his print 'Misty Morning' and Nicky Pascoe's image 'Spinning Silk' was placed third. In the Best of Year Digital Frank Leavesley's 'Cool Start' was judged as the winner with Ian Francis as runner-up with his image 'Stonechat Early Morning' and Jim Pascoe came third with 'Refugee Girl'.
May saw the final round of the Digital League Competition under the heading of 'Landscape'. This year the competition had an 'open' theme and so there was no restriction on what constituted a 'landscape' image - it could be a seascape, cityscape, industrial landscape or include close-ups of elements in a landscape and could be captured anywhere in the world. Our judge for the evening was Roger Smith and he chose Frank Leavesley's image 'Stony Shoreline' as the winner with 'Sunset at Bamburgh Beach' by Elaine Adkins as runner-up.
For our final competitive event of the month, we ran the Norrie Phillips Memorial Trophy competition. This was a digital projection competition where creativity was the key element and was judged by 4 non-competing members of the club. As the results of this competition did not contribute towards the final league placings it turned out to be a relaxed and enjoyable fun evening with some amusing and 'interesting' images on show. Elaine Adkins was awarded the trophy with her image of a poppy and buds transformed into a beautiful circular swirl and titled 'Poppy Paperweight'.
On 248th March we ran round 5 of our internal print league competition themed 'Monochrome'. Our judge was Glyn Edmunds APSA, EPSA, EFIAP/s and he chose 'Pin-Mill Graveyard' by John Livy as the winner with Nicky Pascoe's image 'In the Pilgrims' Hall' as runner-up.
In the first week of February we ran round four of our Open Print League competition titled 'Battle of the Sexes'. This is a keenly fought annual competition between the ladies and gentlemen of the club and was won by the gents by the narrowest of margins, with an average of 8.39 to the ladies' 8.23. Paul Bradley from Niton Camera Club Isle of Wight was our judge for the evening and he chose 'Juvenile Black Headed Gull' by Lyn Rendall as the winning image and Jim Young's image 'Misty Morning' as runner-up.
On the second week in January we held the third round of our DPI League, this was an 'open' themed competition and was judged by Gordon Brown ARPS from Winchester.
The high scoring images were-
Frank Leavesley NCFE3 - Frome Dawn
Frank Leavesley - To the Deep
Helen Renouf - Just a Glimpse
Geoff Fagan - Cubic
Lyn Rendall - Mayhem
Phil Beard CPAGB - Cube house, Rotterdam
We ran round 3 of our internal Print League themed as 'A Set of Three', the aim was to produce 3 images that linked together by virtue of their content. Tony Oliver ARPS, CPAGB was our judge and he chose a set of images titled 'Milo' by Catherine Dashwood as winner and 'Floral Studies' by Fay Bowles as runner-up.
There were no digital images of the print sets.
On December 6th we played host to round 5 of the SCPF Division 1 Print League Competition, and this was judged by Jeff Lawrence LRPS,CPAGB.
Our final internal competition in November was round 2 of our DPI League made up of 2 competitions; 'Wildlife' and 'Fauna'. Judging this was a former member of our club, Chris Neil-Griffin BA(Hons), ARPS, MFA. Chris gave us a very fair in-depth and interesting critique on all images. She chose 'Starling' by Elaine Adkins as the winning wildlife entry with 'Stonechat- Early Morning' by Ian Francis as runner-up. In the fauna competition 'Autumn Leaves' by Helen Renouf was selected as winner with Jim Pascoe's image 'Iris' runner-up.
High scoring images in the Wildlife competition were-
Elaine Adkins - Starling - Winner
Frank Leavesley NCFE3 - Marching Onwards
Ian Francis ARPS DPAGB - Stone Chat, Early Morning - Runner Up
Jim Budd - Tread Carefully
High scoring images in the Fauna competition were -
Elaine Adkins - Indian Clock Vine
Christine Sinclair - In The Meadow
Frank Leavesley - Reaching Out
Helen Renouf - Autumn Leaves - Winner
Jim Pascoe Ba(hons) ABIPP, - Iris - Runner Up
Jim Young - Ball of Hoya
Lyn Rendall - Euphorbia