Sandbach Camera Club were the hosts for this year’s Five Towns Monochrome Print Photographic Competition. Mid-Cheshire Camera Club (MCCC) have been absent from this competition for a significant number of years. It was only as a result of Whitchurch Camera Club dropping out at the end of last year that we were able to get a chance to return to this long standing Cheshire based competition.
The hosts were greeted by representatives from all attending clubs – a decent sized audience awaited our competition Judge; Tilman Kleinhans (ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP/b, BPE2*) to start the evening. Tilman Kleinhans is a member of St Helens Camera Club and has been involved in Judging since the mid-eighties. Tilman uses his photography as a means of communicating visually with the world - citing the words of artist David Stanley, “no image is complete until it reacts with the viewer.” Tilman adds, it is this reaction that decides how successful that image is. With such a strong ethos the audience would be in for a real judging treat.
The quality was really good across all clubs. Each round was well balanced with the average score of 16/20 being awarded to most images. At the break it was just too close to call with no one particular club having what one would call a decent lead. With tea and coffee over and the last few raffle tickets sold, the second half commenced.
Ray Girling – MCCC External Competition Secretary was in-charge of deciding our entries. Regular readers will be aware of MCCCs push to improve our mono submissions for internal and external competitions. In doing so we have raise the profile of black and white photography through club competitions and evening presentations from local experts. MCCCs hard work had paid off. Ray had a good selection of quality images to choose our submission of 12 images, which included themes from portraiture, natural history, sports and Landscape.
In the final part of the competition, where the Judge reviews the small selection of images held back for a second judging, MCCC had at least four images the group. It was impossible at this stage to say where we stood in the running. The standard presented from all clubs was excellent, the excitement was tense and the scoring went down to the wire. After the last three images were scored by Tilman the computer presented the following scores.
1st – MCCC – 200 points
2nd – Alsager – 197 points
3rd – Nantwich - 196 points
3rd – Crewe - 196 points
4th – Sandbach - 169 points
It was an unbelievable result - MCCC, having been absent from the competition for years and having recognised that the Mono genre was our weak area, had won the completion by a small margin of 3 points. Commenting after the presentation Ray Girling stated, “This is a fantastic result and the whole club will share in the success due to all members rising to the challenge to improve our monochrome photography.”
Ray will have to wait until 21st December to see the members’ entries for the new club Mono completion, the winners of which will be used no doubt for next year’s Five Towns Monochrome Print Photographic Competition.
For more information about the Mid-Cheshire Camera Club visit its website www.midcheshirecameraclub.org or come along to a meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.45 for 8pm at the Dingle Recreation Centre, Winsford.
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