League Open Competition 1 2016

Open Competition No. 1 – 19th October

The thirty strong audience were ready – waiting patiently with only the slightest signs of nervous tension erupting in small pockets around the room. The Judge was poised, the lights lowered, the images selected and the projector warmed up.

The scene was set for Mid-Cheshire Camera Club’s (MCCC) first competition of the season. Twenty-four prints and forty-seven Projected digital images were ready to be critiqued by our Judge for the night – Mr John Royle (CPAGB) Chairman of Crewe Camera Club. As this is an Open competition, members are able to submit images from any genre. Genres from tonight’s selection of images included: Portraiture, Journalism, Record, Architectural and Natural History.

This was the first opportunity members have had to show off new images taken during the summer break. Our Judge had a difficult task ahead of him. The in-house standard was very high causing John some consternation in making his selections.

Photographic Competitions are great fun and a great place for any person with some competitive spirit to get involved in the cut and thrust of Club Photography. Club competitions focus your mind and allow you to put the information learned from members’ evenings into practice. There is absolutely no point in spending a lot of money on camera equipment for it to sit in a bag a never to be used. The Open Competition is the enabler, the focused inspiration, the nagging voice in your head shouting at you to get out and take some images. The other great thing about Club competitions is that the Judge, being a highly acclaimed amateur or professional photographer, provides a decent amount of feedback during the whole evening; commenting on each image that he sees. Anyone attending the evening cannot help but learn something from the event. John Royle did not disappoint - In his quiet, confident style he provided feedback on: composition, story, interest, line, colour, texture and shape. He added further points covering depth of field and lighting, offering advice as to how an image could be improved. This type of feedback is an important part of the experimental learning cycle, especially if a member wants to improve their photography.

Focusing back on the competition, the results were in;

Advanced Prints
1st: Bill Browne – Decaying Plant
2nd: Ray Girling – Colour Shock
3rd: Mark Clayton – Painted Lady

Beginner PDIs
1st: Joffrey Trotman – Smoke gets in your eyes
2nd: Peter Tasker – The Water Girl
3rd: Joffrey Trotman – Wheel to Wheel

Advanced PDIs
1st: Mark Clayton – Gerbera
2nd: Ray Hill – Flying High
3rd: Bill Browne – Sea Wall and Steps

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up and a thank you to all the members taking part. A final big thank you to our Judge – Mr John Royle who provide sound and honest feedback throughout the whole evening.

For more information about the Mid-Cheshire Camera Club visit its website or come along to a meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.45 for 8pm at the Dingle Recreation Centre, Winsford.

Paul Wilcock
Press & Publicity Officer