25th January – Open Competition 4 Press release

Darrell Oakden
Typical January weather – dark, dank and just flipping cold, however this did not stop 23 members of the Mid-Cheshire Camera Club (MCCC) venturing out into sub-zero temperatures for the first of our Open Competitions for 2017 and it certainly didn’t stop our judge for the night – Darrell Oakden descending on us to give us a quality and fair night of critique.

Members congregated and chatted amongst themselves exchanging stories and exploits since their last visit. The evening meeting was soon brought to order by our Chairman - Ian Whiston, who made a fine job of introducing Darrell. With a total of 44 Projected Digital Images (PDI’s) and 24 Prints Darrell certainly had his work cut out.

As this is an Open competition, members are able to submit images from any genre. Genres from tonight’s selection of images included: Portraiture, Landscape, Record, Architectural and Natural History.

Darrell Oakden ( is a member of Alsager Camera Club. He started in photography in 2003. In 2011 he joined his local Camera Club and his photography took on a more serious side. Since then Darrell has attained a number of accreditations including DPAGB, BPE3* and AFIAP. Darrell not only enjoys lecturing on Photography and Photoshop but Camera Club Judging.

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. 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. Darrell didn’t disappoint – he provided rounded and balanced feedback to all images judged. Our Judge made a point early on to the audience that photography is all about the image. Darrell was keen to add that he is not really bothered how the author creates the image so long as it is technically correct, that it tells the story the author is wanting to purvey and lastly allows an emotional connection with the viewer in how the image actual tells the story. Darrell in his judging, made comment about the usual aspects of composition, rule of thirds, shape, line, texture and colour. Darrell evidenced his eye for detail on a number of occasions during the evening. He offered the benefit of his knowledge and experience making comment as to how an image might be improved.

Focusing back on the competition, the results were in
Advanced Prints
1st: Kath Hill – Rowing Boats see Picture above
2nd: Ray Hill – Wild Artichoke
3rd: Ray Hill – Swan Drinking

Advanced PDIs
1st: Kath Hill – Fallow Deer see Picture above
2nd: Ray Girling – Grouse in the Peak District
3rd: Ian Whiston – Cheetah and Playful Cub

Beginner PDIs
1st: Peter Tasker – Horse Country see Picture above
2nd: Joffre Trotman – Northwich Viaduct
3rd: Peter Tasker – Karen

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 – Darrell Oaken who provided 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