15th March - Annual PDI Competition
Today was a fine day with above average temperatures and bright sun. The man on the TV stating proudly that it was the hottest day of the year so far. This hopefully being a precursor of the summer to come – maybe.
My day was enhanced by the fact that I was not at work and by the fact that Mid-Cheshire Camera Club (MCCC) were holding their Annual PDI Competition. I could not think of a better way of finishing such a nice day.
Arriving at the venue with some friends, the usual crowd was there. Our Chairman -Ian looking on - checking laptops and projectors and Ray going over a last-minute rehearsal of his jokes. All in all, it was a good turnout for the meeting with 28 members settling themselves for a night of fierce competition.
Our Judge for the night was Robert Millin (DPAGB, EFIAP/g, EPSA, ABPE, BPE5*, LRPS, GPU)
of Wigan 10 Foto Club. I remembered his presentation at the club in 2016 when he gave a talk based on his addiction to photography competitions. He was able to prove that within a couple of years of taking serious images he had a string of letters after his name. In fairness, he just keeps collecting them. I also remember that his interests centered around sports and travel photography. Interestingly I know that Robert subscribes to Gary Player’s comment; “the more you practice the luckier you become!” That is a great quote.
I had a feeling that tonight’s competition would be tough. With each member able to submit 10 images across 8 different sections it was going to be a big job for Robert to get through all 151 images by 10 pm.
“…the more you practice the luckier you become!” Robert Millin
Ray dimmed the lights and the competition started. Silence filled the room. Robert took his spot and oozing bags of confidence provided his in-depth critique from the off! The judging from Robert at times was straight to the point and at times quite honestly critical but in fairness he did not have the time to labour any points. I noticed how he looked at an image. He has an ability to see the detail in every shot and whether I agreed with his feedback or not I could not fault his attention to detail. It was clear that Robert was motivated by the usual stuff – shape, line, colour and interestingly concentrated in the main on compositional advice talking about the “L” shape and detailed cropping advice to get the best out of an image. This was the first time I had heard a judge make a comment about a plain blue sky not being the photographer's friend and after thinking about this I can only agree. Robert was also keen to add feedback about the use of negative space – whether it was dark or light, he remarked that a lot of our images had too much. I can only imagine the difficulty of his task of judging this important Club Competition and only having about one minute to review and critique each image.
As he worked through each section the results started to unfold. It was nail bitingly exciting stuff and not for the faint-hearted but by 10.15 pm the club had its results and Robert's work for the night was done.
The winners as I recorded them for the eight sections are as follows:
2017 Annual PDI competition Winners
|1a. Beginners Open||Crossing the bar||Joff Trotman|
|1b. Advanced Open||On Target||Ray Girling|
|2.Advanced Nature||Cheetah Siblings||Ian Whiston|
|3.Advanced Record||Heads at the Kelvingrove||Ray Girling|
|4.Advanced Portrait||You don`t say||Ian Smith|
|5.Advanced Landscape||Kinder Reservoir||Ian Smith|
|6.Advanced Creative||The Gambler||Ray Girling|
|7.Advanced Mono||Take Off||Ray Girling|
|2017 Annual PDI Competition Overall Winner||On Target||Ray Girling|
I offer my congratulations to all the winners and my personal thanks on behalf of MCCC to our judge - Robert Millin - for his hard work judging our competition and critiquing our images. I am leaving the venue tonight not disappointed – yes, I submitted 10 images and was not placed, but I will just have to try harder for next time and in Robert Millin’s words, the more I practice the luckier I will become.
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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