Open Competition 4 - 10th January 18

Janice Barton & Winners
Janice Barton & Winners
Well it is great to be back following our Christmas break with members feeling fully satisfied with a few additional ‘Christmas pounds’ and the possibility of a photographic related Christmas present, the 24-strong audience took to their seats notwithstanding some excited conversations springing up around the room with hand shakes’ and New Year wishes a plenty. Our Judge for the night was caught having a last look at the selection of prints and checking her marks.

Our Chairman - Ian Whiston - took great pleasure introducing tonight's Judge Janice Barton (CPAGB, BPE3*), who incidentally is a new visitor to Mid-Cheshire Camera Club. Janice hangs her hat with Warrington Camera Club and has been enjoying photography for five years and incredibly, judging for three of them. She has decided not to specialise in one particular genre but enjoys the photographic challenge of anything and everything. Janice is currently working towards her BPE4* and we all wish her luck in that venture. If Janice thought she was going to find this task easy tonight, she had better think again. With 18 prints and 51 Projected Digital Images the stakes were high and she had her work cut out for the next two hours.

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

Janice went straight to work. With an eye for detail she picked up on the pros and cons of our eclectic mix of images citing the rule of odds, the rule of third’s, post processing advice in relation to toning down distracting elements of an image, deciding where you want your viewers eye to walk through an image and crafting the light to pave that way. Janice provided advice and support about the importance of a focal point and complete tonal range in our mono images. Janice was a fan of images with good lead in lines but she was happy to inform us of her ‘pet hate’ of ‘doing halves’ on images – be it a person or an object chopping it in half on the edge detracts from the composition and story. Janice was keen to interact with the audience during her judge taking appropriate feedback – an incredibly brave thing to do.

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 a bag a never 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 but help learn something from event.

Following all the excitement, it was not long before the results were in.

Advanced Prints
1st: Ray Girling – Dance for Me
2nd: Ray Girling – Waiting for the Concert
3rd: Ray Girling – Chamelion

Advanced PDIs
1st: Paul Wilcock – In the Zone
2nd: Bill Brown – Louise
3rd: Ray Girling – Dancers

Beginner PDIs
1st Bob Peck – Advent Candle
2nd: Bob Peck – St. Chads Font
3rd: Bob Peck – Wot Not Cigarettes

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up and a thank you to all the members taking part. With only one monthly Open competition left, the season is definitely hotting up especial in the Advanced PDI league. A final big thank you to our Judge – Janice Barton who provided sound and honest feedback throughout the whole evening.

For more information about the Mid-Cheshire Camera Club visit our website at 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