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John Royle
John Royle
Folks - this was a well attended Open Competition with both a healthy number of Prints and PDIs. Read on to see who won.

Open Competition 2

07/11/2018
Hyena Bonding with Cub
Hyena Bonding with Cub
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.

Being the second of our competitions this year members were keen to see if the luck or skill evidenced in the first competition was being continued and thus allow their cumulative score to increase even further. The Twenty-six prints and fifty-five Projected digital images were ready to be critiqued by our Judge for the night – Mr John Royle (CPAGB) from 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, Sport, Record, Street and Natural History.

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.

Polo Pas de Deux
Polo Pas de Deux
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 the event. John did not disappoint - In his quiet, confident style he provided feedback on composition, citing the way a person is looking determines how they are positioned in the frame to create a balanced composition. John is very keen in ensuring the image looks natural irrespective of how much post-processing has been applied to the image and his marks reflect any image with signs of post-processing. John made a point of wanting seeing context in an image for example branches in a scene with a bird landing, interestingly he made comment about the attitude of a subject again to ensure compositional balance. 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 learning cycle, especially if a member wants to improve their photography.

The results:

Prints
1st: Skater - Veronica Nicholas---------------------------20 marks
2nd: Preacher Man - Kath Hill ---------------------------- 19 marks
3rd: Italian Street Scene - Ray Girling------------------- 18 marks

PDIs
1st: Hyena Bonding with Cub - Ian Whiston ----------20 marks
2nd: Polo Pas de Deux – Ken Dickinson ---------------19 marks
3rd: Electric Shock Tough Mudder – Ray Girling -----18 marks

Running Total - Top three members
Prints
1st: Kath Hill -------------------------------------------------105 marks
2nd: Veronica Nicholas ------------------------------------103 marks
3rd: Ray Girling ----------------------------------------------- 98 marks

PDIs
1st: Ian Whiston -------------------------------------------- 103 marks
1st: Ray Girling ----------------------------------------------100 marks
3rd: Ken Dickinson ------------------------------------------- 99 marks

Electric Shock Tough Mudder
Electric Shock Tough Mudder
Congratrunners-upo 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 our website at www.midcheshirecameraclub.org 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
MCCC