Open Competition 1

Graham Currey
Graham Currey
Nervous chatter rippled through the virtual meeting room where twenty Mid-Cheshire Camera Club members were present and correct - ready for action. It was time to kick off our new season properly with the first competition of the year. Members in their PJ’s or a pair of comfortable slippers drinking hot milky beverages such as Horlicks, cocoa or maybe something slightly stronger, waited patiently for the judging to begin.

Our Judge for tonight’s session, Mr Graham Currey, was dialled in and ready. Graham is a multi-talented individual. Not only is he a past president of South Manchester Camera Club, he is a web designer, model, actor, qualified L&CPU Judge and a professional photographer. With the national lockdown relaxing to some extent during the summer months, members did have an opportunity to flex their photographic muscle and bag some good competition worthy examples. Graham had his work cut out for him with 54 excellently taken Projected Digital Images for him to critique.

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.

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 but help learn something from event. As Graham got into his judging flow, interesting feedback was coming forth. He gave advice in relation to; Architectural images - making reference to the symmetry of a building including correcting converging verticals. Graham commented quite a bit that some images would have benefited with cropping to obtain a better effect, whether to enhance the subject or to remove distractions. Distractions include shadows cast across a subject’s face. He added that an author should ensure the subject is the main focus in the image and not overpowered by the surroundings. Out of focus elements add to the mood of an image. Therefore, image softness can translate to emotions of gentleness/tenderness. Straight horizons need to be horizontal and finally, an image can be more successful if it tells a story. This type of feedback is important, especially if a member wants to improve their photography.

Focusing back on the competition, the results were in.
PDI Open Competiton 1 - Winners
PositionAuthorTitleLeague Marks
1stIan WhistonCheetah Family20
2ndRay GirlingHere comes the Taxman19.5
3rdPaul WilcockRachel (1)19
4thIan WhistonBee Eater Tossing Males Gift18.5
5thKath HillRed Kite Ascending18
5thRay GirlingTaj mahal18

A compilation slideshow of all the images entered in this competition can be viewed in the Youtube viewer below.

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, Graham Currey, who provided sound and honest feedback throughout the whole evening.

The league table results for the MCCC PDI Photographer of the year are as follows;

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