Open Competition 1
The first competition of the year reminds me of when I use to interview staff for internal jobs. The first candidate would to some extent be the benchmark for the rest of the field. I feel the same with the first open competition of the season, it seems to me like it is the benchmark for all the rest that follow. Only time would tell as to how I would measure up.
Members took their seats in our new HQ and caught up with the gossip of the week. A very healthy twenty-six members and visitors either dialled in or came to watch the proceedings. It is really good to be back with physical meetings but I do value the zoom technology that the club has invested in because it has revolutionised our meetings with a regular member dialling in from Berlin and other members dialling in from various holiday locations. It also allows us to seek out judges and presenters from different parts of the UK that we would not have had the opportunity to experience.
On-cue, was our judge for the night, Roger Evans (MPAGB, EFIAP/b, FBPE), who had dialled in to the meeting via Zoom. Roger needed no introduction; a regular at Mid-Cheshire Camera Club - he has presented talks on sports photography, photographing the Olympics, and has also previously Judged a number of our competitions. The members showed their appreciation with a round of applause. Roger, a member of Wrekin Arts Photographic Club in Telford, is still very much immersed in sports photography. His presentations are always educational and insightful.
Roger had the pleasure of judging 50 Projected Digital Images (PDI). The decision not to include prints in our open competitions this season had been made earlier this year when COVID was still very prevalent. As usual, the standard of work across the field was high.
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 in a bag a never be used. As this is an Open competition, members are able to submit images from any genre. Genres from tonight’s selection of images included: Portraiture, Record, Architectural, Mono and Natural History.
Roger set off having a little more time for his deliberation. His comments at times were firm but fair offering advice and support as to what he liked and how images could be improved. After tea, Roger went through the 20 images that had been held back. It wasn’t long before the results were in.
|1st||Ian Whiston||Warthog Demise||20|
|3rd||Sue Girling||Teacup arrangement||19|
|5th||Ian Whiston||Bee Eater with Catch||18|
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 – Roger Evans who provided 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 St Andrews Methodist Church, Dingle Lane, Winsford.