Club Challenge #1
24th October 23
This evening was the first Club Challenge competition. There are five club challenges and the scores of every member’s entries are added together as we go along until an overall winner (the person with the highest score) is found at the end of the season. They are then awarded the ‘Golden Camera’ trophy for the year.
The first half of the evening was a Themed competition entitled ‘Lines.’ There was as usual a large variety of images interpreting the theme in many ways. There were tall trees with long shadows, architectural structures, supermarket shelves, a line of elephants, two pictures featuring stairs and two photos of ploughed lines taken with a drone, and a portrait of rather wrinkled elderly lady.
Colin Mill our judge for the evening, gave time and a detailed critique of each image. One area that came up a few times was that authors had put too much into their picture and only needed to focus on the subject or title of the picture. Colin praised the composition of several images, the leading lines in and the simplicity of some images. He said that when someone is taking a picture of someone else’s art they need to put their own creative twist onto it to make it their own.
Colin held back seven images and awarded the following scores:
- Lobster Pot Lines – David Jones (18)
- Only Time – Patrick McCarthy (18)
- Scotch Pines – Barry Coxon (19)
- Straight to the Curve – Kes Ward (19)
- Lines Of Communication – Tami Nunley (19)
- Follow the Tracks – Chris Andrews (20)
- Lines – Godfrey Clements (20) – Judges Favourite
The second half of the evening was the Open competition and again had a huge variety of images. There were twenty- nine images.
The images featured a diverse range of subjects including a cocktail, motorcycle racing, portraits, wildlife, architectural shots, abstracts, street photography and some local and foreign beauty spots.
Colin enjoyed the colours and simplicity of Santorini Blue Dome, The Reflection of the Emperor Dragonfly, the composition of Flying out in Front and said he could find nothing wrong with ‘In the Bluebells ‘.
Colin held back six images which were as follows:
- Stoat – Paul Benham (18)
- Wake up and smell the blossom – Derek Green (18)
- Send in the Clowns – Sam Knight (19)
- Peer under the Pier – Kes Ward (20)
- In the bluebells – Tami Nunley (20)
- Museum View – John Timbrell (20) – Judges Favourite
Congratulations to Tami and Kes for getting a nineteen and twenty in the first round.
Here’s a selection of the top scoring images.
Next week: Is Thinking Like a Judge.
In the Hall.