• Abel and Peter Clark Trophies - Panel Competitions

    Thirteen members gathered together on the 13th January for our annual panel competition. For the nine members who entered their work, (nineteen PDI panels and thirteen sets of prints), the object was to submit panels of three pictures that together either portray a story or have an obvious connection. By the end of the evening there were to be two overall winners, with the traditional Abel Trophy going to the print winner and the Peter Clark Trophy to the winner of the digital section.

    Following the usual welcome and club notices from the chairman, the evening got underway with the thirteen print panels. Making a welcomed visit visit to our club was Paul O’Toole from Littlehampton Camera Club, our judge for the evening. As each set of prints was placed into the light box by Andrew Kendon, Paul commented constructively on the technical, compositional and story-telling aspects as well as the cohesiveness of each panel. Also, where appropriate, he made helpful suggestions for improving the lighting and colour balance of the images within a panel.

    The marking given by Paul was out of five for each individual picture, plus a mark out of five for the overall integrity of the panel, giving a total mark out of twenty. Towards the end of the first half, the following two panels had been held back by Paul for further consideration: "WITH POWER AND PASSION" by Bob Hoare, and "SUN GOING DOWN" by Dave Johnson. Of these, Tim awarded a total of 19½ marks to the former panel, and 20 marks to the latter. Therefore, Dave Johnson was congratulated for being the winner, (and eventual recipient holder of), the Abel Trophy.

    Following an interval for tea or coffee, (organised as usual by Louise Satturley), and our fortnightly raffle, (organised by Bob Hoare), we moved on to a most interesting display of PDI entries. Once again, Paul made some very well considered comments on each of the nineteen panels, often emphasising the importance of the panel’s outside images facing inwards whenever possible along with the need for a coherent, story-telling theme linking the three pictures. He also drew attention to the need for a key line to separate a panel’s three images. Focusing upon the positive qualities as well as constructive criticism, Paul provided much helpful feedback to the members whose work was under consideration.

    The digital part of the competition certainly proved challenging for our judge as the following four PDI panels were held back for further consideration by Paul: “SPOTTED IN THE GARDEN” by Dick Read, “PREDATION” by David Richardson, “CLIMBING MOUNT ETNA” and “MID HANTS STEAM GALA” both by Tony Storey. After a pause for further thought and reflection, Paul awarded 19 marks to the first three held-back panels, and 20 marks to the fourth one, thus resulting in the Peter Clark Trophy eventually going to Tony Storey for his very well composed panel depicting three steam hauled trains running along the Watercress Line in Hampshire.

    Our warmest congratulation therefore to our worthy winners, Dave Johnson and Tony Storey, our grateful thanks to our judge Paul O’Toole and well done to all the members whose pictures contributed to a most interesting evening.



  • It's a Knockout - 16th December 2019

    In the final meeting of 2019, a dozen members gathered together this week for our traditional pre-Christmas "It's a Knockout" event.

    This is a competition in which members' prints are judged - two at a time - by a show of hands from everybody in the audience. The winner of each pair passes through to the next round and the loser (as the competition name implies) suffers a " Knockout ". Following successive rounds, the last print standing by the end of the evening is traditionally declared the winner, gaining a bottle of wine for the member concerned.

    Ten members brought in up to six prints each at the start of the evening, and these were sorted by Dick Read to ensure that two pictures by the same member weren't displayed together when placed in the lightbox by Andrew Kendon.

    The first two rounds of the competition took nearly forty minutes to complete, after which we were more than ready for the half time break and a welcome "cuppa" kindly served by Louise Satturley and Joan Taylor. This was closely followed by our regular raffle organised by Bob Hoare.

    It was most interesting to view each pair of pictures, but as the evening wore on, it became increasingly difficult to choose a favourite. However, by the end of the evening we were left choosing between two pictures - Teasels by Dave Johnson and 2020 Vision by David Richardson. After a few moments of careful consideration, hands went up and were counted for each picture, and by a small margin David Richardsons’ very dramatic shot of an owl flying directly towards the camera was declared the winner.

    This most enjoyable competition concluded with a warm round of applause for David and the promise of a nice bottle of wine at our next meeting by Club Chairman Tony Storey.

    David Nicholls, the Club President, closed the evening by thanking the committee members for their hard work during the year and wishing all of our members a very Merry Christmas and a photographically successful New Year.