On Tuesday 14th May Prestwich Camera Club played host to Rochdale Photographic Society who were to compete with us in a photographic battle. A good number of Rochdale members had made the trip and joined us in giving a warm welcome to our judge Alfred Brown of South Manchester Camera Club, who was to judge both prints and digital images. First up were the prints, with each club submitting 10 entries. After studying each one and awarding marks, the judge held 10 back for further comment. Unfortunately only four prints from Prestwich made the grade, the other six coming from Rochdale. Two Natural History prints gained the full 20 points these were an excellent macro shot of a Red Damselfly and a close up of a Gannet with nesting material, both from Rochdale. Although Prestwich had entered some excellent prints many gaining high marks and a total of 171 we were finally beaten by Rochdale’s 180. Next up were the digital images, this time 9 were held back, 3 coming from Prestwich and 6 from Rochdale. Two images gained 20 points and were shared by the two clubs. An excellent image of a High Brown Fritillary butterfly by Rochdale’s Mike Davis was equalled by Prestwich’s Stuart Wilson with his superb shot of a White Tailed Sea Eagle about to sink it’s talons into a fish. In spite of our best efforts Rochdale came out on top again with 178 points to Prestwich’s 168.A.F.
Spring BudsAstra Purvina
One Eyed One Horned People EaterPhil Yates
Sweet PeaEileen Craig
The subject of Tuesday evening’s meeting was a print competition with the colour purple as its theme. Members had entered a total of 33 prints in varying shades of purple covering a wide range of topics. With a bit of cajoling four members were selected to be the judges and were asked to give each print marks out of five. While the points were being totalled, our chairman Phil Yates showed each print in turn and encouraged us to comment on them, before asking the authors to reveal themselves. Two images gained third place with entries from Rebecca Entwistle and Phil Burns, Rebecca and Phil also had prints which gained second place along with ones from Barbara Harding, Marjorie Hoyle and Adam Pridgeon. Four prints shared first place, these were: ‘Spring buds’ a well composed floral image by Astra Purvina, ‘Molly’ an excellent portrait by Phil Yates, Phil also produced a humorous if somewhat scary image entitled ‘One-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater’ and finally ‘Sweet peas’ a delicate and artistic shot of purple sweet peas covered in raindrops by Eileen Craig.A.F.