On Tuesday 3rd September the camera club held an open digital image competition judged by Nick Hilton EFIAP, DPAGB, BPE5* of Southport Photographic Society. 16 club members had submitted a total of 47 images covering a wide range of subjects for our judge to give his expert opinion on. After a quick run through, our judge then studied each one in detail and gave his opinion before awarding marks out of 20. Of the 47 entries 14 were held back for further scrutiny, these produced one winner, two runners up and two which came in third place. The two images gaining 18 points were ‘Storm at St. Monian’s Zig Zag pier’ by Stuart Wilson and ‘The old boatyard’ by Kevin Price. The two runners up with 19 points were ’99 hits the ton’ by Phil Burns and ‘An explosive night’ by Gianluca Bacci-evers. The winning image with 20 points went to Alan Flavell with ‘Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly’. Our judge then showed us some of his own work with some superb images of ballet dancers in striking poses some of which had won numerous awards. Sports photography also featured in his work with some excellent images from different events. Nick then told us how he often carried a red umbrella with him when on a photographic shoot and showed how a simple image could be turned into something special by the use of a carefully positioned prop.A.F.
A photographic crossword was the theme for Tuesday night’s meeting. This is a popular annual event organised by our master of quizzes Dougie Price. Dougie had supplied each member with the answer to a clue, the idea being for us to supply a photograph or image which matched the answer. When all 35 images were handed in, Dougie spread them round the room and gave each one a number. We were then divided into five teams and given a sheet of paper with the clues on, the idea being to find the image which matched the clue and then write down the number and answer. After picking team names, we spread round the room in organised chaos frantically trying to spot answers while Dougie put us under constant pressure by telling us how long we had left. Finally time was called and marks were totalled. After exchanging papers with other teams, Dougie then told us the answers and corresponding numbers, which caused some groans of frustration and disbelief. Of the 35 clues, the team ‘No idea’ came the nearest with 30 correct, followed by ‘Fading Five’ with 27, ‘Not that good’ with 25, ‘Misfits’ with 23 and finally ‘Marge’s Marvels’ with 22. It was a most enjoyable evening and thanks must go to Dougie for making it possible.A.F.