Second Open Competition
Keswick Photographic Society's Second Open Competition was held last Wednesday. At the start of the evening meeting, before the judging commenced, Keith Snell, the Society's chairman, conveyed the news to members that the club had been placed second in the senior league in the first round of the international inter-club nature competition run by the Photographic Society of America. Keswick only missed first place by one point! Individual awards of merit in this competition went to Carol Minks, Ronnie Gilbert, John Macfarlane and Julie Walker. Keith then introduced Jack Bamford, DPAGB, AFIAP, APAGB, our judge for the evening. Jack is a Northern Counties Photographic Federation judge and, prior to moving away from the area, used to be a member of the Society. Before he revealed the scores, Jack commented on the exceptionally high standard of the fifty prints and sixty-three digital images submitted.
Keswick Photographic Society has two leagues for its competitions: League A and League B, the latter league for those new to the club or who consider themselves to be less experienced. In League A, the highest scoring prints were 'Male Cuckoo in Flight' by Ronnie Gilbert, 'Stallions Play Fighting' by Julie Walker and 'Mr Whizzy Off Duty' by Alan Walker. All three prints achieved a top score of twenty. Prints achieving a score of nineteen were 'Let's Try for Another' by Tom Stenhouse and 'Sparrowhawk and Bullfinch' and 'High Five in the Mist' both by Ronnie Gilbert. Four prints were awarded scores of eighteen: 'Mud Mud Glorious Mud' and 'Fish Eagle Drinking', both by Rosamund Macfarlane, 'Attitude' by Brad Cheek and 'Snowfield' by Keith Snell. A number of prints achieved a score of seventeen (equivalent to Highly Commended) and the authors were Alan Walker, Keith Snell, Carol Minks, Ken Rennie and Tony Marsh. There were also a number of prints in League A with a score of sixteen (equivalent to Commended) and the authors were Tony Marsh, Keith Snell, Ken Rennie, Tom Stenhouse, Julie Walker and Alan Walker. In League B, the winning print with a score of twenty was 'The Pollenator' by Marilyn Woodthorpe. This was a beautifully exposed image of white flowers being visited by a bee. Michael Dawson's print 'Flora of the Supralittoral Zone' was awarded nineteen points and 'Milky Way Over Wastwater' by Richard Jakobson achieved a score of eighteen. Other notable prints were 'Catching the Shadows at Death Valley' by Marilyn Woodthorpe (17 points), 'Portrait' by Richard Jakobson (16 points) and 'Derelict Chapel' by Michael Dawson (16 points).After a break for refreshments, the evening continued with the Projected Digital Images. In League A, top scores were awarded to Julie Walker for 'Young Leopard' and 'Contemplation' and to Ronnie Gilbert for 'Montague's Harriers Pre Mating'. Images with a score of nineteen were 'Ruff Courtship Display' by Ronnie Gilbert, 'The Dominant Male' by Alan Walker and 'Yellowbilled Stork Fishing' by Rosamund Macfarlane. A score of eighteen was awarded to the following images: 'Stag Beetle' and 'Silver-Studded Blue', both by Carol Minks, 'Brathay Dawn' and 'Lonesome Pine', both by Ken Rennie, 'A Helping Trunk' by Rosamund Macfarlane, 'Young Hare Eating Seed Head' by Ronnie Gilbert and 'Second Helpings' by Alan Walker. Digital images by Brad Cheek, Carmen Norman and Tony Marsh received 17 points and scores of sixteen were awarded to images by Alan Walker, Julie Walker, Tony Marsh, Brad Cheek, Ken Rennie, David Woodthorpe and Carol Minks. In League B, two digital images were awarded a top score of twenty: 'Bulbs' by Ted Jordan and 'From Staten Island Ferry' by Richard Jakobson. Wendy Jordan's image 'Alpha Male' was awarded nineteen points and 'Rhinoceros Iguana' by Ted Jordan and 'Low Tide' by Richard Jakobson each received eighteen points. 'Leopard, Look Before You Leap' by Austin Coote was awarded seventeen points as was 'Craftsman's Hands' by Ted Jordan. Digital images with a mark of sixteen were by Stephen Harris, Richard Jakobson, Austin Coote, Wendy Jordan and Marcus Mackay.
Alan Walker thanked Jack for his helpful comments and all his hard work judging the images. The next meeting on 23rd November is 'No Limits - Take 2' by Gerald Chamberlin, EFIAP, DPAGB. Our meetings take place at Southey Street Methodist Church Hall, Keswick, CA12 4HH on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. You will be most welcome to join us.