Annual Exhibition – 2018

Annual Photographic Exhibition – 2018

Saturday – Monday 26-28/05/2018

View from the stage

An extremely hot weekend for our three day 2018 Exhibition. Held much earlier this year in May rather than August. Numbers were slightly down this year but this could have been caused by several factors. The Spring Bank Holiday is probably not the best time to hold an exhibition , and the weather was very hot. All this aside we had a good attendance with many visitors giving positive reviews.

Shirley and Jill at the entrance desk

There was again a nice steady flow over the weekend. Monday being the best day, Entrance was £1.00  and once again we held our very popular tombola. Our chairman PJ managed to win three prizes with five tickets. He then went on to win the Image of the Year award.  Some people have all the luck!

There was a large variety of prints on all subjects, 270 in total with nearly 24 members exhibiting. Refreshment was readily available at our F-Stop Cafe. Here visitors to the Exhibition could sit and relax, have a hot drink, and sample some of the delicious cake that was provided by our members. Here visitors could view the Projected Digital Images on the two large HD screens.

Visitors were very complimentary and there was brisk activity around the ballot box with visitors casting their votes for their favourite image. Many visitors commented that the standard of the images was so high that they couldn’t make up their minds which image to vote for.

The Image of the Year was judged this year by Ken Scott ARPS. Ken is a very respected judge on the camera club circuit as well as being a very fine photographer in his own right. The winner of this year’s Competition was:

“Pebbles in a Rising Tide” by Peter Jones (PJ)

Peter Jones (right) being present with his award by Judge: Ken Scott

“Pebbles in a Rising Tide” by PJ – Winner Image of the Year 2018

The judge just loved this image because it was quirky and different. Honourable mentions were given to the following images:

Images from these panels –

“Storm Brian” by Clive Blott
“Autumn Almanac” by Richard Corkrey

The following –

“Why Did the Egret Cross the Road?” by Angela Wright
“Back to Nature” by Elke Epp
“Lamlush” by Clive Blott

The following PDI’s were also commended:

“A Father and Son Moment” by Colin Joe Bird
“Trees of Talybont” by Elke Epp

Visitors came from as far away as London. One lady and her daughter drove all the way from Tunbridge Wells just to see the Exhibition.

The winner of the Public Ballot was:

1st Place:   Crossword Puzzlers by Mike Hughes

“Crossword Puzzlers” by Mike Hughes -Winner of the Public Vote

The ranking by number of votes cast is:

1st     –      Mike Hughes         23
2nd    –      Clive Blott             15
3rd     –      Hilly Hoar             13
3rd     –      Patrick Balfour      13

There was a special discount of £5.00 off the standard rate for new members joining at the Exhibition. This proved very successful, with 7 or 8 new members signing up over the weekend.

Many thanks to Patrick Balfour and his team for bringing all this together.

Many members have asked about the Competition Subjects for the next season they are:

Print – “On the Beach”, “Signs, Signals, Symbols”, “Flora and Fauna”
PDI – “From an Unusual Perspective”, “Seen on the Street”

The dates will be published in due course.

Article by Richard Corkrey – 29/05/2018
Photographs by Elke Epp and Richard Corkrey

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