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Competition: PDI – Round 2 – “People” – Judge: Ken Scott

Wednesday 03/01/2018

 

“Crossword Puzzlers” by Mike Hughes. Winner – Club Class

“Waiting” by Elke Epp. Winner – Advanced Class

This was our second PDI Competition of the season. The theme was “People”, and the judge was Ken Scott. This was also the second round of the PDI League Competition with one more round to go for the League Cup. There were 25 entries in the Club Class and 36 entries in the Advanced Class.

The judge’s comments were fair and comprehensive with more time spent on the “Club” images to help the newer members improve their craft.

The first part of the evening was for “Club Class” entries with Mike Hughes taking all three places. There was quite a variety of subjects with many children’s images included.. The results were:

1st – “Crossword Puzzlers” by Mike Hughes
2nd – “Grumpy Street Pianist” by Mike Hughes
3rd – “Men’s Fashion – Ladies’ Fashion” by Mike Hughes

The “Advanced Class” section, which took up the second part of the evening, results were as follows:

1st – “Waiting” by Elke Epp
2nd – “A Father and Son Moment ” by Colin Joe Bird
3rd – “Four GI’s and a Jeep” by Judi Lion

Elke Epp (right) and Judge Ken Scott (left) with Elke’s winning image in the Advanced Class “Waiting”

Unfortunately Mike Hughes was in Australia and not available for a photograph..

Our next competition is a print competition with a theme. “Within the Churchyard” on Wednesday, 31st January. The Judge will be Rob de Ruiter ARPS.

 

Article and Photographs by Richard Corkrey – 04/01/2018

 

 

 

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Competition: Print – Round 1 – “Blue Mood” – Judge: Roger Crocombe

Wednesday 22/11/2017

“Last (Small) Wave of the Day” by Mike Hughes – Winner Club Class

“A Cold Winters Morning on the South Downs” by Judi Lion – Winner Advanced Class

Our first print competition of the 2017/2018 season was also Judge, Roger Crocombe’s last ever competition. He would now be enjoying a well earned retirement from club competition judging. The theme was “Blue Mood” and it was interesting to see how the members interpreted this theme in their images. There were definitely many shades of Blue on show.

Mike Hughes (left) with Judge, Roger Crocombe

Ten members submitted prints for Club Class. The top 3 images all showed creative input and imagination. The results were:

1st – “Last (Small) Wave of the Day” by Mike Hughes
2nd – “Monday” by Alf Russell
3rd – “Famous For His Blue Mood” by Angela Wright

Judi Lion with Judge, Roger Crocombe

For Advanced Class 39 images were submitted by 13 members and Roger did well giving his considered critique in the available time. The results were:

1st – “A Winter’s Morning on the South Downs” by Judi Lion
2nd – “Vik Church in the Cold Light of Dawn” by Jill Denis
3rd – “Choral Evensong, Itchen Stoke” by Patrick Balfour

Well done to all members who submitted images to this competition with a theme that proved to be quite challenging. Our big thanks goes to Roger Crocombe for excellent judging on this night and all the times he visited our club in the past.

Our next competition is a PDI competition with a theme. “People” on Wednesday, 3rd January. The Judge will be Ken Scott.

Article by Elke Epp, Photographs by Richard Corkrey – 23/11/2017

 

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Competition: PDI – Round 1 – “Open” – Judge: David Eastley LRPS

Wednesday 25/10/2017

“Bygones” by Ann Wright – Winner Club Class

“Gray Wolf” by Tony Jones – Winner Advanced Class

Last night we held our first PDI Competition of the season. The theme was “Open”, and the judge was David Eastley LRPS. This is a league competition so the scores will be aggregated, counting toward the League Cup. There are three competitions in this category and as the name suggests all entries are Projected Digital Images.

All MCC members are split into two leagues “Club” for new members, and “Advanced” for the more experienced. Last night there were 32 entries in “Club” Class and 39 entries in the “Advanced” Class. I have to say that the standard in “Club” was exceptionally high. Many images could easily have held their own in the other class.

The judge’s comments were fair and comprehensive with more time spent on the “Club” images to help the newer members improve their craft.

Club Class Winner, Ann Wright (right) with Judge, David Eastley (left)

The first part of the evening was for “Club Class” entries. There was quite a variety of subjects including a dungeon, some backpacks, and a theme park attraction to name but a few. The results were:

1st – “Bygones” by Ann Wright
2nd – “Underground Dungeon” by Luis Ramos
3rd – “Greylag” by David Trojak

Advanced Class Winner, Tony Jones (right) with Judge, David Eastley (left)

 

The “Advanced Class” section, which took up the second part of the evening, results were as follows:

1st – “Gray Wolf” by Tony Jones
2nd – “I Think He Went That Way” by Colin Bird
3rd – “Fulmar on Fair Isle” by Jill Denis

It was good to see some of our newer members receiving places in this competition. I hope this is a trend that will continue.

Our next competition is a print competition with a theme. “Blue Mood” on Wednesday, 22nd November. The Judge will be Roger Crocombe.

 

Article and Photographs by Richard Corkrey – 26/10/2017

 

 

 

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Competition: Ladies and Gentlemans Trophies – 2017 – Judge: Stephane Rocher

Wednesday 27/09/2017

“Urban Creek” by Michel Facer

“Pebbles in a Rising Tide” by PJ

The Ladies and Gentlemen’s Trophy Competition is traditionally our first competition of the season. This is a non-league competition which means that the scoring here does not count towards member’s league aggregate scores. It also gives our newer members a chance to see what happens during a competition which will prepare them for later in the season.

The members are split by gender and not by the normal “Club” and “Advanced” categories. This means everyone is in together which can lead to some interesting results Last night 65 images were submitted, 31 in the Ladies Class, and 34 in the Gentleman’s Class. The Judge was Stephane Rocher from Petersfield.

Stephane’s method of judging differs in many respects from many other judges insomuch as he is no lover of what he calls the “club crop”. A lot of judges insist on cropping close around the subject of the photograph. “This can lead to a claustrophobic image”, he says. “Pictures are about atmosphere, and colour. They need room to breathe”, he added.

Michel Facer and Judge, Stephane Rocher

The first part of the evening was the Ladies section. Many fine images were up for judging. The results were:

1st – “Urban Creek” by Michel Facer
2nd – “Staithes” by Val Carver
3rd – “Early Morning on Winsford Hill” by Sue Bird

PJ and Judge, Stephane Rocher

The Gentlemens’s section which came after a short break brought the following results:

1st – “Pebbles in a Rising Tide” by PJ
2nd – “Ceibwr Bay” by Richard Corkrey
3rd – “On the Turn” by Clive Bennett

In the judges opinion the standard of the Ladies images was a lot higher than those offered by the Gentleman. “I want to push people and bring out their creativity”. said Stephane. His parting advice: “Get rid of the labels! Photography is about mood, atmosphere, and movement. It is also about shape, light, and form”.

Last but by no means least we  offer our congratulations to our very own Membership Secretary, Shirley Blott, who  was presented with an award for “Image of The Year”. The image being “The Great British Summer” which can be viewed on an earlier blog.

Shirley Blott (right) receiving her award from President, Hilly Hoar (left)

Article and Photographs by Richard Corkrey – 28/09/2017

 

 

 

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