2017 04 - Three Way Competition, Display and AGM

14th April 2017
Retford & District Photographic Society - Press Release - Joy Allison
13th April 2017

Three Way Competition, Display and AGM

A busy week for the club at the beginning of April saw us competing against two fellow clubs, mounting a display in Retford and holding our AGM.

The first event was our annual competition with Axholme Camera Club and TTL Camera Club of Doncaster, our hosts on this occasion. Each club submitted nine images as prints and a further nine to be digitally projected. Unusually we began with the projected images.
The judge was fresh from a judge's training weekend with the Yorkshire Photographic Union and she knew what she was looking for. The images were a mixture of colour and monochrome, and those presented in monochrome were scrutinised for good tonal range. Several fell down on this with the observation that their limited range of tones would have worked better in colour.

There was a wide range of subjects, encompassing tube train lines, sunrise and sunset, wildlife, buildings and people. Judging between such different subjects is never easy, but our judge tried to find something positive about each image as well as any aspects she felt pulled it down before giving a score. The results are decided by adding the total scored by all the images representing each club.

The Retford supporters were rather deflated after the first half of the evening when they found themselves trailing the field by 5 points. The second half of the evening was devoted to the prints and here Retford fared much better, largely thanks to our excellent wildlife photographers. A bearded tit, a kestrel and a hare all scored the maximum 20 points while several other images from our entry scored highly. Strangely the other clubs fared far worse and despite the subject matter in the prints being of a similar breadth to the digital images, both found themselves scoring much less well.

As usual each club provides a scorer and on the Retford table members double checked the calculations, which to everyone's great surprise and satisfaction showed that we had made up the deficit and had, in fact, emerged convincing winners with a score of 291 against Axholme's 279 and TTL's 267. This is our third win in a row in this event. We look forward to hosting the return match next season.

On Sunday 9th April we mounted another display in support of the Notts Wildlife Trust at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve at their Spring Fair. On what turned out to be the hottest day of the year to date we set up an large display of wildlife images from a variety of members. Our position enables us to display on both sides of our boards and one side was almost entirely made up of impressive bird shots. The reverse showed members' skills at capturing close up images of insects and a selection of mammals. The event enables us to both chat to potential members and visitors who enjoy our work and an opportunity to learn from each other in more depth than at meetings.

The following day we held our AGM, which saw President Alan Burkwood stand down after three years in office. Concluding his report he wished his successor Jenny Smith well and said he hoped to have more time to concentrate on his own photography. Several new members joined the Committee and Jane Brownley officially took over the vital job of programme planning from Lesley Wilson, who has done an excellent job for the past six years.