Retford Wins The Two Way

13th November 2014
Write up of the competition by Joy.

Last night was a great win over the other local club Worksop Photographic, we were made very welcome and the judge was very fair to both teams.

We gathered again at Worksop for the season’s first inter club
competition. This year we competed only with Worksop, Warsop having disbanded since last year. There were two sections – prints and digital images, with each club submitting twelve images for each with a maximum of two per member.

Judge Steve Roper had an unenviable task deciding between what he described as ‘superb’ and ‘absolutely gorgeous’ images. There was a range of subjects in both classes from exquisite nature shots to dramatic landscapes, abstracts and a range of fascinating portraits. After a preview, judges mark images in turn as they critique, holding back the best for further consideration. In both classes the quality was such that Steve held back almost half the submissions in each. In a night of wonderful photography, there were very few negative comments. Two echoed Peter’s comments to Retford earlier in the week about cropping and giving subjects space ‘to move’. Steve also added a comment about cropping sensitively and not removing hands etc. when doing so.

In the first section for digital images he awarded four entries 19 points, one of which was ‘A Fish Supper’ by Retford’s Geoff Stoddart. He then awarded four scores of twenty to the best of the best. The last to be awarded was Retford’s Russell Nye’s superb ‘Fishing for Sardine
at Dawn’, which received the highest praise and a ‘wish I could award 21’ from Steve.

Despite this Retford narrowly lost the DPI section by 211 points to 216.

Steve declared himself to be making a ‘rod for his own back’ with his growing pile of prints to review. The audience were amused when he confessed to trying unsuccessfully for years, to capture a shot of a kingfisher, only to take a stunning shot straight from the judging stand to the review pile without further comment. After studying the reserved entries again, Steve awarded 19 points to Retford’s Des Lloyd for ‘In the Pink’ and Russell Nye for ‘Phoebe’ with the undisputed score of 20 going to the excellent kingfisher shot ‘’Dispute’, again by Des Lloyd. The high scores achieved by Retford in this section gave us a victory by 218 points to 191, securing an overall win by 429 points to 407.

2way Results