The first meeting of 2014 to start in the daylight, OK twilight. Competition night, round 4 of the Open. Would we have a judge this time??? Peter Weaver did not disappoint and as ever made the evening even more enjoyable. A big club thanks to him and of course to everyone who made this evening possible. But on with the competition. The number of entrants was quite low again, 14 Novice and 18 Advanced projected images 2 novice and 8 advanced prints. The ground between novice and advanced was declared, again, to be very close and I know the committee are taking on the comments from the judges. As ever everyone else’s images looked better than mine but then other’s have said the same thing to me about their own entries. The difference is the judges keep agreeing with me, not them! I think the photo marathon brought out the best in the club, maybe not technically – you make a different image when you have more control – but certainly creatively. Take this to the next step, it is only logical and it is only a small thing, and enter the club competitions to get feedback. “Feedback is the food of champions”, according to Ken Blanchard. Here to get better? Enter the competitions! Put the feedback (suggestions) into your next photo session. Simples! to quote a certain Meerkat.
The lights dimmed and up came the first of the Novice images ……. Actually you might want this running in the background whilst you view (for those of us of a certain age) .
the full catalogue you can get from this link 140403 Round 4 but the winners by category were:
1st Bridge Landscape – John Pike
Thanks to Julie for this:
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Reflex Open Competition Results
The winners and runners up in the 2012/13 season of the Reflex Camera Club Open Competition. Congratulations to you all and a huge thank you to everyone that took part.
1st Suzanne King 65 points
2nd Maurice Thompson 39 points
3rd Julia Simone 37 points
1st Richard Price 37 points
2nd Mark OGrady 27 points
3rd Angie Nelson 25 points
1st Suzanne King 44 points
2nd Richard Price 38 points
3rd Angie Nelson 36 points
Photographer of the Year
1st Richard Price 75 points
2nd Suzanne King 65 points
3rd Angie Nelson 61 points
Best Digital Image (Stan Scantlebury Shield)
Best Printed Image (John Hankin Shield)
The following Novices are promoted to the Advanced Section:
Suzanne King, Julia Simone, Wendy OBrien, Dan Ellis, Gary Horne, Maurice Thompson
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Thursday we had the results of our John Hankin & Stan Scantlebury Shields. Which are for Best Printed and Best Digital Projected Image of the Year. We kind of sprang a bit of a surprise on everyone when they realised that we had put the Novice and Advanced images in together. After all there can only be one best Digital or Printed image of the year can’t there.
On behalf of the Committee I want to thank everyone that has taken part in the Reflex Open Competition this year. The standard of your images has been superb. I know it takes a lot of time & effort to take part in the ROC and we appreciate you all making the effort. It’s probably one of the most nerve wracking and difficult things to put something you have created in front of a room full of people and wait for someone you don’t know to tell you what they think of it. If you’ve been paying attention to what the judges have been saying (or at least most of them) then you will realise that they have been pretty constructive in their comments. So if you didn’t take part this year I hope that looking at the images and seeing just what is needed has inspired you to enter next time.
Pete Weaver was our judge for the evening and decided to judge them cold on the night which was a brave move that many judges would not even contemplate. He started off with the Printed Images and it soon became clear that the pile of images he liked and wanted to award placings to was going to be a lot larger than the ones he didn’t like. After the Prints he worked his way through the Digital projected and he picked quite a few to receive Highly Commended spots.
John Hankin Shield
(Best Printed Image of the Year)
1st: Forever Autumn by Mark OGrady
2nd: Up the Hill, Down the Hole by Alison Davies
3rd: Blackened Light by Mark OGrady
Highly Commended: Tranquillity by Alison Davies
Highly Commended: Tulip after Spring Rain by Suzanne King
Highly Commended: Alpine Butterfly by Suzanne King
Stan Scantlebury Shield
(Best Digital Projected Image of the Year)
1st: Utterly Drenched by Alison Davies
2nd: Dungeness by Steve Hallam
=3rd: There Bee a little pollinator by Suzanne King
=3rd: Reflex by Mark OGrady
Highly Commended: Severn Sunset by Roy Williams
Highly Commended; Reflection by Gary Horne
Highly Commended: The Watcher by Ian Coombs
Highly Commended: Lonesome Jug by Barrie Brown
Highly Commended: Marching Pylons by Dan Ellis
Highly Commended: Summer Stroll by Roy Williams
Highly Commended: Multiplicity by Gary Horne
That’s the Reflex Open Competition finished for the 2012/13 Season. But who has won? You will have to come to the Prize Giving on the 30th May to find out.
A day out in Clyst St. Mary
On Saturday I made my way down to Clyst St. Mary, just outside of Exeter, in Devon for the 2012 WCPF Kingswood Salver Competition which Reflex Camera Club had entered. For those of you that don’t know the Kingswood Salver is an annual competition and all clubs affiliated to the Western Counties Photographic Federation are invited to enter. This year 24 clubs took up the challenge.
The Judge was Don Byatt ARPS, MPAGB, EFIAP. Who did an excellent job giving good constructive comments for all 24 panels. He found our entry to have a very strong connection across the whole panel and he particularly liked the lighting on Antony Bezers self portrait. However, he found the bright sleeve of the young boy in Alison Davies picture to be quite distracting and suggested that we should of toned down the brightness a bit to stop the eye being drawn towards it. He also felt that the eyes needed to be visible in the portrait that Angie Nelson had created as it was the only one of them all that you couldn’t see the eyes in and it made the image “look out of place” amongst the rest of the panel.
We entered a panel of images by the following photographers into this years Kingswood Salver (in panel order, left to right)
Antony Bezer, Angi Nelson, Alison Davies, Mark O’Grady, Eddie Deponeo.
If you would like to see our entries into this competition you just need to go here.
And the winners are…
The winning panels are shown in the image at the beginning of this post and the names of the winning clubs are as follows:
- Zen Photography Group (no other information known as they do not appear on the website of the WCPF list of affiliated clubs)
- Dorchester Camera Club
- Backwell Camera Club