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3rd April 2014 – ROC Round 4 – Competition Results

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 Ivy Leaf – Wendy Goodchild
07_Ivy leaf
2nd Destitute Chair – Megan Gearing
12_the destitute chair
3rd Shadows – John Pike
HC – Who you lookin’ at – Debbi Griffin
06_Who You Lookin' At


1st Bridge Landscape – John Pike

1_Bridge Landscape

2nd Waterbus – John Pike
1st That 80’s Feeling – Eddie Deponeo
14_that 80s feeling
2nd Protecting my Thoughts 2 – Mark O’Grady (Mark OGrady)
15_Protecting my Thoughts 2
3rd Tortoise shell – Ian Coombs
13_Tortoise shell
HC Protecting my Thoughts 1 – Mark O’Grady (Mark OGrady)
06_Protecting my Thoughts 1
HC Pier at Sun Down – Alison Davies
18_Pier at Sun Down
1st Lady of the Lake – Mark O’Grady (Mark OGrady)
6_Lady of the Lake
2nd The Rat Catcher – Ian Coombs
7_The Rat Catcher
3rd – Life at the Top – John Morgan
HC Flame Red – Mark O’Grady (Mark OGrady)
2_Flame Red
With the best being judged salon standard and with the overall standard being good a very successful evening all round.
Elsewhere in the news:
In  a Farage-loving moment the EU is to slap an annual fee on high end cameras. it says here , but the clue is to be found at the top of the page, check it out before marching on Brussels.
Ian G.

Results for the Creative Round of the Open Competition

Thanks to Julie for this:

Here are the results –
Digital Novice:
1st – Lipstick Letterbox – Wendy Goodchild
2nd – Scarey Harey – John Pike
3rd – Spiral – Pauline Ewins
HC – Crane – Mark Bogdanovic
HC – MShed – Mark Bogdanovic
1st – Fairy Wand – Alison Davies
2nd – Breakdance – Mark O’Grady (Mark OGrady)
3rd – Show me your cards – Eddie Deponeo
HC – skyscraper – Ian Coombs
HC – Gromit dog of war – Ian Coombs
Print Novice:
1st Monet’s Garden – John Pike
2nd – Prague Quartet – John Pike
1st – Orange Burst – Alison Davies
2nd – Into the light – Alison Davies
3rd – Da Vincis Lunch – Ian Coombs
3rd – Stephanie – Mark O’Grady (Mark OGrady)
HC – Black and Gold – Mark O’Grady (Mark OGrady)
Ian G

Ephemeral Ghosts

Ephemeral Ghosts: A talk by Ian Coombs

This Thursday we proudly present our very own Ian Coombs with what promises to be a superb evening of rare mostly unseen images of unknown people from 1850 to 1950 from his collection of vintage photographs.

You may have to exercise your brains as he’s going to be asking you to join in with a guess the date of the image competition.
He’s also going to talk about the introduction of cinematography with some of his collection of old cameras (don’t touch) and an introduction into the world of Aerial Photography with original images, some from World War 1,  including his Spitfire gun camera.
There’s also his crazy theory on the development of aircraft and photography and of course the AV to finish.
Ian’s going to be enjoying himself so why not come along and enjoy the fun.



Image of the Year Results

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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.

The Judge

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.

The Results

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.