The thirty-strong audience were ready – chatting amongst themselves catching up with other club members and exchanging photographic stories and know-how.
The Judge was poised, making some last image review of the Advanced Print section. The scene was set for Mid-Cheshire Camera Club’s (MCCC) second competition of the season. Nineteen prints and sixty Projected digital images were ready to be critiqued by our Judge for the night – Mr John Royle (CPAGB) from Crewe Camera Club. As this is an Open competition, members are able to submit images from any genre. Genres from tonight’s selection of images included: Portraiture, Journalism, Record, Architectural, Landscape and Nature.
Our Judge had a difficult task ahead of him. The in-house standard was very high causing John some consternation in making his selections.
Photographic Competitions are great fun and a great place for any person with some competitive spirit to get involved in the cut and thrust of Club Photography. Club competitions focus your mind and allow you to put the information learned from members’ evenings into practice. There is absolutely no point in spending a lot of money on camera equipment for it to sit a bag a never be used. The Open Competition is the enabler, the focused inspiration, the nagging voice in your head shouting at you to get out and take some images. The other great thing about Club competitions is that the Judge, being a highly acclaimed amateur or professional photographer, provides a decent amount of feedback during the whole evening; commenting on each image that he sees. Anyone attending the evening cannot but help learn something from event. John Royle did not disappoint - In his quiet, confident style he provided feedback on: composition, story, interest, line, colour, texture and shape. He added further points covering depth of field and lighting offering advice as to how an image could be improved. This type of feedback is an important part of the experiential learning cycle, especially if a member wants to improve their photography.
Focusing back on the competition, the results were in;
1st: Ray Girling – Pole Fitness
2nd: Mark Clayton – Brace for Impact
3rd: Ray Hill – Ready for the Rut
1st: Ray Hill – Little Owls
2nd: Ian Whiston – Leopard Cub
3rd: Paul Wilcock – The Charity Runner
1st: Mike Reilly – Harvest Moon at Ladram Bay
2nd: Mike Reilly – On the Beach
3rd: Mike Reilly – Summers End
Congratulations to all the winners and runners up and a thank you to all the members taking part. A final big thank you to our Judge – Mr John Royle who provided sound and honest feedback throughout the whole evening.
For more information about the Mid-Cheshire Camera Club visit our website at www.midcheshirecameraclub.org
or come along to a meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.45 for 8pm at the Dingle Recreation Centre, Winsford.
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