Somerset visited Wiltshire this week as Frome Wessex Camera Club visited us for our annual competition – for some reason it is called a ‘battle’. Last year Frome Wessex hosted the competition, this year it was their turn to travel to us.
Penny Piddock DPAGB, AFIAP, was our judge for the competition held on Tuesday 27 March, 2018. Penny is an experienced judge and also a photographer in her own right; she travelled from Dorchester but she knows her way to the Club as she’s been to us before, and we were pleased to welcome her and her husband Spike again.
The rules of this particular match are that both clubs provide 15 digital images (from 15 different photographers) and 15 prints (again, 15 different photographers). As Warminster has about half as many members as Frome so it’s not easy for us to find suitable images from that many club members, but we didn’t do badly.
First up were the PDIs and by the interval Frome Wessex had notched up a comfortable lead. Warminster scored a little better than Frome Wessex in the prints but not enough to overhaul the deficit and Frome Wessex ran out winners by 520 points to Warminster’s 507.
Well done Frome Wessex; they did deserve to win as they had some great images but well done to both clubs for what was a superb collection of images.
Penny was a fair and reasonable judge, giving valuable and honest critique, and awarded a total of 5 images the top marks of 20, plus 6 others which gained 19 points.
The standard was high as both clubs select the best they have from a pool of images. The digital images awarded 20 were both from Frome Wessex: ‘About to Pounce’ by Andrew Washington and ‘My Neighbour No 1’ from Martin Box. Two of the three prints scoring 20 points were from Warminster: ‘Browsing on the Company Vehicle’ by Carole Zimmerman and ‘Dartford Warbler with Spider’s Web’ by Angus Donald. The other top scoring print was ‘Enchantment’ by Frome’s Loveday Powell.
Penny made a valuable observation about some of the prints in that they may have looked even better on a different print paper to the standard default Lustre, and one or two of the images helped her demonstrate this. Penny considered that an “art” paper may have worked better and more sympathetically with a small number of images. It’s a factor we’ll have to remember when selecting for next year’s competition.
David Chedgy, Chairman of Frome Wessex, thanked us for the event and said he was looking forward to the return match, in Frome next year. A good showing from both clubs and a most enjoyable evening.
Images: Geoff Sims & Members
Report: Marny Thompson LRPS