The sixth internal club competition of the 2019-20 season took place on Wednesday 25 March.

The current coronavirus pandemic has of course made normal meetings impossible.  But we are determined to carry on and we have now moved our activities online.

The competition was therefore run as a “webinar” via Zoom.  It was our first foray into the world of internet conferencing for our normal weekly meetings.  And it was a great success with only very minor hiccups along the way.  We are all indebted to Paul Needham who, with the assistance of a few others, did an enormous amount of work to set the conferencing up and the ringmaster the event.

The set subject, for both prints and projected digital images (PDIs), was “Geometric” – with the added briefing

“Any photograph in which the predominant/focal interest of the image is either true or perceived geometric patterns or basic shapes. These may include lines, circles, squares and triangles.

Example: A true form would be the rectangular window or doorway on a house. A perceived triangle could be three people in an image that when connected by an imaginary line form a triangle, this conceptual image to be self-evident. This could also include organic curves, straight lines, corners in architecture, etc.”

The entries as ever displayed imaginative and creative interpretations of the subject. Buildings and other structures predominated but addressed in a variety of styles and approaches.

Our independent judge for the competition was Kathy Chantler ARPS. She is a very experienced photographer and Chairman of ImageZ Camera Club in Weston Turville. She has visited us on a number of occasions as a judge, a speaker and a guest.

However, judging prints is not really practicable in the current circumstance. So, in order to complete this season’s Print Championship, the print entries for this competition were judged as PDIs without physical prints being provided. But the marks still count towards the Print Championship.

38 devices, some being shared, actually logged in for this online competition. So it looks as though at least 40 members were keen to stay involved in our activities and enjoy this new experience. Everyone seemed to enjoy the event and it’s success paves the way for running future meetings – whether competitions, challenges, guest speakers or practical sessions – through internet conferencing.

The evenings proceedings were recorded and are are available to view here, or via the Members Only area. We have also included the “Outtakes”, which are hghly reccommended for your entertainment. Please leave a comment and provide some feedback to let us know if you like them (or not).

Keep an eye on the Programme for forthcoming events!

Marks from this competition are the last ones to count towards this season’s Print Championship (Sections One and Two) and the Digital Image Championship (Sections One and Two).  Each entry was marked out of twenty – see the Internal competitions, Rules for entry page on the website for details CLICK HERE.

All scores and rankings for the Club League Competitions can be viewed on the season’s results page SEE HERE

If you didn’t know, you can post your comments at the bottom of the page. Engage with other Members and share your thoughts on the entries and judging. 

The top performers were as follows:

Section One Prints (18 entries)

  • 1st – “Chimney Stack” by Sally Kitchingman – 20 marks

  • 2nd – “Supernova” by Tim Gould – 19 marks

  • 2nd – “Two Mirrored Walls” by Tim Gould – 19 marks

  • 2nd – “Science Museum, Valencia” by Carol Curd – 19 marks

  • 3rd – “Cathedral Window” by Sally Kitchingman – 18 marks

  • 3rd – “Sinking Feeling” by Clive Rayment – 18 marks

  • 3rd – “Geometry” by Jon Cruise – 18 marks

All Print Entries (click image for full size)

Section One PDIs (32 entries)

  • 1st – “Valentine’s Day” by John Curd – 20 marks

  • 1st – “Approaching the Vortex” by Patrick Linford – 20 marks

  • 2nd – “A Round Structure” by Malcolm Wright – 19 marks

  • 2nd – “Angular Momentum” by John Curd – 19 marks

  • 2nd – “Graffic Reflections” by Barbara Fleming – 19 marks

  • 3rd – “Criss Cross” by Martin Wood – 18 marks

  • 3rd – “Chandelier at Stowe” by Roger Gage – 18 marks

  • 3rd – “Cuboidal Structure” by Patrick Linford – 18 marks

All PDI S1 Entries (click image for full size)

Section Two PDIs (7 entries)

  • 1st – “Shades of Light” by John Booth – 20 marks

  • 1st – “Pattern Pillars” by Pam Cruise – 20 marks

  • 2nd – “Alien Eyes” by Pam Cruise – 18 marks

  • 3rd – “Not the Full Sail” by John Booth – 16 marks

All PDI S2 Entries (click image for full size)