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February 2019 Open Print Competition Results

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Many thanks to everyone who submitted images for our fourth competition of the season which was for prints.  The theme was an open one and the competition was judged by Graham Currey who is both an L&CPU judge and as many of you know is the proprietor of Photo Session Days

Graham provided some great and positive feedback and spent time to emphasise that although this was a competition, photography is best approached “shooting for yourself” and not for the judge. Graham was also particularly generous in sharing numerous anecdotes and thoughts about the images … especially that a number of them would have made great jigsaws!  

We would like to offer Graham thanks for his time and efforts and for covering while the MCC team grappled a number of technical difficulties! You can catch up with what Graham is upto over here at Photo Session Days

Congratulations go to Steve Gresty for the highest ranking image which was “White Tailed Eagle Confrontation” – scoring a maximum 20 points and gaining 1st place.

A full list of scores can be found here.

The current 2018-19 league table can be found here.

Steve’s winning image can be seen below and the full list of high scoring images can be seen here

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Out of Bounds by Anthony Gosling

PAGB 2019

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The PAGB Cup was judged over the weekend of the 19th January. The images are scored out of 15, by 3 judges who see the images for about 5 seconds.

The GB Cup for Small Clubs

Congratulations to Anthony for being awarded a bronze medal for his image ‘Out of Bounds’, Best Long Exposure Image. In the PAGB GB Cup – Small Clubs we tied for 10th (out of 56) with Dunsten and Mosley clubs. Once again a very creditable result.

  • Steve Gresty, ‘Sidecar Racers’,12       
  • Paul Scott,’Solitude’,11       
  • Paul Scott,’Alter Ego’,12       
  • Anthony Gosling,’Boat in the Bay’,9       
  • Anthony Gosling,’Out of Bounds’,13,Bronze Medal   
  • Steve Gresty,’Supermarine Spitfire PRX1′,9       
  • Terry Heathcote,’Flower’,9       
  • Irene Lea,’Cig Break’,9       
  • David Tolliday,’Milky Way over La Palma’,10       
  • David Tolliday,’A Snowy Celebration’,12

The GB Cup for Nature

Congratulations to Steve Gresty for a perfect score of 15 marks for his image ‘White Tailed Eagle Confrontation’. In the PAGB GB Cup – Nature we tied a very creditable 25th (out of 86) with Edinburgh, Cannock, Dundee and Southampton and we were only a couple of points behind North Cheshire and knocking on the door of some of the biggest clubs in the PAGB.

  • Tom Tyler,’Young Leopard’,9
  • Kevin Blake,’Longhorn Beetle’,10        
  • Mark Stephens,’White Rhino’ ,9        
  • Mark Stephens,’North Atlantic Grey Seal Emerging’,10
  • Steve Gresty,’Sprit Bear with Salmon’,11
  • Kevin Blake,’Hoverfly on Buttercup’,10
  • Kevin Blake,’Small Burrowing Owl on Guard’,10
  • Denis Jones,’Mini Beast’,10
  • Steve Gresty,’Black Bear British Columbia’,9
  • Steve Gresty,’White tailed eagle confrontation’,15        
  • David Tolliday,’Ringed Plover’,12        
  • David Tolliday,’Red Fox’,12        
  • David Tolliday,’Jumping Red Fox’,12

Thank you to all those who supplied images. A big thank you to Tom for pulling it all together and to Steve and David T for acting as the selection committee.

[Non-]Disposable Camera Challenge

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Following on from last season’s disposable challenge we decided to up the ante this season with a non-disposable camera challenge but still holding back from using modern cameras. Instead Vince kindly lent us some of his film cameras from the 80’s. So the same rules applied, it’s all about getting the image right in the camera. Having learnt about horizons, sticking your thumps over the lens, etc., it was time to use cameras with a little bit more control, aperture setting, distance setting etc. There was a choice of cameras available. This season we had the choice of shooting up to 6 film images, but still not being able to see the outcome until all the film had been processed.

There were some technology issues on some of the cameras but we still had a healthy set of images to review and vote on. So the winners are in gallery below… enjoy, remember this is 80’s technology!

2018-2019 Creative DPI Competition

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Many thanks to everyone who submitted images for our third competition of the season which was for digital prints.  The theme was simply ‘Creative’ and the competition was judged by a very experienced local artist and former educator Geoff Archer. 

Geoff was new to photographic competition judging but nevertheless took on the task with enthusiasm and professionalism. Geoff’s feedback was thorough, insightful and scoring was excellent and he had clearly spent significant time really thinking about the images themselves, their meaning and production values, so his viewpoints were refreshing. 

We would like to offer Geoff thanks for his sterling efforts! You can find out more about Geoff and his art over at geoffarcher.co.uk.  

Congratulations go to the Alex White for the highest ranking image which was “Birmingham New Street Steel Reflections” – scoring a maximum 20 points.

A full list of scores can be found here.

The current 2018-19 league table can be found here.

Alex’s winning image can be seen below and the full list of high scoring images can be seen here here

2018-2019 Still Life Print Competition

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Many thanks to everyone who submitted images for our second competition of the season which was for photographic prints.  The theme was ‘Still Life’ and the competition was judged by our very own Brian Law CPAGB ARPS. 

Brian demonstrated an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the theme and provided some great feedback on the submitted images and the club would like to thank Brian for going “above and beyond” once again!

Congratulations go to the Denis Jones for the highest ranking images which were

  • Times Passed – scoring a maximum 20 points.
  • Antiques & Curios – scoring a maximum 20 points.

A full list of scores can be found here.

The current 2018-19 league table can be found here.

Denis’s winning images can be seen below and the full list of high scoring images can be seen here here