It was a very different experience this year – our first Zoom competition, very capably judged by Niall Ferguson, and with a total of 16 Club members attending. The start was a little delayed as we couldn’t miss the Thursday Clap for the NHS but the whole evening went well and never felt rushed.

We had a pretty wide variety of images, all on the theme of ‘Patterns in Everyday Objects” – pictures ranged from burnt matches to pastry cutters and the occasional Escher-like ceiling which Niall liked but confessed challenged his eyes (mine too – you know who you are, Richard Keating)

Niall commented that the entries contained lots of “photographers’ images”, which we took as a compliment (and hoped he meant it as such). He had an eagle eye for detail and noticed all the little things judges notice when it’s too late for us to do anything about them. We had 14 images held back for further scrutiny and these were whittled down to 8 contenders for the three top places, two highly commended images and two commended.

The winners were:

First place and winner of the Brian Hodgson Trophy – Marianne Chandler with Stairway to a Platform

Second place – Bo Hansen with Light in a Spoon

Third place – Janet Marshall with Lamp

Highly Commended – Piers Smith with Glass Weight, Janet Marshall with Pastry Cutters on Patio Table

Commended – Dorothy Wood with Winter Feathers, Drew Malloch with Match of the Day

Niall rounded off a thoroughly enjoyable evening by commenting that this had been his first Zoom evening, he’d thoroughly enjoyed it, and he’ll certainly be recommending it to others. He very kindly said that our images were super, as demonstrated by the large number he held back, and some of his choices were difficult to make.