21 members gathered via zoom to witness Caroline Colgate judge the 39 entries to this open competition. The new SCPF judging guidelines were reiterated by Caroline and she proceeded to explain that images are now marked with are wider ranges of scores than in past years.
The winner was Len Quinn, who had the top 3 high-scoring images of the evening. Runner up was Janet Marshall. Drew Malloch and Stella Fagg shared the third place, followed by a group consisting of Richard Keating, Marianne Chandler and Bo Hansen in joint 5th place.
On Friday 11th of December we had the pleasure of a zoom talk from Adiran McGarry, on photographing / editing purely uses a smart phone. It was a well attended and appreciated talk. Adrian has shared some links to the tools he uses below:
I was asked if Snapseed was available on Surface Pro – I promised to look into this and I still think the answer is no. There appear to be ways to run it as a Chrome extension or with an Android emulator but I can’t provide further information.
20 Members attending the zoom meeting for our third PDI competition of the seasons. Maria Leekblade, our judge for the evening, commented several times on the high quality of our images awarding 11 of the entries a score 18 or above. Maria was very knowledgeable and was helpful, providing tips and tricks on how we could improve our images. The competition was an open subject topic and there were 42 entries.
The overall winner, with two images scoring 20, was Nigel Holmes. Second was Janet Marshall LRPS and Len Quinn. 4th place went to Drew Malloch, while Stella Fagg and Bo Hansen shared 5th place.
Those of us who Zoomed in on Friday night for our round of the SCPF League competition will know that we came third out of the 9 clubs in our Division. We came second in the previous night’s round held in Burghfield! It’s a good start for us and we hope for more of the same for the other rounds. As always, different judges mark very differently – here’s what scores I have for our submitted images (chosen by members) for the Burghfield round and for the Reading round.
The second competition of the season was held on Friday 7th of November. 20 members attended via zoom to view the 42 entries judged by Jim Owers. Jim commented on the general high quality of the images entered and said that Len Quinn’s entry “A touch of Broadchurch” was one of the best landscapes he has seen.
The overall winner was Stella Fagg, with Bo Hansen securing 2nd place. Janet Marshall and Len Quinn shared the 3rd place.
What a great evening – a record number of club members joining us via Zoom, and a friendly and personable judge in Kevin Day. The competition was in two halves – one trophy for the winner of the Print section and one for the winner of the PDI section. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if the trophies can be physically presented this season, but our Trophies Evening will certainly be factored into next season.
Our webmaster Bo Hansen managed the technicalities of the evening with his usual efficiency and Kevin commented that this was the first Zoom competition he’d judged where someone had the know-how to enable him to see all the images on the screen at the same time for his final assessment and awards.
Kevin considered our images carefully and made positive and encouraging comments drawing our attention only briefly to areas which might not have worked so well. He thanked the club for a very enjoyable evening; he commented that we’d presented him with a lot of good images, and we should all be proud of them.
1st place Ian Marshall – Tea Picker
2nd place Janet Marshall – Wake up, the Judge is here
3rd place Drew Malloch – Midnight Skyline
Bo Hansen – I can see your halo halo halo
Ian Marshall – Turner Contemporary
1st place Steven Day – Misty Morning
2nd place Drew Malloch – Cheers!
3rd place Bill Weaver – Waiting their Turn
Tony Dance – Skyline in Blue
Richard Keating – Porsche Spoiler
Janet Marshall – Watching and Waiting