To view the latest competition results, please “Click Here”
Every year as part of the Camera Club season, we hold numerous competitions both in Prints and Digital Projected Images (DPI’s), which are open to all club members to enter. Most of the competitions are “Open” subject, where you can enter any type of image, e.g.: colour, monochrome (black & white) or creative (i.e. not reality), as long as they comply with the competition rules. One of the competitions in the club season (usually the 3rd) is a set subject, where the subject of the entry is given to members by the competition secretary.
The Set Subject for the 2021-2022 season is “Still Life”. The hand-in date is 30th November 2021 and the judging takes place on 14th December 2021.
There are a number of ways to interpret Still Life so the following is provided to give you a guide regarding the subject. This will also be the guide we give the judge when he comes to assess the competition entries:
- Generally, still life images focus on commonplace, inanimate objects both natural and manmade which are artistically arranged and lit. You are probably familiar with both still life paintings and photographs containing vases, pottery, tankards, cloth, fruit, flowers etc..
- There are many web sites that contain examples of still life photographs including this one – https://speckyboy.com/still-life-photography/
- The expectation is that an image will have been taken as one shot rather than a composite of several different images of various articles or elements.
Note: Nantwich Events Set Subject
On the 21st January 2020 we announced that the 2020 – 2021 season set subject was going to be “Nantwich Events” but because of the covid lockdown restrictions this was changed to “Up Close”. It was decided to defer the competition for a second time following the cancellation of many of the organised events that had been scheduled for 2021. However, photographs taken after the original announcement date will be eligible for the Nantwich Events competition, which will now be held in Decemeber 2022.
To avoid any ambiguity and to ensure all members are working to the same criteria ‘Nantwich’ is defined as any location within the CW5 post code includes Church Minshall in the north, Aston in the south, Chorley in the west and Wybunbury in the east.
An ‘Event’ is defined as an organised event open to the public. Examples of Events are: Holly Holy Day, farmers markets, events at the Civic Hall, The Jazz & Blues Festival, Words & Music, The Weaver Wander, The Nantwich Show, Spooktacular, plus sporting events including football and cricket and charity events such as the Midnight Run.
To read the rules of club competitions, please click on this link.
Procedure for the Preparation of Projected Images for Club Competitions click here
Each year Nantwich Camera Club participate in a number of inter-club competitions. To find out more about these competitions and how the Nantwich Camera Club selections are made, please “Click Here“
Submitting Competition Entries Using “PhotoEntry”
From the start of the 2018-2019 season, all competition entries are to be submitted using a new system called, “PhotoEntry”.Guidelines have been produced covering the key areas of enrolment, logging on, entering a competition and handling problems.Click on the links below to read these guidelines:
- PhotoEntry Intro & Enrolment Guide
- PhotoEntry Login Guide
- PhotoEntry Enter a Competition
- PhotoEntry Handling Problems
- PhotoEntry Scores & League Tables
History of Past Competition Trophy Winners.
At the end of each competition season, trophies are awarded to the winners of each competition section, Print Photographer, Slide/Projected Image Photographer and Clubman. The Clubman trophy is awarded to the photographer who has achieved the highest combined score in both the Print and PI competitions.
Click on this link to view the trophy winners list.
Tuesday 9th November 2021
2nd Club Competition
Judge: Lee Sutton MPSA, BPE5*, DPAGB, EFIAP, LRPS, ADPS, GPU Cr3, GPU Zeus
Tuesday evening was the 2nd Club Competition of the 2021-22 season. It was held on Zoom as we are not yet having physical meetings. The Judge for the evening was Lee Sutton who gave us a talk about his Photographic Journey in January this year. There were 46 entries from 23 members. Lee remarked on the variety of images and the difficulties of judging both nature and general images in one competition.
He gave critique on each image and suggested ways in which they could, in his opinion, be improved. He said a mark of 15 or 16 indicated a good image and a lower mark showed that it could be improved in some way. He retained 6 images for further consideration awarding 2 of these 17 marks. His highest scoring images were as follows:-
“Downhill Rider Harry Attwood” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Black Headed Gull Lift Off” by Pete Allcock
“Gnarled Oak” by Wray Douglas
“Catch of The Day” by Emma England
Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Inter-Club Competition Nantwich v Whitchurch
Judge:- Linda Bell LRPS DPAGB AWPF AFIAP GPU2.
Tuesday evening saw our members sign in to Zoom for our annual competition against Whitchurch Photographic Society. Many of their members were watching the meeting from the Club room with just a few watching from home. As the meeting was taking place on Zoom the traditional format of 15 Projected Images and 15 Prints was not possible so there were 15 Colour images and 15 Mono images from each Club.
Linda said that she had really enjoyed looking at the images and was impressed by the variety of subjects. She explained that the critique she gave was purely her opinion and she appreciated that opinions differ and that all the images were of a good quality.
Judging commenced with the colour images. She gave constructive critique on each image, retaining 6 images for further consideration. Points were awarded to these as follows:-
“Griffon Vulture” By Bryan Averill (Nantwich)
“Flower Girl” by Paul Hayward (Whitchurch)
“Brown Hare” by Pete Allcock (Nantwich)
“Astrantia” by Paul Topham (Nantwich)
“Downhill Skier Christian Walder” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB (Nantwich)
“Texture Tapestry” by Ruth Elner (Whitchurch)
The overall score of the colour images was Nantwich 250 and Whitchurch 236.
After a short break the judging of the Mono images commenced. The same careful critique was given for each of these images and 7 were retained for further consideration. The resulting scores were as follows:-
“My Fair Lady” by Paul Hayward (Whitchurch)
“Alexis Piturault” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB (Nantwich)
“Bald Eagle” by Alma Sankey (Nantwich)
“The Copse In Winter” by Rob Gough (Nantwich)
“Lake Vyrnwy Kayaks” by Denise Compton (Nantwich)
“Tea Time” by Dave Munn (Whitchurch)
“Solitude” by Marc Brimble (Whitchurch)
The overall score of the Mono images was Nantwich 253 and Whitchurch 249The overall total was a resounding win for Nantwich with a score of 503 and Whitchurch 485.
We look forward to, hopefully, being able to visit Whitchurch for the competition next year.
Tuesday 5th October 2021
1st Club Competition
Judge: Pat Couder CPAGB, BPE1*, QPSA
Tuesday evening was the 1st Club Competition of the 2021-22 season. It was held on Zoom as we are not yet having physical meetings. This enabled Pat Couder from the south of England to judge for us. She said that she had looked at our images beforehand and formed her opinions but was open to changing them should she feel she had misjudged any, but on seeing them again she decided that she hadn’t. She gave good constructive critique on each image, pointing out good points and explaining how she felt they could be improved in a friendly and encouraging manner.
She awarded marks ranging from 13 to 17 for most of the images and retained 9 for further consideration. Points were subsequently awarded to these as follows:-
“Downhill Skier Christian Walder” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Do YOU Mind” by Paul Topham
“Rugged Landscape” by Bryan Averill
“Mating Blue Damselflies” by Wray Douglas
“Mount Fitz Roy Reflected” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Worm’s Eye View” by David Hoyle
“Norfolk Hawker” by Emma England
“High and Dry” by Denise Compton
“Deadwood” by Wray Douglas
8th & 9th May 2021
L & CPU Annual Individuals Competition
The weekend of 8th and 9th may 2021 saw the “in camera” judging of the Annual Individuals Competition. The Competition is open to all members of Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union Clubs. Due to the continuing restrictions because of the pandemic all entries were digital this year. Each member could enter up to 12 images in the “Open” section and 6 in the “Nature” category. Only entrants with a full entry in a section are ranked.
Only 4 of our members entered the competition this year but the results were very encouraging. In the “Open” section 9 of the images were included in the top scoring images each being awarded 12 points. (Images are scored by three judges each awarding 2-5 points)
Of these 9, 3 were retained for the Folio which is circulated around all the Clubs in the Union.
Top scoring images were as follows:-
|Bryan Averill||Aiguille Du Midi|
|Bryan Averill||Colour Coordinate|
|Bryan Averill||Grim Leaper|
|Paul Topham||Astrantia Major|
|Wendy Williams||Ice maiden|
|Wendy Williams||Mill at Dusk|
“Mill At Dusk” by Wendy Williams, “Astrantia Major” by Paul Topham and “Colour Coordinated” by Bryan Averill were retained for the Folio.
2 members entered the “Nature” section but only 1 made a full entry. “Griffon Vulture” by Bryan Averill scored 12 points and was retained for the “Nature” Folio.
The 2 higher scoring Club Members were Bryan Averill at Joint 44th out of 188 entrants with 130 points and Wendy Williams at Joint 53rd with 128 points.
Tuesday 6 April 2021
Nantwich v Crewe Inter-Club Competition
Judge:- Nick Hilton ERFIAP, DPAGB, BPE5*
Tuesday evening saw about 38 people log into the Zoom meeting for our Annual inter-club competition against Crewe Photographic Society. The Competition did not take place last year due to the pandemic.
There were 24 entries from each club covering a wide range of subjects. Nick explained that the images he felt warranted a second look would gain the higher marks and he mainly looks at the lighting, composition and subject matter when judging.
He went through the images giving positive constructive critique on each, and suggesting how some might, in his opinion, be improved. He awarded marks ranging from 13 to 17, retaining 10 images for further consideration. Coincidently these were 5 images from each club. He went on to award scores as follows:-
|Nantwich CC||Wray Douglas||Green-crowned Brilliant||20|
|Nantwich CC||Martin Brown||Gaffa Tape and Cable Ties||20|
|Nantwich CC||David Luker||One on One||20|
|Crewe PS||Paul Hill||Turnstone feeding on Cockle||20|
|Nantwich CC||Andrew Charlesworth||Common Blue Damselfly||19|
|Crewe PS||Ian Whiston||Fishing Heron||19|
|Crewe PS||Peter Robinson||Macaques grooming||19|
|Crewe PS||Peter Robinson||Flying stunt bike||18|
|Nantwich CC||David Hoyle||Verbena||18|
|Crewe PS||Stephen Coyne||Wahiba scene||18|
When 3 of the 4 images awarded 20 points were Nantwich images hopes were raised that we might have just done enough to win, but it wasn’t to be. The final score was:-
Crewe 385 points
Well done Crewe and we look forward to trying again next year!
Tuesday 30 March 2021
6th Club Competition
Judge: Rev Dr Richard Hainsworth
Tuesday evening saw about 28 people log on, despite the warmth and sunshine outside, to watch the judging of the 6th and final Club competition of the season. Things were very close at the top of the League table so who would come out on top? Would it be Andrew Charlesworth, who has won many times but didn’t enter last year, or could Paul Topham, who was 1st in the Projected Images last year, pip him at the post. With only 5 points between them it all rested on the outcome of this competition!
Richard, our judge for the evening explained that he had been able to view all the images beforehand on his computer and had given them provisional marks accordingly. However, on seeing them over Zoom, some looked better than they had on his computer and some not quite as good. As a result he said that some may obtain a higher score than originally but none would get lower as he would judge the best rendition.
There were a total of 50 entries from 25 Members including 2 from one of our new members. After a quick run though Richard gave positive critique on each image, and where he thought the image could have been improved he explained how that could be attained.
He awarded a wide range of scores saying that he had been told he could award as low as 11 but he felt all the images warranted higher than that. He retained 8 images for further consideration. These included 2 by Paul Topham and only 1 by Andrew Charlesworth – would Paul do it?
Final points for the top Scoring Images were as follows:-
“Stationery Lovers” by Paul Topham
“Safely Over” by Bryan Averill
“Buttermere Sunrise” by Denise Compton
“Common Blue Damselfly” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“On A Rampage” by Martin Brown
“Staple Cityscape” by Paul Topham
“Pointed” by David Hoyle
“Cooper T43” by Wray Douglas
When these results were finalised it was revealed that Paul had topped the League by just one point. Well done everyone for finding quality entries for each competition despite the difficult circumstances in which we have all found ourselves.
Final League positions 2020/21
|2||Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB||20||20||19||18||18||18||18||18||18||17||184|
Thursday 25th March 2021
Inter-Club Competition Alsager v Nantwich
On Thursday evening Alsager hosted our annual Inter-Club Competition, this year via Zoom. There were about 30 people online to watch Graham Currey judge the 48 entries, 24 from each Club. After a quick run through of the images Graham explained that he had seen them in advance. He had gone through them fairly quickly about 4 times and after each viewing made a mental note of those that had made an impact. He said that in his opinion they were an excellent set of images and quite a few had stuck in his mind as outstanding. He then proceeded to go though the images giving very positive critique on each, and explaining why he had given the mark that he had to each, retaining 20 images for further consideration.
After a short break he viewed the retained images again and went through awarding points to the remainder of the images. The top scoring images were subsequently as follows:-
|Charging Stag||Jason Rowley||Alsager||20|
|Early Morning Mist||Denise Compton||Nantwich||20|
|Magnum Opus 4||Paul Topham||Nantwich||20|
|Edward Scissorhands / Sweeny Todd||Geoff Reader||Alsager||19.5|
|Man Down||Paul Topham||Nantwich||19.5|
|Misty Sunrise||Darrell Oakden||Alsager||19|
|Aiguille du Midi||Bryan Averill||Nantwich||19|
|Green-crowned Brilliant||Wray Douglas||Nantwich||19|
|Concrete Curves||John Kay||Nantwich||19|
|Penny for your Thoughts||Geoff Reader||Alsager||18|
|Banded Demoiselle||Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB||Nantwich||18|
|Open Wide||Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB||Nantwich||18|
|Watch That Pole||Bryan Averill||Nantwich||18|
Graham declared “Charging Stag” by Jason Rowley of Alsager the Print of the Night.
The overall score was Nantwich 422.5 and Alsager 409, making Nantwich the winners.
Tuesday 2nd March 2021
5th Club Competition (Mono)
Judge: Rob Hockney DPAGB, BPE5*
There were over 30 members watching the Zoom Meeting for the 5th Club Competition judged by Rob Hockney. The evening commenced with Rob explaining what he was looking for when judging images, giving 6 points for authors to bear in mind.
- The “Wow” factor
- Memorability – would he still be thinking about it after the competition
- Emotional engagement – did it provoke an emotional response from the viewer
- Narrative – does it tell a story rather than being just a record shot
- Pictorialism – is it pleasing to look at
- Originality – is it presented differently to the usual image
There were 46 entries from 23 members, all mono, this being our Annual Mono Competition. Rob gave clear constructive critique on each image, explaining his reasons for each score and retaining 14 for further consideration. Of the 14 retained images he subsequently awarded 5 of them 17 points.
The top scoring images were as follows:-
“A Hint of a Smile” by Wendy Williams
“Man Down” by Paul Topham
“Trulli Trio” by John Kay
“Lonely as a Cloud” by Alison Wood
“Alexis Pinturault” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Lake Vyrnwy Kayaks” by Denise Compton
“Alfie” by Rob Gough
“Gaudi Warriors” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Old Radial Lighting” by David Hoyle
Tuesday 26th January 2021
4th Club Competition
Judge: Prof. Terry Hewitt
There were over 30 members watching the Zoom Meeting for the 4th Club Competition judged by Professor Terry Hewitt. The evening began with a 1 minute silence in remembrance of all who had lost their lives to Covid-19, the figure having reached over 100k today.
Terry commenced by explaining that he had viewed and ranked all the images using Lightroom on his computer and had prepared a sheet with his marks and comments. He emphasised that he did not look at the EXIF data or attempt to edit them in any way, it was just for ease of viewing. He also said that he was marking them in comparison to other images in this competition only.
There were 50 entries from 25 members. They were all viewed initially as a slide show, then Terry commenced his critique of each, often suggesting that a suitable crop would have enhanced the image and illustrating this with yellow lines drawn on the screen (Virtually of course!) He was also quite keen on White borders for many images, although other judges seem to discourage this. He explained afterwards when questioned about this that he felt, particularly because of the ratio of Zoom, that it helped to define the edges of the image.
He pointed out the good points and things that he liked about each image. There was a short break about 8.30 when he was just over halfway through and judging recommenced as soon as everyone had returned to their screen. His marks ranged from 14 points up to 20 for the winner. He retained 7 images for further consideration subsequently awarding marks as follows:-
“Orchids – Socially Distanced!” by Martin Watson
“Griffon Vulture” by Bryan Averill
“Time Traveller” by Paul Topham
“Staple City” by Paul Topham
“Stefen Babinsky” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Alien Landscape” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“I Hate Football!” by Neil Bradley
Well done to everyone who entered.
Tuesday 08 December 2020
3rd Club Competition
Judge: Tillman Kleinhans ARPS, EFIAP/b, DPAGB, BPE2*
About 30 members once again joined the Zoom meeting for the judging of our one set subject competition of the season. Originally it was to be “Nantwich Events” but since there weren’t any due to the current circumstances it was decided to change it to “Up Close” as this was something that could be done within the confines of the home!
There were 50 entries from 25 Members, with a good variation of interpretations. Tillman Kleinhans, our judge for the evening, explained that he would be judging on technical merit, the suitability of the subject in regard to the brief, and finally his personal preference.
He went through the images pointing out what he liked about them and suggesting ways in which he thought they could be improved and awarding marks ranging from 11 to 17 points. He retained 7 for further consideration and having awarded 4 of these images 18 Points he explained that the only way he could select a winner from the last 3 was by choosing the one that he liked best and wished that he’d taken himself.
The top scoring images were as follows:-
“Unlocked” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Inside the Cockpit” by Martin Brown
“Cat’s Eyes” By David Luker
“Ammonite Fossil Chambers” by David Luker
“Eagle Profile” By Bryan Averill
“Smile” by Denise Compton
“We Race As One” by Wendy Williams
Saturday 21 November 2020
L & CPU Knockout Competition
Judge: Mike Sharples ARPS, MPAGB, EFIAP, BPE5*
On Saturday evening, at 7pm, over 150 members of the L & CPU met online via Zoom for the L & CPU Knockout Competition. Clubs had been invited to submit 8 images (in order of preference) and the number used in the actual Competition from each Club would depend on the number of Clubs that entered. As there were entries from 41 Clubs only the first 4 from each Club were actually used. This meant from the 328 submitted only 164 were used. There was discussion going on via chat as at least 1 Club was unaware of this rule and thought it unfair that they hadn’t been told!
However, Mike quickly eliminated about half of the images in the 1st round, and quite a few more in the 2nd round. 2 of our images were dismissed in Round 1 but no further ones in Round 2.
After a short break at just after 8pm, the 3rd round saw another of our images dismissed, and our remaining entry went out in the 4th round. Adrian Lines, who has kindly organised these Zoom Competitions with the help of his wife Jane, then displayed the remaining images on Lightbox and Mike went through them awarding 5 points to each until he came to his winner, which was awarded 6 points. The remainder were then given 5 points and the final result quickly displayed. Chorley won with 20 Points and also had the highest scoring image of the evening. We were joint 14th with 9 points. As 4 Clubs were eliminated in Round 1, and a further 8 in Round 2 we didn’t do too badly!
Our Entries scored as follows:-
“Magnum Opus 4” by Paul Topham – 4
“Over the Brow” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB – 3 points
“Flower Pots” by Alison Wood – 1 point
“One on One” by David Luker -1 point
Tuesday 3rd November 2020
2nd Club Competition
Judge: Christine Widdall MPAGB, EFIAP, FBPE
Our 2nd Club Competition, once again held on Zoom, was much awaited especially by the longer standing Club Members as it was to be judged by Christine Widdall. Christine is well known by members of Clubs belonging to the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L & CPU) as well as nationally and Internationally. She is a well liked and respected judge, ex-President of the L & CPU and has held various other roles within the L & CPU, as well as a photographer and lecturer.
The evening began with her asking if anyone had not seen her judge before. As several members said that they had not she explained that she awards a wide spread of marks, between 10 and 20. Consequently anything she scores above 15 she considers to be better than the general standard of the images in the competition, and for those below, not quite up to the standard. She said she has a reputation for being cruel but fair!
The judging began with a run through of the 48 entries, watched by approximately 30 viewers. Christine went though each image carefully pointing out the good points and things that she liked about each image before going on to point out the little things that she thought could be done to improve each one. She said that the general standard was quite good, hence her lowest mark was 13 points, not 10.
She held back 8 images for further consideration and after a short break the meeting recommenced for the scoring of the retained images. These were scored as follows:-
“Magnum Opas 4” by Paul Topham
“Verbina” by David Hoyle
“Loch Arkaig” by Brian Sankey
“Astrantia Major” by Paul Topham
“One on One” by David Luker
“Catch” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Slalom Skier, Jared Goldberg” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Violet Sabrewing” by Wray Douglas
After the judging the Zoom Meeting remained open for a Question and Answer session with Christine. She advised members to look at entering salons and external competitions and offering images for sale, but warned that you need to be aware of your market and tailor the images accordingly.
Tuesday 27th October 2020
Inter-Club Competition Whitchurch v Nantwich
Tuesday evening saw us take part in our first Inter-Club Competition to be held on Zoom. Our Competitors were Whitchurch Photographic Society and it was their turn to host the competition. There were approximately 40 people online to listen to Peter judge our images.
The competition could not follow its usual format of 15 prints and 15 Digital Images from each Club, due to the Coronovirus restrictions, so there were 15 Colour and 15 Mono images instead.
The Colour images were shown first. Peter said that he had an extremely difficult task ahead as all the images were of excellent quality and that he would really have to “knit-pick” to be able to justify his scores. He scored from 13 to 20, apologising profusely for each of the lower scores, but explaining clearly his reasoning for the lower mark. He said that he considered 15 a good score, and retained 12 images from which he selected a further 4 images to score 16 points.
The remainder scored as follows:-
“Mare and Foal in morning Light” by Sandy Roberson (Whitchurch)
“Flower Pots” by Alison Wood (Nantwich)
“Watch That Pole” by Bryan Averill (Nantwich)
“Storks Mating” by Marc Brimble (Whitchurch)
“Green-Crowned Brilliant” by Wray Douglas (Nantwich)
“Here’s Lookin’ at You” by Rob Gough (Nantwich)
“Over The Brow” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB (Nantwich)
“August Thorn” by David Luker (Nantwich)
The scores for this section were Nantwich 241and Whitchurch 228.
After a short break the meeting recommenced with the Mono section. Peter was again very impressed with the standard and said it was equally difficult or perhaps even harder to separate these images. However he went on to give clear constructive critique with a jovial and sometimes apologetic manner. In this section he retained 11 images for further consideration awarding scores as follows:-
“The Dream” by Paul Hayward (Whitchurch)
“Leaves and Marbles” by Paul Topham (Nantwich)
“Wolf” by Alison Wood (Nantwich)
“Ice Maiden” by Wendy Williams (Nantwich)
“Gateway To The Lake” by David Hoyle (Nantwich)
“Museum Ghosts” by Marc Brimble (Whitchurch)
“Under The Weeping Willow” by Paul Hayward (Whitchurch)
“Bat Girl” by Denise Compton (Nantwich)
The total scores for this section were Nantwich 240 Whitchurch 222
The overall score was a win for Nantwich with 481 to Whitchurch’s 450.
Well done to all and we look forward to the return “battle” next year at Nantwich, hopefully!
Tuesday 13 October 2020
1st Club Competition
Judge: Jill Bunting CPAGB
Tuesday evening saw the judging of the first Club Competition of the 2020-21 season. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to hold our usual meetings so we all met online! There were 23 entrants each submitting 2 digital images. Jill Bunting CPAGB, our judge for the evening, had seen the images beforehand and decided on her scores for each. She began by saying all of the images were of a very high standard and she had found it very difficult to decide on a winner, especially from the final 8 that she held back for further consideration. A total of 31 people attended the Zoom meeting to hear her helpful and constructive critique on each image.
The top scoring images were as follows:-
“Over The Brow” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Flower Pots” by Alison Wood
“Robin” by David Foster
“Leaves of Gold” by Paul Topham
“Bathing Blackbird” by Wendy Williams
“Male Leopard” by Wray Douglas
“Snow Leopard” by Rob Gough
“Mors Inimicis” by Martin Brown
End of 2019-20 Season Results
Lockdown restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic brought our 2019-20 season to a premature end resulting in the final competition of the season not taking place. Despite this the highest 9 scores were used to calculate the Print League tables and the highest 8 scores for the Projected Images. Results are as follows:-
|Print League||Projected Image League||Clubman League|
|1st Wray Douglas||1st Paul Topham||1st Alma Sanke|
|2nd Martin Brown||2nd Denise Compton||2nd Bryan Averill|
|3rd Alma Sankey||3rd Ray Duckworth||3rd Wendy Williams|
7th, 8th March 2020
Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union Annual Club Competition
The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union Annual Club Competition 2020 was held over the weekend of 7th and 8th March 2020 at Culcheth High School, Community Campus, Warrington Road, Culcheth, Warrington,WA3 5HH.
Nantwich decided to enter this for the first time this year since the revamping of the competition some years ago. Clubs select the entries from their members for the competition. We did well with our prints, and not so well with the digital entries, which seems to back up the opinion of the judges who often remark that the print entries are stronger than the Digital Section.
We were joint 10th in the Colour Print Section, 4th in the Mono Print Section and joint 7th in the Nature Print Section out of an entry of 22 Clubs.
In the Digital Section we were 15th in the Open Section out of an entry of 37 and Joint 27th in the Nature Section out of an entry of 35.
Individuals are encouraged to attend the judging of this Competition.
Entries and results for this Competition can be seen by clicking on the links below:
TUESDAY 03 MARCH 2020
5th CLUB COMPETITION – MONOCHROME PRINTS AND PROJECTED IMAGES
JUDGED BY TONY PIOLI FRPS, FBPE
Fortunately the weather improved significantly and Tony was able to join us without too much difficulty with his journey from Buxton. He judged 45 Prints and 38 Projected Images. The Monochrome Competition Provides a useful selection of images suitable for consideration for the Alan Challinor Trophy Competition, held later in the year, between 5 local clubs. This is a purely monochrome competition and is keenly contested.
The Prints were up first and there was an interesting and varied selection of subjects. As usual, his decisive judging was thorough and to the point. His tips on composition were interesting and informative and hopefully helpful to members, especially those less-experienced. Tony held back about 11 prints for reconsideration and then made his selection of winner from those. The PIs were judged after the tea break completing a full evening’s programme. Tony thought the PIs were of a lower standard than the prints but managed to hold a number back for further consideration.
‘Distracted’ by Bryan Averill
‘Gateway to the Lake(s)’ by David Hoyle
‘Ice Maiden’ by Wendy Williams
‘Enjoying the Challenge’ by Bryan Averill
‘Windows on the Soul’ by Alison Wood
‘’The Unwelcome Visitor’ by John Kay
‘Winter Goods Train’ by Martin Brown
‘Jenny the Squirrel’ by Aneta Talbot
‘Steve’ by Alison Wood
‘Misty Reflection’ by John Dodd
‘Whisky’ by Paul Topham
‘Typhoon Warning’ by Martin Brown
‘I’m Watching You’ by John Dodd
‘The Tulip Staircase’ by Rob Gough
‘’Sisteron’ by Nick Hutt
‘Saltburn Pier’ by Bryan Averill
‘Gannet’ by Alma Sankey
‘Made in the USA’ by Aneta Talbot
by Bryan Averill
To see the top Prints from this competition,
Tuesday 28 January 2020
4th Club Competition
Judge:- Graham Currey
Judge Graham Currey began the evening by explaining that he doesn’t enter Club Competitions himself as he believes it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of a image as long as the author likes it. He was put off by the comments made regarding one of his images by a judge that he said would remain nameless, and that lead him to the decision to become a judge himself. He said that it is a very difficult job but that his intentions were to encourage and provide guidance to people, hence he scores generously.
The evening commenced with the judging of the 32 prints. Graham gave positive and clear critique of each image delivered in an entertaining and sometimes amusing manner. He retained 14 of the 32 images for further consideration, subsequently awarding 7 of these 17 points. He awarded points to 4 more images and displayed the last remaining 3, checking once again that he could only award one of then 20 points. Once this was re-confirmed he chose “Patricia Lake” by Wray Douglas as his winner, “White Rose”, again by Wray Douglas, as second and “Autumn Waterfall” by Wendy Williams in third place.
“Patricia Lake” by Wray Douglas
“White Rose” by Wray Douglas
“Autumn Waterfall” by Wendy Williams
“Araneus Diadematus” by David Luker
“Sea Sculpture” by Alma Sankey
“Peace Lily” by David Hoyle
“Colour Coordinated” by Bryan Averill
After the break the judging of the 36 Projected Images. The same positive constructive critique was given on each of these images. Graham retained 8 of these for further consideration awarding points as follows:-
“Morning Light” by Ray Duckworth
“After the Rain” by Alma Sankey
“Are You My Mummy” by David Hoyle
“Happy Faces” by Martin Watson
“Male Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs” by Pete Allcock
“Leaves” by Paul Topham
“Apple” by Paul Topham
“Aiguille Du Midi” by Bryan Averill
A most enjoyable and entertaining evening concluded with a show of appreciation for Graham.
Tuesday 10th December 2019
3rd Club Competition (Set Subject – Bent, Broken or Busted)
Judge:- Nick Hilton EFIAP, DPAGB, BPE5*
Nick began the evening by saying that he was impressed by the range of interpretations of the set subject, “Bent, Broken or Busted”. He went on to explain that he would be looking for 3 things. The first was technical competence, followed by how well the subject matter fitted the brief and lastly, had the image enough impact to warrant a second look.
The evening began with the 30 print entries which Nick went through giving constructive critique on each. He also suggested that some might have been improved by a different choice of paper. His scores ranged from 13 through to 20. Only 5 were held back for further consideration scoring as follows:-
“Gaffer Tape and cable Ties” by Martin Brown
“Remains of the Vita Nova” by Wray Douglas
“Abandoned” by Wray Douglas
“For Sale – One Careful Owner” by Rob Gough
“West Pier, Brighton” by Wendy Williams
There was also one image scoring 17 points – “Bolton Abbey Ruins” by David Foster
After the break Nick went on to judge the 39 Projected Images, giving the same consideration and critique to each. He awarded scores again from 13 to 20, with the Projected images seemingly being of a slightly lower standard with a higher number of images scoring 14 points. He retained 7 for further consideration awarding points as follows:-
“Old Jalopy” by Wendy Williams
“Bowing to the Queen” by Aneta Talbot
“Caught in the Middle” by Aneta Talbot
“Beyond Repair” by Denise Compton
“Broken Grass” by Paul Topham
“Definitely Bent” by Nick Hutt
“Fetch the Glue” by Paul Topham
He had also previously awarded 17 points to “Broken Glass” by Wendy Williams
Congratulations to all entrants for the assortment of interpretations of the theme.
“Gaffer Tape and Cable Ties”
Thursday 21st November 2019
Alan Challinor Trophy
Judge:- Christine Widdall FBPE MPAGB EFIAP APAGB HonLCPU
This competition has been running for many years and is recognised as a prestigious event in the competition calendar. The clubs that took part this year were Alsager CC, Crewe PS, Mid-Cheshire CC, Nantwich CC and Whitchurch PS. All entries are ‘mono’ prints and the competition usually attracts high quality entries. A DPI of each print is projected at the same time as judging is taking place in order to ensure the audience can see the images. Each club submits 12 images – a total entry therefore of 60 images – which are presented to the judge in random order.
The judge this year was Christine Widdall – a well known and respected judge from the L&CPU.
Christine arrived a little flustered as she had been held up by both diversions and accidents on her journey. After a quick cuppa to help revive her she glanced at the first few images out of the box, then decided to commence the judging. She said she felt she would be holding quite a number back for further consideration as they were all of high quality and a pleasure to judge. She gave clear, concise and constructive critique on each image in a pleasant and entertaining manner. She retained 17 prints for further consideration. Of these 5 were from Nantwich, 4 from each of Alsager and Mid-Cheshire, 3 from Whitchurch and the remaining 1 from Crewe. She asked if she could award as many 20s as she liked if she still chose her “Print of the Night” and this was confirmed. Subsequently she chose “Winter Sentinels” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB as her “Print of the Night”, and awarded the remaining images points as follows:-
|Winter Sentinels||Andrew Charlesworth||Nantwich||20|
|Lytham Jetty||Andrew Donkin||Alsager||20|
|Fishing Heron||Ian Whiston||Mid-Cheshire||20|
|No Bones Broken||Ray Hill||Mid-Cheshire||20|
|Gripping Moment||Mike Gibbens||Whitchurch||20|
|I still only have eyes for you||Sandy Robinson||Whitchurch||20|
|On Retrieve||Andrew Charlesworth||Nantwich||19|
|Racing Ferraris||Wray Douglas||Nantwich||19|
|Copper with a Cuppa||Meg Cumming||Crewe||18|
|Broken Down in the West||Tom Sheckleston||Mid-Cheshire||18|
|Liverpool Reflections||Tom Sheckleston||Mid-Cheshire||18|
|Little Friend||Alison Wood||Nantwich||18|
|Five Go Off Piste||Bryan Averill||Nantwich||18|
The remainder of the Nantwich Images scored as follows:-
|Light and Shade||Alison Wood||17|
|Diadem Spider||David Luker||17|
|Storm Clouds Over The River Arno||Rob Gough||17|
|Study-Glass Bottles||Wray Douglas||16|
|Paddle Power||Bryan Averill||16|
|Little Ross Island Lighthouse||Andrew Charlesworth||16|
|The Look||Wendy Williams||16|
The final result was that Nantwich were declared the winners for the 14th time since the competition began in 1987 and retained the Cup for another year. Nantwich scored 209 points, Alsager were in 2nd place with 204 points, Mid-Cheshire 3rd with 202 points, Whitchurch 4th with 201 points and Crewe in 5th place with 201.
The evening ended with John Dodd, President of Nantwich Camera Club and one of the founders of the Alan Challinor competition, accepting the trophy on behalf of the Club and Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB being presented with his trophy for “Print of the Night”. Christine was thanked for her excellent performance and invited to judge the event again next year!
Our entry can be viewed below.
Saturday 16th November 2019
L & CPU Annual Knockout Competition
Judge:- Malcolm Kus ARPS, DPAGB,EFIAP/b
This year, in order to assess the standard of our images against those of other clubs in our area, we decided to enter the Annual Knockout Competition for Projected Images held at Elm Bank Conference Centre, Eccles. We submitted 8 images in total and these had to be numbered in order of preference as the number actually used depended on the number of Clubs that entered. As a total of 30 Clubs entered, on the night the first 5 were used, giving 150 to put before the judge. The images are judged in rounds with all images being seen in the first round, but some receive a point and are eliminated from the next round. The remaining images are viewed again with a further number being awarded 2 points and thus being eliminated. There are usually 5 rounds with 1 winning image.
The audience was made up of 48 members from 19 Clubs. The judge, Malcolm Kus from Northern Counties Photographic Federation injected humour along with his critique and comments on each image and this was well received and enjoyed by all.
After a software glitch caused the results to be checked after the event they were eventually published in the L & CPU Publication “Focal Points” on Tuesday Evening.
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Nantwich were joint 2nd with 17 Points. Our images scored as follows:-
“Magnum Opus 3” by Paul Topham
“Wet Race” by Peter Woolmer
“Catch” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Raptor” by Martin Brown
“Early Morning Mist” by Denise Compton
Hopefully some of our members will be able to go along next year.
Tuesday 5th November 2019
2nd Club Competiton
Judge:- Diana Magor EFIAPb, MPSA, CPAGB, LRPS, BPE3*
There was a good turnout for the 2nd Club Competition of the season despite it being Bonfire Night! Diana began by explaining that she had seen digital files of both the Prints and Projected Images beforehand and had given provisional scores which she may or may not change on seeing the actual images! She went on to say that she divides the images into 3 groups, those that she doesn’t really like, those that she feels are okay, and the ones that she likes. She then allocates scores accordingly, subject to seeing the original. As she put up the 1st print she said that she had chosen her winning image initially, but had already changed her mind having seen the actual prints. She gave quite a wide range of scores and gave frank, clear, detailed constructive critique on each image. She retained 8 images for further consideration. When it came to choosing between the final 2 images she asked if we definitely wanted only 1 to have 20 points. When this was confirmed she awarded 20 points to “Raptor” by new member Martin Brown and 19 points to “It’s Only A Friendly” by Wendy Williams. Well done, Martin.
The top scores were as follows:-
“Raptor” by Martin Brown
“It’s Only A Friendly” by Wendy Williams
“St.Cwyfan’s Church” by Wray Douglas
“Green-Crowned Brilliant” by Wray Douglas
“Still Waters run Deep” by Alma Sankey
“Cheshire Old Boy” by Aneta Talbot
“Black Rock Cottage” by John Dodd
“The Falconer’s Daughter” by Alison Wood
“Late Arrival” by Alma Sankey
After the break Diana gave the same careful consideration to the Projected Images, making useful suggestions as to how she felt some could have been improved, in particular the use of one’s partner or companion to cast a shadow over an over-bright background when shooting in places where you could not easily control the light.
She again allocated scores from 12 through to 20 awarding her top scoring images as follows:-
“Early Morning Mist” by Denise Compton
“Passing Storm Over St Mary’s” by Denise Compton
“Whitethroat – Sylvia communis” by Pete Allcock
“Magnum Opus 3” by Paul Topham
“Swallow” by David Foster
“Two Jack Lake” by Ray Duckworth
“Smile Please” by Alma Sankey
“Enough Surfing For Today” by Bryan Averill
Well done everyone.
by Martin Brown
Tuesday 29th October 2019
Interclub Competition Nantwich v Whitchurch
Judge:- Rob Hockney CPAGB, BPE3*
Not the usual turnout for our Club this evening, but taking into consideration that it was half term week and also the Annual Competition at Chester, the numbers were fair from both Clubs. Rob started the evening by saying that he had just taken the opportunity to look through the 30 prints, 15 from each Club, and that he thought every entry was a winner and good enough for entry into L & CPU Competitions. He said he would find it difficult, but a pleasure, to judge images of such a high standard and that there would be no low scores. He went on to give good clear constructive critique on each of the images, delivered in a friendly and pleasant manner. He held back 11 images, 7 from Whitchurch and the remaining 4 from Nantwich. After further consideration he awarded final marks as follows:-
“The Look” by Wendy Williams (Nantwich)
“Song Bird” by Dave Munn (Whitchurch)
“Swans Taking Off From The Snow And Ice” by Chris Goody (Whitchurch)
“By The Old Gramophone” by Paul Hayward (Whitchurch)
“Old Boat And Boathouse” by Alma Sankey (Nantwich)
“Gripping Moment” by Mike Gibbens (Whitchurch)
“Banded Demoiselle” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB (Nantwich)
“Nude, Chair And Bed” by Paul Hayward (Whitchurch)
“In The Wet” by David Luker (Nantwich)
“The Gateway To The Great Ridge” by Dave Munn (Whitchurch)
“Isle Of Harris Abstract” by Marc Brimble (Whitchurch)
As a result of this, after the Print judging Whitchurch were in the lead by 5 points with 259 to Nantwich’s 254.
After the break the judging of the 30 Projected Images commenced. Rob gave the same careful crititque interjected with friendly banter from the audience. He remarked that he thought the standard was, overall, slightly lower in the Projected Images Competition and that the scores would reflect this accordingly. He retained 7 images for further consideration, 4 from Nantwich and 3 from Whitchurch. It seemed the final result could go either way! When he came to his final 3 he suggested that as he had ample time that the audience should participate. He confirmed that he had long since chosen his winner, but was interested in our opinion so he asked for a show of hands for each remaining image. He then awarded scores as follows:-
“Catch” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB (Nantwich)
“Sisters Of The Zodiac” by Paul Hayward (Whitchurch)
“Magnum Opus 2” by Paul Topham (Nantwich)
“White Tailed Eagle” by Chris Goody (Whitchurch)
“Red Squirrel, Feeding” by Chris Goody (Whitchurch)
“Wirral Walkers” by Bryan Averill (Nantwich)
“Wet Race” by Pete Woolmer (Nantwich)
Nantwich had won the Projected image competition with 248 to Whitchurch’s 244, but Whitchurch were the overall winners by just 1 point.
Rob concluded the evening by re-iterating that he had thoroughly enjoyed judging our Competition and would be more than happy to return in the future.
Tuesday 29th October 2019
Inter Club Competition at Chester PS
The Chester Photographic Society annual Inter-Club Print Battle was held at the Grosvenor Museum, and was attended by a full-house (The perennially popular competition between clubs across Cheshire, the Wirral and North Wales). This year twelve clubs were represented; notable absences being Heswall, Wallasey and Warrington. Nantwich Camera Club was represented in person by Wray Douglas and Rex Kingsley. Entries comprised of 4 colour prints per club, plus 2 mono prints.
Judging was by Paul Williamson LRPS, who ran through all the images before the 1st round in each of the sections (colour and mono respectively).
In the colour section, it was not until the 3rd round that any Nantwich prints were eliminated: Andrew Charlesworth’s “Downhill Rider” and Alma Sankey’s “Winter Feed” each were awarded 3 points.
In the following round, Rob Gough’s “Aerial Dispute” was knocked out, receiving 4 points.
A 5th round took place, with 4 surviving prints eliminated, leaving only Wray Douglas’s “Violet-Crowned Woodnymph” as the overall colour winner, receiving 6 points.
At this stage Nantwich, with 16 points, had a 1 point lead over Mid-Cheshire.
After a coffee and biscuit break, the mono competition commenced in similar vein.
Only 5 prints out of 24 made it through to round 4, and as each were in turn eliminated, there remained only “Manhattan Skyline” by Wray Douglas, and “Emerging from the Clouds” by Bryan Averill – the judge took some time between these two before awarding Bryan’s print 1st place (5 points) with Wray’s gaining 4 points.
In total Nantwich accrued 25 points, and were comprehensive winners, with 2nd place falling to Mold with 18 points – Deeside and Mid-Cheshire shared 3rd place with a score of 17 each.
An awards ceremony followed, with Wray receiving his medal for the colour section, and on Bryan’s behalf, a medal for the mono’s.
A trophy in the form of a bronze camera statuette was also received on behalf of Nantwich as the winning club.
Nantwich CC’s entries and scores were:
Andrew Charlesworth “Downhill Rider, Shaun Richards” – 3 points
Wray Douglas “Violet Crowned Woodnymph” – 6 points
Alma Sankey “Winter Feed” – 3 points
Rob Gough “Aerial Dispute” – 4 points
Bryan Averill “Emerging from the Clouds” – 5 points
Wray Douglas “Manhattan Skyline” – 4 points
Total: 25 points
Winning Colour Print
“Violet Crowned Woodnymph”
by Wray Douglas
Winning Mono Print
“Emerging from the Clouds”
by Bryan Averill
Tuesday 1st October 2019
1st Club Competition
Judge:- Mike Sharples ARPS, MPAGB, EFIAP, BPE5*
“Puffin Perch” by Alma Sankey
“Ovavango Lioness” by Wray Douglas
“In The High Alps” by Bryan Averill
“It’s My Ball” by Wendy Williams
“Kicking Horse River” by Wray Douglas
“Gannets Sula Bassana” by Brian Sankey
“On The Edge” by Martin Brown
“Young Moorhen” by Rob Gough
“Swiss Air Force Hornet” by David Foster
After the break the judging of the 38 Projected Images followed the same format. Mike retained 18 of the images, eventually awarding 16 points to 7 of them and the remainder as follows:-
“Tryfan” by Ray Duckworth
“Woodland Retreat” by Denise Compton
“Hebe” by Martin Watson
“Brandy” by Paul Topham
“Caitlin” by Ray Duckworth
“Looking Out Of The Train Window” by Suzanne Mercer
“Bass Rock Lighthouse” by Brian Sankey”
“Imagination” by Paul Topham
“Tern With Fish” by Wendy Williams
“Kestrel In Flight” by Pete Allcock
“Xcaliber Jet” by David Hoyle
It was good to see our newer members entering the competitions, as well as the usual entrants. Well done everyone.
To see the results of other Club Competitions and inter-club Competitions from previous years click on the relevant links below.