21st March 2018 - Dulverton Battle and WCPF Print critique

Our annual inter-club battle was with Dulverton who brought a good number of members to see and hear the judging by Duncan Armour. There were 30 images from each club and some really excellent ones including many wildlife which in ordinary circumstances would all have achieved top marks. Because of the closeness of the competition Duncan admitted to having to be 'picky' to separate imag-es and to make the contest an exciting and viable one. But in all cases he brought some very useful practical tips which outweighed the exasperation he must have caused when disliking small imperfec-tions in individual images.
In the end the result was a worthy win for Dulverton by 505 points to Wellington's 499. But - and there's always a but if I can find one - of the seven images held back for high marks, Dulverton had two scores of 19 and Wellington one score of 19 and four 20's. So, if you want to go just by top scores - Wellington won!
The next meeting was an opportunity to become our own judges when we viewed some of the print images accepted in last year's Western Counties Photographic Federation Members' Exhibition. This time instead of a general critique we divided into small groups and reviewed 5 images per group and chose the group favourite. These were displayed and reasons given for the choice. The batches of five were then circulated around all of the groups for the process to be repeated. The result was that only two of the images were actually chosen more than once as a group favourite proving how difficult it is for judges to please everybody! Not that this means we will be more understanding ng of judges in future! However,this exercise enabled plenty of free talk and chat and gave members far more of an opportunity to express their views. We finished with a look at several other images from the WCPF boxes which as always showed the range of photographic skills in our are and inspiration for our own work.