This year our annual friendly Triple Challenge Battle with Southampton and Highcliffe & Infinity Camera Clubs was held on home ground at the Brownsword Hall and it was great to see a good turn-out not just from our own members but from the other clubs too. Thank you.
With Chris Hilton as our judge we expected the evening to be highly entertaining and a change from more conventional judging - and it certainly was!
Chris has a refreshingly honest style of judging and he tried very hard to avoid the usual cliches. His response to photographs was very much an emotional response - the photograph had to 'say' something to him, to 'grab' him. It also had to be original and he compared successful images to the A-sides of 45 single records and quirky photos to the B-sides.
He was also hot on technical features, with useful critique on how images could be improved. He made us all laugh and made us re-think our approach to taking photos. From the feedback I have heard, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and I believe all three clubs are keen to invite him back to judge their internal competitions.
The results were extremely close with Dorchester in 3rd place with 166, Highcliffe & Infinity in 2nd place with 166.5 and Southampton were the winners with 169.5.
In the digital section, 1st place went to Roger Creber of Southampton for 'Misty Forest'; 2nd place to Edward Bolton also of Southampton for 'Rendezvous' and 3rd place to 'Sprocker Running with Pheasant' by Jules Syrett of Highcliffe & Infinity. Julie Claydon of Highcliffe & Infinity received a Highly Commended for 'Redshank.
In the print section, 1st place was awarded to Jane Lee of Dorchester for 'Frosted Trees'; 2nd place to Keith Woodhouse of Southampton for 'Flight of the Spoonbills' and 3rd place to Kev Sandell of Southampton for 'Down But Not Out'. Ivor Toms of Dorchester had an HC for 'Regeneration After the Fire'.
Thanks to everyone who helped on the evening - cake makers, coffee makers, setter-uppers, and Iain Friend our projectionist. The biggest thank you of all to goes Chris Hilton our amazing judge.
We look forward to next year's battle which will be held at Southampton.