External Competitions - Inter-Club Competitions Round up, 7 Feb 2022

A Round up of Western Counties and National Inter-Club Competitions (Jan/Feb), 7 Feb 2022

On the 6 February, the Western Counties Digitally Projected Image Competition (DPIC) was presented via Zoom for the second year running.

DPIC is a huge inter-club battle - there were 51 clubs entered with 918 high quality images. Judging by Rosemary Wilman, Peter Siviter and Ralph Duckett was fair and consistent.

It was quite a battle for the top spots, and Dorchester finished strongly after falling behind in the first half. Bristol emerged as winners overall with a score of 223, followed by Dorchester in second place with 218, with the Nomad Photo Group just one point behind us. Congratulations to Bristol as overall winners and the Nomad Photo Group who were the best Small Club.

We should congratulate Tony Gill on his award for his sublime “Fire and Ice”, which was Highly Commended. Well done also to Sue Buckland, who was also in the running for an award with “Bearded Tit Male”, which scored 14. Four more images received a 13: Helen Jones' "A Quantum of Solace" and “Challenge and Defend”, Jane Lee’s “Svalbard Walrus Pod” and Stephen Jones’ “Clear Leader”. Our final selection was for 18 images from 11 different members - all scored strongly and contributed to the overall club success.

The 2022 DPIC was an excellent competition with some superb images. The WCPF must be commended for running a highly enjoyable, competitive and well-organised competition. Thanks to the judges and the WCPF team especially to Ralph Snook who spent many hours preparing the Zoom presentation including all the voiceovers.

The top clubs will represent the WCPF at the PAGB Inter-Club Projected Digital Image and Print Championships later in 2022.

Our DPIC images can be seen in our DPIC Gallery and full results and more images may be found on the WCPF Website

PAGB GB Cups (Digital)

Dorchester entered two national interclub competitions at the same time as DPIC. These are the PAGB GB Open Cup and GB Cup for Nature (both for digital images) and these were judged on 23 January.

We finished 9th (of 87 clubs) in the PAGB GB Open Cup - our best ever ranking by far in this prestigious competition and above clubs like Wigan 10. Our final selection was for 24 images from 13 different members. Congratulations to Tony Gill, who scored 13 and a Commended award for “Fire and Ice”. A special mention to those scoring 12 who were also accepted for the exhibition catalogue: Carole Zimmerman (2 images), Helen Jones, Stephen Jones and Jane Lee.

We finished equal 10th (of 77 clubs) in the PAGB GB Cup for Nature – an excellent achievement. Our final selection was for 24 images from 10 different members. Congratulations to Carole Zimmerman, who received a Commended award for “Dominance”, scoring 13. A special mention also to Jane Lee, who scored 13 for “Red Fox on the Run”, and to those scoring 12 who were also accepted for the exhibition catalogue: Stephen Lee (two images) and Jenny Warr.

PAGB Judges were Rosemary Wilman, Chris Palmer and Caroline Colgate.

All our images entered in this year’s PAGB GB Cup Competitions can be seen in the External Competitions galleries - GB Open Cup and GB Nature Cup

~ Stephen Jones