Report - Triple Challenge, 4 Apr 2022

Report by Stephen Jones on the friendly Triple Challenge Competition with Southampton and Highcliffe & Infinity, 4 April 2022
We welcomed Highcliffe & Infinity and Southampton Clubs back to the Brownsword Hall for the Triple Challenge, an annual friendly inter-club competition hosted this year by Dorchester. The last ‘live’ Triple Challenge was held at Southampton and it was our last club event before the Coronavirus Lockdown.

As a live competition we were pleased to return to the normal format of 10 prints and 10 digital images per club. However, the virus was not far away and our judge had to pull out at the last minute. Adapting to the situation, the clubs pooled their judging resources and four experienced judges stood in at short notice and took turns to critique and score the images. Thank you to Susannah Jordan & Roger Creber (Southampton), Jim Pascoe (Highcliffe & Infinity) and John Tilsley (Dorchester).

It was digital first, then refreshments for our visitors, with Prints after the break. Dorchester won the digital section with 87 points, followed by Southampton (84) then Highcliffe & Infinity (80). In the prints, Dorchester scored 88, with Southampton close behind (86), then Highcliffe & Infinity (81.5). Overall Dorchester won the 2022 competition with 175, five points ahead of Southampton (170), with Highcliffe and Infinity scoring 161.5.

Well done to Tony Gill whose ‘Fire and Ice’ was one of two images that achieved a top score of 10 in the digital images. Well done also to Helen Jones who scored 10 in the prints with ‘A Quantum of Solace’ and Stephen Jones who scored 10 for ‘That Way’. Other images with high scores were: (digital images) Robert Williams ‘Attack’ (9.5), Susan Buckland ‘Common Terns’ (9.5), Lisa Bukalders ‘What Now’ (9) and Jenny Warr ‘Stonechat with Grub’ (9); and (prints) Stephen Lee ‘Idaho Trees’ (9.5), Helen Jones ‘Challenge and Defend’ (9) and Di Tilsley ‘The Curve’ (9).

Congratulations to everyone from Dorchester whose work contributed towards our winning score. Dorchester entered images from 16 members, with prints by Di Tilsley, Helen Jones, Jane Lee, John Tilsley, Stephen Jones, Stephen Lee & Tim Downton, and digital images by Carol Tritton, Carole Zimmerman, Helen Gibson, Jenny Warr, Lisa Bukalders, Robert Williams, Susan Buckland, Tony Gill & Val Brierley.

Thank you to our friends from the visiting clubs who made the journey to Dorchester and particular thanks to the four judges.

You can now see all the Dorchester images in the 2022 Triple Challenge Gallery

~ Stephen Jones