The Bradford Abbas Shield competition is hosted annually by Sherborne Bradford Abbas Camera Club who set the subject and keep the judge secret even from their own members until the evening. This year, the set subject was “Agriculture” and our guest Judge was Tony Oliver from Salisbury. The other regular clubs in addition to SBA and ourselves in this 5 club local derby are Yeovil, Wincanton and South Petherton: in our first year (2014) we surprisingly won but last year we were punished by coming bottom!
The first half of the evening assessed the 25 Prints with the scores marked out of 20 as below. Tony awarded two prints a “20” score but sadly not ours, with our highest being a 18. Even so, at the coffee break after our poor show last year, we were feeling fairly happy at lying 3rd being 9 points behind the leader South Pertherton.
|Last Harvest||Tony Ward||16||15||15||16||18|
|Sunset Over barley||David Townley||18||15||14||16||18|
|Who’s There||Barbara Priest||15||16||15||15||17|
|Steam Plough||Val Saxby||17||15||16||16||18|
|The Harvest Begins||David Lampard||16||19||17||20||20|
The second half of judging dealt with the PDIs and no club scored a “20” so we were pleased at least to gain one of the two “19’s” awarded so congratulations to Steve Chick. In fact we did rather better in the second half scoring more than the other club’s PDIs so clawed our way just high enough to grab second place overall – a much better showing this year for us so well done to everyone who enabled us to make a good selection following the first round of our own internal competition earlier in the month. We also were able to select our entry so we were represented by ten different authors.
|Exmoor Sheep||Andy Hargreaves||18||15||16||18||17|
|If you can keep Your Head..||Jayne Harris||17||16||18||17||16|
|Woman Winnowing||Claire Tharpa||17||15||16||16||17|
|Tractor Driver||Steve Chick||19||15||17||17||18|
So congratulations to South Petherton for their good victory, and many thanks to Sherborne Bradford Abbas for hosting an enjoyable evening and competition, and to our Judge Tony Oliver. Next year’s competition will be on 23rd October 2018 but we have to wait until January to learn what the set subject will be.