Shaston Challenge, April 2019

We host the Shaston Challenge to bring together a variety of neighbouring clubs each year for a friendly 4-way match with each club submitting just 12 PDIs.  The judge is kept secret, even from ourselves (except of course for Bill who has the nerve-racking task of planning the evening 🙂 ).  This year, our guest clubs were near-neighbours Wincanton plus two more from the far south of the county, Parkstone and Wareham.  The judge was Tony Oliver from Salisbury Camera Club.

By midway when we paused for refreshments INCLUDING CAKE, Tony had held back 5 images spread across all the clubs so it was not possible to work out the relative positions accurately although analysis of the final scoresheet shows all clubs fell into a very narrow range (just 3 marks).  Tony held back a further 4 during the second part, three of which were all from Wareham.  As Held-backs tend to score a minimum of 9 or 9.5 means this is where Wareham managed to pull ahead, ending up with a score of 105.5.  We managed another 10 which helped us consolidate a good second place with 102 leaving Parkstone and Wincanton battling for 3rd and 4th with 95.5 and 95 apiece.  Congratulations to all those who scored one of the six “10’s”.

Many thanks to all the clubs for participating and entering into the spirit of the evening, and to Tony Oliver for providing excellent critiques, scores, and giving everyone a very worthwhile evening.  Thanks also to those who brought along some lovely cakes which were greatly enjoyed.


Shaston Challenge 11th April 2019
Judge: Tony Oliver
Subject: Open
Shaftesbury Title Name Shaft- esbury Park- stone Ware- ham Winc- anton
Porlock Weir Andy Hargreaves 8 7 9 9.5
Backlit puffin Val Saxby LRPS 9 8.5 8 7.5
Honestly Im In The Blue Team Don Rossi 8.5 10 7 7
Midnight Storm Over Lake Como Chris Wildey 9 7.5 8.5 7.5
Female Dung Fly Jeffery Bennett 10 8.5 8 7.5
Reflection at Sunrise David Lampard 7.5 8 9.5 10
Spiral Andy Hargreaves 9 8 10 7
Theres always one Sue Boddington 8 8 9 7.5
Sunrise In Le Havre Claire Thapa 7.5 8 8.5 8.5
The Squabble Val Saxby LRPS 10 7.5 9.5 7.5
Top of the world Bill Norman 7.5 7.5 10 7
Signalling the end of the day Tony Ward 8 7 8.5 8.5
TOTAL 102 95.5 105.5 95
Position 2nd 3rd 1st 4th