Last year we didn’t have our annual battle of the sexes due to time pressures/weather/etc. We usually have to twist may arms to get as many members as possible to enter at least one image, especially newer members or those who don’t normally enter competitions.  This year was no different and we wondered whether the […]
Last year we didn’t have our annual battle of the sexes due to time pressures/weather/etc. We usually have to twist may arms to get as many members as possible to enter at least one image, especially newer members or those who don’t normally enter competitions.  This year was no different and we wondered whether the […]

Competition Results

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Last year we didn’t have our annual battle of the sexes due to time pressures/weather/etc. We usually have to twist may arms to get as many members as possible to enter at least one image, especially newer members or those who don’t normally enter competitions.  This year was no different and we wondered whether the […]

We had a total of nine A-Vs as follows:-
01_Canada
02_Kingston Lacey
03_A whistle stop tour in verse
04_Celebrate
05_The Punch Bowl Inn
06_Walk to the village
07_12 Days
08_American Odyssey
09_In the garden

Members were asked to vote for their 1st, 2nd and 3rd favourites and the final overall result was…
1st 04_Celebrate by Andy H
2nd 09_In the garden by Karen G
3rd 03_A whistle stop tour in verse by Richard B

APOLOGIES- Version posted a little earlier had 2nd and 3rd in wrong order!

Each A-V received votes but Andy’s Celebrate was the overall winner by a good margin. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who entered especially Brian T for running the evening.

We had time after the coffee break for a short Youtube by Don McCullin on his current exhibition “The Stillness of Life” at Hauser & Wirth, Bruton as well as a presentation by Brian on “Travel Photography”

This was the second of this year’s cumulative competition for the Shuffell Trophy to find the Shaftesbury “photographer of the year”.  Although there is one more round to go, this second round completes the print section as our new format dedicates our last round to just PDIs (two per member).  So far, our new format […]

The Bradford Abbas Shield is a local annual derby hosted by Sherborne Bradford Abbas with entries from South PethertonWincantonYeovil and Shaftesbury.  The judge is always a closely guarded secret even from SBA themselves.  SBA to date has always chosen the subject but they announced in future the subject would be chosen by the winners however since they also won last year, they had chosen “People at work”.  The judge for the evening was Malcolm McNaughton from Dorchester.

PDIs were judged first and left us in the middle of the field even though we got three 19s: Yeovil received two 20s and the only other 20 was  given to SBA.  Our prints didn’t fare too well at all where we were ranked 5th in the prints but with only 3 marks separating these, this did not drag us down from our third place.  Well done to David for helping to save us with his 20, our only one for the evening and shown here together with the other “20” winners.

The competition was covered by the Blackmore Vale Magazine so look out for a brief write-up either this or next week.

Thanks to our hosts and our judge for an enjoyable evening, and SBA have once again to choose the subject for next year’s competition!

 

Bradford Abbas Shield
22/10/2019
Set Subject: 
“People at Work”
Judge:
Malcolm McNaughton
Shaftesbury PDIs SCC SBA Yeo Win S Peth
Calligrapher Sue Boddington 17 19 16 17 18
French Roofer Bill Norman 16 17 20 18 17
Industrial manicure Richard Blake 19 20 17 17 19
The Falconer Val Saxby LRPS 19 19 18 18 16
The Glassblower Andy Hargreaves 19 19 20 17 16
Sub-total 90 94 91 87 86
Shaftesbury Prints SCC SBA Yeo Win S Peth
House Fire, Kington Magna Chris Wildey 17 20 16 17 19
Shaken not Stirred Jayne Harris 16 19 18 18 16
Reflecting on Work David Lampard 20 16 19 20 17
The Tree Surgeon Jeffery Bennett 17 20 18 17 20
Studio through the window Helen Pothecary 19 17 18 19 20
Sub-total 89 92 89 91 92
PDI + Print TOTAL 179 186 180 178 178
POSITION 3rd 1st 2nd 4th= 4th=
This was the first competition of the 2019-20 season and thus the first experience of our new format for the Shuffell series.  To reduce the number of images on any one particular judging evening to a more manageable (and enjoyable) number, we have partitioned the 3-stage competion as follows:- 1st round: 2 Prints &/or 1 […]

Members can enter up to 2 prints and/or 2 PDIs in this end-of-season competition.  Entries may have been shown before in this year’s Shuffell competition or be entirely new.  Unusually, we had the same number of prints as PDIs, 26 of each which made for a very comfortable number of images for our judge, John Tilsley, to assess.

He started with the prints holding back those he would later mark with a 9 or above of which there were ten.  He then sorted these leaving just three with a score of 10.  The final and most difficult task was of course to rank these 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  First place went to an atmospheric wet night shot of David H’s local fish and chip shop.

After the break, PDIs were addressed in a similar manner with Andy H winning the 1st place with his photograph of a spiral staircase as well as gaining 3rd place as well for his seascape.

Congratulations to all the winners who will receive the trophies at our Social and AGM evening in one months time.  Thanks to John for his excellent analysis and marking and for providing us with a very enjoyable evening.

 

Photograph of the Year 2019 25th April
Judge: John Tilsley
Subject: Open
PRINTS
The Fish and Chip Shop 10 1st David  Hansford
Pelican Portrait 10 2nd Val Saxby LRPS
Early Morning Mill 10 3rd Alan Casperd
Hangers on 9.5 Alan Casperd
Morning Mist in Somerset 9.5 David Hansford
Dalmatian Pelicans 9.5 Val Saxby LRPS
Resting 9 Sue Boddington
Thunder Basin Railroad 9 David Lampard
Alaskan Landscape 9 Roger Saurin
Midnight Storm, Lake Como 9 Chris Wildey
Marnhull Run 8.5
Tree Bark 8.5
Reflection at Sunrise 8.5
Sea Fury, RN Historic Flight 8.5
Blue Tit in Flight 8
Road hog 8
Tides Out 8
Granada view from Alhambra Palace 8
Vineyard 8
North Arcade, Romsey Abbey 8
Cuteness 7.5
Trees catching sunlight 7.5
The Bishop’s Palace, Wurzburg 7.5
Old Town Hall, Bamberg 7.5
In need of Restoration 7
Then there were 3 7
PDIs
Spiral 10 1st Andy Hargreaves
Female Dung Fly 10 2nd Jeffery Bennett
Porlock Weir 10 3rd Andy Hargreaves
Me and my mate 9.5 Sue Boddington
On Your Wheel 9.5 Don Rossi
By the river 9 Karen Green
Yorkie 9 Barbara Harrison LRPS
Floss 9 David Townley
Reeds 8.5
Track Day 8.5
Pelican squabble 8.5
Blue Tit 8
Pretty Bird 8
Singer at the festival 8
No mod cons 8
Eagle Owl 8
Rudesheim 8
Salisbury Cathdral 7.5
Japanese garden 7.5
Cornish Boiler Recycled 7.5
Cologne Cathedral 7.5
Bamberg 7.5
Is That Sack Trolley Strong Enough 7
Taj Mahal from the Red Fort 7
Anyone For Pizza 7
Tranquility 7

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
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This was the final round of our annual trophy competition to find our Photographer of the Year. It was originally scheduled to take place at the end of January but we had to postpone it due to the snowfall. We had booked Mike Weeks to come and judge our Ladies v Gents competition on the […]

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This was the final round of our annual trophy competition to find our Photographer of the Year. It was originally scheduled to take place at the end of January but we had to postpone it due to the snowfall. We had booked Mike Weeks to come and judge our Ladies v Gents competition on the […]
This was the final round of our annual trophy competition to find our Photographer of the Year. It was originally scheduled to take place at the end of January but we had to postpone it due to the snowfall. We had booked Mike Weeks to come and judge our Ladies v Gents competition on the […]