• Abel and Peter Clark Trophies - Panel Competitions

    Seventeen members gathered together on the 14th January for our annual panel competition. For the thirteen members who entered their work, (thirty-one PDI panels and eleven sets of prints), the object was to submit panels of three pictures that together either portray a story or have an obvious connection. By the end of the evening there were to be two overall winners, with the traditional Abel Trophy going to the print winner and the Peter Clark Trophy to the winner of the digital section.

    Following the usual welcome and club notices from the chairman, the evening got underway with the eleven print panels. Making a welcome return to our club was Tim West FRPS, our judge for the evening. As each set of prints was placed into the light box by Margaret Cooper, Tim commented constructively on the technical, compositional and story-telling aspects of each picture and, where necessary, he made helpful suggestions for improving the lighting and colour balance of the images within a panel.

    The marking given by Tim was out of five for each individual picture, plus a mark out of five for the overall integrity of the panel, giving a total mark out of twenty. By the end of the first half, the following three panels had been held back by Tim for further consideration: "MONT BLANC" by Richard Clarke-Adams, "A DAY AT THE RACES" by Bob Hoare and "SALSIFY" by Dave Johnson. Of these, Tim awarded a total of 18 marks to each of the first two, and 19 marks to the third panel. Therefore, Dave Johnson was congratulated for being the winner, (and eventual recipient holder of), the Abel Trophy.

    Following an interval for tea or coffee, (organised as usual by Louise Satturley), and our fortnightly raffle, (organised by Beryl James and Bob Hoare), we moved on to a most interesting display of the PDI entries. Once again, Tim made some very well considered comments on each of the thirty-one panels, often emphasising the importance of the panel’s outside images facing inwards whenever possible along with the need for a coherent, story-telling theme linking the three pictures. He also drew attention to the need to avoid over sharpening along with an intrusive or distracting background within an image. Focusing upon the positive qualities as well as constructive criticism, Tim provided much helpful feedback to the members whose work was under consideration.

    The digital part of the competition certainly proved more challenging for our judge. Perhaps due to the good standard among the entries, six PDI panels were held back for further consideration by Tim. However, as the evening drew to a close, four panels had each been awarded nineteen marks and the following two panels each received twenty marks: "CHRISTMAS LEAVE 2018" by Tony Storey and "FISHING AROUND THE WORLD" by Dave Johnson. After a pause for further thought and reflection, Tim announced that the Peter Clark Trophy should go to Dave Johnson for his very well composed panel depicting fishing boats and fishermen seen around the world.

    Our warmest congratulation therefore to our very worthy double winner, Dave Johnson, our grateful thanks to our judge Tim West and well done to all the members whose pictures contributed to a most interesting evening.