• Abel and Peter Clark Trophies - Panel Competitions

    Thirteen members gathered together on the 13th January for our annual panel competition. For the nine members who entered their work, (nineteen PDI panels and thirteen 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 thirteen print panels. Making a welcomed visit visit to our club was Paul O’Toole from Littlehampton Camera Club, our judge for the evening. As each set of prints was placed into the light box by Andrew Kendon, Paul commented constructively on the technical, compositional and story-telling aspects as well as the cohesiveness of each panel. Also, where appropriate, he made helpful suggestions for improving the lighting and colour balance of the images within a panel.

    The marking given by Paul 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. Towards the end of the first half, the following two panels had been held back by Paul for further consideration: "WITH POWER AND PASSION" by Bob Hoare, and "SUN GOING DOWN" by Dave Johnson. Of these, Tim awarded a total of 19½ marks to the former panel, and 20 marks to the latter. 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 Bob Hoare), we moved on to a most interesting display of PDI entries. Once again, Paul made some very well considered comments on each of the nineteen 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 for a key line to separate a panel’s three images. Focusing upon the positive qualities as well as constructive criticism, Paul provided much helpful feedback to the members whose work was under consideration.

    The digital part of the competition certainly proved challenging for our judge as the following four PDI panels were held back for further consideration by Paul: “SPOTTED IN THE GARDEN” by Dick Read, “PREDATION” by David Richardson, “CLIMBING MOUNT ETNA” and “MID HANTS STEAM GALA” both by Tony Storey. After a pause for further thought and reflection, Paul awarded 19 marks to the first three held-back panels, and 20 marks to the fourth one, thus resulting in the Peter Clark Trophy eventually going to Tony Storey for his very well composed panel depicting three steam hauled trains running along the Watercress Line in Hampshire.

    Our warmest congratulation therefore to our worthy winners, Dave Johnson and Tony Storey, our grateful thanks to our judge Paul O’Toole and well done to all the members whose pictures contributed to a most interesting evening.