• Barbers Trophy - Open PDI Competition

    Twenty members attended St Wilfrid's Church Hall on the 20th March for our annual open digital competition for the Barbers Trophy. We were also joined by Bob Webzell ARPS from Brighton Camera Club, our judge for the evening.

    Following discussion at last year's AGM, it was decided, on a trial basis, to introduce two classes of entry: Advanced Class for those members who had won a competition during the previous season, and Club Class for other members. In this way the competition would be run in two separate parts with two eventual winners sharing the Barbers Trophy.

    This competition is always enormously popular with our members, due in no small part to the digital nature of the competition and the fact that the subject matter is completely open. Therefore not surprisingly, by the competition deadline, Dick Read, (our digital manager), had received no fewer than seventy nine entries altogether: twenty five for the Advanced Class and fifty four for the Club Class.

    Our judge carefully considered each image in turn, drawing attention to the good attributes whilst giving constructive feedback on aspects that could have been improved upon. In doing so, he drew attention to the foreground adding interest to landscape shots; the need to remove distracting objects within a picture; the use of cropping to improve a picture's composition; the picture's overall colour balance and the need to correct converging verticals within an architectural view.

    In each case, a mark out of twenty was also awarded, although for nine pictures in the Advanced Class and twelve pictures in the Club Class, this judgement was held back until later in order to allow time for further consideration.

    By the close of the first half, the nine Advanced Class PDIs had been awarded eighteen marks or more, thus qualifying those photographers with certificates of merit. Of those, Bob gave the maximum twenty marks to the following: "THE VIEW" by Lynne Owen, "ORCHIDS" by Dave Johnson and "JINX AND TWIST" by Dick Read. Bob then announced that the winner of this class would be Dick Read for his excellent picture of two aerobatic planes climbing vertically.

    Following the usual break for tea, chat and raffle, the second half of the evening continued with Bob judging the fifty four Club Class PDIs. By the end, no fewer than twelve had qualified for certificates of merit and of those, four had been awarded the maximum twenty marks as follows: "THE ARUNDEL NIGHT BUS" by Richard Love, "LOOKING AT YOU" by Richard Clarke-Adams, "HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, KID" by Bob Hoare and "A PIECE OF ENGLAND" by Richard Smith. Of those four, Richard Smith's beautifully composed colourful garden scene was declared the Club Class winner.

    Warmest congratulations therefore to our two winners, Dick Read and Richard Smith, our grateful thanks to Bob Webzell for his expert judging and our thanks also to all our members for entering such a varied collection of pictures, giving us a most interesting and successful evening.