• Barbers Trophy - Open PDI Competition

    Eighteen members attended St Wilfrid's Church Hall on the 19th March for our annual open digital competition for the Barbers Trophy. We were also joined by Catherine Jolley LRPS, our judge for the evening.

    Following discussion at the AGM two years ago, it was decided to introduce two classes of entry for this competition: Advanced Class for those members who had won a trophy 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 six entries altogether: twenty four for the Advanced Class and fifty two 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, she drew attention to the atmosphere and pictorial qualities portrayed in an image; a picture's exposure and contrast; the use of cropping to improve a picture's composition; and the use of vignetting when this could bring greater emphasis to the subject of the picture.

    In each case, a mark out of twenty was also awarded, although for two pictures in the Advanced Class and seven 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, eight Advanced Class PDIs had been awarded eighteen marks or more, thus qualifying those photographers with certificates of merit. Of those, Catherine gave the maximum twenty marks to the following PDI: "KNOCK THE SPOTS OFF" by Dave Johnson, thus making Dave the Advanced Class winner with his very clever picture of little model workers removing the spots from a set of dice.

    Following the usual break for tea, chat and raffle, the second half of the evening continued with Catherine judging the fifty two Club Class PDIs. By the end, no fewer than twenty had qualified for certificates of merit, and of those, three had been awarded the maximum twenty marks as follows: "SNOW LEOPARD", "THE KILL", and "ANOTHER TIME" all by Graham Ainge. Of the three, Graham's night time scene of two silhouetted figures on a steamy railway platform was declared the Club Class winner.

    Warmest congratulations therefore to our two winners, Dave Johnson and Graham Ainge; our grateful thanks to Catherine Jolley for her 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.