• Eileen Savill Trophy - Open Print Competition

    The members attending St Wilfrid's Church Hall on the 19th February were treated to an interestingly varied display of fifty two prints entered by eleven of our members for this annual open print competition. The subjects included landscapes, wild life, people pictures including portraits as well as close-up studies. The trophy for this competition was acquired by the club in memory of Eileen Savill, a much-loved club member, who sadly passed away in 2010.

    Following notices from the chairman, the evening got underway with a warm welcome extended to Tim West FRPS - our judge for this competition. As each print was placed within the light box by Margaret Cooper, Tim drew upon his considerable photographic experience to comment on the good features of each picture as well as aspects that could have been improved upon, including the composition, lighting and the overall impact of the scene portrayed.

    Great emphasis was also placed by Tim upon the importance of avoiding distracting marks and elements within a picture - most of which can be easily removed using a digital cloning tool. In a few cases, Tim drew attention to the undesirable effects where a picture had been over-sharpened. He also recommended the careful use of the cropping tool in a few cases to improve the picture's overall composition. However, he did suggest the bold use of the cropping tool can sometimes pay dividends ! Overall, Tim made it clear that he was impressed with the overall standard of the photographic work presented.

    Following such helpful feedback, Tim awarded each print with the customary mark out of twenty. However, in the case of thirteen pictures, this was deferred until Tim had seen all fifty two, thereby allowing him a little more time to consider the individual merits of those particular prints. By the end, each of these thirteen had been awarded eighteen marks or more out of twenty, thereby qualifying those photographers with certificates of merit.

    Of these, three were awarded eighteen marks, three gained 18½ marks, three received nineteen and four prints received the maximum twenty marks, as follows:

    "WET DRAGON FLY WING" by Dave Johnson, "THE STARE" by Graham Ainge, "THE CRUISE" by Richard Clarke Adams and "ALTAR AND CANDLE" by Jim Sheridan..

    However, there could be only one overall winner, and of these four, Tim chose Jim Sheridan's very simple picture of a beautifully lit altar cloth and candle - thus making Jim the eventual recipient of this season's Eileen Savill Trophy.

    This most interesting session concluded with a vote of thanks for our judge from Club President David Nicholls for Tim's helpful comments and incisive judging. Warm congratulations were also extended by the Chairman to Jim Sheridan and all the members who contributed their work, and also to Margaret Cooper for managing the light box throughout the evening.