• Eileen Savill Trophy - Open Print Competition

    The members attending St Wilfrid's Church Hall on the 3rd June were treated to an interestingly varied display of fifty prints entered by eleven of our members for this annual open print competition. The subjects included landscapes, industrial archaeology, wild life, sports pictures as well as close-up studies. The trophy for this competition was acquired by the club in memory of Eileen Savill, a much-loved and long-serving club member, who sadly passed away in 2010.

    Following notices from the Chairman, the evening got underway with a warm welcome extended to Sue Sibley ARPS - our judge for this competition. As each print was placed within the light box by Andrew Kendon, Sue drew upon her 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 placed by Sue upon the importance of creating a narrative within a picture along with the need to have space to move in and around a picture, which in several cases was prevented through over-cropping. Sue also gave great attention to detail while studying each picture, commenting upon the problem of over-sharpening, the need for balance between the left and right sides of an image and the need to avoid the distraction of writing within a picture. Overall, Sue made it clear that she was impressed with the overall standard of the photographic work presented.

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

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

    “BREAKFAST” by Graham Ainge, and “I WISH I COULD FLY” by Bob Hoare.

    However, there could be only one overall winner, and of these, Sue chose Bob’s delightful and beautifully lit picture of two wild foxes in his back garden as the winning picture - thus making Bob the eventual recipient of this season's Eileen Savill Trophy.

    This most interesting session concluded with a vote of thanks from the Club Chairman to Sue Sibley for her helpful comments and incisive judging. Warm congratulations were also extended to our winner Bob Hoare and thanks to all the members who had contributed their work together with thanks to Andrew Kendon for managing the light box throughout the evening, to Bob Hoare and Beryl James for organising the raffle and to Joan Taylor for serving the half-time refreshments.

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