• It's a Knockout - 16th December 2019

    In the final meeting of 2019, a dozen members gathered together this week for our traditional pre-Christmas "It's a Knockout" event.

    This is a competition in which members' prints are judged - two at a time - by a show of hands from everybody in the audience. The winner of each pair passes through to the next round and the loser (as the competition name implies) suffers a " Knockout ". Following successive rounds, the last print standing by the end of the evening is traditionally declared the winner, gaining a bottle of wine for the member concerned.

    Ten members brought in up to six prints each at the start of the evening, and these were sorted by Dick Read to ensure that two pictures by the same member weren't displayed together when placed in the lightbox by Andrew Kendon.

    The first two rounds of the competition took nearly forty minutes to complete, after which we were more than ready for the half time break and a welcome "cuppa" kindly served by Louise Satturley and Joan Taylor. This was closely followed by our regular raffle organised by Bob Hoare.

    It was most interesting to view each pair of pictures, but as the evening wore on, it became increasingly difficult to choose a favourite. However, by the end of the evening we were left choosing between two pictures - Teasels by Dave Johnson and 2020 Vision by David Richardson. After a few moments of careful consideration, hands went up and were counted for each picture, and by a small margin David Richardsons’ very dramatic shot of an owl flying directly towards the camera was declared the winner.

    This most enjoyable competition concluded with a warm round of applause for David and the promise of a nice bottle of wine at our next meeting by Club Chairman Tony Storey.

    David Nicholls, the Club President, closed the evening by thanking the committee members for their hard work during the year and wishing all of our members a very Merry Christmas and a photographically successful New Year.