• Selsey Camera Club Trophy

    An unusually small gathering of thirteen members met together on the 4th June to enjoy this season's monochrome print competition. Despite a rather slow response in the weeks leading up to it, we began the evening with a splendid line-up of thirty eight prints submitted by nine members.

    We were very pleased to be joined by John Bradshaw FRPS from Chichester Camera Club, our judge for the evening. As the prints had been displayed in order along tables at the side of the hall, John was able to enjoy a thorough preview of the work before meeting began.

    At 7.30 pm the chairman welcomed everyone and, following the presentation of certificates of merit from a previous competition, he handed over to John Bradshaw and the competition got swiftly underway with the prints being helpfully placed one at a time in the light box by Andrew Kendon.

    John examined each print very closely, giving very helpful feedback to each contributing photographer in the form of constructive criticism. Over the course of the evening he commented on many aspects including a picture's composition, its lighting , contrast and sharpness. John also focused on printing errors caused by the slight appearance of coloured tints and blemishes resulting from dust on the camera's sensor.

    A mark out of twenty was also awarded by John in respect of each print, though in a number of cases, the marking was held back by John until later in the meeting.

    We took a break for a refreshing cup of tea mid way through the evening, and the winning numbers for our fortnightly raffle, so expertly organised once again by Beryl James, were called at this point by Bob Hoare. With the second half of the evening under way, we were enjoying the sight of more prints illuminated in the light box and listening to John's helpful comments.

    By the end, thirteen prints had been given eighteen marks or more, thus qualifying their owners with certificates of merit. Of these, the following four received the maximum twenty marks: "The Happy Snapper" by Bob Hoare, "A Brief Encounter", "A Beautiful Sound" and "Glowing in the Dark" all by Graham Ainge. Following further consideration, John announced that the evening's overall winner, and recipient of the Selsey Camera Club Trophy, would be Graham Ainge for his dramatic night shot in London of St Pauls and the Millennium Bridge .

    The chairman rounded off the evening with a warm vote of thanks for John Bradshaw for his sound judging and insightful comments. Thanks were also expressed to Andrew for supplying prints to the light box and thereby remaining on his feet throughout the evening, and to Debbie and Louise for organising the refreshments during the interval.

    All in all, this had been a most enjoyable evening and confirmed the view of many that monochrome prints are still a very worthwhile pursuit.