• Selsey Camera Club Trophy

    Perhaps due to some exceptionally wet weather, an unusually small gathering of twelve members met together on the 14th October 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 once again 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 the 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 detailed and 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 recommended reducing the size of a print in several cases where the resolution was too low or its sharpness inadequate for a large format picture. He also drew attention to 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 hot drink mid-way through the evening served by Anne and Dave Johnson, and the winning numbers for our fortnightly raffle 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, sixteen prints had been awarded eighteen marks or more, thus qualifying their owners with certificates of merit. Of these, the following three received the maximum twenty marks: "Fishing Quarter Gallery" by Andrew Kendon, "Monochrome Harley" and "20/20 Vision" both by David Richardson. Following further consideration, John announced that the evening's overall winner, and recipient of the Selsey Camera Club Trophy, would be David Richardson for his very dramatic shot of an owl flying directly towards the camera.

    The chairman rounded off the evening with a warm vote of thanks for John Bradshaw for his sound judging and insightful comments for what had been a most enjoyable evening confirming the view of many that monochrome prints are still a very worthwhile pursuit.