• Set Subject Competition - "Bent, Broken or Busted"

    This season's set subject competition certainly gave our members some interesting challenges to take photographs or to link existing images creatively to the title "Bent, Broken or Busted". Although only fiftteen members gathered in St Wilfrid's Church Hall for the occasion on Monday 23rd April, they were greatly entertained with a fascinating display of prints and projected digital images, (PDIs), plus hearing helpful comments and suggestions from our judge for the evening, Barbara Holder from Gosport Camera Club.

    There were two possible winners in this competition, one for each format, with the Leila Johnson Trophy going to the winner of the print section and the Gateway Cup to the PDI winner.

    Through the evening fifteen prints and fifty digital images were displayed in turn, each making a link to the set subject. Starting with the prints, and moving on to the PDIs during the second half of the evening, Barbara considered each picture carefully, drawing attention to the positive attributes and also suggesting aspects that she thought might have been improved. These included the composition of a picture, its colour balance and the presence of distracting features.

    In addition to such helpful feedback, Barbara awarded a mark out of twenty to each picture. Of the prints, five had been awarded eighteen marks or more by the end of the first half, which will gain certificates of merit for those members. The following two received the maximum twenty marks: THE ROMAN FORUM and CONSTABLE'S HOUSE, CHRISTCHURCH - both by Tony Storey. After further consideration, Barbara announced that the overall winning print would be Tony's picture of the remains of the old Norman house in Christchurch, making him the eventual recipient of the Leila Johnson Trophy.

    By the end of the second half, no fewer than twenty digital images had been awarded eighteen marks or more including the following four which were given the maximum twenty marks:

    BEDHAM SCHOOL by Richard Love

    END OF THE PIER by Martin Thomas

    GREEK TRACTOR by Margaret Cooper


    Again, after further thought, the overall winner announced by Barbara was Martin Thomas's excellent picture of the remains of the old Selsey lifeboat pier - thus making Martin the eventual recipient of the Gateway Cup.

    The evening concluded with club chairman giving a warm vote of thanks to Barbara Holder along with the fifteen members whose work had contributed to a most interesting and successful evening.