• The Annual M.S.W. Competition

    This long standing event is so named as it brings together Middleton, Selsey and Witterings Camera Clubs once a year for an open PDI competition. As it was the turn of our Middleton friends to host this event on the 6th February, seventeen Selsey members made the journey through driving rain to the Jubilee Hall venue in Elmer Road, Middleton-on-Sea.

    This competition was frequently won by Selsey back in the 1990s, but we haven't brought home the MSW trophy since 2004. Bearing that in mind, we had chosen our twenty digital images with the usual care, and were feeling reasonably hopeful of success at the start of the evening !

    Our judge for the evening was Ken Scott ARPS, a well known and highly respected local photographic expert and judge, and the evening began with a brief showing of all sixty images to provide Ken and the assembled club members with a preview of the competition ahead. Each image was then projected separately to enable Ken to sum up what he felt were the strengths and weaknesses of the picture and to give a mark out of twenty. In several cases, the marking was held back until the latter stages of the evening.

    A break for refreshments was called after the first thirty images had been judged. This provided an opportunity for us all to socialise and enjoy the splendid spread of refreshments laid on by the Middleton members.

    The second half proceeded with further constructive criticism and marks from Ken, following which the nine images previously held back were also considered and marked. There then followed a few moments of bated breath while the Middleton laptop crunched out the final results, which were as follows: Middleton Camera Club 346 marks, Witterings Camera Club 333 marks and Selsey Camera Club 324 marks. Also Ken chose a very powerful picture taken by a Middleton member entitled "Sisters" as the overall best image of the evening.

    Sadly we didn't win the competition on this occasion, rather accepting third place as we did last year. However, more importantly, by the end of the evening we had all enjoyed the sight of sixty strong images and the pleasant company of other like-minded photographic enthusiasts.

    Our grateful thanks to all the photographers who contributed their images, to Ken Scott for applying his photographic wisdom to each PDI and sharing it so clearly with us, and to Middleton Camera Club for organising another very successful MSW event.