• Turner Peninsula Trophy

    The challenge we present to our members for this annual print competition is to submit interesting photographs taken from anywhere within our local Manhood Peninsula. That is to say anywhere between the A27 trunk road and Selsey Bill in a north /south direction, and east/west between (and including) Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve and East Head by West Wittering.

    Disappointingly, by the competition meeting on Monday 5th June, only twenty two prints had been submitted - far fewer than last year's thirty three and the previous year's sixty eight !! However that still gave us an interesting variety of images from around the area to enjoy through the course of the evening, from local views, pictures of beach scenes, wild flowers, boats and sunsets, to shots that featured the soon-to-be-demolished lifeboat house.

    There followed a warm welcome to our judge for the evening, Rob de Ruiter from Bognor Regis Camera Club. Having previewed the prints at some length before the start of the meeting, Rob gave us some well considered feedback as each print was placed within the light box by Dick Read. Rob was very complimentary about the overall quality of the prints presented and drew attention to a number of positive aspects including the benefits of a low eye level vantage point and the use of a square format when appropriate for the composition. Rob also wondered whether converting to black and white might have improved several of the pictures.

    The usual mark out of twenty was awarded to each print by Rob, and by the end of the evening six had been given eighteen marks or more, thus qualifying those photographers with certificates of merit. Of those, the following three pictures received the maximum twenty marks: SUPER MOONRISE by Dick Read, RED VALERIAN AT CHURCH NORTON by Tony Storey and FOGGY FISHERMAN also by Tony Storey.

    As always, we do require an overall winner, and of the above three, Rob announced that the winner of this season's Turner Peninsula Trophy would be Tony Storey for his evocative scene depicting a fisherman beneath the lifeboat pier on a foggy day.

    The evening concluded with a warm vote of thanks for Rob de Ruiter followed by tea and biscuits provided by Debbie Platt and the usual raffle organised by Beryl James.