External Competition Results

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On Wednesday 12th February 2014 a few members of this club braved gale force winds to make the journey to Poynton for the North Cheshire Photographic Society annual exhibition and print competition. The weather was so extreme that both the Thelwall Viaduct and Barton Bridge to all traffic for the evening, and members from Atherton and District and Wigan PS were sadly unable to complete the journey.

The planned judge was a also unable to travel to the venue, so the Past President of NCPS, Graham Johnston, took over the role of judging, resulting in all the images from NCPS being sportingly withdrawn to ensure fair play.

 A total of 17 clubs had entered this competition, and each showed five prints. The prints were shown in random order over five rounds, with each round showing one print per club. Judge Graham viewed the prints at the front of the room, while a digital version of the print was simultaneously projected for the benefit of the audience.

The first print in the competition was our very own “Train Drivers Last Shift” by David Hawkins. Judge Graham said it had “it is a strong mono print and had good tones” and was “well composed”. He felt the curved track added to the overall image, but felt it was “a tad too sharp”. He awarded it 17 points.

Our second print was “Beneath the Streets of London” by Paul Longden. Graham liked the way “the blur of the train helps to tell the story, but thought the group of people were “too far down the platform”. He awarded it 16 points.

In round three we had “White Water Sub” by Mick Stone. Graham felt this was “not crisp” and the whites were “not as sharp as they should be.” He said “the splashes were good”, but he said the PDI was better than the print in quality, but as he was judging the prints only he did not comment further on that. He scored it 16 points.

Our fourth submission was “Ynas Lladdwyn” by Peter Maddock. Judge Graham said “the composition is very good” and he particularly liked the steps. He liked the foreground rockery and said the lighting was “excellent” This print received 17 points.

Our fifth and final entry was “Girl with Lion Doll” by Richard Towell, which Graham said deserved 10 out of 10 for the title! He said it Was a “cute” image, but felt that the “teddy bear” takes over and that “the lighting could have been better” He scored it 16 points.

This gave us a total score of 82 points, in equal 13th place, only just ahead of South Liverpool PS and Wilmslow Guild PS on 81 points each.

The winners were Wigan 10 Ps with 94 points, and the best print on the night as judged by Graham Johnston was “Call of the Coven” by KT Allen from Wigan 10. Chorley PS and Chapel CC tied in second place with 93 points each.

Our congratulations go to them for submitting such wonderful images.

The prints on display at the exhibition were all superb, and our congratulations to NCPS for putting on such a terrific exhibition, and for hosting the event despite the adverse weather conditions. We look forward to taking part again in March 2015 - and hope for better weather then!

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