External Competition Results

The Bolton Camera Club meets weekly throughout most of the year and gives a very warm welcome to visitors and new members. We have been sharing a passion for photography since 1884 and are more than happy to share with you, whether your interest is in film or digital, audio visual or more technical aspects of photography. 

Thursday 24 May saw the welcome return of the annual Ted Colman Memorial competition hosted by Rochdale and District Camera Club.

A total of 16 clubs took part, and the judge was David Butler MFIAP, ARPS, PPSA, BPE5 from Orrell, Wigan.

This is a competition with a difference in as much as each club submits 13 PDIs and four of these are nominated in advance to be in Round 1. The four images from each club are projected and the judge gives his comments and a score out of 20 points. The points per club are added together and the three clubs with the lowest scores are knocked out. The remaining thirteen  clubs quickly select and enter another four images for Round 2, and the judge scores these. The lowest scoring five clubs are eliminated and the remaining eight clubs enter Round 3 with a further four images each. The two top scoring clubs then go head to head with one image each, and the club whose image scores the highest is the overall winner.

In Round 1 we scored 61 points, which was enough to progress to Round 2. Out images were “Nesting Gannet Diving” by Richard Towell, 16 points, “Old Woman” by Ian Walker, 13 points,  “Cannon Beach” by Peter Thomasson, 16 points,  and “Helmshore Weaver” by David Hawkins, 16 points.

Our images for Round 2 “Hands” by Ian Walker, 13 points, “Jumping Red Squirrel” by Blake Wardle, 16 points, “Perch Rock” by Phil Durkin 14 points,  and “Pair of Kittiwakes” by Blake Wardle, 18 points. Whilst we again scored 61 points this put us in the elimination zone and we were knocked out. The competition continued and the final images were “Tunnel Vision” by Andy Butler from Atherton and “Knockout” by Louis Dawson from Chorley. After deliberation judge David gave the point to “Knockout” and Chorley were the winners, who had also won every round.

This is a competition that is great fun to enter, and the audience can admire 150 superb images, none of which are shown twice. The trick is to select carefully so as to score enough points to progress, but not to peak too early and run out of top quality images, at the same time hoping to go through to the following round. It is easier said than done!

Our congratulations go to winners Chorley, and our thanks go to John Smith and the organisers at Rochdale and District Camera Club for another entertaining evening of fun and friendship. We look forward to taking part again next year.

A photograph taken by one of our members

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