Inter Club Competitions

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On the evening of Monday May 24 2010 in a church hall in Blackburn, members of 11 local clubs gathered for the Blackburn and District Camera Club annual inter-club competition.


The evening started with a lecture by Mr Tremaine Cornish highlighting that the opinion of judges at photographic competitions does vary hugely. He pointed out that photographers should not be put off entering a photo in a competition just because one judge does not like a particular image in a different competition


All eleven clubs, including Bolton Camera Club, entered 4 projected images. The images chosen to represent Bolton Camera Club were the winning 3 images in the advance class at the last competition, and the top themed image in the Landscape competition.


Mr Tremaine Cornish was the judge of the 44 projected images, shown alphabetically by title; neither the photographer nor the club were revealed during the competition. All were scored out of a maximum of 15 points, with 9 being held back for further consideration, including “The Quirang on Skye” by Mike Williamson.


Comments by the judge for our entries were:


“Happy Snapper” by John Bradshaw: He was drawn to the eye, and he liked the angle. The image raised many questions, like is the photographer a professional? Is he a member of the paparazzi? There is a story there, which he liked. He did wonder if points should be deducted for the use of a Sony camera, (they were not deducted), as he does not consider it a “proper” camera! He also wondered if the other person should be reflected in the lens to create even more of a story. He scored this image 12 points, out of 15.


“Reed Bunting” by Nigel Howard: He felt this was not as strong as it might be – the eye was not pin sharp and a little soft. There was no artificial detail, which was good, and the background was a good colour and out of focus, working well to keep attention on the bird. He scored this image 10 points out of 15.


“The Quirang on Skye” by Mike Williamson: This was a lovely landscape and gave a strong sense of falling, obviously taken by someone without suffering from vertigo. The small section of sky worked very well. This was held for further consideration with 8 other images, and eventually scored 14 points, out of 15.

Two images scored 15 each, and another one scored 14, so this image was joint 2nd on the night.


"Tommy Hill (Brands Hatch) by Mike Margiota: The photographer had found the best location, and had captured a nice angle. The eye of the rider can clearly be seen, and the wheels convey the speed The judge felt that the red and white stripes on the kerb coould have been softer. This was scored 12 points out of 15.

The combined total of these 4 images is 48 points, which put this club in a very commendable 4th place overall, only 2 points behind the winners Nelson, Blackburn and Preston who tied for first place.

For full team scores see the attached pdf file below

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