External Competitions Report 4th Dec 2017

External Competitions Report 4th Dec 2017

Sara Reay

Bedford Camera club has entered its first two events of this season’s local external competitions with mixed results.

Bedfordshire Invitational

Our first trip was on Wednesday 29th Nov to Leighton Buzzard to take part in the Bedfordshire Invitational Interclub Competition. This was judged by Rosemary Wilman who gave some constructive comments and images with a wide range of marks to reflect her views

There were 13 clubs taking part and we had to submit 5 images and a 6th in case a tie breaker image was required.

The images representing BCC were

  • Harriet by Vaughan Dean
  • Watching the Sunset by John Pegram which was held by the judge for a closer inspection
  • Fox Hound by Bruce Deacon which was held by the judge for a closer inspection
  • Cheetah in the Grass by Andy Howe which was held by the judge for a closer inspection
  • Cold Front by John Gough
  • Our reserve image, if needed, would have been Bugh-Dhail-Mon by Issa Farhood

 Of the 78 images shown 5 achieved a score of 20. Unfortunately none of these were Bedford images despite having 3 of our 5 submissions held for a second view

The winning club was New City scoring 89 out of possible 100 points with Harpenden coming in a close 2nd with 88 points

We were placed joint 8th with Gamlingay scoring 81 points

Next year this event will be held at Buckingham

Three Way

On the 30th November we went off to Biggleswade for the 3 Way Competition between Biggleswade, who were placed joint 4th on the previous evening, and Bedford and Gamlingay, who were tied for 8th place, so there was all to play for.

 This competition was judged by Alison Jenkins who again gave very good feedback about how images could be improved. She appeared to be instantly drawn to any light spots which she thought should not be part of the image or was in any way distracting.

The competition was held over two rounds with each club having to submit 10 PDIs and 10 prints

Our PDI submissions were

  • Kyle, Orford Ness Sheep Dog and Fox Hound by Bruce Deacon. Kyle was held for a second view by the judge
  • Adult Kingfisher with Fish by John Pegram which was held for a second look and was given the maximum score of 20
  • Harriet by Vaughan Dean
  • Female Kestrel Landing and Strolling Along by Andy Howe
  • Adding a Decorative Touch by Richard Burn
  • Walking Back in Time and Cold Front by John Gough, walking back in time was held for a second look
  • Hungry Birds by Sara Reay

Our print submissions were

  • First View of the Taj and Subterranean by Richard Burn
  • Out for a Jaunt and Hound Dogs by Bruce Deacon. Out for a jaunt was held for a second view
  • Leopardess and Landing by Andy Howe both were held for a second view. Landing later scored a maximum of 20
  • Retro by Vaughan Dean
  • Icelandic Mountain Range by John Dunn
  • The Beekeeper Checks by Ian Whiting
  • Kingfisher Sequence by John Pegram which was held for a second view and scored a maximum of 20

After the PDI round we were ahead by 2 points, having scored 179 over Biggelswade’s 177 and with Gamlingay a further 5 points adrift. There was a nervous tea break. However the quality of our print submissions increased our lead and the final overall points were…

Bedford 359

Biggleswade 353

Gamlingay 345

Many thanks to every one who attended and supported Bedford at both these events and to the members who lent us their prints so that we can compete.

Next year the 3 Way Competition will be held at Gamlingay

Sara