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Club Competitions.
Every year as part of the Camera Club season, we hold numerious competitions both in Prints and Digital Projected Images (DPI's), which are open to all club members to enter. Most of the competitions are "Open" subject, where you can enter any type of image, eg: colour, monochrome (black & white) or creative (i.e. not reality), as long as they comply with the competition rules. One of the competitions in the club season (usually the 3rd) is a set subject, where the subject of the entry is given to members by the competition secretary. This year the set subject is "Minimalist". Next season (2019-2020) the set subject will be "Bent, Broken or Busted". To see when this years competitions are and find out closing dates for entries, see the "programme".
 
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Inter-Club Competitions
Each year Nantwich Camera Club participate in a number of inter-club competitions. To find out more about these competitions and how the Nantwich Camera Club selections are made, please "Click Here"

 

Submitting Competition Entries Using "PhotoEntry"

From the start of the 2018-2019 season, all competition entries are to be submitted using a new system called, "PhotoEntry".

Guidelines have been produced covering the key areas of enrolment, logging on, entering a competition and handling problems.

Click on the links below to read these guidelines:

 
 

 

History of Past Competition Trophy Winners.

At the end of each competition season, trophies are awarded to the winners of each competition section, Print Photographer, Slide/Projected Image Photographer and Clubman. The Clubman trophy is awarded to the photographer who has achieved the highest combined score in both the Print and PI competitions.

 

Click on the link below to view the trophy winners list.

 


Past Competition Trophy Winners


Tuesday 6th November 2018
2nd Club Competition 2018-19 Season
Judge:- Roger Evans, MPAGB, FBPE, EFIAP

Judge Roger Evans commenced the evening with judging the Projected Images, explaining that he had viewed them on his laptop at home and given provisional scores, but that they would not be finalised until he had viewed the image actually projected as they may appear differently on the screen. As he went through the 46 images he gave constructive critique on each, and awarded a wide range of scores from 12 to 16 points. From the 10 images he held back for further consideration he awarded points as follows:-
20 Points
“Water Retrieve” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
19 Points
“Wet Race” by Pete Woolmer
18 Points
“Anglesey Red – Sciurus Vulgaris” by Pete Allcock
“Skilled Manoeuvre” by Bryan Averill
“Shake A Leg” by David Luker
17 Points
“Oh Puck!” by Denise Compton
“Aiming To Win” by Wendy Williams
“Life’s Cycle” by Andrea Davies
“Catch of the Day” by Brian Sankey
“Heading for Home” by David Foster

During the break Roger had a quick look through the 33 prints. He gave constructive critique for each of the prints, again awarding quite a wide range of marks. He held back 9 for further consideration subsequently awarding marks as follows:-
20 Points
“Winter Feed” by Alma Sankey
19 Points
“Violet Crowned Woodnymph” by Wray Douglas
“Early Morning Glow” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Blue Tit” by David Foster
“Evening At The Marina” by Bryan Averill
18 Points
“Yosemite Falls” by Alison Wood
“Caryopteris” by Paul Topham
“Old Boat And Boathouse” by Alma Sankey
“Wet Conditions” by David Foster

 

Winning Print

"Winter Feed"
by Alma Sankey

Winning PI

"Water Retrieve"
by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

 

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Print Score Sheets
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Tuesday 30 October 2018
Interclub Competition Whitchurch v Nantwich
Judge:- Ian Whiston DPAGB BPE4* AFIAP

This year it was the turn of Whitchurch Photographic Society to host this annual competition. There was a good turnout from both Clubs. Judge Ian Whiston commenced with the Prints. It was difficult for the audience to see the prints if you were not at the front but Ian pointed out the points he liked from each print and how he felt some might have been improved. Some he said he could not find fault with but just didn't like them as much as the others. He held back 13 of the 30 for further consideration eventually awarding points as follows:-

20 Points (Winning Print)
"Beach Riders" by Bryan Averill (Nantwich)
19 Points
"Gateway to the Great Ridge" by Dave Munn (Whitchurch) 2nd Place
"Bear with Fish and Wolf" by Chris Goody (Whitchurch) 3rd Place
"Downhill Rider, Shaun Richards" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB (Nantwich)
"Cauldron Falls" by Bryan Averill (Nantwich)
"Manhattan Skyline" by Wray Douglas (Nantwich)
"Wolf on the prowl" by Chris Goody (Whitchurch)
"Reclining Goddess" by Paul Hayward (Whitchurch)
18 Points
"Steely Stare" by Wendy Williams (Nantwich)
"Dawn Mist Yosemite" by Alison Wood (Nantwich)
"Lone Tree" by Paul Compton CPAGB (Nantwich)
"Winter Sun, Windermere" by John Edge (Whitchurch)
"Modelled in Clay" by Paul Hayward (Whitchurch)

The final score for the Prints was  Nantwich 264 Whitchurch 262

After a short break for refreshments the judging of the Projected Images commenced. Viewing of these was slightly better for the audience and Ian gave his comments as he did for the prints. He retained 14 of the 30 for further consideration awarding points as follows:-

20 Points (Winning Projected Image)
"Mom and Cubs" by Chris Goody (Whitchurch)
19 Points
"Autumn Morning" by Ray Duckworth (Nantwich) 2nd Place
"Along the Tyne" by Ray Duckworth (Nantwich) 3rd Place
"La Vallee Blanche" by Bryan Averill (Nantwich)
"Sisters" by Paul Hayward (Whitchurch)
"The Cabbage White" by Dave Munn (Whitchurch)
"Snowfall" by Josh Sedgley (Whitchurch)
"Downhill Rider" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB (Nantwich)
"Up and Over" by Bryan Averill (Nantwich)
18 Points
"Barn Owl in Flight" by Allan Heath (Whitchurch)
"Cartridge Ejection" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB (Nantwich)
"It's My Fish" by Chris Goody (Whitchurch)
"The One That Got Away" by Alma Sankey (Nantwich)
"Evil Streak" by Paul Compton CPAGB (Nantwich)

The final score for the Projected Images was Nantwich 266 Whitchurch 263

As a result Nantwich were the overall winners by 5 points. We look forward to another close competition next year at Nantwich.

 


Print Score Sheets


PI Score Sheets

 

Tuesday 30th October 2018
Chester Photographic Society Inter Club Competition

The Chester PS annual print competition was held at the Grosvenor Museum and was judged this year by Tillman Kleinhans. 13 clubs were represented. Scoring in both the colour and mono sections of the competition followed the usual format with prints being eliminated in the first round scoring 1 point, in the second round 2 points and so on up to 5 points in the final round with the winning print gaining an extra point.
Bryan Averill’s “Blue Heaven” and Andrew Charlesworth’s “Guanaco” drew very favourable comments throughout the rounds, both prints making it into the final round. The choice for best colour print was between Andrew’s “Guanaco” and “Ptarmigan” by Margaret Sixsmith from Hoylake.In the final analysis Tillman went with “Ptarmigan”. The mono section was won by Andy Polakowski from Mold CC with his print “Me and My Dog”.

The overall top three club scores were:-

                                    Warrington PS               26 pts
                                    Nantwich CC                  22 pts
                                    Hoylake PS                    20 pts

Nantwich CC entries and scores were:-

Banking at Lodge Corner                    Wray Douglas                         2 pts
Spotted Hyena on Hippo Carcass      Wray Douglas                         3 pts
Blue Heaven                                        Bryan Averill                            5 pts
Guanaco                                             Andrew Charlesworth             5 pts
The Archdeacon                                 David Luker                             3 pts
Alpine Ski Walker                                Bryan Averill                            4 pts
                                                                                    Total                          22 pts

All in all it was a good evening and thanks go to Chester PS.It was a very creditable performance from Nantwich CC, improving on last year by one point and by one position.


Tuesday 2nd October 2018
1st Club Competition 2018-19 Season
Judge:- Andy Polakowski, DPAGB EFIAP/b BPE4* AWPF 

On Tuesday evening we held the first Club Competition of the season. Andy said he was very pleased to be judging our Competition he always enjoyed seeing our work. He had viewed the images on his laptop and given provisional scores but said that these may well be amended on viewing on the night.
He went on to explain that Judges were in general trying to help with their critique and he suggested that even if you did not agree with what he said about your image that you at least gave it a try just to see what effect it had.
The 48 Projected Images were shown first, and after a quick slideshow Andy proceeded to critique each image giving detailed suggestions for improvement and also how to achieve this. He held back a total of 9 images for further consideration awarding scores as follows:-

20 Points
"Catch" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
19 Points
"Eventide" by Bryan Averill
"Cinnabar Caterpillars" by David Luker
"Cold Comfort Farm" by Alma Sankey
"A Fine Pair" by Alison Wood
18 Points
"Northern Exposure" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
"Seize The Day" by Denise Compton
"Lake Reflections" by Brian Sankey
"Gannet" by Wendy Williams

After the break the same careful consideration and critique was given to the 30 prints entered into the Competition. Andy was keen to point out that although he was using the projected image to illustrate his point for the audience the judging was strictly confined to the actual print. He again, coincidently, retained 9 prints for further consideration and subsequently awarded points as follows:-

20 Points
" Spotted Hyena on Hippo Carcass" by Wray Douglas
19 Points
"In Cruise Control" by Bryan Averill
"Shaker Smithy" by Wray Douglas
"Gannet Gathering Weed" by David Foster
 "Roses" by David Luker
18 Points
" Downhill Rider, Shaun Richards" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
"The White House" by Trevor Clowes
"Happy Chappy" by Wendy Williams
" Dawn Mist, Yosemite Falls" by Alison Wood

 

Winning Print

"Spotted Hyena on Hippo Carcass"
by Wray Douglas

Winning PI

"Catch"
by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

 

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Print Score Sheets
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PI Score Sheets
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Print League
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PI League
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Submitting Competition Entries Using "PhotoEntry"

From the start of the 2018-2019 season, all competition entries are to be submitted using a new system called, "PhotoEntry".

Guidelines have been produced covering the key areas of enrolment, logging on, entering a competition and handling problems.

Click on the links below to read these guidelines:

 
 
 

 

L & CPU Annual Individual Competition 2018

Entries for this year's L & CPU Annual Individual Competition were down on last year's. Only 3 members submitted images. However, one of the  colour print entries, "In an Architectural Whorl" by David Hoyle, was selected for the Exhibition and a further colour print, "Racing for the Line" by Wendy Williams, was selected for the Folio. One of our newer members, Aneta Talbot, scored 12 points with an image of one of our members taken on one of our practical evenings!
Congratulations to all.

Several more entries scored well. They were as follows:-

12 points

Class

Author

Title

Colour Print

Wendy Williams

Racing for the Line

Colour Print

David Hoyle

In an Architectural Whorl

Colour PDI

Wendy Williams

Castell Coch Ceiling

Colour PDI

Wendy Williams

Wing Walkers

Monochrome PDI

Aneta Talbot

Wendy

11 points

Monochrome Print

Wendy Williams

Bentley

Monochrome Print

Wendy Williams

Steely Stare

Monochrome Print

Aneta Talbot

Bonnie

Colour PDI

Wendy Williams

Glen English

Colour PDI

Aneta Talbot

Alan The Biker

Look out for Wendy's Print when we have a Folio Evening and try and get to visit the Exhibition where you will see David Hoyle's Print on display. Hopefully we will have more entries next year.

 


2018 L&CPU Ind Results


L&CPU 2018 Ind Results by Category

 

Tuesday 3rd April 2018
6th Club Competition. Judge:- Steve Lewis ARPS

The evening began with Steve judging the 30 Prints entered in tonight's competition. He gave clear and concise critique of each image, suggesting that a number may have benefited from a very subtle vignette to concentrate the viewer on the main subject of the image, and others a slightly different crop. He retained 8 for further consideration awarding 17 points to 5 of these and 18, 19 and 20 points to the remaining images.
The scores were as follows:-

20 Points
"Beach Riders" by Bryan Averill

19 Points
"Gateway To The Orient" by Rob Gough

18 Points
"Lifting Mist" by Alma Sankey

After the break the 46 Projected Images were given the same concise and considered critique, with Steve remarking that we had given him a very difficult job this evening. He explained that the only way to ensure that people viewed your images as you want them to appear is to print them, as you can never be sure how they will appear when projected. However, he retained 12 images for further consideration, awarding points as follows:-

20 Points
"The Potting Shed" by Rob Gough

19 Points
"Alan The Biker" by Aneta Talbot
"The Evening Light" by Paul Compton CPAGB

18 Points
“Parachaya (Ned) by Peter Woolmer
“Heather Burn Snowdonia” by Alma Sankey
“The One That Got Away” by Alma Sankey
“Novice Monk” by Aneta Talbot
“Shire Eye” by Rex Kingley

 

Winning Print

"Beach Riders"
by Bryan Averill

Winning PI

"The Potting Shed"
by Rob Gough

 

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Print Score Sheets
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Print League
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Clubman League
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Final Competition League Tables for 2017-2018
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Tuesday 20th March 2018
Interclub Competition – Nantwich v Alsager
Judge:-Linda Bell LRPS CPAGB AWPF BPE3*

There was a good turnout from both Clubs for the annual Interclub Competition against Alsager  Camera Club. Linda said that she had a really difficult job as she was having to try to find reasons not to give all images full marks. The evening started with the prints, 15 from each club. Linda gave clear and concise reasons for her scores, suggesting in some cases an alternative crop that she thought may produce an even stronger image. She held back 8 images for further consideration, 4 from Alsager and 4 from Nantwich. It seemed quite close and it was impossible to predict the result! Points were then awarded as follows:-

20 Points
“Lone Tree” by Paul Compton CPAGB (Nantwich)
“Lone Vigil” by Darrell Oakden (Alsager)

19 Points
“Evening Splash” by Wray Douglas (Nantwich)
“Gone On Alone” by Bryan Averill (Nantwich)
“Small Skipper Nectaring on Sedum” by Jason Rowley (Alsager)

18 Points
“Still Life – Glass Bottles” by Wray Douglas (Nantwich)
“Cinderella’s Ugly Stepsisters” by Jason Rowley (Alsager)
“The Grandfather” by Geoff Reader (Alsager)

The final score for the Prints was 256 for Alsager and 255 for Nantwich.

After the break the same clear and concise critique was given for the Projected Images. 9 of these were held back for further consideration, 5 from Alsager and 4 from Nantwich. Points were then awarded as follows:-

20 Points
“La Vallee Blanche” by Bryan Averill (Nantwich)
“Ejection” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB (Nantwich)
“Time Warrior” by Darrell Oakden (Alsager)
“Conviction” by Geoff Reader (Alsager)

19 Points
“Ridge Light Cuerno Principal” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB (Nantwich)
“Fleetwood Wrecks” by Jon Blackburn (Alsager)
“White-Tailed Sea Eagle” by Arthur Harding (Alsager)

18 Points
“Swallowtail Moth” by Rex Kingsley (Nantwich)
“Aperture Beauty” by Geoff Reader (Alsager)
The final score for the Projected Images was Nantwich 356 and Alsager 252

This gave an accumulated score of 511 points for Nantwich and 508 for Alsager, giving the win to Nantwich by 3 points!

 


Print Scores


PI Scores

 

Thursday 8th March 2018
Interclub Competition Crewe v Nantwich, Judge:- Sheila Giles DPAGB

There was a good turnout from both Clubs for our annual Competition against Crewe Photographic Society. The room was so full that seeing the images and hearing the judge speaking proved a little difficult for those of us at the back!
The judging commenced with the Print Competition and Sheila said she had been given a very difficult task as all the images were of excellent quality and that she would have to really "nit pick" to enable her final selection. She gave constructive critique on each, suggesting in some instances what she thought may have been a better crop. From the 13 images she held back for further consideration she chose "Evening Splash" by Wray Douglas as her winning print. However, the overall winners of the Print Competition were Crewe with 259, just 1 point ahead of Nantwich!
After the break and the Raffle the judging of the Projected Images began. Sheila again gave constructive critique for each image and choose " Jack Knife on the Beam" by Wallace Baxter of Crewe as her winning Projected Image. The final score for the Projected Images was 261 for Nantwich and 256 for Crewe giving the overall win to Nantwich by just 4 points.

 

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Result Sheets

 

Tuesday 6th March 2018
5th Club Competition (Mono), Judge:- Cy Newton

After a slightly delayed start due to having to evacuate the building because the Fire Alarm had been activated, the evening commenced with the judging of the 46 prints. Members were invited to enter up to 3 prints in this section. Cy said that he thought the majority were of excellent quality technically, but that a few had been let down by the composition and bland skies which were lacking in detail. He went on to give critique on each image holding back 7 for further consideration and subsequently awarding points as follows:-

20 Points
"Alpine Ski Walker" by Bryan Averill

19 Points
"Wilder Kaiser" by Ruth Holden CPAGB
"Steely Stare" by Wendy Williams
"Evening Stroll" by Alma Sankey

18 Points
"Manhattan Skyline" by Wray Douglas
"Incentive" by David Foster
"Boardman’s Mill" by Brian Sankey

After a somewhat shortened break the judging of the Projected Images took place with Cy giving similar critique to that of the prints. He retained  6 images for further consideration awarding points as follows:-

20 Points
"It's Not That Bad" by David Luker

19 points
"Crosby Beach" by Ray Duckworth
"Cartridge Ejection" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
"Up And Over" by Bryan Averill

18 points
"Ilfracombe Harbour" by Brian Sankey
"In The Wet" by David Luker

 

Winning Print
print
"Alpine Ski Walker"
by Bryan Averill

Winning PI
piu
"It's Not That Bad"
by David Luker

 

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018
4th Club Competition - Open, Judge Graham Curry

The multi-talented Graham opened the evening by saying that he no longer enters club competitions as he doesn’t agree with the judges, but qualified the statement by saying that was his problem, not theirs. He also stressed that when judging mixed abilities it is important not to discourage beginners who need to develop their skills. Although he looks at all the usual components of a photograph such as composition, technical ability etc, his final decisions are based on his personal favourites. He gave us an interesting and informative evening with insightful comments interspersed with amusing anecdotes. When left with the last 3 of the held-back images, Graham wrote down his selection for winner and asked the audience to vote for theirs. We agreed both times.

The first half of the evening was the judging of the prints.

20 Points
‘Evening Sail’ by Bryan Averill

19 Points
‘Which Way Now’ by Bryan Averill
'Early Morning Glow’ by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
'Young Fox’ by Paul Compton CPAGB
‘Lone Tree’ by Paul Compton CPAGB
‘Still Life - Glass Bottles’ by Wray Douglas

18 Points
‘Frosted Pine’ by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
‘Misty Sunset’ by Alison Wood
‘Spoon Wheel’ by Paul Topham
‘Amazon Tree Frog’ by Rob Gough
‘Pensive’ by Wendy Williams
‘Bangor Pier’ by Trevor Clowes
‘air vents Blackpool prom’ by David Westhead

The Projected Image Results were

20 Points
‘Autumn Morning’ by Ray Duckworth

19 Points
‘Untidy Clearance’ by Bryan Averill
‘Fishing for Breakfast’ by John Kay

18 Points
'Thurme Mill’ by Paul Compton CPAGB
‘Ejection’ by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
'Lily’ by Paul Topham
‘Spitfire’ by Brian Sankey
‘Off the Meat of the Bat’ by David Luker
‘Tower Block’ by Paul Topham
‘SunDew’ by Rex Kingsley
‘Scotland in Autumn’ by Alma Sankey

Congratulations to all who did well in a strong competition.

The next Competition on 6th March is the Monochrome competition, with both prints and PIs in black and white.

 

Winning Print

"Evening Sail"
by Bryan Averill

Winning PI

"Autumn Morning"
by Ray Duckworth

 

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Clubman League
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Tuesday 12th December 2017
3rd Club Competition - Set Subject  "Street Photography"
Judge:- Brian Law ARPS, CPAGB

Our last Club Competition of 2017 was the annual "set subject" competition, the subject being "Street Photography". Early on in the season David Luker had sent round an email giving us all a clear definition of the criteria for this genre. The judge, Brian Law, began the evening by explaining that he had seen the criteria that had been issued and that any images, no matter how good, that did not in his opinion meet this criteria would not score any more than 14 points. He went on to mention a couple of famous street photographer that he said we would have come across if we had done our research on the genre and that their images were an example of what we should be striving for. The first of these was Garry Wingrand. He was a New York based photographer considered to be one of the "founding fathers" of the traditional approach to the genre. The second one was Siegfried Hansen whose work is very graphic, with emphasis on geometry, colour and image design.

Brian began by judging the 29  Print entries. He explained that he felt a good image had to have had some work put into it, not just "snapped" in passing or taken from the archives and made to fit the subject. He pointed out the reasons for his decision for each image awarding  7 of them 14 points or less for not conforming with the criteria in his opinion, and holding back 7 of the remaining images for further consideration, and subsequently awarding points as follows:-

20 Points
"The Youth of Today" by Paul Compton CPAGB

19 Points
"Yer 'avin a Laugh" by Elaine Thomas
"A Rainy Day In New York City" by Rob Gough
"Fruit Vendor - Hanoi" by Wray Douglas
"Cromwell Street Stornaway" by Trevor Clowes

18 points
"Window Watchers" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
"NYPD Traffic Control" by Wray Douglas

After the break (with mince pies baked by Denise Compton) the judging of the 49 Projected Images commenced. These were judged in the same way as the Prints with 12 awarded 14 points or less, being deemed as not conforming to the criteria in Brian's opinion. He retained 5 images from the remainder for further consideration scoring these as follows:-

20 Points
" Chaos in Delhi" by Suzanne Mercer

19 Points
"Lunch Time" by Denise Compton
"The Horse and Groom" by Rob Gough

18 points
"Taking the Dog For a Walk" by John Kay
"Preparing to Test Public Opinion" by David Westhead

Congratulations to everyone who entered for tackling what many of us found to be a difficult subject, and well done to the winners.

 

Winning Print

"The Youth of Today"
by Paul Compton CPAGB

Winning PI

"Chaos in Delhi"
by Suzanne Mercer

 

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Wednesday 6th December 2017
Interclub Competition Sandbach v Nantwich
Judge:- Brian Law ARPS, CPAGB

On Wednesday evening several club members made the journey to Sandbach for the annual interclub competition between Nantwich Camera Club and Sandbach Photographic Society. The 30 prints, 15 from each Club were  judged first. Brian gave constructive critique on each image suggesting how some, in his opinion could have been cropped differently to produce a stronger image. He also commented on the quality of some of the images. He held back 6 back for further consideration, all Nantwich images so it came as no surprise that Nantwich were ahead after the Print Section with 262 points and Sandbach with 237.

The top scoring images were as follows:-

20 points
"Underneath the Arches" by David Luker

19 points
"Cottonwoods in Winter" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
"Anemone in Blue" by Ruth Holden CPAGB
"All in Pink" by Paul Compton CPAGB

18 points
"Cerastium" by Paul Topham
"Evening Splash" by Wray Douglas

After the break the Projected Images were given the same careful critique and once again 6 images held back for further consideration. These, however, were equally split between both clubs making the Competition much closer! Eventually they were awarded points as follows:-

20 Points
"Reflective" by Stephen Cooke (Sandbach)

19 Points
"Punk Rocks" by Denise Compton (Nantwich)
"Reflections in Music" by Stephen Cooke (Sandbach)
"Llanberis Waterfall" Paul Compton CPAGB

18 points
"Mud Dive" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
Peripheral Vision" by Stuart Battersby (Sandbach)

The scores for the Projected images were Nantwich 247 and Sandbach 241, making the overall score Nantwich 509 and Sandbach 478.

 
 

30th November 2017
The Five Towns Monochrome Print Competition 2017
for the Alan Challinor Trophy

Hosted by Crewe PS
Judge: Jane Lines MPAGB LRPS BPE5*

On Thursday evening members of Alsager, Crewe, Mid-Cheshire, Nantwich and Sandbach met at the Crewe Vagrants Sports Club for the annual Competition for the Alan Challinor Trophy. There were a total of 60 images - 12 Monochrome Prints from each Club.

After a slightly late start caused by Jane being delayed in a queue due to an accident en route she had a quick look at all the prints before commencing her judging. She gave good, clear, concise critique of each image holding some back for further consideration. After 40 images there was a break for refreshments and a quick analysis of the scores seemed to suggest it was close, particularly between Alsager and Nantwich who both had 4 retained images, and a similar number of points from those already awarded points.

After the break Jane went through the remaining 20 images retaining 2 more for further consideration, 1 of these being from Alsager! She then had another close look at the retained images before awarding them scores. She gave 3 of the retained images 17 points, 10 received 18 points, leaving 6 remaining. When she was down to the final 3 images there were 2 from Nantwich and 1 from Alsager. The atmosphere was quite tense! Eventually she awarded 20 points and "Print of the Night" to a Nantwich image - "Underneath The Arches" by David Luker.

On producing the results sheet from DiCentra it emerged that Alsager and Nantwich had equal points! After a somewhat intense discussion John Royle consulted the rules and declared Nantwich the winners as they had "Print of the Night"

The Alan Challinor Trophy and the Trophy for "Print of the Night" were both presented to David Luker.

 


Result Sheets

 

Our entry is shown below, click on the images to see a larger view.

 

Tuesday 7 November 2017
2nd Club Competition, Judge:- Darell Oakden DPAGB BPE3*

The judge of the second competition was Darell Oakden, he had 50 PI s and 31 prints to look at.

He was looking for the wow factor, something out of the box from an image tonight, in his opinion rules in photography are meant to be broken he wanted to drive home after the night and remember the image that won.

With the prints he gave detailed critique on each image and suggestions of how each could be improved. 
7 Images were held back and Bryan Averill "Blue Heaven" scored the winning 20, closely followed by Paul Topham "Cerastium" which he also loved.

20 points
"Blue Heaven" by Bryan Averill

19 Points
" Cerastium" by Paul Topham
"Diamond Glacial Ice" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
"Sundown" by Alma Sankey

18 points
"Golden Eagle Portrait" by Rob Gough
"Banking At Lodge Corner" by Wray Douglas
"Dee Marsh" by Trevor Clowes

The PIs were looked at after the break.  Because of the amount of images he went through them quickly but still gave constructive remarks on each one.
He held back 9 images, the wining image was Ridge Light Cuerno Principal by Andrew Chalesworth, closely followed by 5 19's which were all excellent and he struggled to pick a winner out of them.

20 Points
"Ridge Light Cuerno Principal" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

19 Points
"Looking For The Next Fence" by Peter Woolmer
"Tired Out" by Paul Compton CPAGB
"Scuffed Elbow" by Peter Woolmer
"La Vallee Blanche" by Bryan Averill
"Freestyle Jump" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

18 Points
"Receding Mist" by Alma Sankey
"Half A Furlong From Home" by David Foster
"Bathing Farne Islands Shag" by Pete Allcock

Congratulations to everyone, especially some of our newer members entering for the first time.

 

Winning Print

"Blue Heaven"
by Bryan Averill

Winning PI

"Ridge Light, Cuerno Principal"
by Andrew Charlesworth

 

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Tuesday 31 October 2017
Inter-Club Competition Nantwich v Whitchurch
Judge:- Terry Hewitt

Tuesday evening saw the annual competition against Whitchurch Photographic Society. Terry began by saying he had seen the digital files of both the prints and Projected images beforehand, and had decided on provisional scores but these had been adjusted in some cases when he had seen the actual prints. He said that they were all of a very high standard and consequently some may receive a lower score than they would have scored in another competition. He gave concise and constructive critique of each image, suggesting where some could have been cropped to produce what would have been, in his opinion, a stronger image. He retained 9 images for further consideration, awarding points as follows:-

20 Points
"Gone On Alone" by Bryan Averill (Nantwich)
19 Points
Anemone In Blue" by Ruth Holden CPAGB (Nantwich)
"Feather" by Paul Topham (Nantwich)
"Rounding The Buoy" by Bryan Averill (Nantwich)
18 Points
"Evening Splash" by Wray Douglas (Nantwich)
" A Cold Foggy Morning" by Paul Compton CPAGB (Nantwich)
"Lunch" by Rob Gough (Nantwich)
“Rock Dove With Nest Material” by Allan Heath ( Whitchurch)
“Bear with Two Fish” (Whitchurch)

The total scores for the prints were Nantwich 259 and Whitchurch 241.

After an early break the judging of the projected images began. Terry gave these the same consideration as the prints retaining 8 for further consideration and subsequently awarding points as follows:-

20 points
“Ice Beach” by Ray Duckworth (Nantwich)
19 points
“The Yacht Race” by Alma Sankey ( Nantwich)
“Dahlia On Fire” by Marc Brimble (Whitchurch)
18 points
“All In Black” by Paul Compton CPAGB (Nantwich)
“Mud Dive” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB (Nantwich)
“Eye Of The Dragon” by John Edge (Whitchurch)
“The Lantern” by John Edge (Whitchurch)
“Silver Studded Blues Mating” by Dave Nunn ( Whitchurch)

The total score for the Projected Images was Nantwich 256 and Whitchurch 249.
The combined results gave the victory to Nantwich with a total of 515, and Whitchurch had 490.

 


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Tuesday 31st October 2017
Chester Photographic Society Inter Club Competition

The Grosvenor Museum was once again the venue for this annual competition, with 14 clubs, including Nantwich CC, participating.  Two sections comprising of 4 Colour Prints and 2 Mono Prints were entered by each club, and critiqued and assessed by this year's judge, namely Adrian Lines. After eloquently stating his reasons for his decisions, Adrian proceeded to eliminate the prints on a knockout basis, round by round until revealing the eventual winner. Scoring was -  elimination in Round 1, 1 point, Round 2, 2 points, Round 3, 3 points and so on, with the winner getting an extra bonus point.
At the end of the competition, the final results revealed that Nantwich CC was in joint 3rd place along with Frodsham on 21 points. Warrington PS was second on 22 points, leaving Chester, with 24 points, as the overall winners.
However, Nantwich CC did provide the winner of the Mono section, thanks to Andrew Charlesworth gaining the Winner's Medal for his print entitled 'Cottonwoods in Winter'. Congratulations go to Andrew for this fine achievement - a feat he has attained on 2 previous occasions in this particular competition.

Our entries and scores were:-

Street Vendor

Wray Douglas

Colour

2 pts

Riding Out  

Bryan Averill  

Colour 

4 pts

Rider 612 

Andrew Charlesworth  

Colour   

3 pts

All in Pink 

Paul Compton 

Colour 

4 pts

Marina  

Bryan Averill   

Mono 

2 pts

Cottonwoods in Winter

Andrew Charlesworth

Mono   

6 pts

       
 

TOTAL

 

21 pts

 
 

10th October 2017
Inter-Club Competition Nantwich v Long Eaton
Judge:- John Royle
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16 October 2017
Inter-Club Competiton Long Eaton v Nantwich
Judge:- Jacqui Grafton ARPS, EFIAP/B, BPE5*, DPAGB

As a result of our Chairman, John Kay, meeting up with a member of Long Eaton Club who happened to be in our area, an idea for a different kind of competition was formed and came to fruition this week. 40 Digital Images from each club, with no more than 4 per author included, were shown firstly at Nantwich and judged by John Royle followed by the same images being shown at Long Eaton and judged by a different judge. 4 members of Long Eaton made the journey to our Club.

John Royle had seem the images at home and said he'd spent hours looking at them and deciding on his scores, but that these may change when he saw the images projected. He explained that, as they were in an Inter-Club Competition he expected a high standard and would be marking between 10 and 20. He gave his critique suggesting that some may have benefited from being cropped to cut out distractions or to make the subject larger in the frame. He held back 13 images for further consideration subsequently awarding scores as follows:-

20 Points
Nantwich
"Three Men In Their Boats" by Alma Sankey

19 Points
Nantwich"Redwings Christmas Feast" by David Foster
"Taking The Shot" by Paul Compton CPAGB
"Bell Harry Tower" by David Luker
"At The Races" by David Luker
"Arrow Tipped Plumes" by David Foster

Long Eaton
"Roller" by Robert Cave
"Banded Damouselle Damselfly" by Eric Ladbury
"Umberellas" by Alan Birkin
"Bee Eater Eating A Bee" by Robert Cave
"The Tree" by Carol Rhodes

18 Points
Nantwich"Punk Rocks" by Denise Compton
"All in Black" by Paul Compton CPAGB
"Out Of The Mist" by Brian Sankey
"Launched And Sailing" by Bryan Averill
"Fun Day Out" by David Foster
"Daybreak" by Alma Sankey
"Of All He Surveys" by Bryan Averill
 
Long Eaton
"Impala At Dawn" by Robert Cave
"The Panther Mushroom" by Eric Ladbury

The scores resulted in a win for Nantwich with 689 points. Long Eaton had a of total of 667.

The following Monday, a bad night weatherwise, 2 of our members braved the elements to go to the return leg at Long Eaton. Jacqui Grafton, in general, scored slightly lower than John, but the overall difference between the final scores was the same. It was interesting to note that although there were a lot of similarities in the 2 judges comments there were some significant differences of opinion on some images. Jacquie's comments were generally very thoughtful and she was obviously influenced by the mood created by each image. The main difference of opinion between the 2 judges seemed to relate to the cropping of images, with Jacqui suggesting that it was not the best for some images and in the majority of cases it was far to tight!

20 Points
Nantwich
"Glass Ball " by Paul Topham

19 Points
Nantwich
"Daybreak" by Alma Sankey
"On The Move" by Aneta Talbot
"In Monument Valley" by John Kay

Long Eaton
"Making A Splash" by Paul McLaughlin
"Andy" by Shelley Lee

18 Points
Nantwich
"Taking The Shot" by Paul Compton CPAGB
"Mud Dive" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
"Three Men In Their Boats" by Alma Sankey

Long Eaton
"Erewash Canal" by Alan Birkin

The result for this evening was Nantwich 651 and Long Eaton 630.

Two interesting evenings which just go to show that whilst, generally, results tend to be similar for most images some can have very different scores depending on the individual taste of the judge

 

3rd October 2017
1st Club Competition, Judge:- Daryl Giles CPAGB

The judging of the 1st Club Competition of the 2017-18 began with 31 printed images. Daryl explained that he marked between 10 and 20 and that from the quick glance he had had of the prints he could safely say that none would get a 10! He gave detailed critique of each image and suggested the settings he would have used on some of the less technically competent images. He held back 9 images for further consideration, subsequently awarding 2 of these 17 points having compared them with the remaining prints. The remaining prints were awarded points as follows:-

20 points
"Riding Out" by Bryan Averill

19 points
"Lunch" by Rob Gough
"Llantysilio Parish Church" by Trevor Clowes
"Amy" by Wendy Williams
"Racing in the Rain" by Wray Douglas

18 points
"All in Pink" by Paul Compton CPAGB
"Evening Splash" by Wray Douglas

After the break Daryl proceeded to judge the 50 Projected Images which he had seen previously and made notes on, but had not decided on a winner.  He gave the same detailed critique of the projected images, holding back only 4 for further consideration and awarding points as follows:-

20 points
"The Yacht Race" by Alma Sankey

19 Points
"Male Silver Studded Blue" by David Foster
"Chester Races" by David Luker
"Underneath the Arches" by David Luker

18 points
"Llanberis Waterfall" by Paul Compton CPAGB
"Teton Barn" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

 

Winning Print
print
"Riding Out"
by Bryan Averill

Winning PI
pi
"The Yacht Race"
by Alma Sankey

 

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6th & 7th May 2017
L & CPU Annual Individuals Competition

Each year the L & CPU hold a Competition open to all members of Clubs in the L & CPU. It is from these entries that the prints for the Exhibition and the folios are selected. There are 3 judges who award up to 5 marks for each image, making the highest available score 15. Entrants can submit up to 4 images in each section for both Prints and Digital Images. There are 3 sections:- Colour, Mono and Nature.
Entrants from our Club were down in numbers this year with only 4 of our members submitting images. Of these entries only 1 was selected for the Exhibition "Rutting Deer" a Nature Print by Paul Compton with 11 points. Congratulations Paul. Paul also had two other higher scoring images:-

Section

Entrant

Title

Score

Colour Print

Paul Compton

Hard on the Brakes

12

Mono Print

Paul Compton

Caught in the Moment

11

Our Digital Entries scores were higher with 8 images scoring 11, and 6 scoring 12.

Section

Entrant

Title

Score

Mono Digital

Bryan Averill

Alpine Ski Walker

12

Mono Digital

Bryan Averill

Emerging from the Clouds

12

Mono Digital

Bryan Averill

Over We Go

12

Colour Digital

David Luker

At the Races

12

Colour Digital

David Luker

Bell Harry Tower

12

Colour Digital

Paul Compton

Away From Home

12

Colour Digital

Bryan Averill

Mogul Manoeuvres

11

Colour Digital

Bryan Averill

Triumphant Tough Mudder

11

Mono Digital

Bryan Averill

Gone on Alone

11

Nature Digital

Bryan Averill

Shag Preening

11

Colour Digital

Paul Compton

Brown Eyed Girl

11

Colour Digital

Paul Compton

All in Black

11

Mono Digital

Paul Compton

Homeless at Piccadilly

11

Nature Digital

Paul Compton

Common Blue

11

Well done to those who entered and hopefully we will have more entries next year. The date and venue of the Exhibition will be published in due course and we hope everyone will show their support by going to see it.


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4th April 2017
6th  Club Competition Judge:- Rob Hockney ( CPAGB, BPE3*)

Tuesday evening was our last Competition of the season. Rob began by saying that of the 50 or so people in the audience all but 2 were going to go home disappointed, but that he hoped to entertain and that his opinion would at least give the others something to consider.
The evening commenced with the 25 Print entries. Rob commented on each, suggesting that the print quality of some could be improved, and  that some had really benefited from being printed on Fine Art paper. He allocated a wide range of marks and held back 7 for further consideration, having already awarded 18 points to “Redwings Christmas Feast” by David Foster without  retaining it. He  allocated marks the remaining images as follows:-

20 points
“Three Men In Their Boats” by Alma Sankey

19 points
“Out of the Mist” by Brian Sankey
“Old Oak Tree” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

18 points
“Silver Lining” by Howard Holden
“Rider 612 Tim Morgan” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Morning Splash” by Wray Douglas
“Intrusion” by Ruth Holden

After the break Rob gave the same constructive critique to each of the 50 Projected Images. He suggested that a small number would make better commercial images than competition images. He again awarded quite a wide range of marks, holding back 13 for further consideration. Of the retained images he awarded “Passing Storm” by Alan Chapman and “Dark Street” by Chris Wilson 17 points. The remainder of the retained images were scored as follows:-

20 points
“Mud Dive” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

19 points
“Three Wheeled Bikes” by Paul Compton CPAGB
“Ice Beach” by Ray Duckworth
“Caterpillar Elephant Eye Moth” by John Dodd
“Chester Zoo Male Lion” by Wendy Willliams
“At The Races” by David Luker
“Swallowtail Moth” by Rex Kingsley

18 points
“Celebration (“Shakey” Byrne)”  by Peter Woolmer
“Daffodils” by David Luker
“On The Move” by Aneta Talbot
“Castle in a Storm” by Gary Holmes

Congratulation to all especially our newer members, several of whom had higher scoring images.

 
 

Winning Print

"Three Men in Their Boats"
by Alma Sankey

Winning PI

"Mud Dive"
by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

 

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Tuesday 21st March 2017
Inter Club Competition Nantwich v Crewe
Judge:- Colin Douglas (ARPS, AFIAP, DPAGB, BPE4*)

Tuesday evening saw an excellent turn-out from both Clubs for our annual interclub competition against Crewe Photographic Society. Judge Colin Douglas had not seen any of the images previously so the evening commenced with a run through of the Projected Images. Having requested a second run through Colin stated that he judges a lot of competitions and generally there are a number of outstanding images with the numbers made up with good ones. However the images presented tonight he considered to be all outstanding making judging extremely difficult. He went through the images endeavouring to give critique on each and held back 11 images for further consideration. These were scored as follows:-

Points

Number of Images

 

 

Nantwich

Crewe

20

2

3

19

2

1

18

3

0

The scores were Nantwich 258 and Crewe 257, a win by 1 point for Nantwich.
The higher scoring Nantwich Projected Images were:-
20 Points
“Launched and Sailing” by Bryan Averill
“Bell Harry Tower” by David Luker
19 Points
“Springer Retrieve” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“Taking the Shot” by Paul Compton CPAGB
18 Points
“Creating a Splash” by Roy Penlington
“Early Morning Fun Run” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
“All in Black” by Paul Compton CPAGB

After the break the Prints were shown for Colin to get a general overview and he stated that he had been hoping the judging of the Prints was going to be easier, but this was not going to be the case! He commented on each awarding one image 18 points straight off and holding back 8 Prints for further consideration. He quipped at one point that he was aiming for a draw - very difficult considering he did not know which Club each image was from.

Points

Number of Images

 

 

Nantwich

Crewe

20

3

1

19

1

2

18

0

1

Unbelievably he achieved his aim, and the result was a draw with both Clubs attaining 261 points, meaning Nantwich were the overall winners with 519 points.
The higher scoring Prints from Nantwich were:-
20 points
“Rounding the Buoy” by Bryan Averill
“Daybreak” by Alma Sankey
“Frozen Remains” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
19 points
“In the Rain” by David Foster

Well done everyone!

 

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Thursday 16th March 2017
Inter-Club Competition Alsager v Nantwich
Judge:- Roger Evans (FBPE, EFIPA, MPAGB)

There was a good turn out for the Annual Competition against Alsager with 17 members from Nantwich Camera Club making the trip. The judge, Roger Evans, explained that he was going to have great difficulty separating the images as they were all good quality images and that he would endeavour to give constructive critique for each.
The evening commenced with the Print Competition. Of the 30 entries he held back  11 for further consideration awarding points as follows:-


Points

Number of Images

 

Alsager

Nantwich

20

0

2

19

2

2

18

4

1

This gave a result of Alsager 259 points and Nantwich 255.

The retained Nantwich images were :-
20 points
"Street Vendor - Hanoi" by Wray Douglas
"Frozen Remains" by Andrew Charlesworth (CPAGB)
19 Points
"Daybreak" by Alma Sankey
"An Elegant Smile" by Paul Compton (CPAGB)
18 points
"Love to Dance" by Paul Compton (CPAGB)

After the break the same careful consideration and critique was applied to the Projected Images. Roger retained 15 Projected Images, 7 from Alsager and 8 from Nantwich. He decided that some of these were to be awarded 17 points, reducing the retained images to 10, 4 from Alsager and 6 from Nantwich. Points were awarded as follows:-


Points

Number of Images

 

Alsager

Nantwich

20

0

2

19

1

3

18

3

1

This gave a score of Alsager 251 to Nantwich's 263, making Nantwich the overall winners with 518 against Alsager's 510.
The top scoring Nantwich Images  were :-
20 points
"Launched and Sailing" by Bryan Averill
"Early Moring Fun Run" by Andrew Charlesworth (CPAGB)
19 points
" A Girl With A Gun" by Paul Compton (CPAGB)
"Eyes On The Prize" by David Luker
"Taking The Shot" by Paul Compton (CPAGB)
18 points
"Punk Rocks" by Denise Compton

Well done to everyone.


Tuesday 28th February 2017
5th Club Competition (Mono). Judge:- Roger Evans  FBPE, EFIAP, MPAGB

Tuesday evening saw our annual Monochrome Competition. To help ensure there is a good selection of prints available for the annual 5 Towns Monochrome Competition held each September members are encouraged to submit 3 prints each for this Competition, and the Projected Images must also be mono.

There was, as usual, a very good turn out for the Competition and a good number of entries. 43 prints and 42 Projected Images. Fortunately, Roger, being fairly local had already seen and pre-judged both the Prints and Projected images so he knew exactly what he wanted to say about each. The evening commenced with the Prints. Roger gave clear and constructive critique on each one, holding back 11 for further consideration. Of the 11 retained images he awarded 6 of them 18 points. These were :-

"Retired at Loch Ard" by Brian Sankey
"Bass Rock from Seacliff" by Brian Sankey
"A Winter Stroll" by Alma Sankey
"Approaching Bass Rock" by Alma Sankey
"Marina" by Bryan Averill
"Simply A Lighthouse" by Paul Compton CPAGB

 A further 4 scored 19 points:-
"In Unison" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
"Curtain Twitcher" by Ruth Holden CPAGB
" Tre Cima di Lavaredo" by Howard Holden
"Gone On Alone" by Bryan Averill

 His winner with 20 points was "Cottonwoods in Winter" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB.

After a quick tea break the judging of the Projected Images commenced. He once again gave clear and constructive critque on each, retaining 10 for further consideration and awarded points as follows.
18 points:-
"After The Harvest" by John Dodd
"After The Harvest" By Ray Duckworth
" Hammerton Knowl" by Brian Sankey
"Beached" by Alison Wood
"All Aboard" by Ian Spencer
" Loch Rannoch Slipway" by Brian Sankey

19 points:-
"Point to Point" by Paul Compton CPAGB
" Britannia at Ais Gill" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
" Loaded Beretta" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

The winning Projected Image with 20 points was "Wharton Lock" by Ray Duckworth.
Congratulations to all.

 

Winning Print

"Cottonwoods in Winter"
by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

Winning PI

"Wharton Lock"
by Ray Duckworth

 

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Tuesday 24th January 2017
4th Club Competition
Judge :- Geoff Reader DPAGB, BPE 2*

Geoff began the evening with a brief explanation of his criteria for the scoring of images saying that he first looks for technical competency, then the composition, the strength of subject matter, and finally the emotion evoked by the image. He went on to look at the 29 prints, commenting on each and holding back 9 for further consideration. Of the retained images he awarded 5 of them 17 points, with some Commended, and some Highly Commended. He said he found it extremely difficult to separate the remaining 4, eventually deciding on 18 points for "Anemone in Blue" by Ruth Holden CPAGB and "Concentration" by Wendy Williams. The remaining 2 he said he could not fault and the only way to separate them was by the emotional attachment evoked and, as he hated motorbikes, it had to be the horse! Consequently "John McGuinness" by Wendy Williams got 19 points and "Le Cheval" by Wray Douglas was the winner with 20 points.

After the tea break the 2nd half of the evening commenced with a quick run through of the 44 Projected Images submitted by 22 of our members, which Geoff had already seen beforehand on his home system. He gave assurance that although he had provisionally given his marks they may well be adjusted when he saw the images projected on our screen.  After going through the images, commenting on each, he held back 11 for further consideration, and after a 2nd viewing of these 8 were awarded 17 points, again with some Commended and Some Highly Commended. 18 points and 3rd place went to "Kym-Ly" by Ray Duckworth, 19 points and 2nd place to "Launched and Sailing" by Bryan Averill and the winning image with 20 points was "Springer Retrieve" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

 

Winning Print

"Le Cheval"
by Wray Douglas

Winning PI

"Springer Retrieve"
by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

 

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Tuesday 13th December 2016
3rd Club Competition (Set Subject :- "Working Life")
Judge :- Brian Dunseath, ARPS

After a journey from Widnes that had taken 3 hours, Brian started the evening by giving us a brief summary of his photographic journey. He has been involved in photography for about 30 years and for the first 20 avoided becoming a member of a Camera Club, because of his perception of Camera Clubs. On joining his first one he realised just how much could be learned from being a member and wondered if he should have joined earlier. However, a move to another area necessitated a new Club, and this proved to be more like his perception of Camera Clubs had been! He explained that listening to derogatory remarks about the judges prompted him to train to become one! He judged extensively in the South of England.
A subsequent move North lead to him judging in the Northwest, hence his visit tonight. The evening commenced with the Projected Images. Brian had not seen these or the prints until tonight. He gave a wide range of scores and detailed constructive critique of each in a very positive and light-hearted way. He quipped should anyone feel the need to query his views that he had both his spectacles and his birth certificate with him, and emphasised that photography is subjective so his ideas may not necessarily be those of others.
He held back 9 images for further consideration. After a second viewing he awarded 4 of the images 18 marks, a further 3 got 19 marks and declaring "Minimum Wage" by Denise Compton, as his winner. He said the author obviously had a really good understanding of light, something that had let down some of the other images in his opinion, and that other members of the Club should talk to this member!
After the break the judging of the Prints commenced with Brian saying that, in his opinion, the standard of these was higher than that of the Projected Images. He again gave detailed and constructive critique of each print, holding back 6 for further consideration. Of the 6 he awarded 2 of the prints 18 points, a further 2 had 19 points and the winner was "Street Vendor - Hanoi" by Wray Douglas.
The evening was concluded by Vice Chairman Bryan Averill thanking Brian for such an informative and entertaining evening. We hope to welcome him back in the near future.

 

Winning Print

"Street Vendor - Hanoi"
by Wray Douglas

Winning PI

"Minimum Wage"
by Denise Compton

 

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29th November 2016
Inter-Club Competition Nantwich v Sandbach
Judge :- Diana Magor, EFIAPb, MPSA, CPAGB, LRPS

Diana began by saying that she had viewed the projected images beforehand on her laptop, and had also looked at digital versions of the prints, but that she had only viewed the prints in this manner to give her an overview. On her arrival she had looked briefly at the actual prints and had already decided that they, on the whole, were better than their digital versions and that her scores for the prints would not be influenced by her previews.
She explained that judging the contest would be difficult as the images were obviously the best of the images from the Clubs and consequently all of a very high standard. The evening commenced with the judging of the 30 Projected Images, 15 from each Club. She gave excellent detailed and constructive critique on each image, holding back 12 images for further consideration. Of the 12 images retained, 9 were from Nantwich and 3 from Sandbach. She awarded 4 of the images 18 points, 3 images 19 points and 5 of them 20 points, leaving Nantwich in the lead by 270 points to Sandbach's 246.

The images scoring 20 points were :-
Storm Desmond Hits Perch Rock byAndrew Charlesworth CPAGB
Creating a Splash by Roy Penlington
The Final Turn by David Luker
Garden Snail by Nigel Richards
Keep Your Eye On The Ball by Stuart Battersby

Following a brief interval for tea and biscuits the evening recommenced with the Prints. Dianne again gave excellent detailed constructive critique, illustrating with a small piece of mount board how she would have cropped some images to improve them in her opinion. She retained 13 prints for further consideration eventually awarding 19 points to 7 of the images and 20 points to the other 6. Her husband, who had accompanied her and who was in the audience, then queried jokingly why she hadn't awarded any 18s!
11 of the retained images were Nantwich images and the other 2 were Sandbach images, giving Nantwich a winning score of 277 to Sandbach's 246.

 The images awarded 20 points were :-
Aerial Route by Wray Douglas
In Mint Condition by Bryan Averill
Frozen Remains by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB
Silver-Studded Blue by Wray Douglas
White Horses in the Surf by Wray Douglas
Teamwork   by David Foster

The overall result was a win for Nantwich with 547 points  and Sandbach 492 points.

 

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Tuesday 15th November 2016
2nd Club Competition (Open) Judge:- Doug Bennison LRPS, CPAGB

The evening commenced with the judging of 26 prints which Doug, except for the very low scoring images, could not fault. He retained 5 for further consideration awarding joint 3rd place to "Schreckhorn from Buchalpsee" by David Foster and "Bass' Lake from Lothwaite Side" by Ruth Holden CPAGB. 2nd place went to Bryan Averill with "Rounding The Buoy", and 1st place to Alma Sankey's "Daybreak".
 
After a leisurely tea break the evening recommenced for the judging of the 48 Projected Images. Doug gave a slightly more detailed critique of these, holding back 18 images for further consideration. Of the retained images he awarded 14 of them 17 marks, selecting "The Path to St Paul's" by Denise Compton and "Heather Burn in Snowdonia" by Alma Sankey for joint 3rd place with 18 marks. "Nighttime in Whitby" by Ray Duckworth and "All in Black" by Paul Compton were 2nd with 19 points and the winning image, with 20 points was "Wells Sunrise" by Brian Sankey.

Well done everyone. The evening concluded just after 9pm enabling everyone to have a nice early night!

 

Winning Print

"Daybreak"
by Alma Sankey

Winning PI

"Wells Sunrise"
by Brian Sankey

 

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Tuesday 25th October 2016
Whitchurch v Nantwich Inter-Club Competition
Judge:- Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2*

There was a good turn-out from Members of both Clubs at the Annual Interclub Competition hosted this year by Whitchurch. Starting with the Prints, Tillman gave his usual detailed and positive critique of each of the 30 images. He explained that he expected there to be a lot of images scoring 16 as they were all good, and that his selection of top scorers would ultimately be down to personal choice. He held back 10 prints, 2 from Whitchurch and 8 from Nantwich. After due consideration he awarded 2 of the 10 remaining images 16 points leaving 6 from Nantwich and 2 from Whitchurch to be awarded higher scores. He opted for “Bison in a Blizzard” by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB as his winner with 20 points, “Frozen Remains” again by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB in second place with 19 points, and “In Mint Condition” by Bryan Averill in 3rd place with 18 points. This, together with the remaining scores meant that after the print section Nantwich were leading with a score of 250 to 233.
After the tea break the judging of the projected images commenced. After the same positive critique Tillman held back 10 images for further consideration, 4 from Whitchurch and 6 from Nantwich, but after a 2nd look awarded 2 of the Nantwich images 16 points, leaving 4 from each club! He eventually, after much deliberation awarded 20 points to “Brown Eyed Girl” by Paul Compton CPAGB. 2nd place went to “White Tailed Eagle” by Whitchurch member Chris Goody, and 3rd place to White Ibis by Wray Douglas.
The final result was a win for Nantwich with a final score of 495 and Whitchurch scoring 468.

 

Tuesday 4th October 2016
1st Club Competition
Judge :- Nick Berentzen CPAGB,BPE1*

After a slightly delayed start due to an unexpected hold-up on the M60 Nick quickly got started on the judging of the 42 projected images which included some by several of our newer members. He began by explaining that photography, by it's very nature, is subjective, but that he would endeavour to put personal choice to one side by asking himself what the author had meant to portray when he took the image, and whether or not he had succeeded. He said that he would give reasons for the scores he allocated to each image, and went on to say that inevitably when it came to the final images it would have to be down to personal choice if he was to select just one winning image. He held back 14 images for further consideration, 3 of which he subsequently awarded 17, a further 6 were awarded 18, 4 were awarded 19 and awarded 20 points to "Early Morning Fun Run" by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB.

After the break, during which time Nick had a quick look through the 27 prints, judging commenced. He again justified his scores with reasons and held back 11 for further consideration eventually choosing "Bird on Misty Pier" by Paul Compton CPAGB as his winner, awarding it the 20 points.

 

Winning Print

"Bird on Misty Pier"
by Paul Compton

Winning PI

"Early Morning Fun Run"
by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

 

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Friday 30th September 2016
Five Towns Monochrome Print Competition
        Judge:- Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2*

There was a good turn-out from Club Members at the Annual Monochrome Print Competition between Alsager, Crewe, Nantwich, Sandbach and newcomers to the Competition Mid-Cheshire. Tillman gave detailed critique of each of the 60 images. At the half time break we thought we were not doing very well with only one of the 7 images held back for further consideration being ours. However, due to our more consistent scores we ended up joint 3rd with Crewe. The Trophy was taken by newcomers Mid-Cheshire and the “Print of the Night” Trophy went to Darrell Oakden of Alsager.

 

Our entry is shown below, click on the images to see a larger view.

 

Score Sheet, Page 1
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Score Sheet, Page 2
pdf

 

Tuesday 29th March 2016
6th Club Competition Judge :- Cy Newton

For our final Competition of the 2015-16 season we welcomed judge Cy Newton, from Sale. He had pre-judged the Projected images but only saw the prints on the night. We began with the Prints. There were a total of 30 Prints. Cy began by saying that the club had some excellent Natural History photographers. He gave constructive critique on each image, going into some detail to illustrate his point. He explained that composition of the image is extremely important and pointed out how he thought this could have been improved in some of the images. He held back 10 images, eventually awarding 3 of them 17 points,  a further 3 images 18 points, another 3 got 19 points and 20 points went to "Silver-Studded Blue" by Wray Douglas.

After the break he went on to judge the 42 Projected images, again explaining how the composition of some could, in his opinion, have been improved. He had even imported some into Photoshop on his computer and edited them to see what they looked like with his suggested alterations. (We did not see the results!) He held back 9 for further consideration eventually awarding top place to Brian Sankey's "Rutting Fallow Stags".

 

Winning Print

"Silver-Studded Blue"
by Wray Douglas

Winning PI

"Rutting Fallow Stags"
by Brian Sankey

 

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8th March 2016
Annual Inter-Club Competition between Nantwich and Alsager
Judge: Graham Currey

There was a good turnout for the Competition with members from both clubs in attendance. Graham had not seen either the prints or projected images prior to the Competition. He had a quick look through the prints on his arrival and before the judging started he said it was going to be very difficult to judge as the prints that he had just seen were of such a high standard. Having had an initial run through of the projected images he said that he had not judged a competition with such a high standard of entries for a long time, and that he considered all the entries good enough to win competitions, so the images would be judged more on personal preference than anything else.

After constructive critique on most of the images he went on to award marks to the 9 images that he had held back for further consideration. 6 of the held-back images were Nantwich and 3 were Alsager. He awarded a further 5 images 18 marks, 2 images 19 marks, and 2 images 20 marks, both Nantwich's images. It came as no surprise , therefore, that Nantwich came out on top with 268 points with Alsager not far behind with 256.

After the break Graham said that he'd thought the projected images were good, but that the prints were even better. He justified his high scoring saying that it would be degrading to the images to score them any lower. He began by holding the first 3 back, saying he would like to hold them all back, but couldn't! After awarding scores to 13 images he was left with a pile of 17 for further consideration. 7 of these belonged to Nantwich, and 10 to Alsager! The Competition was hotting up!! He awarded 12 of the images 19 points and the remaining 5 he awarded 20 points. As a result Alsager scored 279 to Nantwich's 273, giving an overall result of Nantwich 541 and Alsager 535. Congratulations to all involved and thanks to Graham for his kind comments.

 

PI Score Sheets
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23rd February 2016
5th Club Competition (Prints & PIs Mono)
Judge :- John Royle, CPAGB

For our annual Mono Competition we welcomed local judge John Royle, Chairman of our rivals Crewe Photographic Society. John had pre-judged both the prints and projected images. Entrants were allowed 3 Print entries into this competition to give us a good selection from which to choose our entries for the next 5 Towns Mono Print Competition in September.

The prints were first to be presented,  a total of 50 prints from 17 members. John gave clear and constructive critique on each image, emphasising that 16 points he considered a good mark. He held back 10 for further consideration awarding 5 images 18 points and a further 4 images 19 points. As he came to the final 2 images he explained that for a long time one of them had been his winner, but he had experienced a last minute change of heart, and had now selected "Grand Geyser" by Andrew Charlesworth as his winner. The other image that he had previously had as his winner was "Upside Down", also by Andrew Charlesworth! Andrew's 3 print entry " Frozen Remains" was also awarded 19 points.

After the break we saw 40 projected images by 20 Members. More clear and constructive critique was given on these and 8 images held back. 4 of these were awarded 18 points and 3 were awarded 19 points. The winning image with 20 points was " Room for Improvement" by Denise Compton, her 2nd win of the season. Congratulations, Denise, keep up the good work! Two more images by Andrew Charlesworth and one by our Competition Secretary, David Luker, were awarded 19 points.  A first place and 4 second places were well deserved by Andy! Well done everyone!

John also commented that Andy's images were superbly printed and he suggested that the Club ask him to give a talk on how he produced them. He was quick to explain that he has them printed at locally at Johnson's Printers by Club Member John McMillan.

 

Winning Print

"Castle Geyser"
by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

Winning PI

"Room for Improvement"
by Denise Compton

 

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19th January, 2016
4th Club Competition (Subject - Open)
Judge:- Brian Law CPAGB, APRS

There were 40 Projected Images and 32 Prints entered in our 4th Competition of the season. Brian had seen them prior to the Competition and allocated his scores accordingly. He began with the prints holding back 5 for further evaluation. He gave clear and detailed reasons for his scores for all the images, explaining that he believes an image is made, not taken hence the images that he considered to be "grab shots" did not score as well as those that had obviously had a lot of planning and setting up. "Lodgepoles" with it's carefully positioned trees took 1st place, an image of Lodgepole Pines taken in Yellowstone National Park by Andrew Charlesworth. 2 still life images were awarded 19 points, "Paper Swirl" and "Gerbera", both by Paul Topham. "Lioness" a portrait of a young lady by Paul Compton was awarded 18 points and Brian particularly liked the title to this image, explaining that it conveyed so much more than if it had just been the model's name. "Swaledale Barn" by Bryan Averill also scored 18 points.

After the break the Projected images were shown and commented upon. Brian held back 7 of the projected images for further consideration awarding 20 points to a still life image, "Glass Ball" by Paul Topham. 19 points were awarded to "Right Hook" by Paul Compton and "The Man with a Gun" by Suzanne Mercer, one of our newer members, who was delighted to receive her 1st score of 19. The remaining 4 images were awarded 18 points. They were " Lago di Braies" by Nick Hutt, "A bad hair day" by Ray Duckworth, (both newer members), "The Photographer" by Andrew Charlesworth and "Going to Post" by Bryan Averill.
It is really encouraging to see newer members entering the Competitions and being awarded high scores. Keep up the good work. Well done to  Paul Topham for his 1st and two 2nd places.

 

Winning Print
Lodgepoles
"Lodgepoles"
by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

Winning PI
Glass Ball
"Glass Ball"
by Paul Topham

 

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1st December 2015
3rd Club Competition - Set Subject "Opposites"
Judge: Jane M Lines MPAGB, LRPS, BPE5*

Despite many members expressing despair at the set subject this year there was some very imaginative and apt work produced! There were 40 Projected Images and 28 Prints. The projected images were first to be judged and Jane gave a clear and concise appraisal of them, holding back 15 for further consideration before deciding on her winner, "Facing Forward, Looking Backwards" by Denise Compton - her first ever 20! Congratulations to Denise on a well deserved win.
There were 28 prints, again given clear and concise appraisal with 10 retained for further consideration with a mono image called "Negative Roots"  by Paul Topham declared the winner.
All entrants deserve congratulating for the original and inventive ideas and interpretations of the theme.

 

Winning Print

"Negative Roots"
by Paul Topham

Winning PI

"Facing Forward, Looking Backwards"
by Denise Compton

 

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25th November 2015
Annual Interclub Competition between Sandbach and Nantwich, hosted by Sandbach
Judge: Bill Preston ARPS, DPAGB, BPE4*

There was a good turn out for the Competition, with Nantwich Members outnumbering Sandbach but that was not surprising as we have a lot more members.
Bill began the evening by explaining that he was not a Nature Photographer and, as this was a Open Competition, any Nature entries would be judged purely as pictorial images. The evening commenced with the 30  Projected Images, 15 from each club, of which after due deliberation, he held back 5 for further consideration, all Nantwich images, resulting in a healthy lead for Nantwich at the break.
After the break came the Prints. 9 were held back, 6 of which were from Nantwich, 3 were awarded 20 leaving us certain of a win.

Scores for Our Entries

 

Projected Images

 

 

Title

Author

Score

Of All He Surveys

Bryan Averill

20

Arrow Tipped Plumes

David Foster

19

Cottonwoods

Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

19

Fieldfare on Cotoneaster

David Foster

18

Girl in the Sunlight

Paul Compton

18

Bass Rock

Alma Sankey

17

On top of the World - Mount Bromo

Suzanne Mercer

16

Downstairs

Alison Wood

16

Chestnut-Breasted Coronet (female)

Wray Douglas

16

Determination

Bryan Averill

16

Teasel

John Dodd

16

Red Squirrel (Sciurus valgaris)

Brian Sankey

15

Freesia

Paul Topham

15

Josh Brookes

Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

15

White Water Descent

Alison Wood

13

 

 

 

Prints

 

 

Title

Author

Score

Skull Face

Paul Compton

20

Evening Light on Half Dome

Alison Wood

20

Fun day Out

David Foster

20

African Lions - Mating Ritual

Wray Douglas

19

Paul Tapner on Kilronan

Wray Douglas

18

Number 23

Wendy Williams

18

Belvedere

John McMillan

17

Towards Great Gable

David Luker

17

Louise

John McMillan

17

Female Common Blue

Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

16

Purple Wave

Paul Topham

16

Clearing Storm

Alison Wood

16

Green Heron

Wray Douglas

15

Ghost Trees

Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

15

Preening

Brian Sankey

15

 

3rd November 2015
2nd Club Competition 2015-2016 (subject: Open)
judge by Ove Alexander, CPAGB.

 

Winning Print

"White Ibis"
by Wray Douglas

Winning PI

"Teasell"
by John Dodd

 

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29th September 2015
1st Club Competition 2015-2016 (subject: Open)
judge by Darrell Oakden, DPAGB, BPE2*

 

Winning Print

"Green Heron"
by Wray Douglas

Winning PI

"Cottonwoods"
by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

 

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Nantwich Camera Club, Win the
"FIVE TOWNS MONOCHROME PRINT COMPETITION 2015"

Here are the results from the 5 Towns Competition. Judged by Margaret Salisbury.

1st Nantwich 215 pts.
2nd Alsager 213 pts.
3rd Crewe 210 pts.
4th Whitchurch 181 pts.
5th Sandbach 180 pts

Print of the Night went to Len Claydon – Alsager – ‘Mixed Emotions’.

Margaret picked out 10 images and awarded 20 marks, 6 of them were from Nantwich.

Andrew Charlesworth – Winter Sculpture - 20
Alma Sankey – Wait til the Shower has gone – 20
Mark Payne – Lone Tree – 20
Wray Douglas – La Defense – 20
Andrew Charlesworth – At the end of the Pier – 20
Mark Payne – Penmon Point – 20

 

Our winning entry is shown below, click on the images to see a larger view.


All Competition Entries for the 2014-2015 Season

Listed below are the winning images from the Print and PI competitions for the 2014-2015 season. Each image links to a folder with the complete entries from that competition.

 

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Print Score Sheet
Prints score sheet

 

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Print Score Sheet
PI score sheet

 

28th April 2015
6th Club Competition - Open Category PI’s and PRINTS
Judge – Diana Magor,EFIAPb, MPSA2, CPAGB, LRPS, BPE2

This was our final club competition for the 2014-15 season and the trophies are at stake. Diana Provide a very constructive critique of the work presented and after a full and entertaining evening considering 40 Pis and 32 prints, the results were:

Prints

1st Winter Sculpture Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB 20

2nd Lone Tree at Malham Mark Payne 19

Preening Brian Sankey 19

Great Blue Heron Wray Douglas 19

Paper Paul Topham 19

3rd Pastel Pink Alison Wood 18

Clearing Storm Alison Wood 18

Early Morning At Marbury Brian Sankey 18

The Jetty Paul Compton 18

PIs

1st Kirkjufell Aurora Mark Payne 20

2nd Downstairs Alison Wood 19

Curves and Shadows Wendy Williams 19

Ynys Llanddwyn Mark Payne 19

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) Brian Sankey 19

3rd Rain Rain Go Away Alma Sankey 18

Ashness Jetty Ray Duckworth 18

On The Edge Of His Seat Bryan Averill 18

Anticipation Pete Allcock 18

Congratulations, its good to see new names on the list. The outcome of the years’ work will be announced at the AGM

Winning Print

"Winter Sculpture"
by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

Winning PI

"Kirkjufell Aurora"
by Mark Payne

 

 

Tuesday 7th April 15
Nantwich V’s Crewe Interclub Battle
Judge - Tony Pioli FRPS FBP.

The usual friendly rivalry with our closest neighbours, Crewe Photographic Society was evident at our annual competition held at home this year. Crewe brought along a strong contingent of support and a very strong entry. Tony Pioli provided careful and constructive comments and said that the standard was high. In the end the results were

Prints Pi’s Total

Crewe 259 259 318

Nantwich 257 261 318

So the result was a tie!

The highest scoring entries were

Prints

Martin McGing Fredau 20 Crewe

Mark Payne Water Retrieve 20 Nantwich

Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB Autumnal Sunrise 20 Nantwich

Ray Hill Juvenile Gannet 19 Crewe

Peter Robinson Venetian Blizzard 19 Crewe

Wray Douglas Chestnut-Breasted Coronet (female) 19 Nantwich

PI

Ian Whiston Warthog Escaping 20 Crewe

Pete Allcock Paul - The Hoodie 20 Nantwich

Brian Sankey Oops 20 Nantwich

Paul Hill Battling the rapids 19 Crewe

Peter Robinson Cattle Market 19 Crewe

Wallace Baxter Red Squirrel with Nut 19 Crewe

Ian Whiston Yellow Billed Oxpecker Quartet 19 Crewe

Crewe had the honour of the best print and PI of the evening with Fredau and Warthog Escaping.

Last year we lost by two points so can we pull off the win at Crewe next year?

 

17th March 2015
Club Competition 5 – Mono Category Prints and PI’s
Judge – Robert Millins DPAGB BPE5* EPSA UPI Hermes LRPS EFIAP/b

Tuesday night was our 5th competition, this time Mono entries only. For this competition we decided to alter the rules for entry by allowing 3 Prints per author together with the usual 2 entries for PI’s.  This was necessary so that we get enough entries for the ‘Annual 5 towns competition’ later on in the year.  Robert had not seen any of the images prior, so he had to make his judgement purely on what was presented durint the evening.  Robert who is a member of the prestigious Wigan 10 began with the Prints.  He held back 14 (out of 348) Prints and 15 (out of 36) PI’s for further comments.  The final results are as follows:
PRINTS
            1st        ‘Southwold Pier’ – Andrew Charlesworth
            2nd         ‘Baa’ – John Macmillan
                        ‘Cheeky Old Chimp’ – Paul Compton
                        ‘’Lone Tree’ - Mark Payne
                        ‘Kimmeridge Bay’ – Bryan Averill
                        ‘La Defense’ – Wray Douglas
                        ‘Wet Conditions’ – Andrew Charlesworth
            3rd        ‘Winter Pasture’ – Brian Sankey
                        ‘Abercastle’ – Brian Sankey
                        ‘One Minute Past Three’ – Paul Compton
                        ‘Wait Til the Shower has Gone’ – Alma Sankey
                        ‘Penmon Point’ – Mark Payne
                        ‘Mr Saffari’ – Paul Compton
                        ‘Shaker Kitchen’ – Wray Douglas
                        ‘The Wash’ – David Westhead

PI’s
            1st        ‘Paul – The Hoodie’ – Pete Allcock
            2nd       ‘Way Out’ – Mark Payne
                        ‘The Truth is Out There’ – Neil Bradley
            3rd        ‘Bright Eyes’ – Alison Wood
                        ‘Get Out of My Way’ – Alma Sankey
                        ‘Wind in my Eye’s’ – Paul Compton
                        ‘Roof Lights’ – Paul Topham
                        ‘Winter Canvas’ – Andrew Charlesworth

 Congratulations to all Winners.

 

Winning Print

"Southwold Pier"
by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

Winning PI

"Paul - The Hoodie"
by Pete Allcock

 

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12th March 2015
Alsager V’s Nantwich
Judged by Paul Williamson from Chorley

Unfortunately Nantwich lost against our old adversaries Alsager by just 4 points last night on the prints but we held them to a draw on the PI’s.
 
The final results being:          Alsager           547     Nantwich        543.

A copy of the Score Sheets are set out below.

 
 

17th February 2015
Club Competition 4 – Open Category PI’s and PRINTS
Judge – Steve Lewis ARPS

Last night was our 4th Open completion with some excellent images.  We started with the PI’s (which Steve had already seen copies).  Steve who specialises in landscape photography gave some excellent critique and constructive advice to both the PI’s and Prints which he hopes will be taken onboard.  Steve held back 15 (out of 36) PI’s and 12 (out of 34) Prints for further comments.  The final results are as follows:

PI’s      1st       ‘Fieldfare, on Cotoneaster’ by David Foster
            2nd       ‘Calm before the storm’ by Neil Bradley
                        ‘Determination’ by Bryan Averill
                        ‘Evening Light over London’ by Paul Compton
                        ‘Shadow Skater’ by Denise Compton
            3rd        ‘Mountain Retreat’ by Andrew Charlesworth
                        ‘The White Arrows’ by Pete Allcock
                        ‘Robin’ by Wendy Williams

Prints  1st        ‘A Young Gothic Lady – Xoe’ by Paul Compton
            2nd       ‘African Lions – Mating Ritual’ by Wray Douglas
                        ‘Chestnut-Breasted Coronet (female)’ by Wray Douglas
                        ‘Female Common Blue’ by Andrew Charlesworth
            3rd        ‘Paper Swirls’ by Paul Topham
                        ‘Petalled Pink’ by Paul Topham
                        ‘Autumn Dawn’ by John McMillan

 Congratulations to all Winners.

 

Winning Print
print
"A Young Gothic Lady - Xoe"
by Paul Compton

Winning PI
pi
"Fieldfare on Cotoneaster"
by David Foster

 

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13th January 2015
CLUB COMPETITION 3 – subject: "Weather" PI’s and PRINTS
Judge – John Hoogerwerf

John was paying his first visit to the club having travelled from Mould. He provided a good critique of the entries with some dry humour. The overall standard of the entries was probably lower that our open competitions but with excellent high scoring work in the 3 top positions. John did say that he had enjoyed the opportunity to view and comment on our work. The outcome was:

PIs

1st Oops – Brian Sankey – 20 points

2nd Madison River at Dawn – Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB – 19 Points

3rd Rain and Ripples at Gairloch – Denise Compton – 18 points

Misty Autumn Morning – Bryan Averill – 18 points

Frozen Stiff – Alma Sankey – 18 points

Prints

1st Open To The Elements – David Foster

2nd Stormy Day at Barmouth – Brian Sankey

Autumnal Sunrise – Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

3rd Lakeland Sunrise – John McMillan

Impending Storm – Wray Douglas

Crisp Autumnal Morning – Wray Douglas

 

Winning Print

"Open to the Elements"
by David Foster

Winning PI

"Opps"
by Brian Sankey

 
 

And so half way through the Club competitions for 2014/15 the top half of the league table stands as follows:

 

Posn.

Total Score

Name

DPI Score

Print Score

 

 

 

 

 

1

207

Andrew Charlesworth

102

105

2

204

Mark Payne

104

100

3

203

David Foster

99

104

4

202

Bryan Averill

108

94

5

195

Brian Sankey

95

100

6

194

Paul Topham

93

101

7

192

Paul Compton

98

94

8

192

Alma Sankey

98

94

9

188

Wendy Williams

92

96

10

186

Alison Wood

92

94

11

181

David Hoyle

93

88

12

174

David Westhead

85

89

13

126

David Hubbard

61

65

14

105

Wray Douglas

0

105

15

105

John Mcmillan

0

105

 

Tuesday 25th November 2014.
Nantwich V’s Sandbach Battle
Judge Tillman Kleinhans ARPS, EFIAP, DPABG

Last night was a great battle between Nantwich and Sandbach .  First of all my thanks go to Nigel Richards (Sandbach) for being able to supply 15 Prints and 15 Pi’s especially taking into consideration that they only have 9 members.  Having a total of 60 images made for a very competitive evening.

Tillman, had not seen any of the images prior, but because of his expertise and experience was as always able to give a full evening of commentary and critique to each and every photograph.  During his deliberations Tillman held back 11 prints and 12 PI’s  for further discussion before finally deciding upon his winning images.

Congratulations to the winning authors.

The winning Print         ‘Paper Abstract by Paul Topham (Nantwich).

The winning PI             ‘Bee-eater’ by Roger Foden (Sandbach).

Final scores were: 
Prints Nantwich – 252,        Sandbach – 234
PI’s     Nantwich – 244,         Sandbach – 239

 

Winning Print

"Paper Abstract"
by Paul Topham
(Nantwich CC)

Winning PI

"Bee-eater"
by Roger Foden
(Sandbach PS)

 
 

Tuesday 11November 2014
CLUB COMPETITION 2 – Open Category PI’s and PRINTS
Judge – John Cartlidge EFIAP/g

Last night was our 2nd Open competition.  John had been sent copies of the Pi’s in advance but admitted that he had only glanced at them on his monitor as he felt that he could give them justifyable comments unless seen on the big screen on the night.  Because we now have restricted entries it means that judges are able to spend more time giving constructive critique mixed with stories and humour to each photograph/image. We decided to show the prints first this time.  John gave his comments while discussing the merits of each photo in turn before going through them a second time to award his scores
Of the 34 Prints, 5 images were held back and their results are as follows:

1st:    Love at the end of the Pier - Andrew Charlewsorth  – 20 Points
2nd:   All Embracing – David Foster – 19 Points
          St Pauls – John Mcmillan  – 19 Points
3rd:    Paper Abstract – Paul Topham – 18 Points
          Water Retrieve – Mark Payne  – 18 Points

Of the 40 Pi’s 5 images were held back for further comments by John and his final winners were as follows:

1st:    Spital Lighthouse- Mark Payne – 20 Points
2nd:   Vallee Balnche Ridge – Bryan Averill – 19 Points
Just Emerged – Andrew Charlesworth – 19 Points
3rd:    Determination – David Foster – 18 Points
          Quack – David Hoyle  – 18 Points

Congratulations to all Winners.

 

Winning Print

"Love at the end of the pier"
by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB

Winning PI

"Spital Lighthouse"
by Mark Payne

 
 

Tuesday 28th October 2014
Whitchurch V’s Nantwich Interclub Battle
Judge - Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP DPAGB.

Prints             Whitchurch  244    Nantwich    257
Pi’s                 Whitchurch 246     Nantwich    254

 

I am please to say that last night was a good night for Nantwich as we battled against Whichurch on their home turf.  Despite Whitchurch having some excellent images in both the prints and Pi’s, Nantwich came out top in both categories.
Each club put forward 15 images per section. 
The Prints were up first and as Tillman said at the beginning of the evening, that as it was an interclub battle he expected both sides to put forward some of their best images.  He was not disappointed as both clubs had some excellent images.
In the end Tillman could not separate the top two images in both Prints and Pi’s and therefore declared that the top two images should be given 20 marks each.  As it turned out Whitchurch and Nantwich ended up with joint 1st place in both categories.

The results (Nantwich) of both competitions are as follows:

Prints Results for Nantwich Members.

Joint 3rd          (18)     Purple-throated Woodstar by Wary Douglas
                                    Paper Trail by Paul Topham
Joint 2nd          (19)     Bumble Bees Mating by Andrew Charlesworth
                                    Mudlarks by David Foster
                                    Walrus Herd   by Mark Payne
1st                    (20)     Battersea Lights by John Mcmillan

Pi Results for Nantwich Members.

Joint 3rd              (18)     Black Knight  by Paul Topham
                                    Coming into Land by Make Payne
2nd                   (19)     Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki  by Tom Jones
1st                    (20)     Tulips by Paul Topham

Congratulations to all winners

 

Winning Print
Winning Print
"Battersea Lights"
by John Mcmillian

Winning PI
Winning PI
"Tulips"
by Paul Topham

 

Tuesday 7th October 2014
CLUB COMPETITION 1 – Open Category PI’s and PRINTS
Judge – Alan Towse, LRPS

Tuesday 7th October was our first competition for the new season and also the first competition with the new changes of only allowing a maximum of 2 Prints and 2 PI’s per author.  Alan had already been given the PI’s in advance and he used this to good use in his deliberations of picking out his top images for the night.  With some of the images he had even used ‘Google’ to identify with the image and was then able to elaborate more and this made the evening a great success.  The whole evening was unrushed and Alan was able to spend a lot of time and consideration to all images shown last night.  There were 40 Pi’s and 34 Prints.

Of the 34 Prints, 10 images were held back and their results are as follows:

1st:    Sweep Stroke by Wray Douglas – 20 Points
2nd:   Battersealights – by John McMillan – 19 Points
          Male Cheetach with Prey by Wray Douglas – 19 Points
          Bumble Bees Mating – by Andrew Charlesworth – 19 Points
3rd:    Josh Waters – by Alison Wood – 18 Points
          Looking Out – by Paul Compton – 18 Points
          Under Ground Fighter – by Paul Compton – 18 Points
          Paper Trail – by Paul Topham – 18 Points
          Campanula – by Paul Topham – 18 Point
Portland Bill – by Trevor Clowes – 18 Points

Of the 40 Pi’s 6 images were held back for further comments by Alan and his final winners were as follows:

1st:    Coming out of Transition – by Bryan Averill – 20 Points
2nd:   Green Sandpiper – by David Foster – 19 Points
Swanage Pier – by Mark Payne – 19 Points
3rd:    Vietnamese Lady – by Suzanne Mercer – 18 Points
          Forth Rail Bridge – by Paul Compton – 18 Points
Todays Snow White – by Paul Compton – 18 Points

Congratulations to all Winners.

 

Winning Print

"Sweep Stroke"
by Wray Douglas

Winning PI

"Coming out of Transition"
by Bryan Averill

 

To see the top 10 Prints from this competition,
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To see the top 6 PI's from this competition,
Click Here

 
 

 

FIVE TOWNS MONOCHROME PRINT COMPETITION 2014
HOSTED BY ALSAGER CAMERA CLUB
JUDGED BY CHRISTINE WIDDALL

 
 


Score Sheets

 


7 May 2013
FIVE TOWNS MONOCHROME PRINT COMPETITION
FOR THE ALAN CHALLINOR TROPHY
HOSTED BY NANTWICH CAMERA CLUB
JUDGED BY DIANA MAGOR EFIAP, BPE2*, LRPS

It was the turn of Nantwich Camera Club to host the annual competition between Alsager Camera Club, Crewe Photographic Society, Sandbach Photographic Society and Whitchurch Photographic Society. We were able to comfortably accommodate all out visitors in Regent’s Park and were pleased to welcome a good turnout from the visiting Clubs.

The Competition consists of 10 monochrome prints from each Club, from at least 5 authors, which have been accrued throughout the previous season. They may have a single tone applied if wished but must otherwise be pure black and white.

The competition was fierce this year and the closest for some time. Nantwich was attempting to retain the trophy for the 4th year in succession. Unfortunately, we just missed out to Alsager Camera Club by 8 points. Congratulations are due to Alsager as this is their first win and they also took the ‘Print of the Night’ trophy with Jon Blackburn’s ‘Merciless Sea’.

Diana did sterling work on commenting on each print and making the difficult decision about the winners. She judged 25 prints before the break and the remaining 25 after, holding back a considerable number for further consideration. She was complimentary of the standard of work for judging and found it impossible to separate the final 3 prints, awarding them all top marks. Her interesting and informative comments were appreciated bay the audience.

The prints awarded 20 points were
‘Merciless Sea’ by Jon Blackburn of Alsager CC – also ‘Print of the Night’
‘Home Alone!’ by Keith Wild of Nantwich CC
‘First Born’ by Brian Sankey of Nantwich CC

Diana also awarded 19 points to 3 prints
‘Dunstanburgh’ Castle by Andrew Charlesworth of Nantwich CC
‘Tension’ by Wallace Baxter of Crewe PS
‘Squatter’ by Darrell Oakden of Alsager CC

Overall Scores were
Alsager Camera Club 168
Nantwich Camera Club 160
Crewe PS and Whitchurch PS 159
Sandbach PS 147

We look forward to a strong challenge next year, when the Competition will be held in September.

 

Print of the Night
Merciless Sea
"Merciless Sea"
by Jon Blackburn, Alsager Camera Club

 

Pictured below, Darrell Oakden of Alsager Camera Club receive's the "Alan Challinor" club winners cup from Diana Magnor. Also Darrell collected the "Print of the Night" trophy on behalf of Jon Blackburn.

 
5 towns
print of the night
 

The Nantwich entry is shown below. Click on the images to see a larger view.

 
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Click the icon below to view the full score sheets from the Five Towns competition.

 

Score Sheets
Five Towns Score Sheets

 

Below are the past results from the annual 5 Towns Monochrome Competition.


03 MAY 2012
FIVE TOWNS MONOCHROME PRINT COMPETITION
for THE ALAN CHALLINOR TROPHY
HOSTED BY CREWE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
and judged by CHRISTINE WIDDALL EFIAP MPAGB BPE3*

Nantwich Camera Club has retained the Alan Challinor Trophy, winning the prestigious Five Towns Competition for the third year running. The Competition against Crewe Photographic Society, Whitchurch Photographic Society, Alsager Camera Club and Sandbach Photographic Society is the climax of the season’s external competitions with the best monochrome prints from the previous season entered. Competition is fierce. We also took the Best Print of the Night, with Andrew Charlesworth’s ‘Wind in the Reeds’, so Andrew has also retained the trophy for a second consecutive year.

Christine’s experienced judging was, as usual, informative and entertaining. By the break Christine had retained 4 of Nantwich’s 10 entries, so hopes were high. These entries scored a total of 76 while the other entries also scored well.

The evening was a great success and thanks must go to Crewe PS for hosting the event.

Scores for our entries were

‘Wind in the Reeds’ by Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB 20
‘Lady in Waiting’ by Keith Wild 19
‘Espresso’ by Wray Douglas 19
‘Opening the Throttle’ by Bryan Averill 18
‘St Paul’s from Millennium Bridge’ and ‘Zigzags’ by Roslyn Walmsley both scored 17
‘Stormy Day’ by Keith Wild 17
‘Clematis Seed Heads’ by Alison Wood 17
‘Rope and Anchor’ by Brian Sankey 16
‘Rainy Reflections Cwmorthin’ By Andrew Charlesworth CPAGB 16

Congratulations to all authors.

Club results were Nantwich 176, Crewe 168, Whitchurch 162, Alsager 157 and Sandbach 155.

The prints will be on show at the next meeting along with the entries from Competition 6.

Nantwich Camera Club will host the event in 2013, which will be held at our new meeting room.

 

Click on the images below to see alarger view

 
wind in the reeds
expresso
lady in waiting
opening the throttle
st pauls from millenium bridge
         
clematis seedheads
zigzags
stormy day
rope and anchor
rainy reflections
 

THE ANNUAL 5 TOWNS MONO PRINT COMPETITION
held at Sandbach on Wednesday 20th April 2011 and judged by
Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP DPAGB

For the second year in succession Nantwich Camera Club won both the overall competition for the Alan Challinor trophy and the Best Print of the Night. Tillman's judging was thoughtful and interesting and was appreciated by all of the audience, especially as he developed his decisions through the contest. He praised the high standard the standard of the entries.

We were in a strong position at half time, with 2 of our prints held back and high scores for the other prints. As the second half of the competition progressed, some of the other clubs were increasing their scores significantly, so the tension was high.

In a nail-biting finale to the competition, Tillman was unable to separate Crewe's 'Botallack Chimney' and Nantwich's 'Moorings' and both were awarded top marks. However he felt that the unusual treatment and composition of 'Moorings' by Andrew Charlesworth was worthy of the 'Best Print of the Night' Trophy.

Our other high scorer was Keith Wild, who scored 19 with 'A Cold Morning in Shropshire', one of only two19s awarded.

The individual Club scores were

Nantwich 173, Crewe 171, Whitchurch 164, Sandbach 162 and Alsager 159.

The 5 Towns results round off a year of success as we have also won all the Inter-Club Battles. Congratulations must go to all our members who have produced such excellent work. We look forward to another good year in the 2011-2012 season.

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Nantwich Take the Overall Victory and "Print of the Night"
at the Annual Five Towns Monochrome Competition
2010

The annual Five Towns Competition took place at Whichurch PS on Tuesday 11th May 2010. The Judge for this years competition was David McGuire FRPS from Walsall. David had very kindly stepped in at short notice to judge the competition as Tillman Kleinhans had still not recovered from resent surgery.
David said the way he judged battles was to view and comment on all of the images first and then score them all at the end.
After viewing all the entries, the scoring started with the lowest first. David worked his way up though all the images. At the 16 point mark we had only lost 2 prints with low scores, things were looking good. As the scoring progressed Nantwich prints were still very strong, even to a point where we had just 3 prints left. Two of these prints scored 19 points, and the final print scoring 20 marks and taking the award for
"Print of the Night" was "Horses in the Mist" by Keith Wild.
As the final total scores were added up we knew that Nantwich was in a strong position with all those high scoring prints, and sure enough we took the overall victory with a total 171 points, 2nd was Crewe with 161, 3rd Sandbach with 156, 4th Whitchurch with 154 and in 5th place, Alsager with 153 points. Congratulations to Nantwich Camera Club for taking the overall victory and to Keith Wild for his "Print of the Night". An excellent result for the end of the 2009-2010 season.

 
See below to view the Nantwich Camera Club entry for the 2010 Five Towns Competition.
 
 

Click the links below to download a printable version of the "Competition Rules".

 

Adobe Acrobat reader. pdf file


Any member who believes that an entry to the Club competition did not comply with the Club rules shall report this entry to the Competition Secretaries on a Comments Form for consideration by the Committee
Click the links below to download a printable version of a
"Competition Comments Form"

 

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