Critique-Evening, Competition & Battle Reports (2020-21 Season)
Tuesday 23 March: DPI Panel
In a normal year, we would hold a Print Panel competition. Rather than miss out, we decided to run the competition as a DPI, via Zoom. Our judge for the evening was Paul Adams DPAGB ARPS FDPS.
Paul awarded first place to “Herne Bay Impressions” by Eileen Wilkinson. Second place went to Clare Edmonds with “Margate Beach Walk” and “The Catch” by Jane White was third. Highly commended (images held back) was “Where Poppies Bloom” by Aliy Fowler.
Tuesday 09 March: Critique evening
Having had an excellent talk from Daniel Bridge on the theme of Macro/Close Up, we held a critique on the subject. Our judge for the evening, Pat Couder CPAGB, BPE1, offered useful critique and the evening turned out to be a very successful one for the girls.
Pat gave first place to “Colour Blind” by Clare Edmonds. “Blackthorn” by Aliy Fowler was second and “Hoverfly” by Teresa Russell was in third place. Highly commended (images held back) were “Camellia” by Eileen Wilkinson and “Snowdrops” by Vicky Glaiser.
After a short break we watched the “Open” section. First place went to “Cosmic Encounter” by Eileen Wilkinson. Clare Edmonds’ images “The Gateway to Narnia” and “Pink Peony” were second and third respectively. Highly commended (images held back) were “Kearsney Abbey Falls” and “Roche Rock Chapel”, both by Aliy Fowler.
Tuesday 23 February: Home Battle
With Deal & District Camera Club
With the lockdown still upon us, the club took part in another friendly inter-club battle via Zoom, this time with Deal & District Camera Club. The competition was DPIs only and our judge for the evening was Kirsty Ralfs ARPS QGP.
As we have come to expect, Kirsty was very generous with her critique. Herne Bay scored one 20 – “York Minster, Central Tower” by Denise Smith, against Deal’s three. The Club also managed one 19, “Peace and Tranquility” by Denise Smith, and one 18, “Fading Away” by Chris Frankland.
Herne Bay couldn’t compete with an excellent set of images from Deal, losing 330 points to their 347. It was a fine win for Deal, and we look forward to meeting them again next season.
26 January 2021: Home Battle
With Isle of Thanet Photographic Society
Once again in lockdown, the club was pleased to continue its friendly inter-club battles, this time hosting Isle of Thanet Photographic Society. The competition was once again DPIs only and the judge for the evening was David Kissman BPE2*, from Keyworth Camera Club (nr Nottingham).
Herne Bay scored two 20s – “Face the Music” by Peter Riley and “Peddling the Rules” by Clare Edmonds, compared with just one for Thanet.
The Club also managed two 18s: “Paddle Boarding at the West Pier, Brighton” by Clare Edmonds and “Wild Coast” by Denise Smith.
However, Herne Bay couldn’t match Faversham’s overall scoring, losing 316 points to their 331. A fine win for Thanet, and we look forward to meeting them again next season.
(No battles, competitions or critique evenings)
24 November 2020: Critique evening
Once again, through the power of Zoom, we held a critique evening. The subject this time was “Perspective”, plus an “Open” section, and our judge for the evening was Andy Smith LRPS.
As always, Andy was generous with his praise and offered thoughtful critique, which was both helpful and encouraging.
The first part of the evening was “Perspective”, and Andy gave first place to “Road to Nowhere” by Steve Roberts LRPS. “Boardwalk” was second and “Underpass” was third, both by Chris Frankland – well done Chris.
Highly commended (images held back) in the “Perspective” section were “Long way up” by Kevan Ford and “Fountains Abbey” by Denise Smith.
After a short break we watched the “Open” section. First place went to “Wild Coast” by Denise Smith. Steve Roberts LRPS was second with “What’s Down There”, and third was “Sweet Child O’Mine” by Gareth White.
Highly commended (images held back) in this section were “Paddleboarding at West Pier, Brighton” by Clare Edmonds, “Nectar Bar” by Vicky Glaiser and “Reflections” by Chris Frankland.
04 November 2020: Battle with Faversham Camera Club
Despite the virus and the looming lockdown, the club was pleased to take part in a friendly inter-club battle with Faversham Camera Club. The competition was changed to DPIs only and Faversham club hosted the evening via Zoom. Judge for the evening was Carol McNiven Young FRPS EFIAP BPE4* CPAGB, from her home in Nottingham.
There was a very varied selection of images for Carol to critique, and she was very generous with her praise. Herne Bay scored one 20 – “Central Tower, York Minster” by Denise Smith, matching Faversham’s one 20. The Club also managed four 18s: “Beefly Sunbathing” by Duarte Figueira; “Dying in Isolation” by Steve Roberts; and “Sunrise from the Platform” and “The Palace Pier” both by Colin Winch.
Sadly, Herne Bay couldn’t quite match Faversham in the scoring, losing 334 points to their 343. The club did, however, take the final accolade, winning the judge’s favourite image, which was “Central Tower, York Minster” by Denise Smith.
A fine win for Faversham, and we look forward to meeting them again next season.
(No battles, competitions or critique evenings)
29 September 2020: Critique evening
Having successfully run our Summer Trophy using Zoom, we tried our hand at a critique evening. The subject was “Celebration” and there was also an “Open” section. Our judge for the evening was Cherry Larcombe EFIAP ARPS DPAGB BPE5*.
We ran the “Celebration” section first, with a assortment of celebratory images for Cherry to appraise. She gave first place to “Head of the Parade” by Aliy Fowler. In second place was “Birthday Cake” by Peter Riley and “The Winner” by Eileen Wilkinson ARPS, CPAGB, AFIAP was third.
We launched straight on into our “Open” section. Once again, there was a great variety of images for Cherry to talk us through. First place went to “Reculver View” by Eileen Wilkinson ARPS, CPAGB, AFIAP. In second place was “Tracks through the Harvest” by Steve Roberts LRPS and Gareth White was third with “Sneaking Past the Hydra”.
15 September 2020: Summer Trophy
This seems to be a month of firsts: this time, our first Zoom meeting. Unfortunately, due to the new Covid-19 rules, our meeting place, the Beacon Centre, is once more closed. Undeterred, we decided to embrace the virtual.
The Summer Trophy itself had to change to accommodate the virus – we could not have a print section this year so opted for two DPI subjects instead: “Through the Window” and “Abstract”. Our judge for the evening was Kirsty Ralfs ARPS QGP, who was fully conversant with Zoom.
Starting with “Through the Window”, Kirsty was presented with many different interpretations of this. First place was “Contemplating” by Volker Jottkandt, second was “Welcome to the bar” by Aliy Fowler, and “Life goes on out there” by Steve Roberts LRPS was third.
Images held back should be considered as highly commended. In this section, these were: “Are you sure lockdown applies to me” by Kevan Ford and “Welcoming lights” by Peter Riley
We didn’t stop for a break, so went straight on with the “Abstract” section. Kirsty was pleased to find that some of the images had an explanation via the title, whilst others left her guessing. She gave first place to “Apparitions in the limescale” by Steve Roberts LRPS, second was “Fireball” by Eileen Wilkinson ARPS, CPAGB, AFIAP, and “Silent pool” by Aliy Fowler was third.
Highly commended images were: “Explosions” by Eileen Wilkinson ARPS, CPAGB, AFIAP, “Say cheese” by Teresa Russell, “Tartan plaid in scallop mirror” by Steve Roberts LRPS, and “Wood and Steel” by Aliy Fowler.
Running the Zoom meeting was a steep learning curve, but was a very enjoyable evening.