Meeting & Competition Reports (2020-21 Season)
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.
6 September 2020: Dungeness
Our club had its first weekend meeting under our Covid-19-restricted programme, during which our meetings will take place alternately between the Beacon Centre and at an outside location. This Sunday we decided to travel to Dungeness, just over an hour’s drive from Herne Bay.
The meeting point chosen was the Pilot Pub, however some of us ended up at another pub, and it was difficult to make contact with each party to join up. (We need to get a little smarter with communications contact numbers, etc.). Unfortunately one member couldn’t find any parking spaces and had to return home.
Those that remained had a very enjoyable afternoon. Dungeness beach is littered with old boats, sheds, fishing paraphernalia, and rusty old abandoned machinery. The sky was, at times, very dramatic, and often threatened rain, but thankfully it kept dry. The place was a lot busier than anticipated, but where we focussed our attention, on the beach, it was easy to keep a proper social distance.
The two groups eventually met up and the two locations’ photographic merits were discussed. We left for home at around 5pm with cards full of images and thoughts that despite some initial hiccups, from which we shall learn, we all had a great afternoon.
1 September 2020: AGM and Members’ Evening
We had a good turn out of members for our first socially distanced meeting of the new season, with an additional member joining us by Zoom.
Our Chair, Peter Riley, began the evening by leading a shortened AGM, which passed last season’s accounts, agreed a temporary new membership fee, and elected the new committee. With the formal business out of the way, the rest of the evening was spent looking at images members had taken over the summer.
It was a strange experience, following strict Covid-19 rules, but it was a success. Hopefully, now we know exactly how things will work, more members will feel they can join us in the hall and by Zoom.