On Friday 8th November, 4 members of the Club travelled in the rain to Clacton Photographic Club who were hosting the 2013 North Essex DPI competition. 12 Clubs participated from the North Essex area and the judging was ably undertaken by EAF Judge Paul Raddon LRPS. Paul’s comments were extremely balanced and provided valuable feedback to any of the photographers that were present to hear them.
The Club had chosen its 6 images and now just had to wait with baited breath as each image was projected, critiqued and scored. After the first round 2 images from the Club were held back by the judge and this mirrored the same from Colchester Photography Society. By the end of the projection of the second round of images we had 4 images held back versus Colchester who had 3. The scoring was hotting up and we knew it was going to be close between the two of us. The final image to be scored was a superb shot of an eagle taken by Roger Bannister from Colchester http://stephenwrobinson.co.uk/Gallery_NE_2013/images/White-Tailed-Eagle-in-a-Snow-Storm—Colchester-PS.html and in an unprecedented move the judge awarded an 11 out of 10. Once the scores were added up we had managed to regain the title, after a years absence, with a half mark gained on Colchester Photographic Society. We look forward to hosting the competition next year and to regaining the trophy.
The images that were put forward by the Club were as follows:
Mark Edwards – Where we Live
Richard Orme – On the Square
Mark Edwards – Peter is Homeless
Geraint Nicholas – Cage Fighter
Lisa Potter – Comtemplation
Dave Greenwood – Saharan Sands
The proposed GNPC monthly competition calendar for the forthcoming season (April 2012 – March 2013) is as follows:
Competition Themes 2012-2013
The proposed GNPC monthly competition calendar for the forthcoming season (April 2011 – March 2012) is as follows:
Competition Themes 2011-2012
In The Wake Of Alzheimer′s
GNPC has been entering the 12-month Battle of the Clubs 2010, run by Digital SLR User magazine. This is highly competitive, with clubs from across the UK taking part. We were very encouraged, as each round’s results were announced, that we were holding our own against tough opposition such as DAPA. In the end, GNPC won by two points ahead of DAPA, and once again, it was our club member, Mark Edwards, who came away with the prize for Best Individual Shot, with his powerful photo of his mother, entitled In The Wake Of Alzheimers [right].
Congratulations go to the whole club for this victory but especially to the photographers for each of the entries submitted and to selection panel who made a very good choice.
This is a fantastic acheivement for our first year of entry and roll on 2011 where I am sure we will all be battling to retain our title.
As a result the Club wins £3,000 worth of Canon Vouchers. You can see the club members proudly posing with the winning “cheque”:
GNPC members with their winning cheque
Final Turn by David Ian Roberts
Despite being a very new club, having been formed less than 3 years ago, GNPC have recently been very successful in external competitions. At the end of November, we won the North Essex DPI Trophy, coming top out of 12 clubs, with our 5 images scoring a total of 95/100. Club member David Ian Roberts also won the best image of the competition, with his great shot of a diving gannet [left].