Fordingbridge Camera Club held their annual Fordingbridge Challenge competition on Wednesday 12th April. It comes at the end of our external competition season and rounds off the year very nicely. The battle was between eight clubs which included two clubs from outside SAPA namely Beaulieu and Salisbury.
It was stipulated in the rules that the images for the challenge were to be of work not previously seen outside of our own clubs, again this made it more interesting, plus the fact the images were a larger dimension at 1920 pixels wide by 1200 pixels high and projected onto a very large screen.
The judge again as last year was Louis Rumis, who is a very entertaining speaker with an dry sense of humour. He mentioned at the beginning that judging has never been so difficult, quoting us an international competition where an image was judged by three judges who could award points of 1-5, the division of marks they gave were 2,3 and 5 respectively, so it again it just goes to show it comes down to personal preference most of the time.
Louis moved through the judging swiftly holding back his favourite images and by half time we were doing very well. Of course we were hoping to bring the plate back to Blandford after winning last year but it was not to be and we only lost by one point to Wimborne Camera club at 72 points. We tied in 2nd place with Ringwood at 71 points so we did very well. We had a mixture of marks from 8 to one 10 which was awarded to Colin Cross for ‘Dawn Hunt’. This year Fordingbridge also presented a bottle of wine to the images which were the judge’s three favourites and these went to Blandford Forum Club, Salisbury Club and Fordingbridge Club. Colin’s ‘Dawn Hunt’ was one of them so a bottle of wine will be waiting for you Colin!
Three members from Blandford Camera club attended a very enjoyable night helped by the refreshments at the interval which included home made cake! We thank Fordingbridge for hosting this competition.
If you would like to see the marks from all the clubs follow the link to Fordingbridge Camera Club – Fordingbridge Challenge results