It was the first competition of the Camera Club Year, albeit an ode to last season, where those scoring 9, 9.5 or 10 marks during the last points cup season were permitted to enter up to three of those images.
As the title would suggest it was judged by our President, Norman Carey, and as most members are aware Norman is a seasoned judge, but in this competition it is meant to reflect a more personal preference than perhaps some of the other competitions. Norman gave a critique of each image and was keen to see a story that would help him connect to photograph and the photographer.
Across the two competitions, one for prints and one for projected images, there were 33 images forward, which seemed to suggest some photographers had qualified more images than they were permitted to submit.
The prints were judged first, only 4 genres of photography in this section, Portraiture, Landscape, Wildlife and Still Life whereas in the projected images section we had a more diverse selection. The colour and monochrome are judged together in The President’s Cup, unlike during Points Cup, and the split was 5 mono and 10 colour. In the first instance Norman held back 8 images, but on a final inspection his top three were chosen;
1st Corfe Castle Station at Night – Marilyn Peddle (monochrome)
2nd Helenium Trio – Sally Chaloner (colour)
3rd Majestic in Flight – Ian Ferris (colour)
After the break, slightly extended due to technical issues with the projecting, the 18 digital images were judged. A huge range of subject matter giving Norman a difficult job to do, Wildlife, Landscape, Portrait, Street, Still life, Action, Aerial and Architectural. Coincidentally, 8 were held for a second look and this time the top three were;
1st Water Water – Jean Bartlett
2nd Dandelion Clock – Jean Bartlett
3rd Not a Care – Colin Cross