posted by Ian Lewis in External Competitions

They descended in their hundreds to the sleepy village of Whitchurch-on-Thames - well, that's what it seemed like anyway trying to find a parking place! And the reason for all the excitement? No less an occasion than the annual six-way battle between the JPCR clubs - Wallingford, Burghfield, South Reading, Woodley, Wokingham and ourselves - this year with us as hosts.

The evening's judging was in the ample form of one of our favourites - Peter Jackman APAGB - but would he still be one of our favourites by the end of the evening?

With each club showing the cream of its prints and digital images we were sure to be in for a feast of fine images - and so it proved! It was also going to be a tough job for the judge too - but as we know, Peter's well up to such a task! His comments as always were incisive, detailed and constructive, frequently tinged with his humour.

The prints were judged first, the winning club being Wokingham with 89 points, closely followed by Woodley with 88 and Burghfield with 87. Then came Wallingford with 84 points, Whitchurch Hill with 81 and South Reading with 78. Top marks of 20 were achieved by Chris Odell of Woodley for "Living in a Goldfish Bowl", Tony Mearman of Wokingham for "Butlers Wharf", Mike Holdness of Wokingham for "Modern Times" and Tony Shields of Wallingford for "Thames at Peace".

After the break it was inevitably the turn of the projected digital images which again produced a crop of absolutely stunning images! In this section, Whitchurch Hill emerged the winners with 94 points followed by Woodley with 87, Wallingford with 86, Wokingham with 85, Burghfield with 83, and South Reading with 81. Top scores of 20 were achieved by Chris Odell of Woodley with "Time and Tide", Danny Callcut of Whitchurch Hill with "General James" and David Dare of Whitchurch Hill with his "South American Fly" - nightmares yet again!!

Overall the joint winners of the evening were Whitchurch Hill (hurrah!) and Woodley, both scoring 175 points, followed closely by Wokingham with 174. Wallingford and Burghfield jointly came next with 170 points followed by South Reading with 159.

A really excellent evening! Thanks go to the other five clubs and, of course, to the one and only Peter Jackman who I'm pleased to say only had to get his feet wet once (refer to last year's comments!!). Oh - and do we still like him? - of course we do!!


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