posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Can't believe it! The last of this season's ladder competitions already! Means it's nearly summer but I'm writing this amid wint'ry winds and driving rain (typical summer really!). Anyway - down to business - last Wednesday it was the digital competition with no set subject so we knew we were in for a good variety of images. Judging this wide and varied mix was Barbara Lyddiatt all the way from Gerrards Cross (well - slightly annoyed perhaps!). The last time we saw Barbara was last year when she took us on the road to Damascus - but would she see the light tonight?

The images were superb (as you might expect from Whitchurch Hill). We were treated to landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, world-wide travel (we're a well travelled lot!), animals, plant life and sports. The images also showed a range of technical skills both in-camera and in the processing stages. Barbara coped extremely well with this variety, giving helpful and thorough comments on the artistic and technical details of each image.

No less than six 20s were awarded which reflects the overall standard. These were given to Stephen Shadbolt for "Early Morning Mist", Andrew Marshall for "Early Blossom", Rod Norman for "City Gloom" (no - nothing to do with the economic downturn!), Melvyn Newman for "That's Me Done" and finally to John Douglass for both his entries - "Leading Group" and "Lovers' Leap".

The winner was John Douglass scoring a perfect 40 points, followed closely by Melvyn Newman and Rod Norman sharing second place with 37 points.

Thanks of course go to all those who entered and provided us with an evening of great photography.

Thanks also of course to Barbara for her excellent and detailed judging.

This evening we also ended up with the overall winners of the ladder competition for digitally projected images for this season. Congratulations to the winner, John Douglass who has amassed 146 points, followed by Tony Bates in second place with 143 points. Sharing the honours in third place are David Pearson and Danny Callcut, both with 141 points.


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