First Clubman of 2014 Judged

It was a packed meeting room for the judging of the first round of the 2014 Clubman Competition on the 3rd February. The theme for this round was “General Record” and it sounded quite simple but was anything but. Judge David Halstead introduced the evening with a background to the judging system and then, before the break,  it was straight into comments on 28 prints. A wide variety of subjects was covered and David’s comments were both helpful and apposite. At the end of a high scoring section it was John Bickerdike’s “East Window, Ripon Cathedral” which took first place to universal agreement. David Jones came second with “Bentley” and Nigel Hazel took third place with “Dome, Leeds Corn Exchange”.

After a short break David Halstead had his work cut out reviewing 49 digital images. Subjects ranged from castles to clocks, abbeys to pubs and from the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship to a detail from a yacht. Judging was always going to be difficult but David managed to provide really good feedback on every image. There had to be a winner though, and this digital section was won by Peter Bindon with “Play”. Coming in second was David Kershaw with “Old Wristwatch Movement” and third was Sally Sallett with “Rose Window”. Sally’s image was of a stained glass window ………….. which she made herself – multi-talented or what.

A first class evening with everybody having the chance to view all entries and pick their own favourites. Thanks to David Halstead for his efforts. Well done to Bob Gibson as this was his first outing as Competitions Secretary and things ran pretty smoothly. Images of the top three in each section will be on the website in a gallery soon (Image Gallery menu) so keep an eye open on the News section for details.

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