Masonic mischief at Howden – The Settle Trophy

On Monday 23rd October the annual Settle Trophy contest was held at Howden and several of outr members went along to see the judging. One was our Extrnal Competitions Secretary Nigel Hazell and here is his report.

There was something of a surreal start to this event. Walking into the entrance foyer there was little doubt that we were in a Masonic Lodge, for there in front of us was a manikin displaying a pale blue apron!

Four weeks ago Michelle and the selection team picked 8 prints and 8 dpis which were submitted to Mr Harry Kingman (Kirbymoorside Camera Club) who was judging this venerable competition. Between the four clubs, namely Howden, Selby Doncaster and of course Wakefield, there could only be one victor and as the judging began we knew that there we had a fight on our hands – a fight that Wakefield gamely took on. Out of our 8 dpis we scored a total of 152 out of 160, with 20s for Jane Lazenby’s ‘Shall we dance?’ and Steve Womack’s ‘Earth Girl’. The feeling was, that Doncaster had edged the first round and so it was with their score of 156. Could we best them with our prints?

After a pleasant interval and success in the raffle for Judith and myself, battle resumed with the prints.

Sally and Michelle lead the fight back with maximum scores for their images ‘Past their best’ and ‘Canberra parliament reflected’ respectively. However despite very strong showings from Peter and Paul we only managed to claw back 1 point with our prints, finally scoring 146 to Doncaster’s 145. Our total then, for the evening was 298 with winners Doncaster on 301. Selby finished in third place with our hosts, Howden in fourth place.

Congratulations then to Doncaster (who obviously have Masonic connections!) and who need to know, that we’ll be back next year, when it is the turn of Selby to host the event. Our thanks naturally go to Howden Camera Club for their hospitality and to judge Harry Kingman for an engaging evening, along with all our members whose images were selected for the competition.

Nigel Hazell LRPS

External Competition Secretary

Thanks for the report Nigel. Here are a couple of the Wakefield entries from Janet Lazenby and Steve Womack. From these you can see just how high the standard was, so well done to all the members who submitted entries.

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