Wakefield CC Come Out Top!

The meeting of Monday the 22nd of February saw the judging of the latest round of the Mersea Island Photo Competition. This is a national competition organised by Mersea Photo Club and consists of two groups of six clubs and Wakefield Camera Club participates each year. Wakefield are in Group 2 and like all clubs in the round we all submit 10 images and then collectively they are judged. The feature of the competition is that they are judged in each club with a different independent judge selected by that club. This means each club in the grouping will get to see 60 images representing the clubs and therefore can see everybody else’s work as well as hearing the judges comments. The judges selected by each club do not know what club submitted the work nor what any previous judge had marked. This ensures that as the same set of images which are judged independently at each club the images score remains unavailable to them. The marks are totalled for each club and as the competition progress it is only the club score which is published. Currently Wakefield are lying fourth and we were hoping for a good result tonight to boost our chances.

The quality of the the images from the 60 items viewed tonight were, as to be expected, of a very high standard and John Brady, our judge for tonight had the task of assessing these and providing a mark out of 10 as required by the competition rules. John’s task was not made any easier as there was a wide range of subjects covered by the entries.However John managed to keep the audience with him with his concise remarks on every image. At the end of the session the mathematics were produced resulting in a narrow success on this occasion for Wakefield with 80 points considering the image quality on offer from the other clubs represented in our grouping. The final scoresheet looked like this

Wakefield 80 Points
Camborn & Redruth 76 Points
Colchester PS 70 Points
Xrr PS 69 Points
Tonbridge 65 Points
Vale PC 57 Points

An interesting evening of photography was had by all and the four images reaching the perfect 10 point mark were as follows; Andy Sands of Xrr with 2 images, Wasp Spider and Golden Plover Calling, Malcolm Jenkin of Camborn with a lovely portrait entitled Nigerian Miss, and Mike Davis of  Vale PC with Goose Chase. These can be seen below. Although Wakefield didn’t get a 10 for a single image, it shows the strength of their entry that they still won. The next round is on the 2nd March at Xrr PC.


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