Report - North Cheshire Photographic Society Challenge Trophy

Leek Photographic Club is proud of the standard of the photographs it produces and deservedly so. There is always an adrenaline surge when we witness our representatives in competition with other clubs and so there was a good turn out to support our club at the North Cheshire Photographic Society Challenge trophy, an Interclub competition held at Poynton last week. Over 20 clubs from the North West were represented.
Each club can select one photograph from five different photographers for both competitions (Prints and Projected images).

We were pleased to come joint 5th in the Print competition, represented by Rob Gough (‘Rainy Day in New York’), Brian Ross (‘The Catch’), Don Barker (‘Wetley Moor Ponies’), Dave Graham (‘Good Catch’) and Tony Kinder (‘Displaying grebes’). Tony had managed to capture two great crested grebes performing their beautiful courtship display. He was awarded 19 marks out of a possible 20, with the judge pointing out that the communication between the two birds made the photograph so special. Only three photos out of a total of 115 scored higher than Tony’s.

In the Digital Projected Image Knock-out competition, we were represented by Don Barker (‘Head in the Clouds’), Rob Povey (‘ End of an Era’), Mick Johnson (‘Pale Hawker Moth Caterpillar’), Tony Kinder (‘Canoeist’) and Dave White (‘Grey Heron with Prey’). Tension and excitement mounted as our photos progressed further and further through the knock-out rounds. Don Barker’s unusual creation reached the last 10 out of a total of 145 images. We all held our breath; we sensed we had done well – but how well? Sadly, we were pipped to the post by one point by the host team, the North Cheshire Photographic Society. But to reach joint second position in such a prestigious competition is a remarkable achievement, especially as the standard of the images was so high.

At the recent Digital group meeting, we were treated to a superb collection of prints from Alan Brown, a local photographer who has recently converted to the use of a digital camera and computer image manipulation, having spent a lot of his life in the dark room. The versatility he demonstrated was amazing as he showed an array of photographs ranging from still life and landscapes (all beautiful in their simplicity) to composite surreal images in the style of Salvador Dali. His work will doubtless set the creative minds of our club thinking.

Tomorrow, February 19th, we shall be holding our Major Miscellaneous Print competition, which is always popular. So do come along to the Dove Room, Moorlands House at 7.30, visitors £1.

Report by Linda Battersby.

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