In the 1st Clubman things are Looking Up!

Monday evening of 1st February saw the judging of the first round of the Clubman Competition for this year. There are five Clubman Competitions each year for members (two Open and three Themed) comprising both Print and Digital categories. Tonight’s round was themed on “Looking Up” so it’s up to each entrant to interpret that as they wish. The judge is the final arbiter as to whether the entry fulfils the brief. Given that it is Wakefield Camera Club then it was to be expected that there would be a wide range of interpretations and that certainly was the case. Entry for the competition was two weeks ago and the Competition Secretary sent the entries to the Stuart Clark so that he could give due consideration to them before tonightStuart complimented the club on the variety of interpretations the members had used for “Looking Up”. Subjects included ceilings, buildings, sky dives, kites, musicians, staircases, escalators, ferris wheels, bridges, sculptures, people, even bluebells …. you name it and it turned up.

The evening kicked off with the Prints and there were about 30 of them to look at. Stuart went through each image and commented on each one. In the final analysis, though, Stuart awarded Commended to “Stormy Skies through Dead Oak” by Gail Barton, “Spiral Staircase” by Malcolm Dobson and “I Can’t See a Crow” By David Kershaw. Highly Commended went to “Forth Railway Bridge” by E David Jones. However the top three sports were as follows; third place “Red Arrows” by E David Jones, second was “From Bottom to Top” by Nigel Hazell but pipping them all was “Sometimes You Need To Cry” by David Kershaw. Well done to all.

During the interval everyone had a chance to examine all the prints in detail and pick their own winners. In the second half about 50 digital images were judged. Again there was a vast range of subjects to be assessed and Stuart gave candid brief comments on them all. Stuart awarded Commended to “Moving Up in the World” by Robert Bilton, “Finance Quarter, Rotterdam” by John Gardner and “Things Are Looking Up” by Peter Wells. Highly Commended was awarded to “One World Tower, New York” by Sally Robinson. The top places went to “Owl” by Michelle Howell in third place, “Up and Away” by Stephen Dickinson in second and top of the pile was “Worms Eye View” by Roger Gaynor.

In all a very interesting evening which gave rise to lots of discussion. You can see all the winners in the gallery below and here.

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