The meeting of Monday the 25th of February saw the judging of the latest round of the Mersea Island Photo Competition. This is a national competition for digital projected images organised by Mersea Photo Club and consists of two groups of six clubs and Wakefield Camera Club participates each year. Each group of six clubs compete between themselves and then the top three from each group compete against each other in the final. 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 which club submitted the work nor what mark had been awarded by any previous judge. This ensures that the same set of images are judged totally independently at each club. The marks are totalled for each club and as the competition progresses around the clubs it is only the total score for each club which is published. It truly is a club effort. Wakefield were lying third at the start of the evening so we were hoping for a good result tonight to boost our chances of going into the final.
The quality of the the images from the 60 items viewed tonight were, as to be expected, of a very high standard and Marilyn Roberts, our judge for tonight, had the task of assessing these and providing a mark out of 10 as required by the competition rules. She introduced the evening by saying the standard was high as to be expected in inter-club competitions. She said that he usually likes to spread the marks over a wide range to give a clear indication of quality but she had to mark out of 10 although could give half marks. Even so this evening the marks still bunched together due to the quality of the images. Marilyn’s task was not made any easier as there was a wide range of subjects covered by the entries. However she managed to keep the audience really engaged with her with concise and informative remarks on every image.
The parade of super photographs continued throughout the evening with Marilyn keeping the pace going. Subjects varied from still life to landscape, portraits to wildlife and street photography to creative. By the halfway point Wakefield were equal first in this round. At the end of the session the mathematics were performed resulting in a clear win for Wakefield on the night with 87 points with Dingwall in second place with 78.5. You can see below that the results were quite close which demonstrated the image quality on offer from the other clubs represented in our grouping. The final scoresheet for the night looked like this
Wakefield 87 Points
XRR PS 76
Mersea Island 67
Ivy Bridge 56.5
After this round Wakefield moved up from third to second in the group and we await the results of the final 2 rounds which should take place very soon. We’ll then see if we make it through to the finals. Yet again an excellent night and thanks to Marilyn for her excellent judging (and no, we didn’t bribe her!). You can see all the images which scored a perfect 10 in the gallery below.