A good evening and a good result

Meeting Report

South Downs Trophy

We were recently invited to join in this 4 way competition with the camera clubs of Rottingdean ( our hosts) Southwick and Steyning and 4 of our members attended. Each club submitted 10 images which were shown and marked in random order – which made it difficult to work out where we stood as the evening progressed – rather like a 400 metre race where the leader is not revealed until the bend has unwound.

Trever Gellard FRPS was the judge – our best of year judge this season - and he is very hot on technical matters but much appreciates unusual, out of the ordinary images – and he does like a witty and apt title!

Southwick, Steyning and ourselves used the same set of photographs as were used in the Crouch Shield the previous Friday with a couple of extras to make up the set of 10 – Rottingdean are not in the Crouch competitions. 

Being the new kids on the block it would have been a little impertinent to win the trophy at the first attempt but we took a very respectable second with 182 points out of the 200 maximum. A slight downside was that the old enemy, Steyning, were victorious with 186 points making a notable double as they had won the Crouch competition three days before. They have a very strong hand this year – so congratulations to them on a well-deserved victory. Southwick were third with 180 with Rottingdean on 175. Best entry of the evening is not judged in this competition.

Our pictures scored as follows :-

Bee Eaters and Dragon FlyAnne Nagle19
YellowJane Coward16
Looking Down the Long MileRay Foxlee17
Des ResRay Foxlee17
Wet feet in the FrameJane Coward18
Derelict ShedDavid Seddon20
Lake ViewDavid Seddon19
Wish I had a FingerAlex Swyer20
Wild Swan AnenomeAnne Nagle18
SquashAlex Swyer18

Congratulations to everyone and special mention to David and Alex for their perfect 20’s – Trevor doesn’t give those out lightly.

A very pleasant and sociable evening – a welcome addition to our external competition agenda – please try and come along next time. A facility with arithmetic in the dark is necessary for whoever writes the report though!