Merit Competition Round 2 – Song Title

On Wednesday 23rd February 2022, Dunchurch Photographic Society held the 2nd Round of the 2021-22 season Merit Competition, all on the subject of ‘Song Titles.’ It was the midway point of the A marathon competition staged over three different rounds all on a different set subject, with successful images able to earn points depending on whether they were Commended, Highly Commended, Third, Second or First. There are four categories – the Novice Print section, Novice Projected Image section, Advance Print section and the Advanced Projected Image section. That means, four different champions to be declared by the end of the Merit competitions.

It was a hard fought competition with work that was both entertaining, creative and inspirational. It demonstrated the great thought that our members had given to fulfil the brief of showcasing their images with a specific ‘nod’ to their chosen song titles.

Our judge for the evening was Paddy Ruske from Lichfield in Staffordshire. Paddy gave an entertaining and constructive critique of our collective photographic entries across both Print and Projected Image media. Indeed, Dunchurch Photographic Society members can be proud of the fact that Paddy was entertained and impressed by our work. It always means a lot to us as a Society when we are able to make the judge face a tough decision about which images they believe are successful.

Well done to everyone who submitted work to the competition, it showed the usual variety of subject matter and processing techniques. But my key thanks, as Chairman go to Paddy for being our judge for the evening, and to ALL of our members who entered the competition – there is no competition without YOU.

The Results Are In… And As Follows –
Novice Print –
Commended –
Bad Habits – Dariusz Chalupka


Rendezvous At Sunset – Graeme Webb

Highly Commended –
Turning To Rust – Patrick Joyce

3rd Place –
I Say A Little Prayer – Graeme Webb

2nd Place –
Fields Of Gold (Sting) – Steven Farmer

1st Place –
Run Away (Bon Jovi) – Steven Farmer

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Novice Projected Image –
Commended –
You Spin Me Round – Dariusz Chalupka


Trains Boats And Planes – Michael Bryan

Highly Commended –
Lighthouse (Westlife) – Patrick Joyce


Stormy Waters – Paul Holloway

3rd Place –
Wild Horses (Rolling Stones) – Graeme Webb

2nd Place –
Smoke On The Water – Rob Hughes

1st Place –
A Hard Days Night – Rob Hughes

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Advanced Print –
Commended –
Imagine (John Lennon) – Terry Mann


Painter Man (Boney M) – Mark Ellis


Four Leaf Clover – Rosemary Gibbs LRPS


It’s Raining Men – David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

Highly Commended –
I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire – Jean Sutton

3rd Place –
Sailing – Anthony Timmins

Joint 1st Place – (yes, joint first!!)
Some Like It Hot (The Power Station) – Mark Ellis


Blowin’ In The Wind – Rosemary Gibbs LRPS

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Advanced Project Image –
Commended –
When I’m Cleaning Windows – Warren Strickland


Where Have All The Flowers Gone – Rosemary Gibbs LRPS

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Tea For Two – Ken Garside

Highly Commended –
Daisy, Daisy – Rosemary Gibbs LRPS

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Blue And Lonesome – Ian Andrew

3rd Place –
Bohemian Rhapsody – David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

2nd Place –
Band Of Gold (Freda Payne) – Mark Ellis

1st Place –
Magical Mystery Tour – Ken Garside


Congratulations to all of the photographers who were successful across the four categories for this opening round. There’s still plenty to play for as the marathon continues with Round 3 on Wednesday 9th March… the subject being ‘Narrative…’

Come and have a look at the ‘stories’ being told in our images.

Report by David J. Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE
Chairman.

Merit Competition Round 1 – Illusion

On Wednesday 26th January 2022, Dunchurch Photographic Society held the 1st Round of the 2021-22 season Merit Competition, all on the subject of ‘Illusion.’

The Merit Competition is a marathon competition over three different rounds, all on a different set subject, with successful images able to earn points depending on whether they are Commended, Highly Commended, Third, Second or First. There are four categories; the Novice Print section, Novice Projected Image section, Advanced Print section and the Advanced Projected Image section. That means, four different champions to be declared by the end of the Merit competitions. 

Our judge for the evening was John Haines from Kingstanding in Birmingham. John gave some very considered and valuable feedback and critique about the images that had been entered by Dunchurch Photographic Society members. Indeed, the Society presented John with some difficult decisions to make about the images, often creative in flavour, or where lots of work had been undertaken in order to get that ‘illusion’ element into the final work.

Congratulations to all of the photographers who were successful across the four categories for this opening round and well done to everyone who submitted images. As usual, they demonstrated a wide variety of subject matter and processing techniques. 

There’s still plenty to play for as the marathon continues with Round 2 on Wednesday 9th February; the subject being ‘Song Titles.’

Come and have a sing-a-long with us! 

Report by David J. Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

Chairman.

The Merit 1 results are as follows …

Novice Prints

First Place

Illusion of Time by Steven Farmer

Second Place

The Girl in the Mirror by Steven Farmer

Third Place

Can I have a Cab Please by Dariusz Chalupka

Novice Projected Images

First Place

My Inner Photographer by Graeme Webb

Second Place

Charging the Moon by Dariusz Chalupka

Third Place

Next Train Goes Straight Thru by Michael Bryan

Highly Commended

The Face by Steven Farmer

Advanced Prints

First Place

Chloe by Mark Ellis

Second Place

Upstairs or Downstairs by Mark Ellis

Third Place

Triangular Interchange by Rosemary Gibbs, LRPS

Highly Commended

Family Excursion by Rosemary Gibbs, LRPS

Commended

Big for your Boots by Warren Strickland

Advanced Projected Images

First Place

Goblet by Mark Ellis

Second Place

Frozen Valley by Terry Mann

Third Place

Fly Fishing by Ken Garside

Highly Commended (in alphabetical order)

Feeling the Heat by Rosemary Gibbs, LRPS

Time is an Illusion by Ian Andrew

Commended (in alphabetical order)

The Last Jedi by David Bray, AFIAP, CPAGB, A.CPE

Tunnel Vision by Warren Strickland

Monochrome Print Competition Results

On Wednesday 1st December 2021, Dunchurch Photographic Society held their Open Subject Monochrome Print competition at the WI Hall on Southam Road, Dunchurch. The members were playing for the John Hughes Trophy, and they were treated to no less than 38 entries for the 2021/22 season. Any one member was permitted to submit up to three images in accordance with the Society rules. 

The judge for the evening was Paul Nickerson from Corby. It was a very competitive event and represented the strength and depth of the members’ collective photographic efforts in monochrome print media.  There were landscapes, wildlife, still life, transport and human interest amongst the many different subjects that helped to make the task of judging the competition difficult for Paul! 

In all, apart from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed images, there were 7 prints that were Highly Commended, and 8 further prints that were Commended. 

As the Chairman of the Society, I thank all of the members who took part in this extravaganza of monochrome prints, and of course to Paul Nickerson for his fair description and critique of all of our images. Very well done to all of the members who had successful prints on this occasion. 

Keep going Dunchurch, you never cease to amaze me… 

Confirmed Result – 

First place

The Spiv by David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, Hon.CPE

Second place

Harley Davidson Screaming’ Eagle by David Cunnane

Third place

Deal Pier by Ian Andrew

Highly commended (in alphabetical order)

Arrangement by Rosemary Gibbs, LRPS

Baddesley Clinton by Ken Monk

Boaters’ Retreat by Terry Mann

Braunston by Michael Bryan

Oceanus by David Bray, AFIAP, CPAGB, Hon.CPE

Seat with a View by Ken Monk

The Thames at Night by Mark Ellis

Commended (in alphabetical order)

A Field Roller by Terry Mann

Arcadia by Ian Andrew

Autumn Stroll by David Cunnane

A Window on the Past by Ian Andrew

Night Shift Interlude by David Bray, AFIAP, CPAGB, Hon.CPE

Ohh, What a Corker! by Mark Ellis

Through the Archway by Jean Sutton

Togetherness by David Cunnane

Next week on Wednesday 8th December, Dunchurch Photographic Society presents a recorded lecture about spotting and taking advantage of photographic opportunities. There will also be a presentation about how to go about working towards the initial Credit award distinction at the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. 

Report by David J. Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, Hon.CPE

Chairman.

Panel of Prints Competition

On Wednesday 17th November 2021, Dunchurch Photographic Society held it’s Panel of Prints competition for the Jeff Bartlett Memorial Trophy.

Members had been asked to submit one panel of three prints, with each panel comprising a set of images on a coherent theme of the entrant’s choice.

Many thanks to all of the members who entered and made it an exciting and interesting event. 

The judge for the competition was John Lewis LRPS, BA (Hons) Photography.

Many thanks to John for his considered comments and critique of the panels. 

Report by David J. Bray, Society Chairman


The result is as follows – 

First place

Love or Hate by Mark Ellis

Second place

Hoar Frost by Terry Mann

Third place

Pollination in Action by Ken Monk

Highly Commended (in alphabetical order)

London Grammar – Cardiff 2021 by David Cunnane

The Red Arrows 2019 by David J. Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, Hon.CPE

Open Subject Projected Image Competition

Meeting Report – 3rd November 2021

On Wednesday 3rd November 2021, Dunchurch Photographic Society held their Open Subject Projected Digital Image (PDI) competition at the WI Hall on Southam Road, Dunchurch. The members were competing for the coveted President’s Trophy, and they were treated to no less than 42 entries for the 2021/22 season. Any one member was permitted to submit up to three images in accordance with the Society rules. 

The judge for the evening was Steve Clifford AFIAP, CPAGB, BPE3 from Cannock. The quality of the entries gave the judge plenty of food for thought and it was a difficult decision to establish which images made it to a second assessment before an eventual winner was selected.

As the Chairman of the Society, I thank all of the members who took part in this fascinating competition and of course to Steve Clifford for his very considered and fair critique of all of our images. 

Many congratulations to Steven Farmer, who gained his first overall trophy win and gained 1st place in the competition with an image called Fields Of Gold. A superb infra-red image and a worthy winner. 

Of course, well done to all of our members who were successful in the competition with images that were Commended, Highly commended or finished in 3rd or 2nd place.

A fantastic evening, and a very positive and proud reflection on the photography achieved by Dunchurch Photographic Society members. 

Report by David J. Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, Hon.CPE (Chairman)


Confirmed Results 

First place

Fields of Gold by Steven Farmer

Second place

Apache Wall Of Fire by David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, Hon.CPE

Third place

Ashness Gate Landing by Mark Ellis

Highly commended (in alphabetical order)

Blue Tit Exiting Nest by David Cunnane

Dancing With The Stars by Dariusz Chalupka 

Short Eared Owl In Flight by David Cunnane

Commended (in alphabetical order)

Brooklyn by Ian Maxwell

Skylight by Terry Mann

Squirrel by Warren Strickland

Staring Stag by Steven Farmer

Transonic Red Devil Hornet 1 by David Bray AFIAP, CPAGB, Hon.CPE

Young Blue Tit On Bulrush by David Cunnane