Merit Competitions (2020)

Unfortunately, due to the situation relating to the virus pandemic, our end of season review and awards evening was one of the events that we have had to postpone. This has meant that the overall winners of our four Merit competition trophies have not yet been formally announced. It was intended that the ‘official reveal’ of those winners would be held back until the awards evening. As we have not been able to meet in person for the announcement, we publish the winners here.

It gives us great pleasure to reveal the winners.

Novice Print Trophy Winner – David Cunnane

Fragile Environment by David Cunnane

Novice PDI Trophy Winner – David Cunnane

Wood in a Wood by David Cunnane

Advanced Print Category, Lanchester Trophy Winner – Rosemary Gibbs

On Opposite Sides by Rosemary Gibbs

Advanced PDI Category, Walter Heath Trophy Winner – Rosemary Gibbs

Great and Small by Rosemary Gibbs

Well done to both David and Rosemary!

Chairman’s Note – After what seemed to be a slow start in the Merit competitions for the 2019/20 season, we actually saw lots of really fine work from our members, showcasing the different interpretations of the ‘brief’ for each round and the differing means of processing the work at hand. But of course, they cannot all win.  Never forget that an image that may be cast aside one week by one judge, could just as easily become a winner the next week. Never lose heart. Listen to the feedback of judges. Keep going, keep evolving your work, and most of all, keep entering!! One day your hard work will be rewarded.

Results of the Day-tripper Trophy Summer Challenge – The Village

Dunchurch Photographic Society commenced their 2019-2020 programme in fine style on Wednesday 4th September at the Dunchurch Women’s Institute Hall with the first competition of the new season. The subject of this summer’s challenge was ‘The Village’ and how members of the Society interpreted the subject in their photographic media. 

This competition stands quite unique in the programme of events each year as the winner of the trophy is voted for by Society members. Members vote democratically for their favourite image of the evening rather than the usual competition format where images are critiqued by an external judge. 

On this occasion there were numerous prints and projected images submitted by members as part of the competition. There was a wide variety in the subject matter relating to ‘The Village,’ and the processing techniques adopted by photographers all helping to create a wonderful competition. That is a key characteristic of Dunchurch Photographic Society. 

Interestingly for this season, all of the most popular images were prints. It was noted that many of the images were taken during the series of President’s Summer Strolls, part of our closed-season programme of events where Society members visited Braunston, Wolston/Brandon, Brinklow and Ashby St Ledgers.


First Place

Shennington Village Green by Eric Tatham

Second Place

Petworth Village, West Sussex by Patrick Joyce

Third Place (Joint)

Reflections of Braunston by David J. Bray
Ringing the Changes by Eric Tatham

Many congratulations to Eric… winning the trophy for the second consecutive season. 

The next competition at Dunchurch Photographic Society is only just around the corner – this being the Colour Print Competition for the Gerry Coyle Memorial Trophy. This will take place on Wednesday 9th October 2019, 7.45pm at the Dunchurch WI Hall on the Southam Road. The judge will be Trevor Rudkin LRPS. 

Members can submit up to three colour prints for this competition, but they must be with the Competition Secretary no later than midnight on Wednesday 2nd October 2019. 

Report by David J. Bray, (Chairman)