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


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


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

“Fifty Shades of Bray” Challenge

12th January 2022 Meeting – Fifty Shades Of Bray Part 2

On Wednesday 12th January 2022, Dunchurch Photographic Society experienced the Fifty Shades Of Bray Challenge, in it’s second year of existence. The evening built on the success of last season’s YouTube broadcast, where members of the Society had been invited to make their own interpretation of a RAW landscape image supplied by the Chairman (David Bray). After making their own edit, the images were critiqued in a light hearted way, whilst learning a little bit more about processing techniques and composition. 

In this most recent instance of the challenge, members were given the opportunity to talk through the various different edits of this year’s image and we were treated to some very clever and different interpretations on the theme.

Later in the evening, David Bray gave a recorded Lightroom demonstration about how he went about making a simple edit using that software to join in the series of images that members had submitted. 

It was a thought provoking evening where there was plenty of discussion about ‘traps’ in image (dust spots/mist spots on lenses), image composition, cropping arrangements and various different types of processing software that members had been in a position to use. 

David Bray identified that his favourite overall edit of the Cornish Landscape that was used as the basis for the challenge. This was a very different night time interpretation submitted by Ken Monk. It featured a sky swap, and some neat work in creating reflected detail of the stars and the aurora borealis in the water. Well done Ken!! 

The Chairman would like to thank all of the members who supplied their images for this friendly event. Who knows… we might just run another one next season. 

Report by David J. Bray, 

Chairman 2021-22

Original RAW Image

Ken Garside

Jean Sutton

Graeme Webb

Stuart Skelton

Mark Ellis

Ian Andrew

Ken Monk

David Bray

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


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