Sheffield Photographic Society inter-club knockout competition

The competition was held via Zoom on the evening of Saturday 19th March. It was extremely well organised, and went without any hitches. The judge was Jonathan Vaines LRPS. AFIAP. CPAGB. 23 clubs competed, with each club submitting 5 images, plus a reserve. The standard was extremely high and I didn’t envy the job that Jonathan faced. However he did a very good job; his comments were both constructive and helpful – clearly explaining his reasoning when he eliminated an image.  C&HVPS submitted images named: 1 Open wide by John Sampson. 2 A Thousand Words by Ian Stanyon. 3 Gone Fishing by Ian Ord. 4 Tubes by Roger Moore. 5 Spanning St Pancras by Keith Brown. Reserve Singing Carmine Bee-Eater by Alison Johnston.

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With such a very high standard, sadly, all our images were eliminated in the first round. But I thought they stood up well and was disappointed that they didn’t progress further. Here are the scores of the top placed clubs: 1st North Cheshire P.S. 21 points; 2nd, Bolsover C.C. 17 points, 2nd Sheffield PS, 17 points; 4th Chapel CC, 15 points; 4th, Newalk & District PS, 15 points.

Even though we were disappointed with our scores, it was a fabulous evening and all who joined the Zoom meeting were treated to a collection of stunning images, learning a great deal about what it takes to produce a special photograph.

As a society we have been supporting this event for many years; giving our members an opportunity to see outstanding images.If everyone agrees, we will take part again next year. So get photographing and we will be earmarking good images to represent the club for the 2023 inter-club competition..

Keith Brown, 2022 Chair of C&HVPS

Winner – Bolsover CC, Phil Newman “Faith” 7 points

Runners up:

Chapel C.C., Keith Gordon “Banded Damoiselle” 6 points

North Cheshire PS, Dave Boam “Bootlegger’s Last Run” 6 points 

Clay Cross PS, Peter Jones “Female Cuckoo” 6 points

North Cheshire P.S., Aamir Sabzwari “The Lunge” 6 points 6

Here are the five images and the reserve image that C&HVPS submitted for the 2022 inter-club competition:

Spanning St Pancras by Keith Brown

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Gone fishing by Ian Ord

A thousand words by Ian Stanyon

Tubes by Roger Moore

Open Wide by John Sampson

Reserve image – Singing Carmine Bee-Eater by Alison Johnston

Synopsis of our face to face meeting on March 10th

Here’s our Chairman’s Chatter for the March 2022 meeting:

Thursday 10th March  – This was a first for our club as not only were we able to meet up face-to-face, after a very long time, but we also provided a link via Zoom for those members at home who were not able to attend. 

Our lecturer was Robert Falconer from Chesterfield who presented his lecture ” Derbyshire in Digital”. Robert told us that he has been doing photography since he was 12 and did 4 years study of photography after school. His first love was steam photography but landscapes and also nature have grabbed his passions. He has been all over the world but Derbyshire is still his favourite place. He has been a member of Clay Cross Photographic Society for 9 years after joining Bolsover Camera Club when he was 13.

Robert treated us to a wonderful evening; taking us all over Derbyshire and included all his photographic passions : landscapes through the seasons, natural, villages, towns, sport, Lancaster bombers and of course his excellent photographs of steam trains.  Here are five of the many images Robert presented:

The Zoom link worked well and it was a truly memorable evening, so many smiling faces, happy to be meeting up again (22 in the hall and 6 on Zoom) and of course Robert’s superb photography.

Subs – At the AGM the subs were agreed to remain at £30 – payments can be made direct into the clubs Bank Account (details below) or by cheque to John Sampson – you can obtain details of our bank account from Ann Smith OR within the body of Keith Brown’s email dated 1645 March 12th.

C&HVPS Exhibition – Ian Stanyon has circulated the Rules and Guidelines and if members do have their prints ready, you do not have to wait until the handing in date in May – contact Ian Stanyon or myself and we will receive the prints for mounting, if required. Thank you to Ian Ord for offering to mount prints in the pre-cut mounts only. The rules for this year’s Exhibition are shown as a separate header at the top of pour website

2021 Year Book.  The year book will be coming soon ; Roger has been very busy with the return to face-to-face teaching etc, so it’s running later than usual. Thank you Roger.

Margaret Swithenbank .  It is with much sadness that I pass on the news that Margaret passed away a few days ago. It was lovely to see her at our meetings with Jim and I know she got a lot of pleasure meeting us all and seeing the lectures. Our thoughts and condolences are with Jim and his family at this time.