30th October: Round 1 Rosebowl Inter-club Projected Competition judged by Alan Taberer

This week we hosted our first round of the Chilterns Association of Camera Clubs’ Rosebowl competition.  The competition comprises fifteen images per club and  we were up against Milton Keynes and St. Albans camera clubs.  All the entries are received before the name of the judge is announced.  Alan Taberer from Imagez Camera Club did the honours scoring within the prescribed marking range of 15 -20 and congratulations go to Milton Keynes for their comprehensive win.  We tied with St. Albans – bridesmaids both!  Two stars are awarded for individual images and those go forward to the Final regardless of whether the club does and Maidenhead and St. Albans got one each.

Thanks to Alan for his judging and to everyone who Zoomed in for the occasion.

Next week we have our Open and Landscape projected competitions on Zoom which will be judged by Erica Oram CPAGB AFIAP BPE3.  Our Landscape definition is ‘images depicting the external environment and including, either singly or in any combination, the elements of land, water and sky. Other elements may be included but must not be the principal subject.’  We look forward to ‘meeting’ Erica and an enjoyable evening.

In the meantime have a good week.

23rd October: 2022-23 Celebration and Retrospective

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip down Memory Lane last night as each of our Print trophy winners shared the stories behind their winning prints.

Thanks to Peter Polkinghorne who took us through the rationale behind his ‘Mostly Mono’ panel, the process he went through to decide on the final layout and reminded us about ‘what the judge thought’ vs his thinking! Each print was framed in a black mount which gave a cohesiveness to the panel.

Mostly Mono by Peter Polkinghorne

We heard from Avril Candler who was awarded three Trophy certificates for Nature,  The Elements (Set Subject) and the Open Trophy;  Judith Gimber for Monochrome and Landscape;  Judy Buckley-Sharp for Montage (a rare item as this specialism has been replaced this year with ‘Triptych’) and Sanjay Mistry for People & Portraits.   As the Open Trophy is derived from the monthly competitions the array below contains a number of Avril’s images!


Very many thanks to our contributors and to those who came along to support the evening.

Next week we are hosting a first round inter-club Rosebowl competition over Zoom.  We look forward to meeting members of the competing clubs.

In the meantime stay safe and well.



16th October: Open and Monochrome Projected Competitions judged by Tony Oliver ARPS CPAGB BPE4*

Many thanks to Tony Oliver from Salisbury Photography Club for his inciteful judging last night.  Each image was given a thorough critique delivered in a kindly and helpful manner.

The Open competition was won by Judith Gimber with her ‘Trio of Chatty Puffins’ and she claimed third place with ‘The Incredible Peacock’;  Dave Martin’s Rock Strata Spittal Beach Northumberland Beach was second.  Dave’s ‘Snail & Fungi’ was highly commended.  Tony commended ‘Aiming at the Catch’ by YC Wei, Avril Candler’s ‘Dreaming of Africa’ and ‘Quiet Corner’ by Judy Buckley-Sharp.


Open Projected Winner by Judith Gimber

In the Monochrome competition honours went to John Draper for ‘The Shelter;  Judith’s ‘The Bookworm’s Frugal Muse’ was second and Dave’s ‘Ikebana Sogetsu’ third.  Highly commended were John’s ‘His and Hers’ and Avril’s ‘Night Gang’.  Tony also commended YC”s ‘Canary Wharf Walkway’, John’s ‘Derelict’ and Peter Keeble’s ‘The Kiss’.

Monochrome Projected Winner by John Draper

Very many thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners and runners up.  Special thanks again to Tony Oliver for an enjoyable and informative evening.

All this evening’s images may be viewed on Facebook.

Next week we are back home at Century for a retrospective and celebration of last season’s successes.

Have a good week and hope to see you soon.