Print Round 1 – A new way of doing Covid safe print competitions

Last Night, Thursday 14th January, Farnborough Camera Club held the first round of its print competition. We had postponed the print competition until the new year in the hope that we might be back to meeting in person. As we are all very much aware this was not to be, the virus rages on affecting all areas of society. Once it looked clear that in person meetings could not happen, the club planned for how we could still do print competitions.

Members now print images as normal, but then sends them to the print secretary, unmounted, who parcels up the competition entries to send to the judge. This is all timed to allow for all the prints to be in quarantine for at least 3 days at every stage of the process. The judge has time to view all the images and come up with comments/ scores. On the night, we view PDI images of the prints, submitted by the members, the judge critiques as normal, but scores and comments are based on the prints. This turned out to add a new dimension to the competition, as the judge was clearly able to see and comment on when an image works better or worse as a print. In addition, members were able to pick up some really helpful tips, for example, images often appear brighter in PDI than on print.

Keith Prosser was our first judge to try out the new process. He commented how he enjoyed holding physical prints for a change and the evening was a great success. We now have 3 more prints rounds coming up in close succession !

We had 3 tens overall, one from club class and the others from advanced.

Congratulations to the following for a ten in club class:

John Sturgeon for Winter Snow on the Seven Sisters (Club class)

Here are the 10’s in the advanced class

Bee Eater with Butterfly by Sally Seager (Advanced class)
Stone chat’s Fighting by Ian Newell (Advanced class)

Well done to all.