Richard: This event is recognised as the premier competition in the area. Organisation is superb and the evening runs without a hitch. Cakes top class, but no joy on the raffle this year. Judge was Mike Fuller who you know well.

 

Kevin: After finding somewhere to eat Rose and I arrived at the Upper Plume School in Maldon with 15 minutes to spare before the start of proceedings, close, but still in time to have a quick look around some of the more interesting images.

 

While Rose was buying the raffle tickets I looked around at the seated people and thought, well that not as many as I might of expected, there were a lot of empty seats. Nice to see Linda, Janet and Richard, so there were 4 of us from Leigh, nice to have some friends there.

 

After the introduction by the Maldon chairman, the judge for the night Mike Fuller was introduced, I immediately recognised him because he had very recently judged for us. This man is a likeable sort of guy who made a point of saying that he was more interested in the story rather than nit picking small imperfections in people's work. To be fair this was perfectly true, although some of the more glaring technical imperfections were rightly pointed out, this is good for the learning process, as us novices do need these things mentioned.

 

Now as one started to follow the programme I said to Rose, 'Look at the entries from Colchester, they all have loads of letters after their names'. Rose replied 'That's not fair it's not a level playing field'!  Well to be honest I thought along those lines myself, but after a little more thought I was quietly pleased to be part of the event and proud to have an image mentioned with some comments from the judge.  

 

There were a lot of superb images on display in genres that I may never participate in, but it was a pleasure to view such excellent work. I recall the judge saying that you don't get marks for doing difficult photography; you get marks for doing it well.  Mike Fuller seems to be a fair sort of judge, if indeed there is such a beast and the rest of the evening proceeded in a relaxed but constructive sort of manner.

 

On balance Our club got a respectable result, if not exciting, there was so much on display to aspire to and I think this is good to spur one on to try some aspects of photography that one may shy away from normally. Food for thought indeed and a jolly pleasant evening was enjoyed by all.

 

 

 

 

Best Mono Print & Best Overall Print: Sisters by Roy Essery MPAGB, Colchester

 

Best Colour Print: Grey Heron Fishing by Bernard Thomas, Thurrock

 

Best DPI: Evicted by Patricia Jacobs LRPS DPAGB, Thurrock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mono Prints

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colour Prints

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Projected Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done Paul for a 9 in a tough competition.

 

 

Maldon Challenge Competition   7th April 2018

 

Judge: Mike Fuller

Position

Club

Total

12

Braintree

103.5

11

Baddow

106.5

10

Moulsham

107

9

Leigh

108.5

8

Witham

111.5

7

Maldon

112

6

Ingateston

113.5

5

Benfleet

114.5

4

Halstead

117.5

3

Thurrock

123

2

Chelmsford

123.5

1

Colchester

126.5

Bent Out Of Shape

Kevin Harwood

7

Storm Tide

Richard Swinscoe

9

Meerkat Moment

Daniela Gibbins

8

Hartland

Paul Overall

7

Many colour of Sycamore Seeds

Linda Paul

8.5

Helter Skelter

Keith Fenton

7

Double Fatsia Seedhead

Janet Harper

7

Textured Reflection

Paul Murgatroyd

7

A Work in Progress

Paul Murgatroyd

9

Black Widow

Simon Gallott

7

Daniela

Alan Campion

8

Gathering at Sunset

Anne Hinton van’t Hof

8.5

I’m Getting Cold, Dad

Janet Harper

7.5

Urban Camouflage

Richard Swinscoe

8