First of the winter winners

Bearded Tit, by John Fletccher, of Ribblesdale Camera Club
Bearded Tit, by John Fletccher, of Ribblesdale Camera Club
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The first of the winter competitions at Ribblesdale Camera Club emphasised the skills and enthusiasm of its members, both in standard and in depth.

Judging the 23 print entries first, guest judge Mr Paul King, from Lytham St Annes, said he wanted to give at least five of the entries a full 20 points, but the rules said he must award 20, 19 and 18 marks to his top three choices.

Ladies' Barrel Race, by Michael Critchley, of Ribblesdale Camera Club

Ladies' Barrel Race, by Michael Critchley, of Ribblesdale Camera Club

In first place he put John Fletcher’s exquisite nature study “Bearded Tit”; in second place was Clare Drew’s “Morning Light” and third was Stephen Robinson’s “Canopid Fly”. Just missing the top three places, but all given 17 points, were prints from Graham Dudley, Stephen Robinson, Ken Geddes, Clare Drew and Peter Seavers. Eleven members entered this section.

The digital projections were next, with a big entry of 47 images from 17 club members, making the competition intense. Twenty-four of the entries were marked 16 or above.

An outstanding first place was Michael Critchley’s “Ladies Barrel Race”, capturing the movement, colour and excitement of an American rodeo; Stephen Robinson’s superb nature close-up “Long Legged Fly” was second and Les Marklew received a worthy third with her “Moroccan Trader”.

Just missing the places on 17 points were two prints by Trevor Marklew and one each from Ken Geddes, Kirsten Platt, Barry Dickenson, Helen Fletcher, Michael Critchley, Stephen Robinson and Kevin Preston.

The club meets on Tuesday evenings at West Bradford Village Hall at 7-30 p.m. For the programme see www.ribblesdalecameraclub.org.uk

Potential new members are always welcome to try a few meetings before joining and don’t be intimidated by the standard of these winning photos – everyone starts somewhere and the club is the ideal place to develop your skills and learn from like-minded enthuisiasts.