Two heads are better, men won

Ancient Heads, by Bob Smith, of Ribblesdale Camera Club
Ancient Heads, by Bob Smith, of Ribblesdale Camera Club
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BOB Smith’s winning image of “Ancient Heads” might just have clinched victory in a new “Boys versus Girls” competition at Ribblesdale Camera Club.

It was judged by club member Michael Caddy, who assesed the images with no names attached. One-off competitions like this give club members the chance to see each other’s work and receive discussion and suggestions from respected photographers.

Pendle Drift, by Sue Marsden, of Ribblesdale Camera Club

Pendle Drift, by Sue Marsden, of Ribblesdale Camera Club

The entries were finally selected by two team captains and randomized for presentation to the judge. Each print was discussed and marked. The top five prints were recalled for deeper analysis, and the places announced. The only other information given after the half-way stage was that the girls were well in the lead by 173.5 points to 161. Smiles from half the club and a look of pain from the rest!

A similar format followed with the digital projections, where five pictures were retained for discussion: the judge saying that any could have been chosen as his top and in fact the third was front runner for a long time. After a short while the overall results were calculated and announced. This produced an astonishing turnaround win for the boys by the narrowest of margins: 328.5 points to 327.5!

In the prints the winner was Sue Marsden with a beautiful black-and-white snow scene called “Pendle Drift”; Clare Drew’s subtly coloured “Empty Nest” was second and Raymond Greenwood’s “Stained Glass” was third. Christine Dickenson received equal fourth for two of her Nature prints.

In the digital projections, the boys swept the board. Bob Smith’s “Ancient Heads” was placed first; Michael Critchley’s “Workplace” was in second, Ken Geddes’ “Ceiling, Blue Mosque, Istanbul” was third, while “The Drummer”, by Kevin Preston, was fourth. The club then saw the problem for the judge. Nine different images selected for the places and nine very different but excellent pictures!

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