Battle of the sexes

Francine Critchley's 'Mokusou meditation' which was joint winner in the Digital Projections class at Ribblesdale Camera Club.
Francine Critchley's 'Mokusou meditation' which was joint winner in the Digital Projections class at Ribblesdale Camera Club.

A “BATTLE of the Sexes” competition, pitching the women against the men, was hed for a second successful year at Ribblesdale Camera Club.

As the men won last year, there was a look of steely determination in the eyes of the women at the club, which should have warned the men that things would be a little more serious this year!

The entries – 10 prints and 10 digital projections from each side – were chosen by team captain, Kevin Preston and Clare Drew from a pool of new and previously unseen images. Each member was only allowed to enter one print and one digital projection.

Club member Mick Caddy judged the competition without knowing whose image was whose. The standard of all the entries was exceptionally high and judging was no easy matter.

The prints were considered first and six were held back for further discussion and marking. Placed first was “Tawny Owl” by Christine Dickenson, second was “On the Beach” by Clare Drew and in joint third was Peter Seaver’s “Factory Doors” and “Aspects of Power” by Ken Geddes.

A similar format was used for the digital projections. In joint first was “Mokusou Meditation” by Francine Critchley and “Dipteria Brachytera”, one of Stephen Robinson’s superb close-ups of a fly. Another nature shot, David Conroy’s “Play Time for Elephants” was placed third, while Ann Moyle’s “Dawn in the Masai Mara” was fourth.

When the marks were totted up, the men had achieved 333 points... but the ladies had 343. Sweet revenge!

Talking about her winning and very authentic Japanese-styled still life, Francine Critchley said: “My composition ‘Mokusou’, meaning meditation, was a simple creation within a studio set up in my home.

“The props used for this simple Japanese theme consisted of a kimono and a bonsai against a black background and it benefited by adding the curling incense smoke. The lighting added to the mood of tranquillity, emphasising the meditative scene. I took many test shots, moving the lighting around until I was happy with my final image.

“I enjoyed the exercise very much and learnt a lot with this simple set up. The benefit of using inanimate objects is that they allow time for learning.”

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