Last Tuesday we were expecting a small team from Leamington Spa PS to visit us, but were overwhelmed by a large platoon of 20+!
The task ahead for Judge Graham Walton DPAGB of Arden PG and Shirley PS, well known to both teams, was to award marks out of 20 for 12 Print and 12 PDI entries from each club.
Each team was allowed a maximum of 2 Prints and 2 PDI's per author.
Last Year we lost by 29 points overall (by 23 points on the Prints, and by 6 points on the PDI's), and vowed
MUST DO BETTER!
Well did we? - Yes we did! - This time only 13 points behind!
The final results were:
Prints - Stratford PG 196 Leamington Spa PS 203
PDI's - Stratford PG 197 Leamington Spa PS 203
The full results can be found here.
Our top scorers in the PDIs were Andrew Dow - 20 marks - with "Where are my Coaches?" - a cracking mono shot of a solo locomotive on a curve surrounded by steam, with the driver looking out.
Derek Walton - 18 marks - with "Tree Pipit Singing" - a very competent colour shot of a bird with its beak open singing, on a hawthorn branch.
Michael Robertson-Smith - also 18 marks - with "Trigger" - a high contrast impactful mono interpretation of a horse's head.
Our top scorers in the Prints were Michael Robertson-Smith - 19 marks - with "The Harpist" - our 2018 Exhibition publicity shot.
Michael Robertson-Smith - 18 marks - with "Fishnets and Stilettos" - a mono street photograph revealing the author's powers of observation, and capable printing.
Doug Watson - 18 marks - with "I Must Fly" - an artistic super subtly toned mono image of two nude dancers.
Dick Prior - also 18 marks - with "LA Curves and Textures" - a superb shot of the architectural features of the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
We have promised to beat Leamington next year, so despite their numbers - WE CAN DO IT! - David and Goliath and all that!
Thanks to all who submitted images, and to the selection committee for their wisdom!
Stewart Band, Chairman