Club Meeting 16 March 2017 (Set Subject Competition – Bad Weather)

This week was the third and final of our three set subject competitions: the decider competition on the theme of “bad weather”. There is a string temptation to stay indoors when the weather is bad outside, but often it is in the worst weather that you can take some of your best shots. The competition was judged by Mike Clark, and he began by giving us some hints on how to protect our equipment in the worst of weather. 32 images were entered, with some members delving into their archives to find bad weather images from past events, such as the heavy snow of 2010. The subjects included almost all aspects of bad weather, ranging from heavy snow, strong winds, and lightning to heavy rain. The most common images were the ones of waves crashing onto the sea front, some of which were quite striking. Some of these images lost marks because the crashing waves were in the wrong place, leading your eye out of the frame. Even in poor weather situations, the rule of thirds still applies, and you need to wait until a wave hits in the right place to make a striking image. One of the most memorable images was George Todd’s “Lighthouse & Lightning”: a surreal, dark scene showing a lightning bolt striking the ground behind a lighthouse. Unfortunately, some photoshopping faults lost the image some marks. The top scoring images were:






  • Storm at Dunbar (above) (Steven Beard) – 20 points
  • Breakwater (Kenny Sharp) – 19 points
  • Tropical Storm (Joe Fowler) – 18 points
  • Rolling In (Kenny Sharp) – 18 points
  • Pentland Hills (Gavin Marshall) – 18 points
  • Stone (Martin Lunden) – 18 points

The placings for this competition were:

  • 4th place (48 points)
    • Patricia Sharp
  • 3rd place (49 points)
    • Martin Lunden
  • 2nd = place (51 points)
    • Joe Fowler
    • Gavin Marshall
  • 1st = place (52 points)
    • Kenny Sharp
    • Steven Beard

Since I already judged a competition this year, Kenny Sharp will judge next year’s competition.

The scores from all three set subject competitions were then added up, giving the judges of each competition the average mark they scored in the other two competitions, and the final result was as follows:

  • 5th place (total of 143 points)
    • Kenny Sharp
  • 4th place (total of 147 points)
    • Steven Beard
  • 3rd place and bronze medal (total of 150 points)
    • George Todd
  • 2nd place and silver medal (total of 154 points)
    • Joe Fowler
  • 1st place, gold medal and trophy (total of 154.5 points)
    • Mike Clark

Probably our closest competition ever, with the final result after 3 competitions coming down to just half a point!