Club Meeting 19 January 2017 (4 Way Inter-Club Competition)

This week it was our pleasure to host the 4-way interclub competition and welcome to Musselburgh Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club, Midlothian Camera Club and (for the first time) Galashiels Camera Club. Galashiels Camera Club brought along a trophy to be presented to the winners of the competition. There was a large turn-out (large enough to make viewing the prints from the back of the room tricky, but some visitors solved the problem by bringing opera glasses). The event was catered by Jennifer Davidson, Liz Sowler and George Smith, who set up a delicious spread of sandwiches and home-made cakes.

The judge for the evening was Stephen Lipton, who had travelled from East Kilbride. Stephen entertained us with his banter and kept everyone involved by inviting comments from the audience. Stephen commented that the overall standard was high, which meant there were no low marks. We were treated to an impressive collection of 20 prints and 20 digital images, with some innovative ideas and techniques. I particularly liked the image “Melrose Abbey” from Beeslack, which looked like a pencil drawing, and their portraits “Nadia” and “Guitar Hero”. By the end of the first half (prints) Musselburgh were leading Beeslack by just 2 points, with the other clubs several points adrift. During the second half (digital images) Musselburgh maintained some good scores, but Midlothian also collected good scores and moved ahead, with Beeslack falling behind. In the end, Midlothian didn’t quite do enough to catch up, and the final scores were

  • Musselburgh Camera Club – 175 points
  • Beeslack Penicuik Camera – 169 points
  • Midlothian Camera Club – 166 points
  • Galashiels Camera Club – 160 points

Well done to Musselburgh. We won both the print and the digital sections of the competition! Despite their last place, Galashiels Camera Club submitted one of the two top-scoring images: a 20-pointer entitled “Days Gone By”.

Our top-scoring images were:

  • Kingfisher and Catch – 20 points
  • Surf and Turf – 19 points
  • Gannets On The Bass – 19 points
  • Old Soldier – 18 points
  • The Blacksmith – 18 points

Thank you to everyone who came along, thank you to Jennifer, Liz and George for the catering, and an especially big thank you to Galashiels Camera Club for donating the trophy. We’ll display it proudly and keep it safe for you until next year’s competition.