Wednesday 17th November saw our annual Club knockout competition, where pairs of images are displayed against each other and members keep one in and knock out one, finally culminating in just one remaining image.
Under normal circumstances the knockout is one of the most fun nights of our calendar with lots of ribbing and banter, however Covid has scuppered the usual run of things so the competition was carried out via Zoom. To vote, members had to raise their hand for their chosen picture and banter was unfortunately missing as we all had to mute ourselves so that the titles etc. could be read out (some club members would say that muting me is one of the perks of Zoom and they wish they could do it in real life 😆).
Eventually, only 4 excellent images remained and it was incredibly difficult to choose between them. ‘Grey Seal Pup’ by Gordon Mills, ‘My Family’ by Russell Millner, ‘Sea Channel’ by Jeff Bagnall and ‘Shambles of York’ by Ann Dallaway. Our congratulations to Russell whose gorgeous image of a family of polar bears was chosen by the Club as their winner, while Gordon’s ‘Grey Seal Pup’ was runner up.
The evening was technically difficult event to run, with half our members attending from home via Zoom while half attended in person at the Community Centre watching Zoom on a big screen, and images having to be removed from the competition after each round and a track kept of the scores. So huge thanks goes to Jeff for managing to juggle everything and Gavin for helping with the scoring.
Next week we will be visited via Zoom by Roger Hance FRPS, DPAGB, AFIAP, BPE5*, a multi award winning photographer with a special interest in Natural History. The theme of Roger’s talk is ‘Photographing wildlife in your garden’ and most of the images in the talk were taken during the initial lockdown in the Spring of 2020. In addition to showing some of his successful photographs, Roger will explain how to attract wildlife into your garden, including how to use hides, and how the shots were set up to obtain the best results. Guests and new members are welcome – please see our membership page for details of how to join in.
Each year, our Federation which is the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) hold a Knockout competition. Up to 8 images from each Club can be entered, though usually only 4 are used by the Federation due to the high numbers of images sent in, so as a Club we have to decide which of our 8 images should be shown as the first 4. These 4 images can be on any subject but must be by 4 different authors. The images are then either kept in or knocked out during several rounds of judging, culminating in the final round of highest scoring pictures.
On Saturday 13th November 2021, Kendal took part in the Knockout for only the second time and I am beyond thrilled to say that we came joint 2nd out of 42 Clubs 😮 and double 😮. Congratulations to Jo Knight, whose image ‘Queen Bee’ made it to the final judging round.
Below are the 4 images which were used by our Club. Seamus Bryans’ ‘Batman’, Jo Knight’s ‘Queen Bee’, Jeff Bagnall’s ‘Bir Hakeim Bridge’ and Russell Millner’s ‘Polar bear at sunset’.
We would also like to thank Dylan Reynolds, Maureen Smith and Gordon Mills whose excellent images were part of the Club selection but unfortunately not used by the Federation in the competition due to the volume of images received.
There are some superb and very successful Clubs within the L&CPU federation and it’s a huge achievement to have come 2nd out of 42 Clubs in this regional competition on only our second entry. Massive congratulations to the authors of the entered images! I’m off to celebrate with a brew and a Twix 😁.
Having had individual success in the Federation annual competition during the summer, our Club decided for the first time to enter the L&CPU Club Knockout competition which was held via Zoom on Saturday 21st November.
The rules requested we send in 8 images, although only the first 7 would be used in the competition, the 8th image being held back in the case of a tie break. We had to send the images in the order we wished them to be shown, and the first 4 pictures had to be from 4 different authors although up to two images per author were allowed.
At the start of the event, all images were shown on screen before judging began and we noticed that 3 of our entries were missing. Our External Competitions Secretary queried this and we were told that as 160 images had been received for the competition only 4 per club would be shown. Apparently, the rules state that “the number of images used in the competition will depend on the number of clubs entered”, although as a club we had no clue how many other clubs had entered or that there was a 160 image cap. So we had some very disappointed photographers who had gone to the effort of sending in their images only for them not to be used 🙁.
Of the four images used in the competition, three were thrown out in the first round. However, Jeff Bagnall’s ‘Broken Politics’ saved the day getting through to the final round of 11 images which is a fantastic achievement considering the high standard and number of entries. The judge, Mike Sharples of Smethwick PS, was clearly impressed with Jeff’s photograph and it was solely down to his image that Kendal ended up in joint 8th place overall out of 41 clubs.
I think it’s fair to say that our first forage into the Federation Club knockout was a learning curve in terms of how the event is run, but we’ll know for next year. Big congratulations, however, to Jeff on his very well deserved success and for representing the club 🙂.