Photography News Issue 32

Photography News | Issue 32 |

14 Camera Club of the Year IN ASSOCIATIONWITH


1st Ayr Photographic Society 707 points

2ndHarpendenPhotographic Society 672 points

3rdDorchester Camera Club 665 points

Camera Club of the Year 2015-16: the results Five of the UK’s leading camera clubs and photographic societies fought it out in the final for the top place (and prizes!) and Ayr Photographic Society emerged as the winner

4th SmethwickPhotographic Society 656 points

5thParkwoodCamera Club 638 points

Key for Ayr PS’s images, right Theme 1 Creative depth-of-field

Theme 2 The decisive moment

Congratulations to all at Ayr Photographic Society for their much deserved victory, and commiserations to the four other finalists who competed so well. In fact, well done to all five finalists. Each of the five clubs performed so brilliantly to make the final in the face of very fierce competition from many of the leading clubs in the UK. You can enjoy all of Ayr PS’s winning pictures here and we have selected a few of our favourite shots

from the other finalists too (turn the page to see them). One thing our contest definitely showed was that the current state of club photography in the UK is very healthy. Our five finalists qualified for the final by each winning a monthly round – netting themselves a Canon PIXMA PRO-100S in the process. For the final, they were asked to provide 20 pictures by the deadline on four new themes. These were

Creative depth-of-field, The decisive moment, My home town and What I love most. Of course it was up to each club how they interpreted these four themes, but our idea was to have quite open themes in terms of subject matter, but the images had to show great capture and/or editing technique. The decisive moment, for instance, could be depicted by a great sporting image, a brilliant street photo where fleeting expressions have

been captured or a stunning instant in a nature shot. Each image was judged ‘blind’ and marked out of 20 by Photography News editor, Will Cheung, and contributing editor, Kingsley Singleton. All the scores were added together and the club with the highest total judged the winner. Our long-term aim is to run a camera club contest every year so details of the next event will be unveiled towards the end of 2016.

Theme 3 My home town

Theme 4 What I love most

Overall winner prize: DAVID NOTON exclusive day

“Wow! What fabulous news,” says the club’s president, Karen Crawford. “I’m feeling hugely proud and honoured to be president of the Photography News Camera Club of the Year. What a fantastic achievement. Massive thanks go to all the members of the club for participating and also to the winning images submitted. Thanks must also go to Eddie Telford for all his hard work, drive and determination in making sure the images were submitted before the deadline. Such commitment. I can’t say how proud I am.” What Ayr PS says

Overall winner prize: CANON imagePROGRAF PRO-1000

Ayr PS wins… glory & prizes! As well as the glory of being crowned Camera Club of the Year, Ayr PS also gets Canon’s very latest photo quality printer, the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, and an exclusive day with renowned landscape and travel pro photographer David Noton, enjoying a workshop and an illustrated talk. A pro-level printer featuring a 12-ink system, the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 can produce exhibition quality enlargements up to A2 size. The 12-ink system features Lucia Pro pigment inks that offer a very high level of lightfastness and has the ability to use either Photo Black or Matte Black for fine art media without the need to switch between the two cartridges thus saving both ink and time. The large capacity, ink cartridges also include Canon’s Chroma Optimizer. This is applied over the print to enhance glossiness and smooth bumps between ink droplets to expand colour gamut and ensure maximum blacks. For shots taken on Canon EOS cameras, a new Crystal Fidelity feature ensures faithful reproduction. This printer uses the L-COAPRO Image Processing system to ensure precise placement and mix of the printer’s four-picolitre ink droplets. It also accepts high resolution files of up to 1200ppi for the ultimate reproduction of the finest detail.

Above The delighted members of Ayr Photographic enjoying news of their success outside Ayr’s Loudoun Hall.

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