The annual Digitally Projected Inter-Club (DPIC) Competition is an opportunity for clubs in the Western Counties Photographic Federation to showcase their best images. SCC did well last year, finishing in 14th place after slowly working our way up the leaderboard over the years, so the bar was set high for this year.
This year, it soon became clear that the judges were marking to a very high standard, but our morning images were generally scoring well. By lunchtime we dared to dream that we could have our first ever top-ten finish and after a slight post-prandial wobble we came in with 205 points putting us in 8th position (out of 57 clubs) – our best-ever performance. We had 10 members’ work represented in our 18 images – a broader base than was seen in many clubs, reflecting the quality of the images that our members are now regularly producing. I think we are well placed to do even better next year.
So what were the highlights from the other clubs? The top image was an excellent shot of a snowy owl (Bristol – the winning team) with a pair of flamingoes (Nonpareil) in 2nd place and the Milky Way over Durdle Door (Barnstaple) in 3rd pace. These images will soon be posted on the WCPF website – well worth a look. Nature images did well overall – though was a mixed bag of fortunes for landscapes, B&W and portraits and only the best composites scored well. Some themes were done to death – bee eaters outnumbered any other bird by at least 2-1; all staircases were spiral and the commonest forms of transport were jet skis and speedway bikes. Overall, a great day out with much to seek inspiration from. Put it on the calendar for next year – you won’t be disappointed.
Words: Roger Matthews
Image: More bloody bee-eaters! (‘Success’ by Richard Atkinson)