A gallery of common wildlife

The April round of the Photographer of the year league contest took place recently, judged by accomplished wildlife photographer Robin Claydon ARPS DPAGB BPE3*.

The members submitted another strong selection of photographs with many scoring well. However, as with all competitions, a top three have to be attributed and on this occasion these were:

1st – “Competition” by Niall
2nd – “A Light in The Darkness” by Trevor Waller
3rd – “Poppy Sue” by Chris Chinnick

Chris Chinnick had a particularly strong showing with two of his photographs (“Poppy Sue” & “Pistyll Cain Waterfall (North Wales)”) receiving maximum marks and a third place. Congratulations to Trevor Waller for his lovely photograph “A Light in The Darkness”. It was nice to see Amanda Golton stepping into the fray with her first entries for this season.

To see the full April results and overall league positions click below

Panel show

Last night (1st April 2021) we enjoyed a lively Zoom meeting discussing and showing our panels. We had expanded on the work produced for our recent triptych evening to create panels of 5 photographs which we shared and discussed. The night provoked a great variety of discussion and it was great to get an insight into each others creative process as well as many helpful (possibly) hints and tricks. Thanks to everybody who created a panel – the fruits of your labours are shown below.

If this type of activity appeals to you and you want to know more about our club feel free to contact us at committee@cardiffcameraclub.co.uk.

Amanda Golton

Andre Van de Sande

Ann Phillips

Dave Brown

Dean Pine

Gwynn Jones

Jeff Howe

Necia Rogers

Niall

Paul Morris

Peter Rankin

Richard Payton

Steve Willcocks

Trevor Waller

Tim Stephens

Welsh Salon 2021

Building on last years success at the WPF Welsh Salon our club members achieved even more acceptances than last year. First time acceptances were achieved by Cara Sutton, Dave Barton & Necia Rodgers – well done all. Dave Russell picked up an acceptance for “Lone Tree” – great work Dave. Our most successful member by far was Andre Van de Sande with 5 acceptances and the Gordon Jenkins award for “Black Headed Gull” – a truly exceptional haul.

  • Cara Sutton for “The Swimmer
  • Necia Rogers for “Beauty of Africa
  • Dave Russell for “Lone Tree
  • Dave Barton for “Wild Rabbit
  • Andre Van de Sande for “The Pirate”, “Welsh water”, “Black Headed Gull”, “Mating dragonflies” & “Wild Rabbit

Age

For the first time this season our monthly league competition had a set subject “Age”. Members really put their thinking caps on and we had a broad variety of subjects in the entry.

Our Judge for the evening Mike Barnard LRPS, ABPPA, BPE2 (based in Yorkshire) picked these photographs as his top three on the night:

1st – “Self Portrait” by Andre Van de Sande
2nd – “A helping hand” by Jeff Howe
3rd – “Something old” by Niall

With Andre taking the top spot with his selfie this month it is all change at the top of the league.

The full results are online at < https://cardiffcameraclub.co.uk/comps/poty/2020-21/march/ >. The current Photograph of the year league rankings for the 2020/21 season are also available online at < https://cardiffcameraclub.co.uk/comps/poty/2020-21/ >

Triptych evening

What is a photographic triptych? At its simplest it is 3 separate photographs (or one photograph split into 3 parts) displayed together. Members had spent the last month or so creating examples and we spent a fun evening displaying and sharing our creations last night. It was great to see so many members get involved and we were treated to wide variety of triptych photographs which you can enjoy below. If this type of activity appeals to you and you want to know more about our club feel free to contact us at committee@cardiffcameraclub.co.uk.

Amanda Golton

Andre Van de Sande

Ann Phillips

Chris Chinnick

Dave Barton

Dave Brown

Dave Russell

Dean Pine

Gwynn Jones

Jeff Howe

Niall

Paul Morris

Peter Rankin

Richard Payton

Steve Willcocks

Trevor Waller

Tim Stephens

Think pink

Our monthly league competition rolled on with the February contest judged by Barbie Lindsay MPAGB, FBPE, EFIAP/s, AWPF.

We had a high level of participation with 58 Entries from 17 members including 3 of our newest members. A wide range of styles and genres were represented with some members having fun experimenting with their photography. There were many interesting photographs on show but for Barbie 4 photographs shared the top three spots:

1st – “Hanging out to dry” by Chris Chinnick
2nd – “The Boxer” by Cara Sutton
3rd – “Dartmoor Sunset” by Stephen Willcocks & “Floxglove” by Niall

It looks like Chris may be back to winning ways – well done Chris. David Barton didn’t make the top three on this occasion but still hangs onto the overall lead.

The full results are online at < https://cardiffcameraclub.co.uk/comps/poty/2020-21/february/ >. The current Photograph of the year league rankings for the 2020/21 season are also available online at < https://cardiffcameraclub.co.uk/comps/poty/2020-21/ >

Ace of clubs 2021

The “Ace of clubs” is an annual competition hosted by the WPF. It normally takes place face to face but this was not possible this year due to social restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition was held over a video conference service instead with over 100 spectators. The multi-round interactive selection format of the standard competition was abandoned for a simple contest with each of the 13 participating clubs contributing 30 photographs. The scoring followed the normal format with three judges assessing the photographs blind (unseen until competition) awarding scores between 2 & 5 points (maximum total score 15).

The photographs submitted to the competition were of a very high standard with a great impact. In this company Cardiff managed 10th place. The full results are below:

PositionClubScore
1Tenby382
2Gwynfa378
3Afan Nedd371
4Rhondda360
5Bridgend359
6Baglan bay353
7Monmouth337
8RPC329
9Swansea324
10Cardiff317
11Gwent306
12Vale305
13Abertawe288
Last update 22nd February 2021. Maximum score 450 points

Thanks to all our members who represented the club this year. The individual photograph scores are below:

TitlePhotographerScore
VigilTrevor Waller 12
ReflectionsDavid Barton 12
SmashedDave Russell 8
Alright GuvnorCara Sutton 10
Kennixton farmhouse interiorNiall 11
Tenderness of a motherNecia Rogers 9
AttitudeAndre Van de Sande 10
SkullDean Pine 10
Male lionAndre Van de Sande 10
Grabbing your attentionTrevor Waller 11
The Power and the GloryJeff Howe 10
Cake SmashNecia Rogers 10
Precious WhispersNecia Rogers 9
Porthcawl SunsetJeff Howe 10
Kestrel landingNiall 13
Gothic symmetryDavid Barton 12
Mystic TresaithTim Stephens 10
OwlChris Chinnick 12
Subway DramaPeter Rankin 10
Mushroom for breakfastAndre Van de Sande 9
Hellebore in vaseNiall 9
The pirateAndre Van de Sande 12
Harrier LandingJeff Howe 11
Blue Emperor DragonflyChris Chinnick 10
Lonely as a CloudJeff Howe 10
The Tennis TrophyTrevor Waller 11
Coal titAndre Van de Sande 11
Wild RabbitDavid Barton 11
Waiting for breakfastChris Chinnick 12
MeerkatAndre Van de Sande 12
Last updated 22nd February 2021. Maximum score 15

Blowing away the cobwebs

After a break for Christmas & New year the clubs monthly league competition has returned. We kicked off 2021 with an open digital competition judged by Jane Lines LRPS, MPAGB & BPE5.

It was great to see our new members getting stuck in – welcome aboard Richard Payton. Despite our restricted lives we were treated to a varied and interesting selection of photographs. There were many quality photographs on show but on the night the top three photographs for Jane were:

1st – “Wild rabbit” by Dave Barton
2nd – “Pierhead building” by Niall
3rd – “Gothic symmetry” by David Barton

It was a cracking night from David Barton with his photographs being placed 1st and 3rd and he is now topping the Photograph of the year leader board – well done Dave.

The full results are online at < https://cardiffcameraclub.co.uk/comps/poty/2020-21/January/ >. The current Photograph of the year league rankings for the 2020/21 season are also available online at < https://cardiffcameraclub.co.uk/comps/poty/2020-21/ >

3rd place in the 2021 Memorial trophy

As with so much of life the current social restrictions have meant changes to the WPF Memorial Trophies contests. So, this year, we had two simple digital contests (monochrome & colour) scored by a single judge. Our Judge for this year was Eddy Lane ARPS DPAGB EFIAP. The contest was held yesterday (17th January 2021) over Zoom with 21 clubs participating.

Monochrome contest

Cardiff put in a strong showing in the monochrome contest. Our photographs scored constantly highly and we enjoyed joint 3 place overall. The details of our scores are below

TitlePhotographerScore
MeerkatAndre Van de Sande18
The power and the gloryJeff Howe19
The Tennis TrophyTrevor Waller19
OwlChris Chinnick17
Last updated 18th January 2021. Maximum score 20 points
PositionClubPoints
1BRIDGEND & DIST CC77
2GWYNFA CC75
3=CARDIFF CC73
3=GWENT CC73
3=RPC73
3=TENBY & DIST CC73
7=ABERYSTWYTH CC72
7=AFAB NEDD CC72
7=MONMOUTH PC72
10TOWY V CC70
11=CWMBRAN CC69
11=HAY CC69
11=KIDWELLY CC69
11=SWANSEA CC69
15=NEWQUAY CC68
15=WESTERN VALLEY CC68
17=BAGLAN BAY PS67
17=PORT TALBOT CC67
17=RHIWBINA CC67
20CARDIGAN PC66
21VALE CC65
Last updated 18th January 2021. Maximum score 80 points

Colour contest

Here, Cardiff did less well overall than in the mono competition being placed equal 8th. Despite this Jeff Howe’s photograph “Harrier landing” scored maximum points – well done Jeff.

TitlePhotographerScore
HarliquinDave Barton16
Blue Emperor DragonflyChris Chinnick16
Harrier LandingJeff Howe20
The pirateAndre Van de Sande19
Last updated 18th January 2021. Maximum score 20 points
PositionClubPoints
1BAGLAN BAY PS78
2GWYNFA CC77
3RPC76
4=AFAN NEDD CC75
4=HAY CC75
4=TENBY & DIST CC75
7BRIDGEND CC72
8=CARDIFF CC71
8=MONMOUTH PC71
8=RHIWBINA CC71
8=SWANSEA CC71
12=KIDWELLY CC70
12=PORT TALBOT CC70
14=CARDIGAN PC69
14=CWMBRAN PS69
14=GWENT PS69
14=TOWY V CC69
14=VALE CC69
19NEWQUAY CC68
20=ABERYSTWYTH CC67
20=WESTERN VALLEY CC67
Last updated 18th January 2021. Maximum score 80 points

Locksheath & Sarisbury battle 2021

Our battle with Locksheath & Sarisbury took place this week. This is a new competition for the club, this being the second year that it has run. Last year it was a very close contest and this year was expected to be no different. The contest takes place over 2 legs, home & away. The same set of photographs are presented at each leg but scored by different judges. Our Judges this year were:

Roy Lambeth APAGB DPAGB, AFIAP, BPE2* at Locksheath & Sarisbury
Gareth Martin AWPF, CPAGB at Cardiff

Locksheath & Sarisbury were first to host and the contest was indeed very tight with Cardiff a whisker ahead by a slender 3 points at the close of play. It was all to play for on home turf. At half time it was still pretty tight with Cardiff only able to extend their advantage to a measly 6 points. However, in the second half things took a decisive turn and Cardiff ran out comfortable winners. The final scores were:

HostCardiffLocksheath & Sarisbury
Locksheath & Sarisbury (1st leg)333330
Cardiff (2nd leg)361346
TOTAL/FINAL SCORE694676
Last updated 15th January 2021

A number our photographs were well liked by the judges scoring maximum marks…

  • “Owl” & “The bay at Eight” by Chris Chinnick
  • “Lone tree #1” by Dave Russell
  • “Harrier landing” by Jeff Howe
  • “Mystic Tresaith” by Tim Stephens
  • “The Pirate” by Andre Van de Sande

The full scorecard is below:

Photograph titleClubLocksheath & SarisburyCardiff
A Beautiful BodyLHS1617
Autumn FruitsLHS1716
BeorlyLHS1815
Blue Emperor DragonflyCAF1516
Cake SmashCAF1417
Castle combe #1CAF1617
Chalkhill BlueLHS1720
Cheeky ChappyLHS2018
Connemara dreamCAF1216
Fireworks at Winchester CathedralLHS2020
FlamingoLHS1614
Friendly Batman HoverflyLHS1517
HarliquinCAF1717
Harrier LandingCAF1720
JeffCAF1419
Langur Monkey Sri LankaLHS1418
Line of DutyLHS1418
Lone Tree #1CAF2019
Lonely as a CloudCAF1417
Male lionCAF1918
Macbeth the KingLHS1516
Looking at youLHS1414
Misty morningCAF1616
Mystic TresaithCAF1820
One Step UpLHS1519
OwlCAF1720
PianistCAF1817
PoserLHS1620
Rainy Day Scotsman IILHS1818
Rhinoceros beetleCAF1619
Shadow DancerLHS1618
Snow leopard cubLHS1818
StarletLHS1817
Subway DramaCAF1819
The Bay at EightCAF1720
The only way is backLHS1717
The pirateCAF1920
The Power and the GloryCAF1817
The Tennis TrophyCAF1817
Viking WarriorLHS1616
Last updated 15th January 2021. LHS = Locsheath & Sarisbury. CAF = Cardiff