5 members from Devizes Camera Club attended what, as always, was an intense if very enjoyable day at the Corn Exchange, Exeter. 57 Clubs from the Western Counties took part this year include 5 who had not entered previously, so in total we saw 1026 images.
The event uses Salon style judging, with three visiting judges each scoring each image between 2 and 5 points which are then aggregated to give the image its final score out of 15. The entire judging process took just about 3 hours – which means that from the image appearing on screen, title being read, judges scoring, score being called and the next image appearing, averaged just over 10 seconds per image. Impact therefore is vital.
As always, this is a highly competitive event, and the standard was particularly good this year. Congratulations go to Hilary Eagles with her sublime ‘Curlew Sandpiper’ (left) which with 13 points top scored for the Club. However, this proved to be a day when a number of our other images which have done well elsewhere did not impress the judges to the extent we had hoped.
While our final score of 195 points was 4 points higher than last years, our finishing position of 18th equal was slightly down on last year, and we were 6 points short of the top -10 finish we had hoped for.
Deserved winners were Bristol, with Dorchester an excellent second, with 223 and 219 points respectively, well clear of the rest of the field, and it is these two Clubs who will go forward to represent the WCPF at the National competition in Warwick in July.FC