Christmas Knockout Competition 18 December 2018   
The last meeting before the Christmas break is a light-hearted competition where one by one entries are knocked out until after several rounds we have a winning image.
SM Music RoomThe master of ceremonies for the evening was Frank Collins dressed as Santa. Twenty-Six club members entered up to 6 images each and Frank worked out that the optimum number of entries to show would be 128. With a little bit of adjustment this figure was achieved.
CW RowAt the start of the evening no one has any idea which image would escape elimination and win. The images were shown randomly in pairs and a show of hands vote taken on the preferred image to stay in the competition. There is a lot of rough justice along the way as often 2 images - each of which would be a worthy winner came up together but one has to be eliminated.
As one would expect from the club there were many wildlife and landscape images but also many new creative ideas. The range of subjects was extremely diverse with many members trying out new ideas perhaps to see how popular they would be with fellow members.

Frank did all the hand counting and on a couple of occasions choosing the image to go forward when there was a tie.
Gradually members who entered saw most of their images knocked out round by round.
A spread of festive food had been set out by Caroline and Sue Wadman so members were able to take a short break and partake of a drink from the bar and the Christmas goodies before the final few rounds.

It came down to the last 32 images left in - then 16 then 8 and finally the remaining 4. These last 4 images were pitted against each other until we had a final winner and the runners up.
GC FrogsThe winning image was ‘The Music Room’ top left by Steve McCarthy so very well done to him.
In second place was an effective monochrome image of wine glasses titled ‘All in a Row’ above by Caroline Wright.
CW Dawn CommuteA nature image ‘Frogs’ left by Gill Cardy FRPS EFIAP DPAGB was placed third and in fourth place was a Venice waterfront scene titled ‘Dawn Commute’ right  by Caroline.

Club Chairman Steve Hardman thanked Frank Collins for his work collecting the entries and presiding over the evening. As a late replacement Roly Barth had the difficult job of operating the computer to get 2 images to be shown side by side – with a couple of hitches Roly managed to get through the competition so many thanks to him. Steve thanked all the members who entered and made it a long but enjoyable evening. Caroline and Sue were thanked for organising the festive food.
Steve gave out a carrot for Santa’s reindeer, a mince pie for Roly and for Frank and Roly a bottle of something to enjoy over Christmas and wished everyone all the best for Christmas and the New Year.

Members can look forward to the next meeting on Tuesday 8 January 2019 and anyone thinking of coming along and joining the club will be made very welcome. PM