DPIC, Warminster & GB Cup Battles  
February is the month of interclub battles, though 2020 has not been particularly fruitful for Devizes Camera Club.
DPIC (Digital Projected Image Competition) saw entries from 56 clubs across the Western Counties Federation, in which Devizes came a reasonable 14th=, though we have done better.  Results of the competition had to be recalculated after it emerged that the initial winner, Bristol Camera Club, had included 2 ineligible images in their entry.  Further scrutiny showed that no less than 11 images had been entered into previous DPIC competitions, and points which had been awarded were annulled.  Congratulations go to joint winners Dorchester and Frome Wessex.
More locally, the Warminster Multi-Club Print Battle consisted of entries from 7 clubs, with Devizes coming a disappointing 6th with 176 points, although only 3 more points would have lifted us to 2nd=.  Congratulations again go to winners on the day Frome Wessex.
Finally, we have the GB Cup, which is judged behind closed doors as the entries are drawn from the whole of the UK.  In this, Devizes finished a disappointing 65th out of 71 in the Open Section, and 61st= out of 86 in the Nature Section, although in the latter, Tim Tapley’s image ‘Water Boatman’ was accepted for inclusion in the slideshow of ‘best images’ of the competition.  Congratulations to Tim on this achievement.
It looks like it’s back to the drawing board for our selection committee, to try to fathom out what judges are looking for in multi-club competitions such as these.  Many of the successful images were post-processed to a greater degree than we are used to, although not many were ‘Creative’ montages made up of several images, and clearly we have ground to make up in the traditional GB Cup Nature competition.  
Thanks to all of our members whose work made up our entry for these competitions.  Dave Gray- DCC Battle Secretary
Full results
Some of the images that did well in the Battles were 'Getting to the Point' by David Eagles, 'Water Boatman' by Tim Tapley, 'Close Knit Band of Brothers' by Dave Gray & 'Osprey Bringing Nest Material' by Gill Cardy.
DE point  TT Water Boatman DG brothersGC Osprey