Devizes CC v Frome Wessex CC – Inter-club Battle 6 April 2021   

RH adderThe inter-club battle between Devizes and Frome Wessex Camera Clubs has become an annual fixture over the last three years, with the latest instalment taking place via Zoom. The battle aims to test each club’s ‘strength in depth’: no more than 2 images can be entered from any one member; and entries must include images from at least 5 members who do not compete in the club’s top competition section. This also makes for a very inclusive contest, giving many members an interest in seeing how their images fare at the inter-club level.

JW BlossomOur judge for the evening was Ralph Snook ARPS EFIAP, who gave a very thorough and fair assessment of each image, giving everyone the benefit of his considerable knowledge and experience. The subjects ranged through Landscape, Nature, Architecture, Still Life, Creative, Nude Studies and many more besides, but each was given a mark out of 20 reflecting its quality as an example of its particular genre.

Maximum marks were given to 3 images on the night: ‘Sidewinding Adder’ left by Robert Harvey (Devizes), ‘Blossom and Bird’ right by Jane Wiltshire (Frome Wessex) and ‘In Your Arms’ below by Alan Denison (Frome Wessex). Our congratulations go to Robert, Jane and Alan.

On a club level, the first half of 30 images saw both clubs closely matched, with Frome Wessex just in front with 257 points against Devizes’ 255. However, in the second half of 30 further images, Frome Wessex steadily pulled ahead and finished with a convincing win, scoring 516 points against Devizes’ 502. AD ArmsCongratulations from Devizes go to the worthy winners on the night. The aggregate score over the last 3 years is now 2-1 in favour of Devizes, so both clubs will have everything to play for when we next meet on 8th April 2022. DG


Thanks to Battlle secretary Dave Gray for organising the Battle. Frank Collins for reading out the titles and score and to David Eagle for hosting the zoom meeting.

Full scores can be found here