Christmas Knock Out Competition 21 December 2021   

TT beetle The last meeting before Christmas is always the time for the Knock-out competition where members choose which one of a pair of images they prefer and the winning image goes on to the next round. Meant to be competition just for fun and not to be taken seriously but probably members all hope that one of their images will be the favourite this year.
Once again the competition had to be held using Zoom with members viewing from their own homes and suppling their own seasonal food and drink!
The Master of Ceremonies was Santa himself who was there to check there was fair play.
SW mill
There were 125 member’s images entered and Dave Gray was in charge of the software which displayed the images in random pairs. Images could be of any subject and could have been entered in a competition before.
During the course of the evening many excellent images were voted out - but that’s how it works with sometimes rough justice along the way! There were many close calls with just a vote or two deciding which image stays in the competition. There were also a few times when the votes were equal and then Santa had to make the final decision.

Round by round images fell by the wayside until just eight remained and then down to the final four.
Finally, the image that most members voted for was an close up of a large black flightless beetle with long legs!! The ‘Bloody-nosed Beetle’ was by Tim Tapley so many congratulations to him.
TT warblerIn second place was a very different image, this time a tranquil scene taken in by Sue Wadman. ‘Sunrise at Turf Fen’ showed the 19th-century drainage mill which is one of the Norfolk Broad's most iconic sights.

In third place was a striking bird image by Tim Tapley titled ‘Sedge Warbler’
MB swansAnd again a very different image, this time a monochrome, slow shutter speed photo of flying swans by Megan Boardman titled ‘Morning Flying School’.

Very well done to the winners who will receive their prizes when Santa is not too busy.
Many thanks to all those who helped during the evening especially Santa (alias Frank Collins) Dave Gray for running the competition, Dave Eagle for sorting out the Zoom meeting and of course all those members who sent in images and voted for their favourites.

The end of another year with all its ups and downs and if anyone bothers to look through the Club News for the last few years they will see the wide variety of interesting topics the members have enjoyed. If anyone would like to help by writing a few words for the website News then please let me know. PM