Four-way Battle – November 2013

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Thursday 28th November saw the LGCCC hosting the annual Four-way Battle between Stevenage Photographic Society, Hertford District Camera Club, Welwyn Garden City Photographic Club and Letchworth Garden City Camera Club.

Six members from WGC, three from Stevenage and two from Hertford joined fourteen LGCCC members to watch the competition which featured five prints and five digital images from each club. The competition was judged by Allan Hale from Royston. Alan is a regular visiting judge at Letchworth and we saw him only very recently at Hitchin in our Melbourn Cup Competition.

The first half saw Allan commenting on and scoring a selection of mounted prints. By the end of the round the results were looking very close indeed; WGC had 89 points, Letchworth 88, Hertford 87 and Stevenage 86. Three top twenty scores were awarded, two to WGC with Martin Parrat’s monochrome print of a New Forest pony and Robert Powell’s print entitled “Long Wait“. Hertford also scored a twenty with Caolrine Bailey’s shot of a security guard at the Battersy Power Station gallery.

Letchworth’s highlights were Denis Burrell’s abstract geological study “Trapped” and Ray Baverstock’s macro shot entitled “Garden Orb Spider“, which both scored a nineteen.

The second half of the evening saw Stevenage pulling ahead with four scores of nineteen or over. They got one of the two awarded twenties with Tanya Warren’s “Surface Tension“, a shot taken in the sea of a scuba diver and boat.  John Dingeman’s wildlife shot “Brown Hare” got the other twenty, for Letchworth.

The results for the prints saw WGC with 83 points, Letchworth 85, Hertford 89 and Stevenage 93.

The final results were:

4th – WGC with 172 points

3rd – Letchworth with 173 points

2nd – Hertford with 176 points

1st – Stevenage with 179 points

The trophy was duly awarded to Stevenage by Allan Hale.

Letchworth might not have won the competition, but we certainly won the raflle with Steve Pullinger winning first two prizes (the second was not claimed) and Letchworth gettng the next prize too.

Next year’s competition will be hosted by 2013 winners at their club in Stevenage.

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