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November Knockout Competition

27.11.17

Winner

Morning Sunbeams

Derek Fox

Morning Sunbeams

Runner-up

Europen Eagle Owl

Gerry Gentry

European Eagle Owl

More than one hundred DPIs were viewed, two at a time, by twenty-three members and by a series of elimination rounds Derek Fox's Morning Sunbeams was chosen as the overall winner of the competition. Gerry Gentry's European Eagle Owl was runner-up.

Congratulations to Derek and Gerry and thanks to everyone who organized and took part in the evening.



November

06.11.17

Print First

Niort, France

Charlie Saycell

Niort, France

Print Second

Small Copper

Charlie Saycell

Small Copper

Print Third=

Tattoo Galore

Barry Barnes

Tattoo Galore

Print Third=

Praying Mantis

Gerry Gentry

Praying Mantis

Print Third=

Body Art

Jen Barnes

Body Art

PDI First=

Megan

Ian Boys

Megan

PDI First=

Business or Gossip!

Barry Barnes

Business or Gossip!

PDI Second

Curves & Lines

Vicky Mansfield

Curves & Lines

PDI Third=

Bonnie and Clyde

Gerry Gentry

Bonnie and Clyde

PDI Third=

Jenny

Ian Boys

Jenny

PDI Third=

St Andrews

Charlie Saycell

St Andres

Twenty-nine members were present when our judge for this month, Mike Lawrence, cast his usual critical eye over thirty-three DPIs and fourteen prints entered into this month's competition. After commenting on each entry, Mike chose the following images as his winners:

DPIs
Place Title Author
1st= Megan Ian Boys
1st= Business or Gossip! Barry Barnes
2nd Curves and Lines Vicky Mansfield
3rd= Bonnie and Clyde Gerry Gentry
3rd= Jenny Ian Boys
3rd= St Andrews Charlie Saycell

Prints
Place Title Author
1st Niort, France Charlie Saycell
2nd Small Copper Charlie Saycell
3rd= Tattoos Galore Barry Barnes
3rd= Praying Mantis Gerry Gentry
3rd= Body Art Jen Barnes

As usual, congratulations to the winners, commiserations to all the other entrants and a big thanks to Mike for giving his time and expertise.



September

18.09.17

Print First =

Introducing Melina

Jen Barnes

Introducing Melina

Print First =

Common Blue

Charlie Saycell

Common Blue

Print Second =

Walking to Church

Charlie Saycell

Walking to Church

Print Second =

Lady in Residence

Barry Barnes

Lady in Residence

Print Third

St Andrews Church

Charlie Saycell

St Andrews Church

PDI First=

Wondering Thoughts

Kevin Gamwell

Wondering Thoughts

PDI First=

Heather Sunrise

Vicky Mansfield

Heather Sunrise

PDI Second=

Dusk-fall over Manchester

Gary Lewis

Dusk-fall over Manchester

PDI Second=

You can run, but you can't hide

Jen Barnes

You can run, but you can't hide

Nick Berentzen CPAGB BPE1, our judge for this month had thirteen prints and thirty-six DPIs to ponder over. After commenting on each entry, he chose the following images as his winners:

DPIs
Place Title Author
1st= UV+H2O Keith Rawsthorne
1st= Wondering Thoughts Kevin Gamwell
1st= Heather Sunrise Vicky Mansfield
2nd= Dusk-fall Over Manchester Gary Lewis
2nd= You can run, but you can't hide Jen Barnes

Prints
Place Title Author
1st= Introducing Melina Jen Barnes
1st= Common Blue Charlie Saycell
2nd= Walking to Church Charlie Saycell
2nd= Lady in Residence Barry Barnes
3rd St Andrews Church Charlie Saycell

As usual, congratulations to the winners, commiserations to all the other entrants and a big thanks to Nick for giving his time and expertise.



July

17.07.17

Print First

All dressed up and nowhere to go

Barry Barnes

All dressed up and nowhere to go

Print Third

Arabian Princess

Jen Barnes

Arabian Princess

PDI First

Beauty & Elegance

Jen Barnes

Beauty & elegance

PDI Second

The BBC

Gary Lewis

The BBC

PDI Third

Sunset

Derek Fox

Sunset

Twenty-one members submitted a total of thirty-nine DPIs and sixteen prints for Graham Currey to judge in this month's competitions. Graham began by explaining that his decisions were purely personal and after discussing each image he chose his competition winners, which were:

PDIs
Place Title Author
1st Beauty & Elegance Jen Barnes
2nd The BBC Gary Lewis
3rd Sunset Derek Fox

Prints
Place Title Author
1st All dressed up with nowhere to go Barry Barnes
2nd Evening Cast Brian Hartley
3rd Arabian Princess Jen Barnes

Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to all the other entrants and a big thanks to Graham for giving his time and expertise.



May

15.05.17

Print First =

Bluebell

Kev Gamwell

Bluebell

Print Commended

Menia from the Mainland

Charlie Saycell

Menia from the Mainland

PDI First

Bucaneer

Brian Hartley

Bucaneer

PDI Second

Mushrooms

Mike Wheeller

Mushrooms

PDI Third

The Commute

Gary Lewis

The Commute

PDI Commended

This is my Best Side

Vicky Mansfield

Equine Portrait

This month there were thirty-nine DPIs and fourteen prints to test Andrew Brochwicz-Lewenski's judging skills. Andrew discussed each image before choosing his competition winners, which were:

PDIs
Place Title Author
1st Buccaneer Brian Hartley
2nd Mushrooms Mike Wheeller
3rd The Commute Gary Lewis
Commended This is my Best Side Vicky Mansfield

Prints
Place Title Author
1st = Bluebell Kevin Gamwell
1st = Alone With my Thoughts Barry Barnes
3rd Auburn Lights Barry Barnes
Commended Menai From the Mainland Charlie Saycell

Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to all the other entrants and a big thanks to Andrew for giving his time and expertise.



April DPI Knockout Competition

24.04.17

First

This is my Best Side

Vicky Mansfield

Equine Portrait

Runner-up

Mushrooms

Mike Wheeller

Mushrooms

Fifteen members each submitted six images to the DPI knockout competition. Images were shown two at a time, members chose one to be eliminated and the other going into a pool to compete against the other survivors of round one. The second round further reduced the remaining images and subsequent rounds continued until there was only one DPI left.

Congratulations go to Vicky Mansfield, the author of This is my Best Side, the worthy winner.

Thanks Keith Rawsthorne for organising the evening.


March

21.03.17

Print First=

For Your Eyes Only

Jen Barnes

For Your Eyes Only

Print First=

Waiting For The Music

Barry Barnes

Waiting For The Music

Print Second=

Morning Light at Castlefield

Charlie Saycell

Morning Light at Castlefield

Print Second=

Beetham Tower

Paul O!Neill

Beetham Tower

Print Third=

Whatever!

Barry Barnes

Whatever

Print Third=

Elle's First Day at School

Charlie Saycell

Elle's First Day at School

PDI First=

Me & My Best Friend

Vicky Mansfield

My Best Friend

PDI First=

One Foggy Morning

Vicky Mansfield

One Foggy Morning

PDI Second=

The Hustler

Kev Gamwell

The Hustler

PDI Second=

Knight Riders in the Sky

Jen Barnes

Knight Riders in the Sky

PDI Third=

Basket of Trouble

Gary Lewis

Basket of Trouble

PDI Third=

Explosive Infusion

Jen Barnes

Explosive Infusion

PDI Third=

Turdus Viscivorus (Mistle Thrush)

Barry Barnes

Mistle Thrush

Bill Edwards was our judge for the March competition; his analysis of each image was entertaining, thoughtful and humourous. Bill chose Me & My Best Friend and One Foggy Morning, both by Vicky Mansfield, as his joint–winning DPIs; his joint–winning prints were For Your Eyes Only (Jen Barnes) and Waiting For The Music (Barry Barnes).

The top–scoring images were:

PDIs
Place Title Author
1st= Me & My Best Friend Vicky Mansfield
1st= One Foggy Morning Vicky Mansfield
2nd= The Hustler Kev Gamwell
2nd= Knight Riders in The Sky Jen Barnes
3rd= Turdus Viscivorus (Mistle Thrush) Barry Barnes
3rd= Basket of Trouble Gary Lewis
3rd= Explosive Infusion Jen Barnes

Prints
Place Title Author
1st= For Your Eyes Only Jen Barnes
1st= Waiting For The Music Barry Barnes
2nd= Morning Light at Castlefield Charlie Saycell
2nd= Beetham Tower Paul O'Neill
3rd= Whatever! Barry Barnes
3rd= Elle's First Day at School Charlie Saycell

Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to all the other entrants and a big thanks to Bill for giving his time and expertise.



January

30.01.17

Print First

Fuschia & Bud

Charlie Saycell

Fuschia & Bud

Print Second

The Look

Kev Gamwell

The Look

Print Third

Can I Dance?

Barry Barnes

Can I Dance?

PDI First

Tickling The Keys

Derek Fox

"Tickling The Keys;" by Derek Fox

PDI Second

The Big Wheel

Derek Fox

"The Big Wheel" by Derek Fox

PDI Third

Restoration Plan

Paul O'Neill

"Restoration Plan" by Paul O'Neill

There were forty images ⟨thirty PDIs and ten prints⟩ for Ove Alexander to judge in the first competition of the year. Ove explained his judging philosophy and said that his comments were his own thoughts about each image and that another judge may well have a different opinion. With that in mind he ranked each image in their respective categories in relation to the others and came to the conclusion that his winning print was Fushia and Bud by Charlie Saycell and his winning PDI was Derek Fox's Tickling The Keys.

The top scorers were:

PDIs
Place Title Author
1st Tickling The Keys Derek Fox
2nd The Big Wheel Derek Fox
3rd Restoration Plan Paul O'Neill

Prints
Place Title Author
1st Fuschia and Bud Charlie Saycell
2nd The Look Kev Gamwell
3rd Can I Dance? Barry Barnes

Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to all the other entrants and a big thanks to Ove for giving his time and expertise.