The Club has four competitions each year plus occasional set subject and open competitions. A ‘Best of Year’ competition held each December with the Greenwood Trophy awarded for the best print and the COLAB Trophy for best digital image.
We enter external competitions against other clubs within the South London Federation and the Kent County Photographic Association. We also have 'friendly' competition of 20 DP images against Beckenham Photographic Society competing for the Chislehurst Cup and a 'friendly battle' of 10 prints and 10 DP images versus Gravesend Camera Club.
The Digital Image competition (PD1), held on 29th October at West Wickham was judged by Steve Lawrenson ARPS APAGB. The winners were the host club West Wickham (71) followed by Cheam on 69. Greenwood were 7th on 60.5 marks, 1.5 marks behind Bromley CC. Our top marked entry was 'Pollen carrier' by Alan Russ who also received an 8 for 'The gaze'. Scores of 8 were also recorded for 'Where is he?' by Tony Collins and 'Storm coming' by Dianne Wills.
The Plate 3 competition was held at Selsdon, 15th January and judged by David Mendus, who gave his very considered comments and marking. This was a very close competition with Greenwood narrowly losing out to South London by just half a mark (69.5 - 69) and a place in the Plate Final. Greenwood's high scoring images were; The Gaze by Alan Russ, which received a 10 and Certificate and also achieved a 9.5 for his Pollen Carrier; Dianne Wills received a 9 for her 'Storm coming'.
Jeff Penfold ARPS judged the SLF Colour Print CP2 competition on 10th November held at Aperture Woolwich. A good number of images were held back for further consideratiion resulting in South London PS (71.5) the eventual winners with Beckenham PS coming 2nd on 68.5. Greenwood CC (64.5) came a creditable 5th place ahead of near neighbours Orpington PS on 64. Keith Woonton received a 10 and certificate for his detailed print 'The Hermitage, Roche Rock' and David Bacon received a 9 for his action image 'The chase'.
The Plate 2 competition on 27th January was held at Mitcham and judged by Marie-Ange Bouchard ARPS who gave an entertaining and considered critique of the images presented and appropraite marking. The Plate heat was won by Old Coulsdon with an impressive 75 marks, including three 10's and three 9.5's. Second on 63.5 were Bromley CC with Greenwood third with an unimpressive 59.5 with top marks of 9 for 'The Hermitage, Roche Rock' by Keith Woonton and 8.5 for 'Wires in the sky' by David Bacon.
The judge for the evening was Philip Pound from Beckenham P.S. and South london P.S. who kindly stepped in at short notice to judge what members thought to be their best two images of 2015 in each category. Philip gave his considered comments and insights from his personal perspective on what he thought to be the best images of the night. And as the best of the year, there were a number of high scoring images but with one winner to be decided in each category. A big thanks to Philip for all his efforts. Winning entries below.
Colab Trophy DPI Winner
- Thelma Dulley: 'Brown Pelican'
Greenwood Cup Print Winner
- David Bacon: 'Young friends meeting'
At the AGM in April the annual competition awards were presented by the Chair, Bob Edwards. This year the Chairs Cup was awarded to Alan Russ who had shown a varied selection of successful images in competition plus representing the Club in SLF competitions, achieving an Honorary Mention and Certificate.
In this years annual competitions there were a total of 77 prints entered by 10 authors, averaging 8.1 per entry with an average of 19 images entered per competition. 1st was Keith Woonton with 93.3%; 2nd was Bob Edwards on 88.9% and 3rd David Bacon on 78.9%.
In the DPI's there were 147 images entered by 16 authors with an average mark of 7.81 and an average of 37 images entered per competition.
1st was Thelma Dulley with 86.7%; Joint 2nd were David Bacon and Tony Collins both on 85.0% and 3rd was Mick Wood on 84.4%.
The 1st placed winners recieved engraved shields and certificates awarded to the runner ups. Congratulations to the winners and all members who entered the competitions.throughout the new, including the newer members.
We welcomed members from Gravesend CC for our first home 'friendly battle' of a panel of 10 prints and 10 dpi’s from each club, this year judged and a welcome return to the club by Andy Smith.
Marking out of 10, the prints were judged first, Greenwood were not able to repeat our success from last year with Gravesend winning 92 to Greenwood’s 86.5. Our top scoring images were; ‘Orange-tip - male Anthocharis Cardamines’ by Keith Woonton (10), with marks of 9 awarded for ‘On the prowl’ and ‘Misty waters’ both by Peter Hibbs; and ‘Pavement patterns’ by Dianne Wills.
In the DPI's, Gravesend won 91 – 86. Greenwood’s top images were; ‘Opening Time’ by Tony Collins; ’A Storm is Coming’ and ‘Tudely yellow’ both by Dianne Wills; ‘Pollen Carrier’ by Alan Russ; and ‘Where is he?’ by Tony Collins.
Our judge, Andy Smith found positives about all the images while at the same time offering welcome comments on possible improvements. Overall, Gravesend CC won the battle 183 to Greenwood’s 172.5, which can hopefully be reversed next year when we visit Gravesend on the 13th March.
The Club again entered the KCPA Diamond Jubilee competition with a club panel of 8 PDI’s. The event was held at Detlng Village Hall with the 288 images from 36 clubs judged by Paul Keene FRPS, MPAGB, EFIAP/p, MFIAP, a PAGB judge for many years.
The judge’s marks ranged from 14 up to 20 with 41.3% of entries receiving marks of 18-20 with 25 receiving the top mark of 20. The competition was won by Ashford PS with 148 marks (last year’s winner won with 136 marks), with Whitstable PG joint second with Parkwood CC on 147 marks. Greenwood CC registered a disappointing 35th (last year 26th out of 37 clubs). Our recent ‘friendly battle’ opponents were placed just above us at 34th with 127 marks.
Our top results were; ‘Dune Walker’ by Bob Edwards (17), ‘Pollen Carrier’ by Alan Russ (17) which was selected for comment by the judge; ‘Opening Time’ by Tony Collins (16); and ‘The Gaze’ by Alan Russ. Congratulations to all those who had images entered in the competition. .
Our annual battle against Beckenham PS for the Chislehurst Cup was judges this year by Rosemary Wilman Hon FRPS AFIAP with each club panel comprising 20 DPI's. one. Beckenham PS once again were victorious with a score of 176 to Greenwoods total of 164.
Greenwoods top scorers were; Pollen Carrier by Alan Russ (10); Viviparous Lizard - Keith Woonton (10); Ships Mast by Alan Russ (9) and A Budding Romance by Keith Woonton (9).