Battle with Lancaster, April 12th, 2021

Our meeting this week was held on Monday as we took part in an interclub fun competition with Lancaster Photographic Society which was hosted, via Zoom, by them. This was a return battle for one hosted by Keswick last season. The judge for the evening was Carol McNiven Young who is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and an award-winning photographer.

Each club submitted thirty-five images which were then scored out of twenty. Keswick chose at least one image from each member of the Society who had submitted an entry and, as a result, the work of twenty-five members was represented. The standard of work from both clubs was high and the scores, which ranged from thirteen to twenty, reflected this.

Carol awarded five images the maximum score of twenty. Four of these were by Keswick members which included “Anna Clears”, a sports image by Bob Given:


“Summer Storms”, a landscape by Ken Rennie:


“Long-eared Owl Hunting at Dusk”, a wildlife image by Alan Walker:


and “Waiting and Hoping”, a charming image of a child peeping around a door by Sue Rugg. The latter was chosen by the judge as her favourite image:


The fifth image score of twenty was awarded to Christine Armstrong from Lancaster Photographic Society for her image “Brown Hare”.

Carol also awarded scores of nineteen to four images. These included a backlit squirrel by Tony Marsh from Keswick:


a second image from Alan Walker, this one was of two kestrels fighting:


and another image from Bob Given, this one was of an attractive female model:


The fourth score of nineteen was awarded to a member of Lancaster for a moody landscape of The Struggle near Ambleside.

Scores of eighteen were awarded to four images from Keswick Members. These were: “Gramps and Grandkids”, an unusual family portrait by David Woodthorpe, “Male Stonechat on Gorse” by Tricia Rayment, “Osprey with Trout” by Ronnie Gilbert and “Chaffinch Domestic Quarrel” by Keith Snell. Four Lancaster members were also awarded eighteen for their images.

Overall there was a wide range of subject matter, including abstracts, still life, landscapes, architecture, portraits and wildlife. This was a keenly contested competition but on this occasion Keswick was the winner by forty-five points.

Julie Walker