Cookridge Wins Again!
 
Cookridge Camera Club has won the Inter-Club Colour Group photographic competition for the second year in a row. The Chairman of the Club, John Fenton, received the prestigious cup from acclaimed photographic judge George Steele (right) at the last meeting in Halifax in April 2019. The President of the Halifax Society, Phil Watson, can be seen on the left.
 
 
This competition, which was started as long ago as the 1960's, involves some dozen or so camera clubs in Yorkshire, and each event is hosted by one of the clubs in turn. At each meeting a competition is judged by an outside judge, and for which the hosting club has chosen a theme and a subject as the focus. This provides an incentive for club members to attempt to capture something which perhaps they have not considered taking before, and therefore becomes an inspiring challenge.
 
This competition, which was started as long ago as the 1960's, involves some dozen or so camera clubs in Yorkshire, and each event is hosted by one of the clubs in turn. At each meeting a competition is judged by an outside judge, and for which the hosting club has chosen a theme and a subject as the focus. This provides an incentive for club members to attempt to capture something which perhaps they have not considered taking before, and therefore becomes an inspiring challenge.
 
Amongst the imaginative subjects that have been proffered has been 'Emergency 999'. Dave Tunstall provided Cookridge's winning entry with his dramatic 'RNLI to the Rescue' :
 
 
'Photographing Sound' was a difficult one, but Cookridge managed to score highly with 'Drum roll' by John Fenton:
 
 
'Reflections' was perhaps a subject a little easier to get to grips with, and we had a wide variety of images from which to choose to be our entry. Eventually we decided on 'Gateshead Millennium Bridge':
 
 
an image by David Goodman which again scored well.
 
'Minimal' was a challenge that members of the Club took within their stride. The photograph which we chose to enter, and which scored highly, was 'Avocets' by Tim Balls:
 
 
Cookridge's entries are selected by all the members. There is no selection panel or team of selectors. Club members put their heads together to determine which photo best meets the subject's criteria, also has the most impact, and will be most likely to impress the judge.
 
Other imaginative subjects have been...
 
'At Work', for which Cookridge entered a high-scoring 'Apprentice Farrier' by Sue Rugg:
 
 
'Opposites', which Cookridge won with 'Feather Weight' by Colin Williams:
 
 
'Derelict Beauty', another high-scorer for Cookridge with 'This Old House', again by Colin Williams:
 
 
Cookridge's own challenging subject was 'Hidden', and the successful entry from Cookridge was 'Lioning Around' by Jane Horton:
 
 
Although the Set Subjects are not the only competitive element of the competitions, they are, by virtue of their individuality, the most challenging. The forthcoming set subjects for the next season, starting in September 2019, are the following:
  • Performance
  • In the Style of the Pre-Raphaelites
  • Graffiti
  • Shadows
so if any of you photographers out there (local to North Leeds) have any great ideas as to how these subjects could be approached, interpreted and captured then please join Cookridge Camera Club and help us win the trophy for the third time!