As they say on Strictly – the results are in.
The wait for the results of the first competition of the year is now over. And for those members of Kilmaurs Photographic Club who entered the Quig Quaich event, a couple of weeks of anxious fingernail biting has drawn to a close.
The Quig Quaich is awarded annually by club founder president Bob Quig. Entrants are given six subjects before the end of the lecture season in April. The idea is then to choose a maximum of three of these, with a view to spending the summer recess in search of the perfect image in those categories. Entrants may put in up to six images, with a maximum of two from each of their three chosen categories.
And at a busy meeting last Monday where all 61 submitted images were on show, members were delighted to learn that the top spot had gone to club stalwart, Jim Muir. Jim’s six submissions scored highly, gaining him a marvellous 107 points out of a possible 120.
Top of Jim’s images was the wonderful Are we there yet? taken at the Roon the Toon 10K road race in June. Processed in monochrome, the image perfectly captures the sight of an older and a very young competitor enjoying the event together. The image caught the magic of the moment marvellously so it is no surprise that it was awarded the maximum 20 points.
Jim, who came third in 2015, has been producing a wealth of interesting and innovative images over the past year and this award was the culmination of his hard work.
Says Jim of his victory: “It’s fantastic to win a competition. For me that’s quite a surprise. But it’s good to know that some of my images are catching the eye of the judge. I enjoy entering competitions like the Quaich, where there are set subjects and you have to give your own interpretation of the subject.”
Seconded Meanwhile syllabus secretary, Alan Stewart, took the second top slot with 100 points. Alan, who featured in last week’s article, says: “I struggled to get in the top ten last year. When Bob was announcing the results last Monday, I thought I must be doing okay. Most of my images were getting 16 to 18 so I knew I had done better than last year. But to come second? I think gobsmacked covers it. Especially after describing myself last week as someone who aspired to being a serious photographer. I’ll never live that down now.”
Practice makes perfect Also on the winners’ podium were Martin Clark and Fiona Wallace who both notched up 99 points to take third equal. Fiona was especially pleased with her image Zoom! which bagged her the maximum points.
“It was absolutely brilliant!” she grins. “I thought it was a decent enough image but I didn’t expect that.” Fiona’s image was taken at the Doune Motor Hillclimb event at the end of September and she was particularly delighted that all her practice with panning shots at a similar event two weeks before had paid off.
“It’s just as well,” she laughs. “I darn near gave myself a hernia spinning round trying to pan at the same speed as these guys were doing.”
All four competitors are regular contributors to the club’s informal Picture of the Week event. Says Martin: “This event is great; it lets you see how your images are progressing and even allows you to get a sneak preview of what others think of the images you are thinking of putting into competitions.”
It would be fair to say that the results show just how far many of the club’s members have progressed over the past year. But above all, it bodes well for the future if a small provincial club can produce so many superb images when given a subject at random as happens in the Quig Quaich.
Our next meeting (Monday 22nd October) is an away trip to Saltcoats Camera Club for the Ayrshire inter-club event – a competition between ourselves, Saltcoats and six other Ayrshire clubs.
If you would like to come along to a Kilmaurs Photographic Club meeting, these are held on Monday evenings in the Masonic Halls, Kilmaurs. Visitors and prospective new members are most welcome. The evenings start at 7.30pm and end around 9.45pm.
If you want to see what else the club does, the syllabus for the season can be seen on the club website http://kilmaursphotographicclub.co.uk/calendar/