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Joyce Robinson receives the trophy for winning image of the 1st Open competition from judge, Roy Smith

The competition season got well and truly into full swing last Monday when the 1st Open competition  results were announced. And for one Kilmaurs couple, there was plenty of reason to rejoice.

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Colin Robinson’s Bunker Shot is well above par for a silver award

In an evening which boasted some 105 images, Colin Robinson scored 59 out of a possible maximum of 60 points for his top three images.

But it was his wife Joyce who had most cause to celebrate when, in addition to bagging 58 points, her image Waterfall Detail was judged as the overall Best in Competition. 

Said an elated Joyce: “I was so delighted to win as I was up against some very good photographers who I have respected for a long time.”

She is certainly joining a long list of worthy winners on the trophy, with Bill Terrance having won it a whopping six times since year 2000.

And Joyce was even more delighted to note that her victory means her name now appears on the trophy as many times as husband Colin’s.

Variety show

The evening most certainly threw up many beautiful images. Judge Roy Smith, from the Ayr Club, stated in his preamble that the greatest feature of open competitions is that it leads to considerable variety of submitted images – cutting across many genres.

Roy added: “This can also be its problem at least for judges as it means we have to judge, for example, a sports image alongside a landscape and this is far from easy.”

He went on to add that there is a fair degree of subjectivity about judging, stating that “Like many judges I often take the personal view – looking on each image in terms of how it might be improved for me. But that is not to say an image may not be perfect for the photographer themselves.”

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Jim Stevenson’s competition silver award winning “Starting Memphis Belle”

The top six images in the Mono prints section included two from Jim Stevenson, two from Colin and one each from Martin Clark and Joanna Myszkowska. Colin’s Hen came out as overall best image in the mono section, taking the gold award.

Pick of the pops in the Colour Prints was Joyce’s Waterfall detail, with her Diving for Cover coming in at silver award level. Also taking silver were Colin’s picture Bunker Shot and Susan Walker’s beautiful image of the Milky Way. Bronze awards were given to Jim Stevenson and Joanna Mszkowska.

The digitally projected images also yielded a raft of delightful images with no fewer than 9 awards being presented. Colin’s Looking for Support – the second of his 20 mark images – gained him the best in category and a gold award.

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Robert Quig’s delightful A Fleeting Moment gained him a silver award in the DPI category

A silver award in the DPI category went to Bob Quig while Alan Stewart scooped a bronze award for Lamont’s Pier. Bob and Alan also both achieved bronze awards, as did Martin Clark, Adam Wright, Robin Patrick and Jim Stevenson.

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Bob Fergus’s Final Approach earned him a silver award

Also gaining a silver award in the DPI category was Bob Fergus’s Final Approach . This wonderful image of a bee approaching a flower also gained him the Best Improver’s image of the competition.  When I pressed him about any previous awards he had achieved and how he felt about this one, a gobsmacked Bob said with his typical dry humour: ” Ridiculously I feel like a kid who’s just been given an early Christmas present. I am childishly elated at winning this award – just as I was when I passed my Cycling Proficiency badge several decades ago.” Bob’s solicitor, who looks remarkably like Bob, has also informed me that strict libel laws preclude me from mentioning how long ago that was and how many attempts he had before finally passing.

Competitions almost always throw up debates and may on occasion leave people a bit disappointed.  But even in that respect they provide another valuable lesson in the development of less experienced photographers.  Said Colin: “You have to take the good with the bad. I got four really good marks but I also got a couple of not good ones. If you accept the good ones, you have to accept the others.”

Sage advice from the 2010 winner, and it is certainly something that this particular novice will take on board.

Up for the Cup

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Jim Stevenson proudly shows off the Ayrshire Inter-Club trophy

Kilmaurs Photographic Club have added to the success of the internal competitions by winning the external Ayrshire inter-club event for the second year running.

Organised by the Ayrshire Federation of Photographic Clubs, the event has been on the go since 1963. The history of the silver cup is however tinged with a little sadness in that it was presented to the remaining Ayrshire clubs by Troon Photographic Society when it disbanded in the early 1960s.

For Kilmaurs Photographic Club, the trophy has become something of a talisman. The club first entered in 1983, and since then we have notched up 12 wins. Added to that, the club is tied with the Ayr club for the most consecutive wins, currently at 5 each.

And 2018 was to prove another success. Under the careful stewardship of external competitions coordinator Jim Stevenson, the club’s entries scored a colossal 223 points – just pipping nearest rivals Kilmarnock by 5 points.  Ayr Photographic Society came third with 214 points.


Come and join us

Our next meeting is on Monday November 19th and is a members’ show and tell evening where members bring along some images and tell the group about them. If you would like to come along to this or any 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