You win some, you lose some

1. Bill Terrance Rose Urie winner 2018
Clive Watkins presents the Rose Urie trophy to Bill Terrance

It’s been a very competitiony sort of end to the year at Kilmaurs Photographic Club. And as is always the case, some folk went away delighted while others were left to dust themselves down in time for the next challenge.

The process started two weeks ago with the judging of the annual Rose Urie, and a splendid number of entries saw a busy night for judge, Clive Watkins.

The trophy – appropriately enough a handsome rose bowl – commemorates Rose Urie, who along with her husband Jim, was one of the founder members of the Kilmaurs club.  Rose and Jim both  served on the committee for many years before her passing.  Her friends John and Sheena Thomson, also founder and committee members, kindly donated the trophy in her memory and sponsored the competition through their business.

The competition has always been keenly fought and 2018 was no exception with over a hundred entries.  This year’s topic was natural history and this subject gave rise to many varied and interesting images.  And it also saw the board being swept by the club’s trio of very fine natural specimens – Bill Terrance, Jim Stevenson and Colin Robinson.

Top in the mono prints was Bill with his fabulous image Osprey Breakfast, with Jim Stevenson and Colin Robinson taking silver and bronze respectively.

In the colour prints section, the order for gold and silver was reversed, with Jim Stevenson scoring an amazing hat-trick of the yellow shiny awards for his images Shield Bug Grooming, Crested Tit and Point of no Return. Bill took two silvers and a bronze for Red Grouse Feeding, Winter Hare and Kingfisher with Minnow, while Colin also got a bronze for his Red Kite image.

The Digitally Projected Images saw Colin take the lead this time with a gold award for his stunning capture of a wren. Also taking gold was Bill with a superb image of a red squirrel in mid air as it leapt from one branch to another.  Jim’s Aurora Borealis took silver.

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Stevie Rafferty’s Fish for Thought was given a bronze award in the Rose Urie competition

But to add some biodiversity to the mix, the top dogs were joined in the Digitally Projected Images section by some other marvels of nature. Robert Quig took a silver and a bronze, Stevie Rafferty was awarded a bronze for his image of feeding puffins, and Joyce Robinson netted a bronze for her leaping fish.  And to round off a fine collection, Dale Powell’s hours spent in his bird hide paid off with his two silver awards.

The judge, Clive Watkins from the Irvine camera club, commended the quality of the images, before presenting the trophy for best overall image to Bill Terrance for his Flying Squirrel.

Ayr today … On Monday December 17th we hosted the keenly anticipated, 2018 Ayr Battle in the big hall at Kilmaurs. The event is an annual fixture which goes back nearly twenty years and consists of an independent judging of 18 top images from the Kilmaurs club and 18 from Ayr Photographic Society.

Split across mono prints, colour prints and digitally projected images, there was a veritable feast of photographs to delight the audience from both clubs. The feast motif continued after the judging when the audience were treated to a food mountain which required the assistance of a Sherpa to conquer.

2. Mike Cruise presents the Claret Jug to the Ayr club
The Claret Jug is presented to Ayr Photographic Society by judge, Mike Cruise

Judging was carried out by multiple award-winning photographer Mike Cruise who is a member of Paisley Colour CC.

The scoring went as follow; mono prints 102-98 to Ayr; colour prints 109-99 to Ayr, and digitally projected images 107-101 to Ayr. The final score was therefore 318-298 to Ayr Photographic Society. Although we were of course disappointed, Ayr simply had the better selection of images on the night, and there was very little if anything to disagree with in Mike’s judging.

Despite its billing as a “battle” the event provides a very sociable evening and a good way to end the first part of our season. Well done and thanks everyone for a great effort in ensuring it went so smoothly.

As for the competition for Kilmaurs? Ah well; there’s always next year.

Champions of the week

Rounding off the Christmas competitions was the announcement of the results of a less formal event.

The club runs a very successful informal Photo of the Week event on its Facebook group. Members can submit an image they have taken preferably that week and anyone who sends in an entry is then entitled to offer a positive critique of all the images submitted that week. There is no league or prizes, but many members like the event because it gets them thinking about images and it allows them to try out images before putting them into one of the main competitions. This year, just for some festive fun, we decided to have a “champion of champions” vote on the 2018 POTW winners.  Two photography friends from across the Irish Sea did an initial selection of 12 images. Thereafter it was up to the members to vote in their top three.

The winner of this was Jim Stevenson with his image Morning Light, Ardrossan, and second place went to Robin Patrick’s Threave Butterfly.

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Jim Stevenson’s Morning Light, Ardrossan which was voted Photo of the Week 2018 overall best image by the members