The journey up the motorway was rain free, as we travelled to the Ross Cup, such was the response from the clubs that the car park was full to overflowing. Clusters of people were thronging in the hall admiring and marvelling at the quality of the prints so well displayed by Tonbridge Camera Club. The buzz and chatter was constant as friends caught up with each other and discussed their likes and dislikes and speculated on their favourites. The hosts were friendly and welcoming and someone there made delicious coffee cake, and the organisation was faultless.
It was soon time to settle down for the Judgement by the “Welsh Dragon” Margaret Salisbury, not a dragon at all, a lovely, diminutive lady with an amazing ability, not only for judging, but with a great capacity for humorous entertainment. Her storytelling brought spontaneous laughter from the audience and she further captivated them with her perceptive and encouraging critique of her chosen images. Many of her favourites broke all, the so called, golden rules, but she loved them! She hated steam trains but her overall winner was, Yes, a steam train! But with a difference, with an atmosphere and quality that made it the well deserved winner of the Mick Smithson Shield. Congratulations to John Abrook of Orpington Photographic Society and to Tonbridge for such a well organised event. If you weren’t there you missed a treat.
Eastbourne were the winning club, many points ahead of the three clubs in joint second place, Bexleyheath, Parkwood and Seaford.
Click HERE to go to Eastbourne Photographic Society’s own Website to see their Gallery of the images that lifted them to the “Top of the Tree” and giving them the prestigious Ross Cup.
Thanks to Peter Tulloch for the images of Paul and Margaret and the Catering.