Of course, the day of our annual Audio Visual Competition, heralded the start of Spring, and dawned cold and frosty with lovely clear blue skies, and as we arrived at the venue the sun was shining brightly and the temperature steadily climbing. If you want to plan good weather for an outdoor event choose a date when an Audio Visual day is taking place and you can be assured of sun!!!!
The event, being hosted jointly by Maidstone and Folkestone, was being held in the Cornwallis Academy, Maidstone, a central location in the county, but I am not sure that fact boosted our viewers on the day. Members from both Clubs rallied round and soon the venue was ready to accept the attendees and Judge for a welcome cuppa, before the start of proceedings at 10am sharp. There were 29 sequences representing 11 Clubs and offered for viewing in bite size pieces, not too long sitting still and time for chat over tea, coffee and cakes in between!
Our Judge was Photographer Barbie Lindsay, EFIAP/b, MPAGB, FBPE. Barbie is a renowned Award winning photographer nationally and internationally as well as being a top class judge and I do believe she has been known to produce audio visuals herself. She had already viewed the sequences several times in the comfort of her own home, but sat with the audience to watch them all again on a huge screen with superb all round sound, which as she said in her summing up showed up all those imperfections, both in sound and dust marks on the images.But she said in her remarks that “The sequences were very professionally put together and therefore the result was 50% technically assessed and 50% subjective to personal taste.
We all enjoyed a delicious lunch and then the final session culminated in Barbie’s deliberations and the announcement of the Awards and a vote of thanks by both Chairman of Maidstone Ann Bridges and President of the KCPA Clive Tanner. A well organised and almost seamless projection of the sequences was driven by Bob Brisley of Folkestone, and the whole event, planned and executed by Ann Hughes, Derek Hodge, Bob Brisley and Melanie Chalk was a resounding success.
The Awards were as follows:
Don Foster Maidstone CC won First and the Folkestone Town Council Trophy and Best Photography with Shoreham Air Show
Sonja Hoxey Maidstone CC won Second with The Gardener’s Year
- Ray Bridges LRPS, CPAGB, ADPS, BPE2* Maidstone CC won Third and the Audience Vote with Bert
Jeffrey Wagner Isle of Thanet PS won Best Sound with Waterloo
Melanie Chalk CPAGB Folkestone CC won Best Transitions with Questions About Angels
- The following were awarded Highly Commended:
Brian Penny St. Mary’s Bay CC with Hot Air Balloons
William Manser Sevenoaks CC with Pendragon
Peter Allen LRPS Bexleyheath PS with Clouds
- David Cooper Malling PS with Somme 1916
Barbie, here with the award winners, unfortunately Don Foster winner of the First Place and Best Photography in the Competition was absent on the day and could not be pictured with his awards, William Manser, Highly Commended was also missing from the line up.