Parkwood Camera Club did an amazing job at organising and running the Ross Cup on Saturday.
They were ably led by Tracy Hughes, who had a strong team to support her with the Front of House, the hanging of the images, projection and displaying of the Prints as well as the raffle and resorting all the images ready for collection at the end of the event.
The whole afternoon ran so smoothly, and the Judges’ comments were received by a tightly packed hall, Marcus did a great job and I am sharing this post on the KCPA News Group Facebook Page, which was written by Roy Smart, Sevenoaks CC, and with his permission, reproduce it here, it sums it up very eloquently.
I came away yesterday from the Ross Cup 2014 competition thinking how much I enjoyed Marcus Scott-Taggart’s assessment of the photography he was chosen to judge. Photography as we know, is a non-verbal form of communication and no matter what you may think of an image when you see it – it will have an effect on you at an emotional level, regardless of how you wish to articulate those feelings.
And this is where we should appreciate our judges for the difficult task of interpreting what a photographer is trying to communicate in their image. Marcus helped me see things in yesterday’s prints that I might not have taken the time to see before. I bet like me, you had your favourites when you walked around the exhibited presentation, but when Marcus remarked on the favourites he awarded; he made the ordinary become extra-ordinary. What I had not seen at first was brought to life and made me see why the winners were richly deserved. It is one of the reasons why I love photography so much – and why photography is an art.
Not only did he see things in the images that I didn’t, he was able through his well-versed use of the English language; to convey in words exactly how he felt about an image. All at once my estimation of a judges’ skill in articulating a subject, which essentially may only stay with us on an emotional level was immeasurable. Rather than complain about our judges, let’s make their job a lot easier by making images that speak volumes! Well done Marcus Scott-Taggart.
WINNERS : The Ross Cup 2014
Aperture Woolwich Photographic Society
PREMIER AWARD AND MICK SMITHSON SHIELD :
Panthera Leo Sue Dixon FCC
LAKELAND HOLIDAYS LANDSCAPE TROPHY :
Camber at Dusk Tracey Elvidge OPS
Merit Awards :
Beach House Marshall Pinsent
Grey Heron With a Fish Michael Windle ARPS
My First Portrait Gary Stripp
Red Deer. Cervus Elaphus Robert Connelly DPAGB
They Cant See Me For Dust Jeremy Broome-Smith BPE1*
Purity Jennifer Crook
Evening Catch Cathryn Mantovani LRPS
Cheetah Botswana Brian Tabor
The most improved Club were Orpington PS who went up 23 places! 2013 they were 28th this year were 5th and awarded the Trophy.
HERE is the Scoreboard for all the Clubs
HERE is the Individual Club’s scores
CLICK HERE for Aperature’s Blog Post with all their winning images.
Thank you Parkwood for running the Ross Cup 2014 in such a professional and organised way, and thank you to the whole team behind the scenes.
Congratulations to Aperture Woolwich PS and Sevenoaks CC, who if they agree, will represent the KCPA at National level in the PAGB championships next year.
Well done to Tracey Elvidge, Orpington PS for being awarded the Lakeland Holidays Landscape Trophy for her image Camber at Dusk, and Sue Dixon Folkestone CC, justly deserved the Premier Award for Panthera Leo.
Congratulations to all the Merit Award winners listed above.
Eastbourne PS will be running the Event in 2015 the date will be posted on the Calendar as soon as a venue is found.
The winning images are shown in this Gallery.
Then images taken by Kevin Towler and John Brimecombe of the Exhibition, the Audience, the Judging and the Awards.