A year when many used their cameras to sustain well-being!
Members were unable to gather for the annual celebratory meal when Picture of the Year 2020 awards were announced on Thursday evening, but nevertheless gathered virtually to applaud the winners .The amiable judge, John Scaife, attended in person , and took the time to appreciate every image entered with sensitive feedback and well received advice. As a small club we do really well every year, and it was satisfying to see that 2020 winning entries were spread throughout the club, and that many of the images had been captured either on our Lockdown Walks or in the Weekly Challenges, that in this past year have been such a support to our collective well-being and individual emotional health.
Jill Toman took first place in both the Landscape and Action categories, whilst Graham Nicholls won the Portrait section, and Janice Cuer the category “Other”. The overall winning Picture of 2020 was Graham’s portrait of “Canal Boatman”. Those who regularly enter competitions throughout the year accrue points towards the trophies awarded for Mono and Colour and Jill Toman is to be congratulated for her consistency in both categories winning each with totals over 50 .It was a well-attended evening that celebrated the best of 2020 as best we could. The results in full are as follows:

Landscape: 1st Early Morning in Belvedere Jill Toman, 2nd Fog on the Tyne, Janice Cuer,3rd Storm Coming , Diana Walker.

Portrait:1st Canal Boatman , Graham Nicholls, 2nd Man on Mobile, Jenny Short, 3rd Line of Beauty, Pamela Bruce Lockhart

Action: 1st Exercising, Jill Toman, 2nd Riding The Wave, Jane Richardson, 3rd Joy of the Chase , Jenny Short

Other 1st Bluebell Wood Janice Cuer, 2nd Raspberry Splash , Tony Nineham, 3rd Bewitched Graham Nicholls

Overall Picture of the Year was Graham Nicholls' Canal Boatman

In year competitions in:

Mono: 1st Jiill Toman 50 pts, 2nd Graham Nicholls 36 pts and 3rd Janice Cuer 26 pts

Colour: 1st Jill Toman 57 pts., 2nd Jenny Short 36 pts,3rd Diana Walker 31 pts

The Margot Witcombe trophy, normally awarded for the most popular photo in the annual exhibition , which this year did not take place, will be awarded in April for the most popular photo placed in an online club gallery , and voted for by paid up members for 2021.

Jenny Short 05.02.2021