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Hi everybody,


Tempest Fugit, and how correct is that saying?

We are half way through this years programme with 7 competitions in and out of the club having already taken place with 5 more to go, the next external one being the Knightshayes print trophy with the theme of gold. The next internal competition is a PDI one themed, ‘Contre-jour. The following is included for clarification if needed.


Oxford English Dictionary Definition of CONTRE-JOUR


Having or involving the sun or other light source behind the subject.


The last competition was very well attended with a great selection of pictures interpreting the theme of ‘Primary Colours’, well done to John Wheeley for pulling off 1st place for his picture ‘On the lookout’, a great spot in that wall of blue.

I have to say that I, among many others were not impressed by the judge for the evening, who was probably one of the most negative we have had the misfortune to meet. Not only did he say he had used his computer to see if an image could be improved, (this is against the guidance given to judges) as they are supposed to judge an image as presented but then went on to admit he looked at the metadata of the pictures, I can see no reason for this. He offered no encouragement to any of the entrants about any of the good aspects of their pictures, just finding faults. Finally his comment on one picture that it was so bad he would hang it in his toilet to scare people out was crass in the extreme and rude to the competitor who submitted it. This is one judge who will not be invited back to our club. I intend to submit a formal complaint about his conduct.


Our next meeting should be extremely interesting. Chris Robbins gives his talk on his wildlife photography followed by his portraiture of people.

Don’t forget to submit your contre-jour pictures before that night. Good luck and see you all on the 27th.


P.S. Good luck to all who have pictures in the Knightshayes.


Garry Wingrove



Primary Colour Highest Placed Entries

  • 1st Place - On the Lookout by John Wheeley
    1st Place - On the Lookout by John Wheeley
  • 2nd Place - Carder Bee on Dhalia by Keith Urro
    2nd Place - Carder Bee on Dhalia by Keith Urro
  • 3rd Place - Assemble Here by Ray Jacobs
    3rd Place - Assemble Here by Ray Jacobs
  • Alone at Sea by John Ellis
    Alone at Sea by John Ellis
  • Texas Rose by Garry Wingrove
    Texas Rose by Garry Wingrove
  • Dead Red by Hazel Mansell-Greenwood
    Dead Red by Hazel Mansell-Greenwood

John Wheeley, Peter Tulloch, David Mayer, Clive Moody, Pedro Landers and Paul Burgess went to the DPIC competition - they (along with over 200 other sad people) viewed over a thousand projected images between 10:30 and 16:30 ... the saving grace was nipping around the corner to the Chinese Buffet restaurant for lunch ...


Attached at the end are the final placings for yesterday’s DPIC held in Exeter. As you will see, Tavistock CC managed to finish 34= (along with Launceston, St. Austell and Bath) having scored 197 points for the 18 images.

For those of you who are not aware of the way the scoring is carried out, there were three judges each marking an image with between 2 and 5 points giving a maximum of 15 points for the best images. Having three judges does help to balance out particular preferences but please remember that the scores are still prone to subjectivity so an image that has a lowish score may still do well in another competition, and vice versa.

Individual scores were as follows:

1) Black Isle from Findhorn - Peter Tulloch: 8
2) Bluebell Girl - Chris Powell: 10
3) Bow Riding - Paul Burgess: 12
4) Brotherhood - Tommy Hatwell: 12
5) Dragonflight (Nature) - John Ellis: 10
6) F8 Be There - Garry Wingrove: 9
7) Godrevy Reflections - Philip House: 13
8) Honey Bees on Agave Grass (Nature) - Keith Urro: 12
9) In Bologna - John Wheeley: 12
10) Lavender - Russell Gafney: 10
11) Least We Forget - David Mayer: 11
12) Man Engine - Richard Medland: 11
13) Shepherd’s Delight - Hazel Mansell-Greenwood: 12
14) Sunrise - Clive Moody: 9
15) The Engineers - John Marshall: 12
16) The Gamekeeper - Hazel Mansell-Greenwood: 12
17) These Girls - Tommy Hatwell: 12
18) White Tailed Sea Eagle (Nature) - Tom Wallis: 10

Many thanks to all of you for providing us with such good images for the competition. The 18 images came from 16 different photographers so we had a good spread across the membership.

Especial congratulations to Philip for having our highest scoring image (Godrevy Reflections).

Our total score of 197 points was the second highest we have achieved in the 5 years we have been entering the event. Our best year was 2016 when we scored 204 points.

Score and award details can be found on the WCPF website

Keep taking great pictures, there are more events to come.

All the best,



  • Brotherhood by Tommy Hatwell.jpg
  • The Gamekeeper by Hazel Mansell-Greenwood.jpg
  • Dragonflight by John Ellis.jpg
  • Sunrise by Clive Moody.jpg
  • Honey Bees on Agave Grass by Keith Urro.jpg
  • White Tailed Sea Eagle by Tom Wallis.jpg
  • F8 Be There by Garry Wingrove.jpg
  • The Engineers by John Marshall.jpg
  • Lavender by Russell Gafney.jpg
  • Man Engine by Richard Medland.jpg
  • Shepherd’s Delight by Hazel Mansell-Greenwood.jpg
  • In Bologna by John Wheeley.jpg
  • These Girls by Tommy Hatwell.jpg
  • Bow Riding by Paul Burgess.jpg
  • Black Isle from Findhorn by Peter Tulloch.jpg
  • Godrevy Reflections by Philip House.jpg
  • Least We Forget by David Mayer.jpg
  • Bluebell Girl by Chris Powell.jpg

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