Lots to see in this great valley battle!

Competition judge, John Smith, of Rochdale and District Camera Club, presenting the trophy to the President of the winning club, Judith Baron of Hebden Bridge Camera Club with, on the left, Ian Wright, president of Todmorden Photographic Society

Competition judge, John Smith, of Rochdale and District Camera Club, presenting the trophy to the President of the winning club, Judith Baron of Hebden Bridge Camera Club with, on the left, Ian Wright, president of Todmorden Photographic Society

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In March a battle took place between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge - but the preferred weapons on this occasion were photographs!

This was the annual competition between Todmorden Photographic Society and Hebden Bridge Camera Club, two old adversaries!

This year it was hosted by the Todmorden club, giving a very warm welcome to their opponents who, despite the dismal evening, had turned out in force to support their club.

The competition followed the traditional format, whereby each club submits 10 projected digital images and 10 printed images on any subject of their choice, these are then judged by an independent person who has no links to either club.

On this occasion the judge was Mr John Smith of the Rochdale and District Camera Club.

The judge has not previously seen the images so has to base his critique and markings on quite a short viewing time, marks being awarded out of 20 and usually the top few images are held back for a further viewing before the top places are given.

The projected digital images were judged and marked first and out of the 20 images, 9 were held back for further consideration.

In the end, 1st place with 20 points was given to “Winter Walk” by Jacqui Cordingley of Todmorden; joint 2nd place with 19 points each were “Honesty Seed Heads” and “Spring Triplets”, both from the Hebden Bridge Club. The final result in this section was 161 points to Todmorden and 167 to Hebden Bridge.

The printed images were viewed next and this was another close-run contest with 162 points going to Todmorden and 169 to Hebden Bridge, six prints being held back for another look. 1st place with 20 points was “Common Blue Damselfly, Male” by Jim Strom of Hebden Bridge; joint 2nd place with 19 points each were “Towards Stoodley Pike” and “Wall Hanging, Blackburn Cathedral” both from the Todmorden Club.

After all the marking was done, the overall winners were Hebden Bridge with a total of 336 to Todmorden’s 323 so they retained the “Gavel” trophy for another year.

An interesting and informative evening was enjoyed by all who attended.

The next “Battle” will be held in March 2016 at the Hebden Bridge club.

This year, the Hebden Bridge Camera Club’s annual exhibition is being held earlier than usual and will take place at Hebden Bridge Town Hall from June 13 to 24, between 10am and 4pm; all are welcome.

More information about the two clubs can be obtained from their websites:

www.hebdenbridgecc.co.uk and www.todmordenphotographic.org.uk