CACC Championships day

The CACC Championships day entails judging over 800 images in under seven hours – it was highly organised to achieve this: Stan McCartin and his team did an excellent job.

The day was divided into three events: The Chiltern Hundreds PDI, Championship Prints and Championships PDI. Judging took the form of three judges who had keypads and could mark images with a score from 0 to 5 by pressing buttons on their keypads – the total was announced and the next picture went up… The whole process seemed to take about 10 seconds and the images moves past very quickly with seemingly little time to appreciate them – but that’s how you judge 800 images in an afternoon.

The Chiltern Hundreds PDI was open to members of CACC affiliated clubs – so next year we will advertise this so that Marlow members can take advantage of this competition. An overall “best” image was picked by the judges for a cup – and then each judge awarded a runner up ribbon for their personal favourite.

With three judges – and probably differing tastes – the marking was interesting to say the least… and very difficult to predict. At this level technical ability is assumed and a much heavier weighting is put on the artistic, which must be very difficult to judge without at least some of your personal preferences coming into play.

So next, after the traditional tea-break, were the prints – and Marlow’s carefully picked images were mixed with images from another twenty clubs. Here’s how we did:

Margaret Warren

I know who you are

9

Andrew Kirby

Sore Loser

12

Richard Fielding

Grey Day in Galway

11

Mike Jones

Sarah

9

Andrew Kirby

Dampfbad

8

Margaret Warren

Deep Thought

10

Mike Jones

Norfolk Cattle

11

Richard Fielding

Wolf

10

Mary Ellis

A bit of a wreck

9

Nicola Baker

Blenheim Bridge

9

Mike Jones

Hills, Hills and More Hills

9

Shirley Arnold

Hat Sir?

9

Andrew Kirby

Doctor’s Chair

12

Richard Fielding

Feeding the birds

9

Margaret Warren

I wish…

11

 We finished with a total of 148 which put us about 16th out of the twenty clubs. 

Amersham (174), Harpenden (170) and Wycombe (170) took the top three spots.

Our average score was 9.87 – to be in the top three we would need to be averaging 11.6.

Very few 14’s and 15’s were given out, one of the winning clubs had two or three stand out images which helped their average, where as the others just did averagely well.

Finally the day ended (after more tea) with the championships PDI.  I hadn’t quite understood this (the CACC’s website wasn’t too clear) but it turns out this is not the same thing as the Rosebowl final… so we could have entered this too: many of the PDI images were ones we’d seen in the Rosebowl and – believe it or not – some images we’d seen previously in the day as prints or in the Chiltern Hundreds. There was even one image that had been in all three competitions! Did it get marked consistently? Well maybe, maybe not: one image got a judges choice in one round after being marked previously with a low mark, which left the judge explaining himself…

All in all an interesting day, and we’ve learned a lot to help us next year… For our first foray into this sort of arena I am just happy we didn’t come bottom!

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