CACC Championship Day – Sunday 13th March 2022

CACC Championship entry

A report by Chris Baldwin our External Competition Secretary

The return of this day after the removal of Covid restrictions was a rather low scale affair. It was held at a new venue for the event: the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre in Amersham. The audience consisted of 8 people running the event, three judges and 29 paying attendees, well down – about a third of previous years.

The three judges each had a voting pad awarding 2, 3, 4 or 5 marks to an entry. They viewed each image for about 10 seconds then voted. There was no spoken appraisal, only the title read out by one of the organisers. In the second part, whilst the judges viewed the prints, a PDI of the image was projected onto a large screen. This enabled the judging to proceed very quickly. The viewing and scoring of the 270 PDI images took 45 minutes. In each half the scoring was followed by the selection by the judges of their personal choice of best in the competition. It was ended by announcements of these choices and the club results. The print competition took place after a 25 minute break for refreshments and this time the viewing and scoring was over in 35 minutes – 195 prints.

In the PDIs, Banbury’s best scores were 13 marks for Gareth Morgan’s “Wet Race Day” and Chris Baldwin’s “Mr Grumpy”. Twelve marks went to Derek Lane’s “Lend Me An Ear” and Chris Baldwin’s “Almost Got It”. Eleven marks were awarded to Derek Lane’s “Feel The Silence”, Gareth Morgan’s “Here Comes The Rain”, Michael Greenway’s “Black Star Riders” and Jane Jarvis’s “Iced Iris”. I had been forced to shorten Michael’s title as it was longer than the competition allowed (Black Star Riders Featuring Scott Gorham and Ricky Warwick). At the end the club came a rather disappointing 16th out of 18 clubs, gaining a total of 160 marks. Watford won with Amersham and Oxford tying for 2nd place.

For the prints competition, club’s officials had to arrive at the venue by 12:30 pm with their entry – a box of 15 prints. Labels had been previously sent to the clubs detailing each print’s title with a position for the score to be added. The organisers then took one print from each pile to make up a round in the competition of 13 prints for the 13 clubs taking part. At the end of the competition the organisers had restored the piles of prints so that each club official could return home with them. Any prints scoring 13 or over from the fifteen available marks were retained by the CACC to provide a pool of entries for the national annual competition (organised by the PAGB). I returned with a print of Diana Gamble’s that had been retained in 2019, the last time the event was held before Covid.

In the prints competition Banbury faired much better. Thirteen marks was awarded to Chris Baldwin’s “Barbary Lion Emerging” and it was retained. Twelve marks went to Diana Gamble’s “It’s Mine”, Jim McCartan’s “Is There Something On my Head?” plus his “Woodland Squirrel”, Jeff Youngman’s “Wild Fox Portrait” and Chris Baldwin’s “Defending The Kill”. Eleven marks went to Jeff Youngman’s “Choir, Gloucester Cathedral”, Chris Baldwin’s “Still Keeping The Tea Warm” and Michael Butterworth’s “Gabrielle”. The club total was 163 marks which gained it a very creditable 9th equal place which is higher than we can remember from previous years. Watford won this event, as well, with Amersham and Maidenhead tying for 2nd place.

Banbury Camera Club’s entries to both the Projected and the Print competitions are shown below.

More information about the Chilterns Association of Camera Clubs (CACC), its events and competitions can be seen on The CACC Website.

CACC Print Champs – 2022-03-13 : Print Open Open

Chris BaldwinDefending the Kill
Miles CrisellOverflow
Diana GambleIt`s Mine
Chris BaldwinStill Keeping the Tea Warm
John ButtressDel Boy
Les HughesReflection
Jeff YoungmanWild Fox Portrait
Jeff YoungmanChoir Gloucester Cathedral
Jeff YoungmanStanding with Giants
Miles CrisellAutumn in the Water
Michael ButterworthGabrielle
Chris BaldwinBarbary Lion Emerging
Jim McCartanWoodland Squirrel
Jim McCartanIs There Something on My Head
Michael ButterworthNile Rogers

CACC Projected Champs – 2022-03-13 : PDI Open Open

Jane JarvisChateau Impney Hill Climb
Chris BaldwinAlmost Got It
Chris BaldwinMr Grumpy
Lynne HooperView from the Back
Gareth MorganHere Comes the Rain Again
Miles CrisellMy Fishing Days are Over
Jeff YoungmanQuire Worcester Cathedral
Jane JarvisIced Iris
Derek LaneFeel the Silence
Lynne HooperTulip on the Move
Gareth MorganWet Race Day
Charles BinnsRe-Tyred
John ButtressFloral Paintbox and Brushes
Derek LaneLend me an Ear
Michael GreenwayBlack Star Riders

Badby Challenge 2019

Stormy Ride

On Tuesday 19th November, Banbury Camera Club took part in the Badby Challenge at Daventry between 9 Photographic Clubs.

Banbury came a very creditable second place after initially tying for first place with Daventry PS, the eventual winners.  Nine clubs each showed 7 images with Daventry & Banbury showing an additional image in the tie-break.

Overall the scoring was from 14 up to 20 from the judge: Malcolm Sales.  Malcom proved to be a good judge, strong on detail with a slight preference to black & white images.  There were 4 images scoring top marks of 20.  At the end fluctuations had all but disappeared and the final positions were very tight.  The final positions were:

First – Daventry 126 + 20
Second – Banbury 126 + 19
Equal Third – Duston and Northampton 123
Fifth – Dunchurch 122
Equal Sixth – Badby and Northampton Natural History Society 121
Eighth – Abington 120
Ninth – Spratton 111

Chairman Ian Draper gives his thanks to Helene Boily, Barry Boswell, Diana Gamble, Mike Kirby, Derek Lane, Gareth Morgan, Toby Solesbury & Jamie Bodley-Scott whose images we used.

CACC Championship Day 2019

Highlands in the Autumn

The Chilterns Association of Camera Clubs (CACC) held its Championship Day on Sunday 18th March 2019. Chris Baldwin attended as BCC External Competitions Secretary along with Andrew Spackman.

The following Monday, Chris gave a presentation of the event to club members following the Impact Trophy competition. Banbury entered both the Print Championship and the Projected Championship competitions. All the images entered are the work of BCC members.

One image: The Highlands in the Autumn by Diana Gamble was awarded one of three Judges Awards. Here we see Diana receiving her certificate from Chairman Charles Binns with Chris Baldwin looking on at our club meeting. Diana’s image can be seen projected behind.

There are links to the full results and a gallery of winners from the day at the CACC website

Badby Challenge 2018

Badby Challenge 2018

The Badby Challenge is an annual inter-club PDI competition between a number of photographic clubs which is currently 9. Each year one club will host the competition on a rotation basis. In 2018 it was held in Banbury.

Unfortunately the booked judge became unavailable at the last minute and following agreement from a representative from each club Chris Baldwin stepped in as judge. He provided an interesting and insightful commentary on each image and a score.

The final result was a tie between Banbury and Dustan Clubs. Unfortunately for technical reasons, it was not possible to resolve a winner using the tie-break arrangements described in the competition rules. It was therefore decided to allocate the trophy to each club for six months out of the year.