SDevon League Evening

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Brian Galbraith (left) awards the club trophy to Gordon Aspland, from Newton Abbot Camera Club.
The recent Dawlish and Teignmouth Camera Club's meeting hosted a friendly, but competitive, competition between 4 camera clubs in South Devon.

A packed audience of keen photographers from all 4 clubs welcomed the judge, Brian Galbraith CPAGB, APAGB, who is President of the Western Counties Photographic Federation, which embraces over 100 clubs from across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and South Gloucester. An extremely experienced judge, Brian had travelled from his base in Wadebridge to Holcombe to judge 60 projected photographs selected by the 4 clubs as their best digital images.

Brian had received the pictures 2 weeks beforehand to allow time for proper appraisal. It was obvious on the night that he had evaluated each image in detail and gave some thought provoking, constructive feedback on each and every one.

Awards were given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places which, in reverse order were: 'The Stare' by Ken Holland, from Dawlish and Teignmouth Camera Club, 'Braced for Trouble' by Rory Oliver from Crediton and, in first place, 'Last Post', by Alex Graeme, from Newton Abbot Camera Club.

The final points for this season's competition were: Newton Abbot, 467, Exmouth 402, Crediton, 400 and Dawlish and Teignmouth, 388. Exmouth's and Crediton's were so close a recount was necessary.
The organisation of the event fell to Dawlish and Teignmouth club's External Competition Secretary, Mac Bouchere, who said, “It was a great evening looking at some really good images that were each commented upon by Brian Galbraith and awarded marks. This was combined with a friendly social evening between members of the four competing clubs and many thanks offered to all who took part.”