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Thursday 25th April 2019 - Chairman's Shield and Image Exchange

The Chairman's Shield occupied the first half of the evening with our Chairman Paul Bradley officiating. This year the format changed and the competition comprised of two parts, a montage of 6 photos and an open competition. The ultimate winner was chosen by Paul between the winning image from each part. 

Barbara Close won the montage competition with 'People Out and About' scoring 10/10. Sue Brame came a close second with 9.5/10 for her Golden Moments. 

People Out and About by Barbara ClosePeople Out and About by Barbara Close

Golden Moments by Sue BrameGolden Moments by Sue Brame

1st: People Out and About by Barbara Close    2nd: Golden Moments by Sue Brame

Liz Miller took both first and second places in the open part of the competition with Morning Tern taking first place and scoring 10/10 and Misty Sunrise. 

Morning Tern by Liz MillerMorning Tern by Liz Miller



Misty Sunrise by Liz MillerMisty Sunrise by Liz Miller

1st and overall winner: Morning Tern by Liz Miller      2nd: Misty Sunrise by Liz Miller

Liz Miller was the ultimate winner of the Chairman's Shield with her Morning Tern. 

During the latter half of the evening we watched a video display of Jim Pascoe judging the Niton CC photos that were shown to the Highcliffe and Infinity Club. There was one photo from each club member. The photo chosen for each member had been the highest scoring one this year for them at the date of selection. Jim gave a great informative critique, and chose 'O is for Orange' as the winning image by Malcolm Young.  

O is for Orange by Malcolm YoungO is for Orange by Malcolm Young
1st: O is for Orange by Malcolm Young


Thursday 11th April 2019

Members enjoyed and reviewed images from the Highcliffe & Infinity Club. Some varied and original work prompted much discussion with a top three eventually selected. This was part of our annual Image Exchange. The review of our images by H&I will be shared at a later date.

In the Interval Sue organised the draw for next years "Pot Luck" competition. We were all relieved that X, Y and Z had been removed!

Chris Cornford then mentored an excellent session on improving images. Members brought examples of images that they felt could be improved and with one exception ( it was generally agreed that this was beyond help!!) Chris demonstrated plenty of techniques to lift, crop and generally resurrect ones images. Well done Chris and thanks again.


Thursday 28th March 2019 - AGM and Tucker Cup

 20-25 members came along to the Annual General Meeting. The minutes will be distributed to club members detailing the discussion and decisions made. 

The committee remains unchanged other than Malcolm standing down as Competition Secretary, and Chris Cornford and Sue Brame stepping up to fulfil the role. 

Thanks were expressed for all the hard work that Malcolm has put in over many years. The fact that two people are required to replace Malcolm is testament to the scope of his role in keeping the competitions running smoothly. Thank you Malcolm! 


Stripes by Malcolm YoungStripes by Malcolm Young

Following tea break, the Tucker Cup was contested. This is a knockout challenge with voting by raise of hands to decide on the worthy winner of the most unusual image.

The eventual winner was Malcolm Young with Stripes. The other close contenders were Parkhurst Forest and C eiling, both by Paul Bradley.

Paul Bradley presenting the Tucker Cup to Malcolm Young Paul Bradley presenting the Tucker Cup to Malcolm Young

Stripes by Malcolm Young

 Paul Bradley presenting the Tucker Cup to Malcolm Young


Parkhurst Forest by Paul BradleyParkhurst Forest by Paul Bradley C eiling by Paul BradleyC eiling by Paul Bradley
 Parkhurst Forest by Paul Bradley  C eiling by Paul Bradley


Thursday 14th March 2019  - Spring Cup

1st: Round the Island Race by Chris Cornford1st: Round the Island Race by Chris Cornford


1st: Round the Island Race by Chris Cornford

Competition was fierce for this annual club competition with nine entries scoring 10/10 and seven scoring 9.5/10. Thanks to Alan Mills for officiating and congratulations to those placed; Chris Cornford who took first place with Round the Island Race, Sue Brame in second place with Beach Body and Mark Erwin in third place with Beach Figures. 


 2nd: Beach Body by Sue Brame2nd: Beach Body by Sue Brame

 3rd: Beach Figures by Mark Erwin3rd: Beach Figures by Mark Erwin
 2nd: Beach Body by Sue Brame  3rd: Beach Figures by Mark Erwin


Wednesday 6th March 2019 - Panel of 5 Competition (Island clubs)

Natural Abstracts by Niton and district Camera ClubNatural Abstracts by Niton and district Camera Club

Judge Peter Rocchiccioli officiated in this inter-island club competition hosted by Sandown and Shanklin District Camera Club. Five clubs participated and Niton did not enter the print section which was won by the Isle of Wight Photographic Society. 

 The projected digital entry by Niton (shown above) came joint 4th with Focus Ryde Imaging Group. 


Theme    Score     
Sandown Shanklin DCC    Time Travellers     55
Isle of Wight Photographic Society          Light on Wight     53.5
Wight Balance Photography Plus         Wings 52
Niton and District CC     Natural Abstracts     49.5
Focus Ryde Imaging Group     I Have My Eyes on You       49.5


Decaying Leaf by Betty WarrenDecaying Leaf by Betty Warren   Moody Blues by Sue BrameMoody Blues by Sue Brame 
 Decaying Leaf by Betty Warren    Moody Blues by Sue Brame
 Metropolis by Paul LucasMetropolis by Paul Lucas   Scribbles by Sue BrameScribbles by Sue Brame 
 Metropolis by Paul Lucas    Scribbles by Sue Brame
 Scalloped Flower by Paul Bradley Scalloped Flower by Paul Bradley    
 Scalloped Flower by Paul Bradley     


Thursday 28th February 2019 - Visit to Shipwreck Museum

Photo by Paul BradleyPhoto by Paul Bradley

About 15 members and guests attended a private access to this wonderful Museum at Arreton. Many thanks to Jacqui for arranging it with Malcolm.

We were delighted that Malcolm and Liz joined us briefly and hope they are better soon. The visit was finished off in the Dairymans Daughter where there was ample fare - not least the Moby Dick sized fish.


Photo by Paul Bradley	Photo by Paul Bradley


Photo by Paul Bradley	Photo by Paul Bradley


Thursday 7th February 2019 - Valentines Theme and Open

Nick Henry came along and judged for the club commenting on the innovation showed by members on the Valentines theme. Liz Miller won the open theme with Steamy and Sue Brame the Valentines theme with Joined Forever.



















Thursday 24th January 2019 - Christmas Lights Knockout and Practical


 Illness and members escaping on holiday reduced our numbers last night. Paul Bradley won the Christmas Lights knockout with Ho Ho Ho.

HO HO HO by Paul BradleyHO HO HO by Paul Bradley


We also reviewed our selected entries for the upcoming Panel of 5 contest at Sandown.


Chris Cornford then conducted an excellent practical on camera settings and then gave an introduction to his use of Lightroom.


Malcolm reminded members about the upcoming visit to the Shipwreck museum and also requested members send in their comments for the AGM.



Thursday 10th January 2019 - 'Blue' and Open Competition


Some 18 members were present for the Blue and open competitions. Peter Rocchiccioli judged at Niton for the first time. Peter is the current President of the SCPF and judged extremely well. He made useful comments on all the images and judged at an excellent pace, as such there was time for questions at the end of the evening before he had to catch the ferry.


Open Competition -  Sue Brame won with Ring Pool. Two others were held back
Blue Competition -  Paul Lucas won with Blue Eyes. Six others were held back.
Blue Eyes by Paul LucasBlue Eyes by Paul Lucas Ring Pool by Sue BrameRing Pool by Sue Brame
1st in Blue Competition: Blue Eyes by Paul Lucas       1st in Open Competition: Ring Pool by Sue Brame



Thursday 13th December 2018 - Close up and Christmas Social

Some 20 members braved the cold  to come along to the Christmas Social. Many thanks to Shani for arranging the food. We also had a knockout contest based on the close up tips provided by Chris in a recent practical session. Paul Lucas won with his image Beaky. Ted Dyer was runner up with his image Part time.


1st: Beaky by Paul Lucas1st: Beaky by Paul Lucas 2nd: Part Time by Ted Dyer2nd: Part Time by Ted Dyer
1st: Beaky by Paul Lucas 2nd: Part Time by Ted Dyer



Thursday 22nd November 2018 - Autumn Shield


There was a change of format for the Autumn Shield this year as unfortunately the judge was unable to attend. Instead, the members present marked the images and these were accumulated. 1st place was given to Chris Cornford with his picture of butterflies on grapes, Liz Miller was a close runner up with her hiding squirrel. Mike Cooper was third with his Misty Morning over the Needles . 


Drunk in Charge by Chris CornfordDrunk in Charge by Chris Cornford Camouflaged by Liz MillerCamouflaged by Liz Miller

1st - Drunk in Charge by Chris Cornford


2nd - Camouflaged by Liz Miller


Misty Morning by Mike CooperMisty Morning by Mike Cooper  
3rd - Misty Morning by Mike Cooper  



Thursday 25th October 2018 - Pot Luck

Because of ferry issues we had an additional look at more of the GB cup entries from last year. Jon Mitchell then mentored and judged the Pot Luck letter and open entries from  members. As usual there was a wide range of excellent images and some excellent interpretation of the Pot Luck Letter.

 O is for Orange Stages by Malcolm YoungO is for Orange Stages by Malcolm Young

Milky Way at Freshwater by Chris CornfordMilky Way at Freshwater by Chris Cornford P is for Pebbles by Don BrameP is for Pebbles by Don Brame

Milky Way at Freshwater by Chris Cornford


P is for Pebbles by Don Brame


Moody Sunset at the Church by Liz MillerMoody Sunset at the Church by Liz Miller Needles by Mike CooperNeedles by Mike Cooper 

Moody Sunset at the Church by Liz Miller


Needles by Mike Cooper


 M is for MARTIANS by Paul BradleyM is for MARTIANS by Paul Bradley
M is for MARTIANS by Paul Bradley  


Thursday 11th October 2018

Very busy club night on Thursday with nearly a full house. Chris gave a fantastic talk on Macro photography demonstrating a wide range of equipment.

A challenge over the season has been Coastal Views. Members entered 16 images of which these two caused intakes of breath.

Misty Morning by Mike CooperMisty Morning by Mike Cooper Cowes Entrance by Paul LucasCowes Entrance by Paul Lucas
Misty Morning by Mike Cooper Cowes Entrance by Paul Lucas

After tea we looked at the images from the treasure hunt in the summer. All present at the meeting marked a panel for each team for each venue out of 10. 

After counting the scores, applying penalties for lateness back at the pub, the scores are in!
Group A 542 points
Group B 568 points
Group C 624 points
Group D 588 points

The winners are therefore Group C which was Barb and Malcolm
Runners up Group D was Paul B, Norma and Boris (not sure  if others accompanied them)
Group B was Trevor, Don, Dave and Ted.
Groups A was Sue and Sue

Group C panels are shown below 

Havenstreet RailwayHavenstreet Railway Sandown Airport
Sandown Airport

Havenstreet Railway


Sandown Airport


 Bus museumBus museum  The CowshedThe Cowshed
 Bus museum  The Cowshed


Thursday 28th September 2018

Each member submitted two images for this mentoring evening.

Alison Cawley gave a considered critique of each image, indicating where a crop might help or else a little more space around the subject. Tips were given on helping control colours using post processing, particularly when greens were a little bright.


Ripples on Glassy Water by Barbara CloseRipples on Glassy Water by Barbara Close

1st : Ripples on Glassy Water
 by Barbara Close

There were no marks given for the images, but Alison held back 13 images to eventually place a 1st, 2nd and 3rd image.

She impressed upon us that it is always subjective and different judges may mark the same image quite differently. Ultimately we need to enjoy our photography and not take it all too seriously. I think we all gained something from Alison's insights.


RTIR 2018 by Chris CornfordRTIR 2018 by Chris Cornford

2nd : RTIR 2018 by Chris Cornford 



During the tea break, we were able to view some of Alison's inspiring work. She had brought along a number of prints, so we were able to see the effect of printing the same photo on different papers, as well as admire her varied images. 

Alison provided pointers to interesting photographer's websites and printing paper resources. 

All in all, a very enjoyable, informative evening, thank you Alison! 

Smart Arse by Paul LucasSmart Arse by Paul Lucas
  3rd : Smart Arse by Paul Lucas


Thursday 13th September 2018

The club had its first meeting after the summer break.  Members submitted and discussed images taken over the summer. We also. after a break, looked at images entered by other clubs in the GB cup - Nature section.

Round the island race by Chris CornfordRound the island race by Chris Cornford






Thursday 21st June 2018 - Mottistone Manor


Club evening at Mottistone Manor followed by a meal at The Wight Mouse Inn. 


Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts
Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts
Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts Photo by Shani WattsPhoto by Shani Watts


Thursday 24th May 2018 - Chairman's Shield 


Whitby Fog by Dave BaylissWhitby Fog by Dave Bayliss

57 images were presented for The Chairman's Shield , judged by our Chairman Paul Bradley. 21 of these were held back. 


The winning image was Whitby Fog by Dave Bayliss. Second place was awarded to London by Chris Cornford and third place to Beach Figures by Dave Erwin. All three placed images scored 10/10

The next outing will be at Mottistone on 21st June at 5pm with dinner at The Wight Mouse Inn afterwards. Details of further summer activities are available in the 2018-19 programme in downloads. 

1st Place - Whitby Fog by Dave Bayliss 


London by Chris CornfordLondon by Chris Cornford Beach Figures by Mark ErwinBeach Figures by Mark Erwin
2nd Place - London by Chris Cornford 3rd Place - Beach Figures by Mark Erwin


Thursday 10th May 2018 - Spring Cup 


The Guardian - Retired by Barbara CloseThe Guardian - Retired by Barbara Close









1st The Guardian - Retired by Barbara Close


It was an earlier than usual start for the club, so that mainland judge Kevin Sandell could officiate - his first time at our club.

Kevin gave a good appraisal of each image, highlighting some of the pitfalls such as blown highlights and entertaining us with his stories.

15 images were held back.  


Nine images were awarded 10/10, closely followed by 9.5/10 for another five. 

The eventual winner was 'The Guardian - Retired' by Barbara Close with 'Misty Haven' by Paul Bradley awarded 2nd place.


  Misty Haven by Paul BradleyMisty Haven by Paul Bradley 
     2nd Misty Haven by Paul Bradley


Thursday 26th April 2018 - Post processing

Chris demonstrated processing photos using Lightroom and On1 software


Thursday 12th April 2018 - Harbour and Open Competition

Paul Lucas receiving the Hasselblad Trophy from Chairman Paul BradleyPaul Lucas receiving the Hasselblad Trophy from Chairman Paul Bradley The evening opened with an update from our chairman Paul Bradley followed by him presenting the Hasselblad Trophy to Paul Lucas. Paul Lucas with the Hasselblad TrophyPaul Lucas with the Hasselblad Trophy

Jon Mitchell was our guest judge, who had made his way from Gosport to provide a very informative and entertaining evening. 

Harbours were the subject for the themed competition, followed by an Open section after the coffee break.  

Photographs were deemed to meet the brief if they included boats, the sea or close ups of boats. Although Jon said he would prefer not to give marks and just to critique, he marked the 29 submitted images out of 10. 

Polpero Harbour by Chris Cornford was the winning image of the Harbour Competition and the only one to score 10/10. Closely behind with 9.5/10 were Shalfleet by Betty Warren, Safe and Sound by Malcolm Young and Bonne Nuit Harbour by Shani Watts. 


Polpero Harbour by Chris Cornford Polpero Harbour by Chris Cornford Safe and Sound by Malcolm YoungSafe and Sound by Malcolm Young

Polpero Harbour by Chris Cornford 10/10             


Safe and Sound by Malcolm Young 9.5/10


Shalfleet by Betty WarrenShalfleet by Betty Warren Bonne Nuit Harbour by Shani WattsBonne Nuit Harbour by Shani Watts
Shalfleet by Betty Warren 9.5/10 Bonne Nuit Harbour by Shani Watts 9.5/10  


Of 30 photos in the Open section 10 were held back. 1st place was awarded to Alan Warren with Contemplative and 2nd to Ted Dyer with Hard Frost - both scoring 10/10. Ted had a particularly good evening with three images getting 9/10 or more and Alan and Malcolm also managed two, so well done to all three club members. 

Contemplative by Alan WarrenContemplative by Alan Warren Hard Frost by Ted DyerHard Frost by Ted Dyer
Contemplative by Alan Warren 10/10 Hard Frost by Ted Dyer 10/10
Me and My Shadow by Sue BrameMe and My Shadow by Sue Brame The Kelpies by Ted DyerThe Kelpies by Ted Dyer
Me and My Shadow by Sue Brame 9.5/10 The Kelpies by Ted Dyer 9.5/10

Jon gave some great advice about scrutinising an image before submitting it, looking for any distractions, particularly bright ones, or blown highlights. He also discussed how your eye moves around an image and the flow of the composition. 


Wednesday 28th March 2018 - Hasselblad Competition 

Congratulations to Paul Lucas for winning the Hasselblad Competition 2018 with his image 'Claws'.

'Claws' was one of three images scoring 20/20 and was awarded 1st position. Paul Lucas also scored 19/20 with his image 'Joint Accounts' and Malcolm Young scored 19/20 with his image 'Harbour Storm', so well done to both Paul and Malcolm! 

The competition was hosted by The Isle of Wight Photographic Society and judged by Alison Cawley at Arreton Village Hall. It was open to all photographers across the island.

A video of the event is available here 


Thursday 22nd March 2018 - AGM and Tucker Cup

The Annual General Meeting took place during the first half of the evening. The meeting was well attended with 21 members present. 

It was agreed that the venue was working well and the financial position was good. No increase in subscription was necessary this year due to the extra monies raised for a drink and a biscuit. More help setting up and clearing away the seating for the meetings would be appreciated. 

Input from all was encouraged to suggest outings for the coming year. 

It was decided to try an evening where club members critique submitted photos rather than inviting a mainland judge, with the associated practical difficulties. 

The committee members were re-elected for the next term. 

Paul Bradley - Chairman

Shani Watts - Secretary

Mike Cooper - Treasurer

Malcolm Young - Competition Secretary

Chris Cornford - Committee Member

Trevor Hooley - Committee Member

Full details of the AGM will be available in the minutes. 


Round the Island Race by Barbara CloseRound the Island Race by Barbara Close

The Peter Tucker Memorial Cup occupied the latter half of the evening. As always, the theme for this competition was ‘unusual’.

The subject matter was wide and varied with some images depicting unusual scenes and others, unusual processing. It is a competition that never fails to present an entertaining selection of images. 

The winning image is decided on a knockout basis by club members. The images are compared two at a time, and in each case the favoured image is put forward, until it is whittled down to one image. This year the winner was Barbara Close with her ‘Round the Island Race’ image.

Round the Island Race by Barbara Close  


Thursday 8th March 2018 - Image Exchange

The first half of the meeting was spent looking at 20 images from Highcliffe and Infinity Camera Club. Members of Niton CC gave their thoughts on the merits of each image, which were noted down to feed back to the club. 

The second half of the evening, we viewed 20 of our own images which had previously been shared with Highcliffe and Infinity Camera Club, and listened to their comments. 

Finally we were given a slideshow of excellent wildlife images by photographer Ron McCombe, who is based in Roxburghshire. Something for us all to aspire to! 


Thursday 22nd February 2018 - Southern League Federation Judging 

On the 22nd Niton hosted the League competition of the Southern Counties Federation. Great attendance and images excellently judged by Jim Pascoe from Highcliffe Club.

Regrettably the Niton images did not score well but it was good to see the quality from other clubs.


Panel of 5 Competition

Niton participated in the panel of 5 competition hosted by Sandown Shanklin District Camera Club. We came 4th in the print competition and 2nd in the projected images, missing out by just one point. Thanks for all the members who submitted images.

The Panel of Printed Images - not normally a category that Niton would enter!

Panel PrintsPanel Prints





 'People' was the theme for the projected images. 


 Panel of 5 EntryPanel of 5 Entry



















 Thursday 8th February 2018 - Triptych and Open Competitions

Nick Henry was the judge for this evenings competition which comprised of two parts, Open and Triptych, with up to 4 entries per person in total, and a maximum of 3 in either category.

Nick gave a good critique with tips on improving our images, such as excluding the ground when using converging verticals and having someone as a point of interest when photographing a large group of people. 


Light Bulb by Chris CornfordLight Bulb by Chris Cornford Long eared Owl by Barbara CloseLong eared Owl by Barbara Close
1st Light Bulb by Chris Cornford 9.5/10 2nd Long eared Owl by Barbara Close 9/10


First place with 9.5/10 in the Open Competition was ‘Light Bulb’ by Chris Cornford with 'Long Eared Owl' by Barbara Close in second place with 9/10. 'The Rockerfeller Centre' by Alan Warren tied for third place with ‘Enigma' by Paul Lucas, both scoring 8/10. 


In Triptych competitions Nick explained that it is best if the images stand out as good images individually as well as being part of a themed subject with a similar colour palette. Occasionally he suggested re-ordering or resizing the individual images may have improved the triptych. 

Autumn Gold by Sue BrameAutumn Gold by Sue Brame
Autumn Gold by Sue Brame 10/10
Butterflies by Barbara CloseButterflies by Barbara Close
Butterflies by Barbara Close 10/10


‘Butterflies’ by Barbara Close and ‘Autumn Gold’ by Sue Brame were both awarded 10/10 in the Triptych Competition. ‘Tiger, Tiger, Tiger’ also by Sue Brame was runner up with 9/10.


Tiger Tiger Tiger by Sue BrameTiger Tiger Tiger by Sue Brame

Tiger Tiger Tiger by Sue Brame 9/10



Thursday 18th January 2018

19 Members of the club met up for lunch at The White Horse at Whitwell, and a good time was had by all. 

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