It’s that time of year, the last Saturday in February, where 29 photographic society’s /clubs around the region get together and compete in a print competition called Interprint, hosted by St Ives photographic Club.
This year marks it’s 35th running of the event, which was held at the Free church St Ives, Cambs.
This competition is highly regarded in the East Anglian region due to its high standard it has achieved over the time it’s been run. All clubs that entered had to produce a panel of 8 prints, all individually marked and scrutinized by a Guest judge, which has to be out of the region. All the prints were viewed during the day and the public were allowed in to view the work between 10-1700 hrs.
This years judge Kirsty Ralfs, arps who is a Accredited judge from the Kent County Photographic Association, had a tough task to sort out the wheat from the chaff.
Along with my Friends Brian Reid & Brian Hunt we went along to this event in the afternoon with cameras’ in tow, not just to see the Exhibition of work, but also to take a few images of St Ives itself, which we did during the later half of the afternoon. With it being a bit of a grey day, Monochrome was the order of the day with a few colour images for the record.
With 1800 hrs. approaching it was time for us to go back and listen to the Judges comments and scores. All the images were projected on a large screen, Kirstys comments and scores were related to the prints, not the dpi version. With 232 images to get through in 2 hours Kirsty did a great job, her comments were to the point, and were marked out of 20 accordingly. This years best club award went to the defending Champions Ware & District PS with a score of 140,with runners up being Cambridge CC on 139.Ware also picked up best print and PAGB Gold medal with The White Room by Chris Thurston.