10/03/15 – Members’ evening including CPA Annual Competition Selection

…. Once again a warm welcome and friendly atmosphere – and only my third visit since joining. The room was buzzing with excitement as we were preparing to vote on each other’s amazing work in the selection of 15 prints and 15 digital images for the Club’s submission to The Corwall Photographic Alliance’s (CPA) Annual Competition.

Before commencing this very challenging exercise Claudia gave us a presentation on “What Judges should be looking for”.

The judging by all members present took place in near silence. After this we all had tea/coffee and a chat and made new friends, whilst the committee members collated all of the judging scores. Then the 15 top scoring prints were displayed…… so much talent in one room and such a wide variety of topics….. landscape…..portraits……wildlife…… I was so happy to see that my print had been chosen on my first ever competition…… thank you so much everyone for making this possible.

The chosen prints

The chosen prints

We then moved on to see whose digital prints had been chosen…. again so much variety and talent displayed.

The evening finished with a lovely presentation from Ian Williams of his road trip to Italy via as many Alpine passes as possible (and 2,000+ photos taken).

Nikki Bathe then gave us her presentation of her photos from The Grizzly – a mass running event in Devon – which she had attended and photographed the previous week.

Thank you all for making me feel welcome and for all the hard work that went into the evening before and after the event.

The next meeting is Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm. Presentation on “Sports and Action Photography”….. and possibly some Birthday cake from me !! (Webmaster: we hope so!)

Words by Carol-Ann Finch, image by Claudia Crewes.

01/03/14 Charles Hosken Competition 2014

Jane Sawle - Winter Chill

Jane Sawle – Winter Chill

Last Saturday evening I, along with a number of other members, went along to the Charles Hosken competition, run by the Cornwall Photographic Alliance at Goonhavern Village Hall. As nine of our members had entered the competition, we were all keen to see how the club’s entries had fared.


During the evening every entry to the Charles Hosken competition was projected along with its judges score. The first part of the evening was devoted to the lower scoring images (shown anonymously), with the higher scored images – along with the photographer’s name and club – shown after the tea break.

Claudia Crewes - Snowdrop Study

Claudia Crewes – Snowdrop Study


Of course, we spent the evening on tenterhooks, hoping that images from our members would score as highly as possible. And we weren’t disappointed; all of the St Agnes club’s images scored creditably, with three images making it through to the post-tea-break section of the evening. These images were :

  1. Jane Sawle – “Winter Chill”
  2. Claudia Crewes – “Snowdrop Study”
  3. Claudia Crewes – “Salty Sea Dog”


Claudia Crewes - Salty Seadog

Claudia Crewes – Salty Seadog


During the evening we saw a fantastic range of images of all sorts of subjects. It was noticeable that landscapes dominated the earlier stages, with wildlife and portraits becoming more prevalent amongst the higher scoring photos. The overall winner was an arresting portrait of a young woman taken by Malcolm Jenkin of the Camborne & Redruth club.

All in all, a most inspiring evening – I’m sure we’ll do even better next year!

By Claudia Crewes.