Devon Photographic Clubs' Battle May 2008

We hosted the Devon Clubs' Photographic Battle on Saturday 17th May at the Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton. The event went very well, over 100 people attended. There were no hicups and it ran very smoothly with thanks to the helpers of Exmouth Photo Group. 13 Clubs from Devon entered the Battle and the standard was very high.

The day started at 11 a.m. with the "helpers" setting up the Hall and preparing the buffet for the evening. Representatives of the entering clubs arrived at 12.30 to set up their boards and there was a short meeting held to discuss the future of this particular event. Nigel Cheffers Heard, the judge, arrived around 2 p.m. to critique all the prints and projected images.

Fotospeed came along and set up a stand ready for when the doors opened at 4.30. I have since heard from John and Jan Herlinger and they were very pleased and in their own words " It was such a great day at Budleigh Salterton last Saturday – we really enjoyed being there.Fotospeed would like to make a proposal to all the Camera Clubs which would both a benefit all club members and make a financial contribution to the club itself."

Judging started at 6 p.m. and Nigel gave an excellent analysis of all the Print Panels interspersed with his witticisms. After half time when members partook of the excellent buffet Nigel continued with the Slides and Digital images. It was then time for the raffle and presentations.

Ann Owens who edits the WCPF Newsletter will also be putting on to the WCPF site images from the day. If you click on the WCPF Newsletter this will lead you to the page.

The winners for the day

Print Panels - Crediton came first with their Panel called Primary Reflections, Exmouth second with Curvature, Axminster 3rd with Fruit of the Loom and Newton Abbot got Highly Commended for their Hoodies Panel.

Best Prints of the Day - John Perriam from EPG came first with his Print called Cardiff Stairwell, Paula Graham from Newton Abbot came second with her Night Hoodies, Marion Pollinger came third with her print called Blue Reflections and Sheila Banks from Honiton had a Highly Commended for her print called Turbulence.

Set of Projected Images - Paignton came first, Exmouth came second (see below) with images from Peter Kilminster, Sheila Haycox, Dave McHutchiso and Paul Hepple; Plymouth was 3rd and Ivybridge gained a Highly Commended

Best Overall Projected Image - Pam Sherren from Paignton came first with her Two Goths, Marion Pollinger from Crediton came 2nd with her Forest Quietude, Matt Roach from Kingsbridge with his Oh Brother came third and John Widdows from Plymouth gained a Highly Commended for his Tinside Pool.

Bicton Palm House by Cecil Hatfield


Spiral Fountain, Darling Harbour by Sheila Haycox


Sydney Opera House by Sheila Haycox

Stairwell, Cardiff by John Perriam

Brushing Machine by John Perriam


Parellel Lives by Paul Hepple

We Can Make It by Dave McHutchison

Church of St Primoz by Sheila Haycox

First Round the Corner by Dave McHutchison

All Fired Up by Peter Kilminster

One of the images from the Winning Print Panel by Crediton. This is also the 3rd Best Print by Marion Pollinger


Presentations - Nigel presenting Trophies and Certificates to various club representatives

John Perriam EPG - Best Overall Print

Paula Graham, Newton Abbot - 2nd Best Print

Marion Pollinger, Crediton - 3rd Best Print

Crediton - Best Print Panel

EPG - 2nd Best Print Panel

Axminster - 3rd Best Print Panel

Paignton - 1st Best Set of Digital Images

EPG - 2nd Set of Digital of Images

Plymouth - 3rd Set of Digital Images

Representative for Pam Sherren, Paignton - 1st Best Digital Image

Marion Pollinger, Crediton - 2nd Best Digital Image

Matt Roach, Kingsbridge - 3rd Best Digital Image


Below a selection of photographs taken during the day by John Perriam and Sheila Haycox, ending with the presentations

Clubs arriving and viewing the prints

Taking a break - John Dave Martyn Bob

John and Nigel - Taking Photos!!!!!

Fotospeed Stand

Getting Hall Ready


Setting up Projectors

Don selling Raffle Tickets

David Registering Clubs

It's Thirst Quenching Work Nigel!!

Sheila and Ann preparing the food

Clare preparing the food

Preparing Food, John, Kay, Mo

Milling around

The Venue

The Buffet

Dave preparing projectors


Perusing the panels

Axminster preparing their panel

Sheila and Bob circulating

A moving crowd!!

Nigel viewing the Projected Images

Honiton preparing their Panel

Ivybridge preparing their Panel

Ernie viewing Crediton Panel

Panel viewing

The Audience

Sheila and John

John and Peter, EPG President

The Audience

Print Panels

1st - Primary Reflections - Crediton

2nd - Curvature - Exmouth Photo Group

3rd - Fruit of the Loom - Axminster

H/C - Hoodies - Newton Abbot

Four Marbles and a Heart - Paignton

High Seas - Kingsbridge

Water - Honiton

Communication - Ivybridge

Neck Shoulder and Bottoms - Plymouth

Music Makers - Dawlish

All That Jazz - Torbay

Doors and Doorways - Barnstaple


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