The Highland Challenge Photographic Competition
24th November 2006
The Highland Challenge was born in 1999 and has grown to become the premier inter-camera club photographic competition within Highland Region. Seven camera clubs currently participate in the Challenge - Orkney, Thurso, East Sutherland, Dingwall, Inverness, Cromarty and Nairn - each bringing a range of styles and speciality interests resulting in an entry portfolio brimming with an eclectic mix of images of an ever increasing standard.
The Challenge is based on the entry by each of the participating clubs of up to a total of ten images, which may be prints or slides in any combination. The subject matter is open. The Highland Challenge Trophy is awarded to the Club with the highest aggregate points across both print and slide entries. There are individual awards for the Best Print and the Best Slide.
The Challenge takes the form of a whole day event, hosted by each participating club on a round-robin basis. Last weekend's event was the 9th in the series and hosted for the second time by Thurso Camera Club.
The event was held Screen 2 of the All Star Factory in Thurso which proved to be an ideal venue and much complimented on by the 65 photographic enthusiasts that attended the event.
The judge and principal speaker for the event was Allan Gawthorpe EFIAP PSA3, President of the Scottish Photographic Federation. Allan is a member of the Bob Accord and Mearns Camera Clubs (Aberdeen) and is a prize winning exhibitor, lecturer and judge of international standing. He is very well known in photographic circles, however this was his first visit to Thurso Camera Club. Allan gave a slide presentation in the morning on a recent trip to Namibia, plus a stunning selection of some of his national and international award winning images.
The Club scoring the highest aggregate points (185) and winner of the Highland Challenge Shield was Cromarty Camera Club.
2nd--Dingwall CC 182 points
3rd--Inverness CC 174
4th--Thurso CC 163
5th--Orkney CC 149
6th--East Sutherland 145
7th--Nairn CC 144
Three of the 21 slide entries scored a maximum 20 points, reflecting the high standard of entries. The judge's choice as Best Slide was a beautiful image of a Swallowtail Butterfly by Patricia Smith of Dingwall Camera Club.
5 of the 49 print entries also scored a maximum 20 points, including an entry by Martina Cross of Thurso Camera Club - 'The Wind Harvester' but the judge's selection of Best Print was Church Interior, Cromarty, by Lynda Cochran LRPS of Inverness Camera Club.
The Best Slide and Best Print winners each received a bottle of Highland Park malt.
Thurso Camera Club are delighted to acknowledge the support of the following organisations, without whom we would not have been able to stage an event of this standard -
UKAEA Dounreay, The Highland Council, The Rotary Club of Thurso, New Park Highland, Johnson Controls, DW Georgeson, NUKEM Limited
See the Thurso Camera Club Entries Plus Others