It’s been sometime since the club held a Ladies v Gents competition but when Battle Secretary Jean Ingram challenged the men to a battle few of us could resist. Jean unfortunately had to resign from the position but Pam Mullings took over and organised the 'Battle'
To avoid any risk of gender bias the competition was ably judged by Eddy and Pam Lane (both ARPS DPAGB EFIAP) each of whom could award up to 10 marks which were combined to give marks out of 20.
It was a condition of the competition that at least 50% images had to be selected from the Beginners and Intermediate competition groups.
The ladies team captained by Pam had chosen a wide range of images including 3 architectural, 8 landscapes, 9 nature and 5 portraits. Amongst their 30 images there were also 5 monos.
Included were images from 6 ladies from the Beginners section who only joined the club this season - 2 of whom had never entered a competition before.
The Gents team captained by Michael Barnes chose 2 creative, 12 landscapes, 7 nature including 5 flowers/fungi, and 2 portraits.
They also included 2 monos.
It was not clear whether this difference in approach was down to strategy or to gender bias.
What was apparent however that was if you viewed each image on its own merits it would have been extremely difficult to determine whether it had been taken by a lady or by a gent.
The competition itself proved to be very close with the lead changing hands at different times.
During the evening several images were awarded the maximum 10 points by one or other of the judges.
Five participants were awarded 10 points by both judges including Gill Cardy FRPS DPAGB AFIAP whose image of a red fox in snow (top left) was chosen a by Pam Lane as ‘image of the evening’,
Ripples Everywhere (top right) by Michael Barnes
which Eddy Lane selected as his 'image of the evening'.
Also awarded 20 marks were Lynda Rugg (Golden Light) right,
Richard Watson LRPS (Squirrels Leap) below
Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP (Three Galaxies) bottom right
Ultimately the Gents came out on top securing 509 points to the Ladies 496
We are grateful to our joint judges Pam and Eddy and for ensuring that, above all else, the evening was fun. We are grateful to the team captains for collating their team’s images, and to all those who took part. We are also especially grateful to Jean for suggesting the idea and wish her a speedy and full recovery.
All in all a very good club night. We must do it again sometime soon! MB