Christmas Knock-out Competition 15 December 2020   

The club’s usual Christmas Knock-out looked a little different this year but nevertheless we were still able to have Santa as Master of Ceremonies as usual even though we were all sitting in our own homes to see him!
TT Red KiteDW hare2Due to the wonders of technology we were still able to view the 128 images entered by members.
In this competition two of the randomly selected images are shown on their screens side by side and members vote for their favourite of the two. One image is knocked out and the image with most votes then goes on to the next round.
Several members had cleverly worked out how the competition could be run this year using Zoom and everyone was very impressed how well it all worked on the night. Usually Santa has to count raised hands in a darkened room but this time at the click of a mouse the result came up after each pair of images shown.
Anyway all was ready for the fun to begin with all the usual rough justice along the way.

No different to usual was the occasional injustice as 2 images came up by the same photographer and one had to go. Also how do you choose between a cute animal, a superb landscape, fantastic close up or something a bit different. Everyone was impressed by all the superb images entered but sadly many very good images were eventually knocked out. Only once did Santa have to choose his favourite when the votes were equal for each of the two images and that came up in the semi-final.
SW Rutter Force
Anyway we had to make up our minds on each image so round by round images got eliminated down to eight and the finally the last four images that survived all 6 rounds.

DE BoathouseThis year the favourite with most votes in the final round was a portrait of a Hare by David Wilkinson. In second place was a Red Kite by Tim Tapley then third was ‘Rutter Force’ right a riverside mill by Sue Wadman. In fourth place was The Boathouse, Ullswater left by David Evans. Very well done to the winners who all received Amazon vouchers.

Thanks to all those who entered the competition.
Thanks to Dave Gray for his work displaying the images in pairs, eliminating the losers and shuffling the images between rounds.
Thanks to Dave Eagle for setting up the voting process and passing the results on to Santa to read out. Also many thanks to Santa alias Frank Collins for making it such a fun evening even though we could not meet up together this year and share some Christmas goodies.PM

Hoping all our members have as good a winter break as they can possibly manage and that they can look forward to the next virtual club meeting on 5 January 2021.