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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 20 - Summer 1974
The Quainton Photographic Competition 1974
The first venture into this field brought a moderate response from members. Twenty three entries were received for the black and white section and twelve for the colour slides. The problems at Kodaks must have inhibited the colour section enthusiasts although the last date for entries was extended to the end of March in the hope that more would be submitted. The judging was kindly undertaken by Mr Les Elsey of Eastleigh who is very well known as a photographer of the sort of quality of result that we would all like to emulate!. The prize winners are to be congratulated for the excellence of their work and you can see some of the best entries in this issue.
Here are Mr Elsey's comments:
The assessment of the black and white entries proved to be a more difficult task than I had realised because nearly all of them were of good quality and conveyed the impression of an event of activity in or around Quainton Road. The first prize, I felt, gave the best feeling of Steam in Action, giving obvious enjoyment to the visitors, and giving to the railway enthusiasts the thrill of seeing a Beattie tank in movement. If the viewer could recall the bygone days of the Beattie tanks at Wadebridge he couldn't fail to be happily impressed! The only criticism is the Persil White of the buffer stops which, although they are rather glaring, could not be avoided by the photographer.
The second prize in this section was for a very attractive and appealing print which was out of the ordinary in that it portrayed one of the less glamorous duties associated with the operation of the steam locomotive; tube cleaning. The photographer captured the scene very well.
The colour slide section was also difficult to judge, for the same reason, because the standard was so uniformly high. The first prize was awarded to the view of No. 3 at Swanscombe. The locomotive on the low loader stands out from the background of factory chimneys and it conveys the impression of the working life of No. 3 before it left for the country air of Quainton.
The second prize was entitled Flower Power and it almost made the top spot. It gives such a cheerful and colourful feeling of summer at Quainton on an Open Day and the quality of the tone rendering was very good indeed.
I would like to commend many other pictures in both classes but the four I have selected as prize winners deserve special congratulation as having come out as the best among such a fine quality of entries.
Black and White Section:
First Prize: Mr D S Andrews
Second Prize: Mr A J Bratton
First Prize: Mr P I Clarke
Second Prize: Mr A D Houchin
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