hay camera club competitions
We currently have four annual inter-club "battles", or competitions. The "Club of Clubs" now encompasses three local clubs: Builth Wells Photographic Club, the Border Monochrome Camera Club, based in and around Kington, and Hay Camera Club. The venue for the competition is usually Llyswen Village Hall and each club takes turns in organising this open competition. Each club enters 20 of their best images, which can either be prints or digital images, but lately it has just been prints. For the present we have agreed that each member should be limited to no more than three images, which will hopefully make the competition more inclusive. The organising club finds a judge and also provides the refreshments.
Our inter-club battle with the Border Monochrome Camera Club ("Borders") has also been going for some time and, once again, the clubs take turns each year to organise a judge and venue. It is usually accompanied by a sit-down meal and partners are also invited to attend. Twenty prints per club are entered.
Our annual battle with Marlborough Camera Club in New Zealand started around seventeen years ago when a member of Hay Camera Club emigrated to NZ and decided to organise an international battle between his new club and ours. We had a little trophy made and took turns in sending a disc of digital images to each other and organising a judge. Again, twenty images are required from each club. Sadly, the member died, but the battle continues.
Our newest battle is with Herefordshire Photographic Society and this time forty images are entered by each club - twenty prints and twenty digital images.
We also have our own in-house competitions - maybe four or five a year - but have found that our inter-club battles are exciting and interesting because we are competing against other photographers.
From time-to-time Hay Camera Club will also submit entries to a number of competitions organised by other clubs belonging to the Welsh Photographic Federation, such as "Gwynfa Pixels", "Cymru Monochrome" or the "Barrian Cup". These competitions are usually of a very high standard indeed, attracting national interest, and entries are often limited to just a few of our very best images.