On 17th July, Oldham PS took part in the annual PAGB Inter Club Projected Digital Image Championship, which is normally held at Warwick University, but this year had to take place by Zoom conferencing. The audience at Warwick is usually more than 300 and similar numbers registered to watch online this year.
Oldham PS had to qualify to enter this championship through an earlier entry to the L&CPU Club competitions, held in February. Each of 15 Photographic Federations in the UK (the L&CPU being one of them), send two qualifying clubs to contest this prestigious competition...along with the 8 top scoring clubs from the previous event. Chorley PS and Oldham PS qualified in February and Wigan 10 had automatic entry because of being placed in the top 8 last time.
We had nothing to lose but to try our very best to compete with the top clubs across the country. Mike and Christine selected a bank of 40 images from which to choose our entry. After two rounds of eight images, the scores are added together and the top eight clubs contest the final. The images were marked by three PAGB listed judges and there was a moment when we thought we might actually make the top eight...but when the scores came up, we were just one point outside the final, finishing in 9th position. The other two L&CPU clubs did make the final so what a credit to the north-west to have three clubs in the top nine positions.
The final was a feast of some of the best work that UK photographers can produce and Oldham PS can also be proud to be up there in the rankings. Below are the 16 images that we entered, from six photographers.
Oldham PS did ourselves proud. What an experience and something to build on for the future.