Sidmouth Photo Club gallops to victory in 27th annual Horseshoe Trophy Competition

1st-Spreading the News-Mike Hawkridge ARPS, AFIAP
1st-Spreading the News-Mike Hawkridge ARPS, AFIAP
The Horseshoe Trophy Competition brings 5 local clubs together in the season’s high point for many. Organised this year by Colyford & District Photo Club and held at Kilmington Village Hall on the 12th March, Photo club members from Colyford, Chard, Honiton, Sidmouth and newcomers Axminster, gathered to watch the judging of 8 different categories by experienced photographer and competition judge Mack Bouchere FRPS.

It is hard-fought competition and always produces imaginative and technically accomplished images, not least for some of this year’s unusual categories such as Science Fiction and Back Alleys, for example. Sidmouth were delighted to win the shield, collected by Club Chairman Keith Ridings, with 39 points, pipping Colyford and Chard into joint second place with 30 points each. Some of Sidmouth’s entries can be seen on these pages.

Sidmouth PC Secretary, Mike Hawkridge swept the board winning all three of his entry categories and best overall images both for Print and Digital. Sidmouth’s Suzanne Parsons also triumphed with two category winning images. The success for Sidmouth brings the season to a fitting conclusion as one of the most successful in its recent history, the club having won the “triple” in all it’s inter-club “battles” and achieving a commendable 10th and 8th position respectively in the Western Counties Photographic Federation’s annual digital and print competitions.

Unavoidably, the remaining domestic meetings for the year have been abruptly curtailed due to Coronavirus. However, the Club plans to provide online learning resources for members during the crisis. It has launched a club forum and will run the final competition 6 online. In addition members will be invited to participate in periodic projects on home-accessible subjects such as macro-photography in the garden and table top or still life studies, for example, in order to allow members to keep engaged with photography activities, and their fellow members, until it is possible to resume the popular walks and excursions which are normally such a feature in the summer.

For more information on the club please visit www.sidmothphotographicclub.

Michael Ginsberg