Ace of Clubs 2013 (or Baldricks cunning plan)

Today (17th Feb) Neath and 16 other clubs took part in the 2013 Ace of Clubs, hosted by Gwynfa CC.  The format (for the uninitiated) is that we had a bank of 30 projected images that we previously sent to the organiser.

On the day the first round of 10 images (the order was sent with the 30 images) are shown to 3 judges, scoring from 2 to 5.  For Round 2 we have to select 10 more images (no more than 3 per photographer and no more than 4 natural history) knowing what sort of images suit the judges.  The scores from rounds 1 & 2 are then added together and the top 8 clubs compete for the Trophy in the final.  The remainder of the clubs compete for the Plate.  If you get through to the Final (round 3) you then need to select 15 images from your bank of 30 (no more than 4 per photographer and no more than 5 natural history).  That is the format.

This is how not to do it —–

Round 1 we scored 105 out of a possible 150 finishing in joint 9th

Round 2 we scored 107 out of a possible 150, finishing joint 7th

Our total score of 112 got us into the final (just)

Then Haydn (Baldrick) Thomas DPAGB AFIAP had a cunning plan, we didn’t have a chance of winning the competition (it hurt when we were looking at the 10’s to get images through for round 3 and the table opposite were overheard to say ‘Oh well, we might have to start looking at the 12’s’) so we decided to try the 10 untried images we had left and add 5 of the higher scoring images from rounds 1 & 2, s**t or bust as they say.

It didn’t work, and our score of 159 out of a possible 225 put us in last place (10 points behind our nearest rivals and 30 points behind the winners).

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Congratulations to the Winners - Tenby CC

The Plate Winners were - Western Valley

Maybe next year will be better (I’m going to take some more tablets now)