Helensburgh, Cowal, Mid Argyll and Campbeltown top the results at the battle of the lenses

On Wednesday night , 13th March, six Argyll camera clubs fought it out in in Lochgilphead in the 2013 battle of the lenses.

Amateur photographers from all over Argyll and the Isles came to compete – hard – for the Frank Walton Argyll Inter-club Trophy.

This demonstrates the upsurge of enthusiasm for improving digital images and for the competitive opportunity that can drive that development.

For the first time in very many years the four regular clubs -  Cowal, Helensburgh, Mid-Argyll and Oban – were joined by two younger Kintyre clubs, Campbeltown and Carradale.

The way this competition works is that each competing club entes 15 images, with no more than three from any one photographer.

In the 2013 contest, these were independently and expertly judged by Duncan McEwan from Bridge of Weir.

Three individual images scored top marks:

  • Tender Moment by Mary Gillies (Mid Argyll)
  • Davaar by Marjorie Leighton (Campbeltown)
  • Infinity by Guy Phillips (Helensburgh).

It was an unusually close competition in the club results.

With 258 points Helensburgh just beat Cowal’s 254, and Mid Argyll came third with 244.

The Argyll camera clubs take it in turn to organise the event in their home towns.

The next competition will be held in Dunoon on 10th March 2014.

The trophy was donated by Frank Walton, the photographer who’s much used camera shop is in Oban.

To see some of the photos, visit the Mid Argyll Camera Club website here.

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