This year Crewe PS hosted the competition, which pays homage to the quality monochrome prints which have always been the mainstay of photographic. Monochrome was regarded by all as the only medium for serious photography until probably the 70s when improved chemistry and the work of photographers like William Eggleston gave colour prints more credence. Although colour was difficult to process some club workers feared it taking the place of their beloved monochrome. One such person was Alan Challinor, who created this competition to help to keep mono alive.
Although we are grateful to Alan (who died in 1991) for giving us the chance to show off our printing skills he need not have feared the demise of mono, which is alive and well, thriving even, in every sphere of photography.
Five local clubs compete (Alsager CC, Crewe PS, Mid-Cheshire CC, Nantwich CC and Sandbach PS) and the competition is referred to as the Five Towns Monochrome Print Competition.
On Thursday night (30 Nov 2017) the highly respected judge Jane Lines MPAGB LRPS BPE5 presided over the competition and kept to the spirit of it in paying particular attention to print quality. A quality print is, of course, of little interest if what it shows us is doesn’t capture the heart and mind and Jane seemed to find the right balance as she commented on the pictures.
In the end Alsager CC and Nantwich PS tied for first place and that had me scurrying for the rule book to check that Nantwich could be declared the winners because they had also won the Best Print Award.
Above you can see Jane making the presentation of the Best Print trophy to David Luker and the print itself; Underneath the Arches.
The full results can be seen HERE