Nantwich were the courteous hosts for this season’s friendly PDI and print battle. As always they made us very welcome in their comfortable well equipped room. The judge, traditionalist Toni Pioli is well known to us for his expertise in nature photography. He is extremely well qualified and took his time to give is carefully crafted comments of every photograph.
As expected, the standard of all the photographs was very high and the first thing Toni said was that he needed to ‘nit pick’ to separated the images as the quality was so high. The competition was kicked off with the 30 prints of which nearly half were held back for a second look. The result of the print competition saw Crewe go into a 259 to 257 point lead with Martin McGing’s ‘Fredau taking to the best print title. Nantwich’s Mark Payne’s ‘Water Retrieve’ and Andrew Charlesworth’s ‘Autumnal Sunrise’ also scored 20.
The second half saw an equally close encounter in the PDI competition. This time it was Nantwich who won by 2 point with a score of 261 to our 259. So the result was a creditable draw. Ian Whiston’s ‘Warthog Escaping’ took the best PDI title and Nantwich’s Brian Sankey’s ‘Oops’ and Pete Allcock’s ‘Paul-the hoodie’ also scoring 20.

The results can be seen here.