SPF Digital Championship 2018
About a dozen Eastwood members journeyed to Stirling on the 18th November for the Annual SPF Digital Championship. Eastwood was one of 27 clubs competing from all over Scotland. In the first round, John Hannah’s lovely image of a kingfisher in the rain, ‘Drookit’, scored 14 points. Peter de Marco’s ‘Balancing on the circuit’ and my own ‘Waiting’ and ‘Sun through the mist’ all scored 13, bringing our 1st round total to 96 for the 8 images. Images of wildlife seemed to be scoring well and in the second round of another 8 images, Colin McLatchie’s ‘Wolverine’ and my ‘Winter has come’ scored 14 points contributing to a total of 98 points and an overall score of 194. With this 6th equal place, we made the Final but clearly, we had a challenge ahead. Of the 20 images selected, ‘Drookit’ picked up top points of 15, seven of our images scored 14 points – Colin’s ‘Wolverine’, Alistair Cassidy’s ‘Lochan na h-Achlaise’, Kenny Gordon’s ‘Zig zag’ and my ‘Sun through the mist’, Waiting, Winter has come’ and ‘Flamingo take off’. One or two images with surprisingly poor scores led to a total of 252, placing us in 4th position behind Dumfries with an amazing 272, Carluke on 257 and Ayr on 254.
Dumfries had an automatic qualification for the PAGB Digital Championships in Warwick next July and Carluke and Ayr now qualify as a result of these placings. On the positive side, this gives Eastwood the opportunity of building up a good bank of images, should we have the chance of qualifying in 2020!
Many thanks to all those who contributed images and congratulations to those who scored high marks.
FIAP Biennial World Cup.
Special mention for Ken Wilkie and his image 'Sparrowhawk with Prey' which helped Scotland achieve 5th place and an honourable mention in the FIAP Biennial World Cup. Whilst in the same tournament but a difference section Nature -Scottish Mammals Gavin Hanna had his images 'Hare Leaping' selected which contributed to Scotland finishing 16th in this category.