Hebden get gavel in the ‘Battle of Tod’!

President of Hebden Bridge Camera Club, Chris Standley (right), with the President of Todmorden Photographic Society, Ian Wright
President of Hebden Bridge Camera Club, Chris Standley (right), with the President of Todmorden Photographic Society, Ian Wright

Last Wednesday the annual artistic clash that has become known as “The Battle of Todmorden” took place.

Fortunately for all involved, this particular “battle” was a good natured clash of artistic skills between the Hebden Bridge Camera Club and nearby Todmorden Photographic Society.

Running now for several decades, the good natured local rivalry also once included now defunct Sowerby Bridge Camera Club.

The competition has evolved over the intervening years keeping pace with technology, and now includes a projected digital images round, as well high quality mounted printed images.

As usual, the competition was judged by an external moderator - in this case it was the experienced judge Mr John Smith CPAGB APAGB, from Rochdale.

As entries were scored, the results were evenly distributed between the two clubs throughout the night. There was some excitement as the competition entered its final stages, since Hebden Bridge took the honours last year overall, though Todmorden decisively won the printed work scoring.

As the final judgements came in, this echoed in the results for 2013, with Hebden Bridge scoring 163 for prints and 171 for projected images.

Todmorden scored 173 in the printed image round, and 158 for digital images, giving Hebden Bridge the win overall 334 to 331 on the night.

Congratulations were spread around evenly afterwards over a civilised hot drink and biscuits.

The winning club got to return home with “the prize” for another year - a wooden gavel in its box, engraved with the winners of previous encounters through the decades.

Battle will be joined again in 2014.

The Hebden Bridge Camera Club meet most Wednesdays.

Further information can be found at the website at www.hebdenbridgecc.co.uk.