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Digital diversity; David Powell reports on a unique Wales versus Australia contest - in photography.

Byline: David Powell

A MATEUR photographers from Conwy Camera Club broke new ground when they took on a Sydney camera club in a digital photography competition on the Internet. Sadly, Conwy lost, but to coin a phrase, photography was the real winner.

Conwy CC spokesman Rhodri Clark said: "Traditionally, photo competitions have involved prints and slides: the international contest with the Central Coast Leagues Camera Club, of Gosford, near Sydney, is believed to be the first its kind in North Wales involving images in digital format only.

"It was also the first time in its 61-year history that Conwy Camera Club has competed against an overseas photographic society. The Gosford club is hosting a return match next year."

Each club's 40 images were given to photographic judge David Flitcroft, of Anglesey, with no information about the originating club - although some had giveaway titles such as Carneddau Snow Fence and Kangaroo Valley!

The Gosford club won by 650 points to 632, but David did not know which club had won until he presented the results at Conwy Camera Club.

Conwy club chairman Brian Cook said: "We had previously competed against a club in Kent but found their style and subjects were similar to ours. So we set ourselves the challenge of finding a club in another continent, knowing we could easily exchange digital images. We were delighted when the club in Gosford took up the offer.

"It was fascinating to see the different approaches. The Australian photographers made the most of Australasia's natural assets in the same way that Conwy club portrayed landscapes and animals from Wales and other parts of Europe.

"We are already looking forward to next year's match, which will be judged in Australia."

Over summer club members will make several field trips and prepare for the annual Conwy Festival of Photography at Conwy Civic Hall on September 9. The festival will kick off the club's weekly sessions, which will run from September 12 until May 2007.

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Behind The Fence by Sydney's Lucy Price (above) was the winning entry in the contest between Welsh and Australian camera clubs, with Conwy photographer Derek Crawford's Follow Me (left) a highly commended runner-up
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