The day dawned misty, drizzly and cool – perfect conditions for a murder at the lake.

Nelson Camera Club and the Marlborough Camera Club members, approximately 30 in total, spent the day at Lake Rotoiti, based at the local church, enjoying a fun day of photography and judging of prints and digitals.  The judging was done by two locals who kindly agreed to take on this task.

First part of the day was solving the murder mystery, well put together by Denise, based loosely on a true murder in the village in the late 1800’s which didn’t end well!

We were grouped together, 5 or 6 in a group and a mix of both clubs, instructions in  hand off we set on foot to photograph the clues that we found on the way. Some groups had more success than others but all had lots of fun and the variety of  photographs (some relevant and some not) shown when we regathered at the church to view the photographs was testament to this.  The winners were selected by volume of hand clapping and the winning team showed imagination and humour, well deserved.

The serious part of the day was the presentation by the judge in person of the winners of the Best Projected Digital Image (Marlborough, Burning Bulb by Stephen Hayward), Best Photographic Print (Nelson, Wharariki) and Most Overall Points (Marlborough).    Stephen Hayward also won the Best Image Overall.    So, a good day for Marlborough Camera Club. 

We ended the day at the local Lodge having a friendly catch up over refreshments before participants made their way home.    Importantly this event is a fun day and a great way to get to know our Nelson fellow photographers.  Next year Nelson will host the event and already they are in the planning process.