A good number of MCC members attended the Seddon Shield weekend 24-26 August in Reefton. We were well entertained all weekend commencing with registration on Friday afternoon, happy hour at the local pub then back to the convention centre where we sat in comfort and warmth in the theatre to watch the Novice competition results followed by Natural History and Landscape. The local Operatic Society entertained us with several skits and songs which raised a good laugh and admiration for doing something they obviously enjoyed and this was followed by a local speaker which was very enlightening and gave a good insight in the local history.
Saturday dawned a miserable cold day so Denise, Helen and I drove 5km up to the Lookout at the back of the town where we managed to get some moody shots of mist over the town before the start of the day’s business. After the welcome and morning tea there were two opportunities for photography, one group did the Heritage walk around the town and the other visited the Black Point museum and area. After lunch the results of the Open Competition were announced then more photography with the morning venues being swapped around. The old museum was most interesting and provided good opportunities for photography as did the Heritage Walk. Dinner was held at the local hotel and a great meal provided for 61 hungry photographers. We then filed back to the convention centre and warm theatre for another local talk and results of the Matthewson Trophy where Marlborough came second equal with Greymouth and Motueka won the event.
Sunday a little warmer and we met for the presentations of trophies and certificates and announcement of the winner of the Geoffrey C Wood trophy which was for a set of six prints. Denise Manning won this event with her beautiful set which we will see at a club night in the near future. Marlborough did very well generally with Trish Brown winning the Natural History Trophy and Iain Galloway the Open Trophy.