A photograph of the Cannington Viaduct at Uplyme taken by Betty Spanswick helped Crewkerne & District U3A win a close annual Inter U3A photographic competition, that went to three tie-breakers. Betty’s photograph of the Grade 2 listed viaduct, taken from Woodhouse Hill, broke the tie between Crewkerne and Dorchester. When the competition judge Sid Jones totted up the points at the end, there was a tie between Crewkerne and Dorchester with 96 points each and Yeovil was on 88 points. It was decided to award the trophy to the team that had scored the most top marks of 10 of their entries, but this also resulted in a tie and even after the next tie-breaker, for the team with the most nines scored, Crewkerne and Dorchester remained on level points.
To separate them and find a winner, the judge looked at all the photographs with a score of nine from the two top teams, to see if one could be upgraded to a 10 and Betty’s photo clinched it. Another decisive contribution in Crewkerne’s success came from Dorothy Woods, who scored top marks for her entries of Ham Hill and Pilsden Pen. The trophy was presented to Mary Fowler, leader of the Crewkerne photography group by Sid Jones.
The theme for this year’s competition, now in its ninth year, was British Landscapes. Each team were invited to enter 12 photographs, with no individual able to submit more than two entries. Judge Sid Jones praised the high standard of the entries and awarded the prize for the best individual entry to Dorchester. Photography group leader of Crewkerne & District U3A, Mary Fowler said: “Many thanks for all who attended and helped in every way. It was a great team effort. A very special thank you to Betty and Dorothy whose photographs tipped the competition Crewkerne’s way.”