Eclectic mix of prints for contest

Fancy a Nibble by Sue Dawson.
Fancy a Nibble by Sue Dawson.

Morpeth Camera Club

On Tuesday, March 7, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed Bill Broadley, President of Blyth Photographic Society, to judge the second Open Print Competition.

Boat Wreck at Sandy Bay by Paul Appleby.

Boat Wreck at Sandy Bay by Paul Appleby.

Bill is part of the media team for Blyth Spartans, teaches Business and ICT at Burnside Business and Enterprise College in Wallsend, and until recently taught adult education classes in photography at Gosforth Academy.

He enjoyed looking at the 62 images submitted, and began with the mono section, which included an eclectic range of subjects, with a skeletal tree against clouds, icy landscapes, Italian architecture, a still life study of a glass bottle, a St Petersburg palace, Newcastle Millennium Bridge, and an enormous truck.

Bill awarded highly commended positions to Peter Downs for Worst Nightmare, Sue Dawson for End of the Line, Glyn Trueman for Lismore Lighthouse, and Alan Harle for Rhine Castle.

Fifth place was given to Sue Dawson for Budapest, a palace on the riversidek, fourth went to The Windy Walk by Vince Rooker, a scene of Blyth beach featuring three groynes and three waves forming patterns, and third went to Steve McDonald with The Ascent, tracks meandering up snowy peaks, which Bill admired for its clarity, texture, sharpness and tonal quality.

Second place went to Glyn Trueman for Litchfield Cathedral, a panorama of intricate roof patterns and columns, which Bill appreciated for its controlled symmetry and excellent exposure.

The winner was Wreck at Sandy Bay by Paul Appleby, a minimalistic, high key shot, gently vignetted and toned, which Bill described as simple, but effective.

Bill continued with the colour section, which included a detailed shot of an owl, an Oban sunset, Italian street scene, Charlie’s Garden at Seaton Sluice, a baby elephant, Skye landscape, Dubrovnik roofscape, a triptych sequence of a gull fishing, and autumnal landscapes.

Highly commended places went to Old Glass and Old Brass by Alistair Cooper, a still life of brassware softened by a yellow rose, Tiger Lily by Peter Downs, a face-painted child, Lutheran Cathedral, Helsinki, by Lionel Bryan, which Bill admired for its clarity, and Lac Blanc by Steve McDonald.

Fifth place was awarded to Vince Rooker for Grasmere Morning, which had an Old Master painting feel, fourth was Torres del Paine, a landscape of rocks and snow mirrored in water by Steve McDonald, and third was Sue Dawson for Rendezvous Café, which Bill praised for its detail.

Second place, also by Sue and entitled When you Fancy a Nibble, was of a mouse munching on wheat, chosen for its depth of field, catch light in the eye and triangular composition.

The winner was Paul Appleby for Cooling Off, a colourful scene of an Italian gelateria, which Bill chose for detail and atmosphere.

Chairman Glyn Trueman thanked Bill for his constructive comments, after which the prints were displayed for members to admire over coffee.