Inspiration from near and far

Tenderness, by Calvin Downes.
Tenderness, by Calvin Downes.

Morpeth Camera Club

On Tuesday, October 18, Vince Rooker, Life President, gave a presentation of the 37th Northern Counties Photographic Federation International Print Salon of Photography.

Three esteemed judges in each category had been asked to select photographs submitted from not only the UK, but worldwide. To be accepted photographs must have been awarded a minimum of 12 points by the judges.

The Salon consists of six sections — two print sections of monochrome and colour prints, and four projected digital image sections of open colour, open monochrome, nature and photo-travel.

Vince presented the print section, which had been judged by Manolis Metzakis (Greece), Peter Paterson (Scotland) and Guy Davies (NCPF).

Vince opened with accepted images, which were entered from Europe, China, New Zealand, China, Qatar, the USA, South Africa, Canada, India and the Ukraine.

It soon became obvious that a new trend in photography is taking place. Where in previous years we viewed brightly coloured images, this year seemed to be dedicated to soft focused, ethereal, pastel compositions.

The monochrome section included submerged trees in milky water from Australia, happy children splashing in water from China, delicate portraits from India, Indonesian temple women, a running Jackal from South Africa, American graffiti and Irish street kids.

Coloured acceptances included graceful ballerinas with flowing skirts, a striking abstract staircase, Finnish fishermen, Greek foundry workers, Indonesian cave divers, glowing pasture land, gymnasts, crisp snowscapes and a beautiful swan sleeping in the mist.

The awards section followed and photographs of the female form, together with detailed facial portraits, turned out to be the popular choice this year, all of which were shot in beautiful light, with moody and atmospheric results.

On pointe ballerinas, rugby players, still life flowers, weightlifters, shadows, cast iron workers, courting red cranes, a lone horse in snow, abstract landscapes and interiors and street photography with beggars were among the eclectic choice of subjects submitted.

The RPS Gold Medal for best colour print was entitled Tenderness, the PSA Gold Medal for best monochrome print was Solitary Confinement, PSA Ribbons were awarded for Leap in the Dark and Cloud Dancer, and a NCPF medal went to In the Hood.

After an evening of viewing exceptional photography, the awarded photographs were exhibited around the room for members to see the wonderful detail.

The club chairman thanked Vince for a very informative and entertaining evening.

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