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Winter Walk by Chris Randall, the winning image at Morpeth Camera Club's 2nd Open Projected Digital Image Competition.
Winter Walk by Chris Randall, the winning image at Morpeth Camera Club's 2nd Open Projected Digital Image Competition.
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On Tuesday, February 14, a full house at Morpeth Camera Club welcomed guest judge Jim Welsh, LRPS, CPAGB, as he presented the results of the Second Open Projected Digital Image Competition.

In this contest, members that wished to do so had each submitted three images on any subject.

Jim had viewed the entries many times over the previous three weeks, before returning to pass comment on each image as it was projected onto a large screen in front of the audience.

An open competition gives photographers free range to record any subject.

The judge stated that the huge variation of work, which included landscapes, travel, natural history, close ups, pattern and portraits, had given him a difficult task when selecting his favourite images.

Throughout the evening, it was clear that Jim had taken time to look carefully at each image as he explained the feelings they provoked, and in his opinion, what aspects worked for or against each photograph.

With 69 images to view, he outlined what he was looking for or expected to see as a judge.

This included considerations in regard to composition, highlights, viewpoint, scale and balance.

As a member of Blyth Camera Club, and as an experienced photographer himself, Jim was able to offer constructive critique and advice.

This covered such issues as over sharpening, tone, frame filling, cropping and image titling, which was of great benefit to several new members who have recently taken up photography.

After an interesting and entertaining evening, Jim announced his top five images.

In first place was Winter Walk by Chris Randall, with second place going to Fairy Falls by Steve Mcdonald, and in third was Perspective by Stephanie Robson.

Fourth was Three Windows 123 by Peter Downs, and fifth place went to Into the Light by Chris Randall.

Four images were highly commended. These were War and Peace by Glyn Trueman, Two-Wit by Sue Dawson, Kind Eyes by Alastair Cooper, and The Bare Bones of It by Sue Dawson.

Club Chairman Glyn Trueman thanked Jim for his time, efforts and observations, which were much appreciated and warmly applauded by the room, ending a successful evening.

Morpeth Camera Club meets most Tuesdays between September and May, in Morpeth Methodist Church, Howard

Terrace, Morpeth. Meetings commence at 7.30pm. There is wheelchair access and all are welcome.

There is a varied programme of speakers, in house evenings and competitions, with the aim to enjoy and improve photography skills.

In the summer months, from June to August, there are trips out to enjoy each others’ company, pick up a few tips and take photographs.

Membership costs £25 per annum, with a £2 cover charge on the night. Visitors are welcome to attend three meetings with no obligation to join.