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Tulip Staircase is by Neil Baxter, Morpeth Camera Club
Tulip Staircase is by Neil Baxter, Morpeth Camera Club

Morpeth Camera Club

EARLIER this month, the club held a members’ print competition, for which 23 members brought along a total of some 70 black and white or colour A4 size (approximately) photographs.

These were then temporarily mounted on boards and displayed on stands for those in attendance at Morpeth Methodist Church to wander around and look at closely.

The pictures were generally of a very high standard and covered a wide variety of photographic styles and subjects.

They included images of people, scenery, birds, animals, insects, flowers, architecture and night scenes.

While many of the images were the product of good camera skills by the photographer using a wide variety of techniques to produce the effects they wanted, others were greatly enhanced by skilful alterations and manipulation of the original photographs using computer software in order to produce some clever and creative artistic effects.

After looking carefully at all of the prints, individual members then had the very difficult task of deciding which they considered to be the best. They voted for their top three images in a secret ballot.

While the votes were being counted, two club members with experience in judging photographs – John Thompson and Dave Illingworth – facilitated discussions on some of the images with other members, giving everyone the opportunity to comment on their good points and discuss how some of the pictures might be improved.

After the votes had been counted, club chairman Steve McDonald announced the results.

A beautiful and well-crafted picture of the Tulip Staircase at the Queen’s House at Greenwich by Neil Baxter had climbed to the top and was awarded first place.

Second place went to one of the club’s most experienced members, Vince Rooker, for his very atmospheric picture entitled Mists of Time.

Mr McDonald’s image, Diving Gannet, a well-timed picture of a gannet diving into the sea to catch a fish, was third.

At the end of the evening, the chairman thanked those members who had entered their pictures into the 
competition, those who had facilitated the discussions and those who had helped with running what had been a very successful and enjoyable meeting.

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