Morpeth Camera Club
ON Tuesday, November 19, club Vice Chairman Glyn Trueman welcomed Alan McCormick, a member of Hexham Camera Club, to judge the club’s first Open Print Competition.
A total of 101 images were submitted and as it was an open contest, members had the opportunity to display their individual style of photography.
In the mono section, sailing vessels, leaves, church interiors, wildlife and natural history, fjords and coastal scenes were included in the subject matter.
In the colour section, there was a wide variety of subjects such as birds of prey, winter frosts, abstract flowers, puffins, children, silhouettes at sunset, foreign travel, reflections and clouds.
Mr McCormick, giving very constructive comments, stressed that his main criteria for a good photograph is that firstly it must be sharp and contain a good lead in and he stressed the importance of good cropping and mounting.
He was looking for good tonal range, texture and good use of light, shade and colour.
With these qualities taken into consideration, he made the awards as follows: Mono section – Highly Commended accolades went to Elaine Illingworth, (Grandma’s Touch, Wool Spinner and The Power Surge) and Ian Cadwallender with Pier Steps.
Fifth place was awarded to John Thompson with Crossing the Bar, Cross Country by Vince Rooker was fourth and Mr Thompson was also third for See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.
Mr McCormick gave second place to The Look by Chris Earl and in first place was Dave Illingworth with Is My Mommy in Here?
Colour section – Highly Commended awards went to Mrs Illingworth with Purple Poppy and In the Garden, Chris Randall for Rain in Spain and Mr Thompson with Noon.
Cars and Character by Mr Thompson was fifth, Mr Cadwallender came fourth for Blue Day and in third was Mr Illingworth with Watching the Drift. Mark Harrison’s image Secret Indulgence was awarded second place and first went to Mr Rooker for Tulip.
Mr Trueman thanked Mr McCormick for taking the time to judge so many photographs and for making it a very interesting evening.