Morpeth Camera Club
THE Northern Counties Photographic Federation seven-way Interclub Competition was held on Sunday, November 25.
This annual knockout contest is hosted each year by a different club and this year, Alnwick Camera Club offered a warm welcome to Morpeth Camera Club, Amble Photographic Society, Cambois Camera Club, Wooler Camera Club, Blyth Photographic Society and Ashington Camera Club.
All participants entered the first round, with the top four clubs going forward to the semi-final in the Trophy competition and the other three clubs dropping out to contest the Plate.
Morpeth progressed to the semi-final along with Cambois, Alnwick and Blyth. In a close contest, it was Cambois (191) and Alnwick (189) that went through to the final. Morpeth finished third (185) and Blyth fourth (170). In the Plate competition, Ashington (156) came out on top beating Amble (153) and Wooler (146).
The panel of three judges, Anne Swearman, Alan Porrett and Dave Phillips, had a difficult task to choose the placings and the final was no different as it was decided by just one point in favour of Alnwick (192) to Cambois’ 191. Members from all clubs then enjoyed an excellent buffet tea, rounding off a good afternoon.
On Tuesday, November 27, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed George Ledger to judge the four-way Interclub Digital Image Competition.
Four clubs – Cramlington, Gateshead, Gosforth and Morpeth – each submitted eight images which were each awarded up to 30 points.
Subjects included action shots, still life, portraits and seascapes, each photograph being judged on use of colour, tonal ranges, positioning in the frame, composition and quality of depth of field.
When points were added up, Mr Ledger had awarded 152 to Cramlington, 176 to Morpeth, 178 to Gosforth and the winning club, with 179 points, was Gateshead.
The winning image of the night, with 30 points, went to Lost Soul submitted by a member of Gosforth Camera Club.
Morpeth Camera Club Chairman Dave Illingworth thanked Mr Ledger for his constructive and helpful comments and a raffle and buffet concluded the evening.
For further information regarding the club, including its programme, gallery and forthcoming events, visit www.morpethcameraclub.co.uk