Morpeth Camera Club
On Tuesday, February 3, the club staged the judgement and consequent awards of its annual Set Subject Print Competition.
There were some 60 entries in this contest which featured monochrome images, the subject was a photograph through the window, whilst the colour’section required the member to submit a photograph to illustrate a poem.
The competition was judged by club chairman Steve McDonald, who presented each print together with interesting commentary including, as appropriate, constructive critique and compliment.
He correctly demanded that all entries were compatible with the competition title, with the window’being visibly evident in the image entered. The issue of what constitutes a window was also considered and collectively, this led to degrees of often humorous member participation, all of which added to the overall entertainment of the evening and light diversion from the serious pursuit of adjudication.
The winner of the monochrome entries was Bench View by Mark Harrison, with a classical view through and including a high window complete with long curtains and draped pelmet, leading to a garden bench.
To add to the period effect of the picture, it was printed in sepia with an excellent tonal range.
The colour category (illustrate a poem) comprised 27 entries that had selected works from many literary ‘greats’, including Tennyson, Brooke, Coleridge, Tolkein, Thackery, Shelley, Nash, Keats and Mansfield.
However, the winner transpired to be author of both poem and photograph – none other than Morpeth Camera Club vice chairman Glyn Trueman.
His sunlit, autumnal image of Bothal Village War Memorial – with pictures of ceramic poppies from the 2014 (Paul Cummins /Tom Piper) mammoth and popular installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London – aptly illustrated his poem, which was as follows.
A weeping willow,
for tears of sorrow.
A cold stone cross,
for the village loss.
Leaves glow red,
for mens’ blood- shed.
Four other placings were awarded in the categories, together with a total of eight entries being Highly Commended by the judge, who congratulated and thanked all members on the fine and engaging quality of entries.
For more information about the club, including the gallery of members’ photographs, its activities and membership details, visit www.morpethcameraclub.co.uk