Chris and Paul get top placings

Morpeth Camera Club''1st The Estuary by Chris Randall
Morpeth Camera Club''1st The Estuary by Chris Randall

Morpeth camera club

On Tuesday, March 3, members welcomed Keith Robertson to judge the second Open Print Competition.

Morpeth Camera Club'1st R R S Discovery by Paul Saint

Morpeth Camera Club'1st R R S Discovery by Paul Saint

The Hexham Camera Club member said that it was not so much judging but expressing his own opinions on techniques, whether or not the photographer created a good balance, how the image is presented – sympathetic cropping is important as it allows the subject to have space – and if there was a decent focal point.

There were a large variety of interesting subjects such as wildlife, a golden autumn scene, woodland, stark landscapes, religious statuary, a Venetian canal scene, musicians, a lovely wheat field against grey skies, vibrant colours in a fairground scene, a gleaming motorbike, an abandoned rusty car, an eye-catching reflected village and a charming portrait of a child in the 38 colour entries.

Keith said that it was important for the photographer to take pictures for themselves and not to concentrate on competition entry, as well as create their own identity and style.

With these criteria in mind, he gave Highly Commended awards to ‘Through on the Inside’ and ‘Winter Light’ by Davy Bolam, ‘Charlie’s Garden Sunset’ by Ian Cadwallender and ‘My Daddy’s Big Army Motorbike’ by Dave Illingworth. Fifth place went to Lionel Bryan with ‘Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood’, Mark Harrison was fourth with ‘Rachelle in Red’ and Ian’s ‘Charlie’s Garden’ image came third.

In second was Myra Jackson’s striking ‘Egyptian Vulture’ and the winning photograph in the colour section was ‘The Estuary’ by Chris Randall.

The 36 entries for the mono section included a sculpture, street scenes, a sweeping shoreline, a highly detailed shot of the Tyne Bridge from The Side (a city centre street near the river), rooftops taken from the Tyne Bridge, an image of St Petersburg, a profile of Hermitage Castle, studio shots, an atmospheric avenue of trees, classic, abstract and modern architecture and a group of street vendors.

Keith was looking for pictures that were distinctively black and white, had good use of depth of field and avoided background distractions.

A trio of members – Ian for ‘Troopers on Parade’, Davy for ‘The Jetty’ and Dave for ‘Winters Magic Light’ and ‘Tankers and Tanks’ – received a Highly Commended accolade

‘Innocence’ by Mark and ‘The New Yorker’ by Ian were fifth and fourth respectively and third place was awarded to Pat Wood for ‘Taking Time Out’.

Glyn Trueman was second with ‘Enjoying the Fair’ and the winner of the mono section was Paul Saint. His image was called ‘R R S Discovery’.

Morpeth Camera Club chairman Steve McDonald thanked Keith for judging the competition and for sharing his views and opinions, after which coffee and tea was enjoyed.