Morpeth Camera Club
On Tuesday, March 24, members met to stage their annual Knock-Out Competition.
This is a fun evening where members are invited to submit four of their favourite digital images, which are assembled into special software that has the ability to project two images at a time.
Those present will then decide which photograph goes into the next round – the other is eliminated from the contest.
Anonymity is preserved throughout the competition and, as the evening progresses, it becomes more difficult as the more popular images are pitched against each other.
There were a range of pictures submitted as misty woodland scenes were pitched against clowns, the eclipse of the sun was against a child’s portrait and there were statues against seascapes, trains against animals, classic cars against butterflies, graffiti against humpback whales, potters at work against wire sculptures, colourful musicians against seabirds and street furniture against a lotus flower.
Vivid colours, dramatic monochrome and moody sepia-toned images were included in each round and it was evident that the outstanding images were of blossom in bluebell woods, a golden straw bale set against billowing clouds, silhouetted pylons on the skyline, a snowy Scottish mountain with a fast-flowing river in the foreground and a dramatic monochrome image of humpback whales in Alaska.
In second place was ‘Daffodils’ by Davy Bolam – a very fine image of daffodils set in ice which could easily have been taken for a pastel drawing, and in first place was ‘Dandelion Seed’ by Glyn Trueman – a beautifully-lit detail of a dandelion seed, highlighted with colour against a black background.
Club chairman Steve McDonald thanked Mark Harrison for collating the images and running the FFP software and all those who took part in such an interesting evening, which stimulated much discussion and debate before and after refreshments.
• On Sunday, March 22, Amble Photographic Group hosted the Seven-Way Interclub Projected Digital Image Category Competition.
In this annual contest, the seven clubs in the Northern Area were invited to enter ten images, with not less than one and no more than two to be submitted in the eight categories.
The scores for each club’s individual images were added together and this confirmed that Morpeth Camera Club had taken first place with 260 marks.
This completed a hat-trick of wins for Morpeth, retaining the trophy they had won at Cambois in 2014 and Wooler in 2013. Morpeth’s competition secretary Davy Bolam then stepped up and accepted the trophy on behalf of the club.
Amble were second (257 marks) and Alnwick & District Camera Club were third (254).