Morpeth camera club
Chairman Steve McDonald reported that the club had come first in two hard-fought contests against other camera clubs in recent days.
On March 19, Morpeth triumphed in the Annual Seven Way Interclub Projected Digital Image Category competition. In this contest, each of the seven clubs in the Northern Area had to enter 10 images with not less than one and no more than two images in the following categories: Landscape, Interiors, Portraits, Photo Journalism, Sport and Action, Still Life, Flora and Fauna, and Fantasy, Myth, Legend or Religion.
David Richardson, of Ryton Camera Club, judged the competition and he commented on each image, giving his opinion as to whether it matched the category in which it had been entered and then gave a mark out of 30.
The scores for each club’s individual images were then added together.
In a close competition, Morpeth Camera Club gained first place with 261 points – just two points ahead of Ashington Co-Op Camera Club – retaining the trophy they had won at Wooler last year.
On March 23, Morpeth Camera Club travelled to Hawick in Scotland to compete in the Borders Digital Challenge. In this open projected digital image competition, judged by John Williams from Penrith, 12 camera clubs from Northern England and the Scottish Borders competed for the Reiver Trophy.
Each club entered 10 images, which were individually marked out of 20. After the last images were marked it was announced that for the first time in the history of the competition, there was a triple tie for first place with Galashiels, Morpeth and Morton Camera Clubs all on 180 marks.
The three clubs then each had two reserve images marked. At the end of this tie-break, it was announced that Morpeth Camera Club had won by one point.
The chairman then expressed the club’s appreciation for the work of the Projected Image Competition Secretary, Davy Bolam, particularly for the excellent way he organises the club’s entries in these contests, which has been key to the club’s success.
Glyn Trueman, the club’s vice chairman, then presented the results of his Spring Challenge. This was the third of this season’s challenges and members had been invited to go out and produce images that which featured one or more items of street furniture or street art as an important element of the composition.
In response, 16 members submitted 61 images and they were projected and discussed by members during the course of the evening.
Mr Trueman’s five favourite images were: 1 Davy Bolam’s picture of the colourful Chinese Arch in Stowell Street, Newcastle; 2 Dave Bisset’s image of a water feature in Horsham, Sussex; 3 Bicycle Graffiti by Vince Rooker, which featured a motor bike in front of a piece of colourful graffiti; 4 Mooring Post by Mike Weighall, which was taken in Amble harbour; 5 the eye-catching composite image Evil Hare by Mark Harrison.