Morpeth Camera Club
THE December 3 meeting opened with club President Vince Rooker accepting the Northern Area Photographic Digital Image Knockout Trophy on behalf of the club from a representative of Alnwick & District Camera Club.
Morpeth won this competition at Blyth. The seven clubs involved – Alnwick & District, Amble Photographic Group, Ashington Co-op Camera Club, Blyth Photographic Society, Cambois Camera Club, Morpeth and Wooler Camera Club – all submitted 20 digital images and Morpeth beat Cambois in the final.
This was a very good win for Morpeth, it had not won the competition for several years, and thanks should go to the 10 different club members – Steve McDonald, Vince Rooker, Chris Earl, Davy Bolam, Glyn Trueman, Neil Baxter, Elaine Illingworth, Dave Illingworth, Ian Cadwallender and Mark Harrison – whose images were used and to the pdi competition secretary who selected the images and achieved the required result.
Mr McDonald, club chairman, then welcomed Jim Welsh to judge the Set Subject print competition for this year.
At the end of last season, club members were invited to vote on a subject for the colour and monochrome Set Subject and People at Work was chosen for the colour section, whilst On the Street was the preferred choice for the mono section.
For People at Work, the entries included a teacher at Beamish, a food vendor, engine drivers, wing walkers, weavers, street musicians, farm workers and shepherds, paramedics, and people generally going about their work.
Photographs of snow lit streets, a carnival, protesters, journalists, paparazzi, spectators and a street demonstration were among those put forward for On the Street.
Mr Welsh awarded highly commended to four images in the colour section: Asleep on the Job and Tea Ladies by Mr Earl, Working Musicians, Ballet Royale by Lionel Bryan and The Gaffer, What Should I Do Next? by Dave Bisset.
In fifth place was Mr Bolam with The Worker, John Thompson’s Watch my Fist came fourth and third went to Ploughing by Mr Rooker.
Mr Illingworth was second (The Pastry Maker) and the winner was Mr Harrison with Paparazzi.
In the mono section, highly commended was given to Mr McDonald, Mr Illingworth, Mr Cadwallender and Mr Harrison for Street Entertainer, My New Bike, The Grey Day and Addiction of Today respectively.
French Lady working the Street by Mr Bryan was fifth, fourth went to Mr Bolam with Street Performer, Human Statue, and third was Mr Thompson (Toni & Guy).
Second was Sunday Morning Stroll by Mr Illingworth and first place was awarded to Central Bar, Gateshead by Mr Bolam.