Our Jane judges sets of pictures

Zombie.Elaine Illingworth
Zombie.Elaine Illingworth

Morpeth camera club

Club secretary Dave Bisset welcomed Jane Coltman – Chair of Alnwick Camera Club and Chief Photographer of the Morpeth Herald and Northumberland Gazette – to judge the Three of a Kind print competition.

For this contest, members are invited to enter three separate colour prints and three separate monochrome prints on any subject, but prints will be judged as a set of three and must have a link or theme to connect them to each other.

Entries cannot contain a print or a print of an image that has previously been awarded a first place.

The mono section included photographs of trains arriving and departing, reflections in crash helmets, fiords and glaciers, the Infinity Bridge, shags with their young and studies of patterns made from smoke trails.

Sets were judged on tonal and shutter speed uniformity. They needed to be cropped and mounted in a similar fashion so that no one image should stand out from the rest, have a strong link to each other and preferably tell a story in sequence.

With these criteria taken into consideration, Jane awarded fourth place to Dave Illingworth for his shop window reflections entitled Worlds, Steve McDonald was third for his images of trees growing in rough terrain and second went to Chris Earl for his scenes of Coquet Island.

The winner of the mono section was John Thompson. His striking images were taken at midnight on Salford Quays.

The colour section included images of puffins, portraits, diggers, monkeys with their young, interiors of churches, fireworks and war games.

Highly commended awards were given to Vince Rooker for his graphic images of the vaults in York Minster and Davy Bolam’s colourful pictures of oil on water, which resembled planets in the universe.

In fifth place was Mr Thompson with Autumn in the Highlands, Sue Dawson came fourth with her Newcastle scenes entitled Rush Hour Light Trails and third was awarded to Mark Harrison for his brightly coloured images of fairground scenes.

Mr McDonald was second for his three images of the Red Arrows, with brilliant sky colours and sweeping light trails, and a well deserved first place went to Elaine Illingworth. Her ghostly, atmospheric images, entitled Spooks, were taken in the pedestrian Tyne Tunnel. Jane was thanked for her detailed and informative comments.