Photographer invited to judge ‘exceptional’ standard of work

Morpeth Camera Club'Mark Harrison:Time Travelling.
Morpeth Camera Club'Mark Harrison:Time Travelling.

Morpeth Camera Club

THE club invited John Richardson from Cramlington to judge the second Open Projected Digital Image competition.

He commenced by stating that the contest was difficult to judge as the average quality of images submitted was exceptional – 26 members had submitted a total of 78 images.

His main criteria, with this being an open competition, was to establish the message the author wanted to convey, stressing that it was very subjective and depended upon what strikes a cord and appeals to the judge.

In this instance, the photographers have the opportunity to submit pictures that they personally like without the constraints of having to follow, for instance, a set subject or a natural history contest.

Mr Richardson was looking for the use of movement in action shots, good lighting, contrast, definite blacks and whites, diagonals and composition.

With a wide variety of subjects, members submitted images of a shiny Harley Davidson, diagonal shapes of Amble Pier, the textures and colours of a ballroom in decay, highlights on a tree bark, dew on spiders’ webs, peregrine falcons in flight, smiling Balinese girls, crows in the evening skies and light trails.

Mr Richardson discussed each photograph in turn, giving constructive comments on how the image could be slightly improved by the use of cropping to keep the subject as the main focal point of the scene.

Other pictures submitted included lovely sunrise landscapes, pylons silhouetted against a red sunset, star trails at Wallington, abstract images of the Thames Barrier and striking images of the Red Devils and their colourful trails.

After much consideration, the judge gave highly commended awards to Yvonne Fisher for Fern, Castle and Boat (taken by Myra Jackson), Neil Baxter with Tulip Staircase and Winter Jay by Tony Scott.

He awarded fifth place to Jeremy Cooper for his colourful picture of Rydal Water, fourth went to Sue Dawson for her monochrome image entitled Comfort Me and Time Travelling, a very colourful photograph by Mark Harrison, came third.

It was a successful night for Davy Bolam as his Last Leaf entry was second and his stunning picture of smoke trails, Satanic Smoke, was the winning image.

Club chairman Steve McDonald thanked Mr Richardson for taking time to judge the entries and for his very constructive comments. The raffle and coffee concluded another very inspiring evening at the club.

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