Photographer snaps up first and third prizes

Morpeth Camera Club'1st   Night Tyne by Mark Harrison
Morpeth Camera Club'1st Night Tyne by Mark Harrison


The evening marked the adjudication and results of the 2nd Open Digital Projected Image Competition, and was judged by the vastly experienced and respected Jim Welsh, LRPS,CPGAB, from Blyth, who is a frequent visitor to Morpeth Camera Club.

Morpeth Camera Club'2nd Enigmatic smile by Pat Wood

Morpeth Camera Club'2nd Enigmatic smile by Pat Wood

The competition comprised some 63 entries from 22 different members, and Jim displayed each image with considered comments/suggestions on all facets of the photograph.

Member Mark Harrison dominated the outcome in gaining first and third places, with a Highly Commended included in the four awarded by Jim.

In awarding first place, Jim commented that whilst night images of the Tyne bridges were naturally prolific in the number of those entered in such competitions, Mark’s was sufficiently different and attractive.

The colourful, panoramic picture, exposed from high level, embraced all the prime architectural features from the Swing Bridge to an eastern horizon, under a moonlit, cloudy sky.

Morpeth Camera Club' 3rd  Sycamore standing proud by Mark Harrison,

Morpeth Camera Club' 3rd Sycamore standing proud by Mark Harrison,

Second place was awarded by Jim to Pat Wood for her meaningful close study of a mature couple, featuring the well-captured and detailed depiction of the lady in the foreground and her ‘Enigmatic Smile’.

The tonal range and light of this monochromatic photograph were the prime factors in achieving this high level of finishing.

Mark’s third placed Sycamore Standing Proud was a composition of what by now must be internationally-recognised as the Sycamore Gap in Hadrian’s Wall.

This autumn/winter image had been taken from a completely different angle from that commonly chosen to produce a more dramatic composition, with the wall rising diagonally.

The tree, seasonally devoid of foliage, displayed more interesting detail. Again as with Pat’s, the handling of this monochromatic image was superb.

It is interesting to note that until recently, monochromatic photographs did not figure highly in numbers of entries in project image competitions.

However, in this event mono entry level was high, exemplified by the results, with two of the top three places being of that genre. Interesting?

Jim was thanked by Chairman Stephen McDonald for his excellent contribution to a good club evening; a sentiment applauded by all members present.

Morpeth Camera Club meets on Tuesday evenings between September and May, at 7.30pm, in the Methodist Church in Howard Terrace, Morpeth. Visitors and prospective members are welcome to come along to up to three meetings with no obligation to join for a small cover charge of £2 for each visit, including tea/coffee and biscuits. More details about the club, the gallery of members’ photographs, its activities and membership are available on its website at