Good things come in threes

Tern in flight by Chris Earl.
Tern in flight by Chris Earl.


Gerry Adcock, of Hexham and District Photographic Society, came to judge the Three of the Kind print competition, where members enter three prints on any subject, which are judged as a set panel and must have a theme to connect them.

Gerry is not only a judge, but also lectures for clubs belonging to the Northern Counties Photographic Federation, and is Regional Co-ordinator for the Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS).

He opened by explaining that he likes the Three of a Kind format as it is challenging, thought provoking and it is quite an achievement to win.

In the monochrome section, a highly commended award went to Dave Bisset for Memories, his trio of steam engine shots. Fifth place went to Vince Rooker for Vintage Sports Cars, and fourth was given to Lionel Bryan for Nyhavn, quayside shots of yachts.

In third place was Glyn Trueman, for Northumbrian University, flipped images forming abstract spider web patterns, and second went to Davy Bolam for Cutting Edge Entertainment, shots of a sword swallower.

First place was awarded to Chris Earl for Farne Islands, the right and left images of terns in flight providing a lead-in to the central photograph of the Farnes with dramatic seas. Gerry was particularly impressed by the quality of Chris’ photography, good printing, mounts and borders.

The colour section included birds of prey, German Christmas markets and dirt bike riders.

Highly commended went to Pat Wood for Marley Hill Shed Cans, dusty oil cans on window ledges, Paul Saint for Three Green Seats, three men dozing on green metal seats, and Sue Dawson with Five a Day, a still life of fruit and vegetables.

Gerry chose Vince Rooker’s Home Sweet Home for fifth place, abandoned rooms in warm mellow tones. Fourth place went to Lionel Bryan for Walsingham Window, a series of stained glass colour popped windows, Glyn Trueman came third with Long Eared Owl, and Peter Downs was given second place with To the Left, or Right, a set of three road markings.

The winner was Davy Bolam with Chevrolet Rustbucket, selected angles of an old Chevrolet car in vibrant reds and yellows, with textured rust patterns, which Gerry said tipped the scales in its originality.

Gerry admired the wide selection of work, those who achieved a good proportion between photograph and mount, continuity, and imaginative, interesting subjects which told a story.

The evening continued with Vince Rooker treating the audience with a presentation of a church in Rhodes, Mount Etna lava patterns, Polish morning mists and market traders, Glen Coe, tombstones, Salford Quays, Blyth Power Station, Tall Ships and waves off Blyth Beach, together with interesting anecdotes.

Chairman Glyn Trueman thanked Gerry for his constructive comments, and Vince for his entertaining presentation.