Lovely landscapes vie for annual club cup

Brough Law, by John Barnes.
Brough Law, by John Barnes.

Morpeth Camera Club

Mary Hartley, a member of Ryton and District Camera Club, had accepted the challenge of judging the Bates Cup, an annual projected digital image landscape competition held at Morpeth Camera Club.

Twenty two club members had submitted 66 images that had been forwarded to Mary four weeks previously, and she returned on Tuesday, December 1 to announce the results.

Taking landscape images is one of the most popular genres of photography, but also one of the most challenging to get right, with weather, location and viewpoint all having to be considered by the photographer.

It was clear from the outset that Mary had carefully studied each shot, giving a detailed description of the content and offering her thoughts on the subject matter as each entry was projected onto a large screen.

Mary offered advice on taking colour or monochrome images, cropping and post processing, and throughout the evening her constructive critique and suggestions gave food for thought to those new to photography.

With such a varied selection of work — covering coast, countryside, hill and dale, urban landscape and exotic locations — Mary stated that it had been a difficult task to select her top five placings and highly commended images, but one that she had found most enjoyable.

The results were as follows.

In first place was Brough Law by John Barnes, second place was Bridestones Rock by Glyn Trueman, and in third place was Newcastle by Dave Illingworth.

Fourth place went to Sue Dawson for Beside the Rhone, and fifth place was awarded to Steve McDonald, with The 15.55 from Manchester.

Highly Commended Awards were given for Durham Cathedral by Neil Baxter, Unspoilt Natural Beauty by Davy Bolam, and Timanfaya by Neil Baxter, also Winter Light, White Law by Davy Bolam.

Morpeth Camera Club meets most Tuesdays between September and May, in Morpeth Methodist Church, in Howard Terrace. Meetings start at 7.30pm.

There is a varied programme of speakers, in-house evenings and competitions, with an aim for members to enjoy themselves and to improve their photography skills. Members are interested in all types of photography — landscape work, portraiture, flowers, close-up, audio visual, and more. All work is now done in the digital format.

Membership costs £25 per annum.

For further information regarding Morpeth Camera Club, its programme and gallery please visit our website at

Please note that anyone is welcome to attend three meetings with no obligation to join the club. There is, however, a small cover charge for each visit.