Photographic hat-tricks keep the judge on her toes

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Morpeth Camera Club

The club welcomed Mary Hartley, a member of Ryton Camera Club, to judge the Three-of-a-Kind Competition.

In this contest, the submitted prints are judged as a set or panel of three and must have a link or theme to connect them to each other, but at the same time each individual photograph should have stand alone qualities.

In the colour section, images of a sequence of droplets of milk, colourful finches, dramatic, decorative gratings on university buildings, Antonio Carnova marble statues, action shots of drift racing cars, stormy seas and mosaics were included.

A re-enactment trio entitled The Forties by Vince Rooker, a series of sharp detailed portraits, and a set of abstract interior shots in subtle pastels entitled Into the Void by Pat Woods were both given Highly Commended awards.

Fifth place was given to Ian Cadwallender for General Lee– a trio of striking shots of a red classic car – Street Artist by Elaine Illingworth, a gritty, sharp illustration of a graffiti artist at work was fourth and third went to Fading Glory, a study of three fading roses, subtly lit, by Sue Dawson.

Davy Bolam’s Oil Art, a set of abstract images of oil patterns which Mary described as a good colourful set that work together and were well visualised, was chosen for second place and Mark Harrison was the winner with Time Warp, a creative set that Mary considered to be very well executed.

She said his photographs led the viewer to the centre and had dynamism, movement, a futuristic quality and originality.

In the monochrome section, old metal hanging street signs with detail, atmosphere and character, a study of the Millennium Bridge with sweeping, simplistic lines of shining steel, a lighthouse collection with huge waves and dramatic skies and a set of vignetted sporting scenes were included.

Mary gave Highly Commended awards to Dave Illingworth for Lost in France – they had good lead in lines and crisp detailed river scenes with nicely rendered skies – and Different Parisien Icons by Lionel Bryan, these beautifully sharp images which complimented each other had a story telling quality.

York Minster Looking Up, three images of the patterns, symmetry and detail of the roof which concentrated the eye, by Vince Rooker was also awarded a Highly Commended.

Glyn Trueman was fifth for his The DNA Spiral images, with excellent sharp contrast giving impact to his abstract images, and Mary admired the detail, pathos and sentiment that Sue had captured in the fourth placed set of three photographs, called The Response Memorial.

Third went to Dave Bisset for Brimham Rocks Erosion, a study of textured wind erosion on rocks, all complimenting each other, which resembled a pen and ink drawing. Mary awarded second place to Ian for Blyth Beach, a set of ethereal images full of atmosphere that tells a story with interesting skies and excellent range of tones.

The winner of the monochrome section was Davy with Aspects of Middle Haven Complex. It had qualities which followed the brief exactly – an excellent middle image complimented by two outer pictures giving it structure, and a consistent tonal range throughout.

Club chairman Steve McDonald thanked Mary for her considered and detailed critique of the images submitted, after which the sets were displayed around the room for members to view at close range.

Refreshments were served to conclude another very interesting evening at the club.