Striking Salon images on show

'Waiting for a Storm', the judges' best colour print.
'Waiting for a Storm', the judges' best colour print.

Morpeth Camera Club

Morpeth Camera Club Life President Vince Rooker showed a selection of 127 photographs from the Northern Counties Photographic Federation International Print Salon.

A total of 824 monochrome prints and 970 colour prints were submitted from 31 different countries.

Three judges then viewed and marked each print that had to score a minimum mark of 12 to be accepted into the salon.

In the monochrome section 244 prints gained an acceptance.

Members were treated to some of the best entries, which included textured portraits, ballerinas in delicate voile, stormy seas, and a bearded mariner in stunning detail.

There were also photographs of abstract fishing poles, teasels, high key hill recessions, slum kids and the white horses of the Carmarge.

Among the images from Europe, China, Hungary, Australia, Ireland and South Africa were scenes of Yellowstone, along with fish writhing in nets, and a Nepalese hair saloon.

Out of an amazing variety of photographs, judges chose a stunning portrait of a beautiful girl, entitled ‘Anna Chainmail’ as their best monochrome print.

In the colour section 244 prints gained an acceptance.

Again members enjoyed images of dancers in vivid red and black, a Dali inspired portrait, kids searching through a steaming rubbish tip and a Buddhist procession in bright gold and saffron robes.

Other pictures in the selection included evening light on paddy fields, mirrored wall reflections, an Asian floating village, an Art Deco inspired study of a coffee cup, and sugar cubes.

Also featured were futuristic architectural shots, an Atacama sunset, wild horse herders, a tranquil Dutch windmill scene.

And in addition, there were moody beach scenes, piers in the mist, life studies, wildlife and sea birds.

It was an eclectic variety of stunning images.

Judges chose ‘Waiting for a Storm’, an atmospheric scene of a girl with an umbrella on a beach with black skies promising an approaching storm, as the best colour print.

Prints which had received ribbons, judge’s medals and awards, including ‘Isolated’, a serene landscape of a farmhouse situated in snow covered fields and hills, that was awarded best landscape, were displayed around the room.

It allowed members to view them more closely to appreciate the quality of these lovely photographs and give an understanding of the judges’ final choices.

Club chairman Glyn Trueman thanked Vince for his presentation, providing another interesting evening at the club, after which coffee was served.

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