Alnwick, Camera Club

The gates at Alnwick Garden.
Picture by Jane Coltman
The gates at Alnwick Garden. Picture by Jane Coltman

Members were the judges for Alnwick and District Camera Club’s set subject competition for colour and monochrome prints.

The subject was Past Its Best and the competition attracted 50 entries that interpreted this in a variety of ways.

Prints were first displayed on a light box, then arranged around the room so that members could peruse and discuss them, before awarding points to their four favourites.

Score sheets were collected and the results collated to establish the winning pictures. It was a close fought competition, with only 10 points separating the 10 winners.

Those earning commended awards were Tour D’Ocean? by Gerry Simpson, Second Incarnation by Jim Kirkpatrick, and Forgotten by Alastair Cochrane, while highly commended went to Rusting Albion by Malcolm Kus, Leaning in Liverpool by Carol McKay and Storm Damage by Richard Stent.

In fourth place was Down But Not Out by Valerie Atkinson, a still life of the battered remains of a guitar held by an injured hand, and in third place Old Tap, a colourful image of rust and corrosion by Laine Baker.

Jane Coltman’s second placed Seen Better Days fitted the description in several ways, depicting an elderly woman seated on an ancient bench in front of a crumbling mural, but Gerry Simpson’s simple image of a faded daffodil, entitled Nearly Gone, was the judges’ first choice.