Malcolm Kus was the judge for Alnwick and District Camera Club’s first open projected digital image competition of the year.
Club member Malcolm is a highly-respected judge and, as usual, gave an excellent individual appraisal of every entry, with plenty of useful and constructive criticism, liberally spiced with his much-appreciated sense of humour. The 79 pictures entered covered a wide spectrum, with many outstandingly-good images, ranging from landscapes and townscapes to portraits and natural history, both in colour and monochrome, making Malcolm’s task to select the winners a difficult one.
Commended pictures were Crocuses in Snow by Jean Findlay, Owl by Dave Dixon and Stan Collie-more? by Gerry Simpson, while Market Porters’ Break by Micheal Mundy, Misty Morning by Dawn Groves and Fun with Smoke by Nick Johnson were all highly commended. In fourth place was Red Grouse, a fine natural history study by Kevin Murray, and in third place, Aurora over the Mountains, an extremely well-handled picture of a challenging subject by Margaret Whittaker. Second place went to Jane Coltman for Mummy’s Boy, an engaging portrait of a little Indian child, but first place was awarded to John Thompson for Dog Walkers in the Mist, a well-composed, atmospheric picture taken on the beach.
To complete the evening, Paul Penman and Nick Johnson presented a fine gallery of prints. Paul’s beautiful colour landscapes were all of the Lake District, while Nick’s pictures included fine colour pictures of aircraft and some impressive high dynamic range monochrome landscapes.