Alnwick and District Camera Club welcomed back David Hall from Gateshead to judge the first open monochrome print competition of the season.
David is a frequent and welcome visitor to the club, renowned for his flamboyant and entertaining style of judging.
From his detailed comments on each entry, it was evident that he had spent a great deal of time and effort in considering every one of the 50 prints entered.
This was clearly a labour of love for David, whose praise for the commended and winning entries was little short of rapturous. However, he was quick to find encouraging words for every picture and offered plenty of useful advice on composition, printing technique and choice of mounts and paper.
Commended prints were Alms by Ian Atkinson, Executive Shoe Shine by Jane Coltman and Into The Fog by David Burn. Those highly commended were Misty Morning, Clapham Commute by Micheal Mundy, Cafeology by Alastair Cochrane, and Shear, also by Alastair. In fourth place was A Flower For the Fallen, 9/11 by Laine Baker, a poignant image of a white rose placed on an inscribed tablet of the New York Memorial, while third place went to British Airways by Nick Johnson, a dramatically lit and well composed image of an aircraft in its hangar. Jane Coltman’s wonderfully atmospheric, timeless image entitled Misty Morning, Alnwick, was awarded second place, but winner of first place was Nick Johnson with Drops, a very striking, high contrast close-up image of water droplets on a leaf.