Alnwick and District Camera Club

Alan Porrett from Whitley Bay Photographic Society was the judge for Alnwick and District Camera Club’s set of three projected digital images competition.

Alan talked about the way in which he assessed digital image sets, which differed from how he would judge sets of prints, which are normally presented as a panel with the three pictures seen side by side.

While this approach is also acceptable for projected images, the most important thing is that they illustrate a story or common theme, with each picture being an essential part. No matter how excellent a single image might be, it will not succeed in this type of competition unless it complements the other two pictures.

Although there were only 20 entrants for this competition, this still meant that Alan had 60 pictures to comment on. While his main comments related to how well the sets held together, he also gave plenty of helpful and encouraging feedback on the content and composition of individual pictures.

Commended sets were Daffodil in Ice by Alastair Cochrane, Ice Patterns by Gerry Simpson and Buried at the Baltic by Margaret Whittaker while those highly commended were Holy Cross Church by Dave Dixon, Washing Lines in Portugal by Ian Atkinson and There’s No Business Like Show Business by Micheal Mundy.

Fourth place went to Andrew Mackie for Sea Eagle, a fine set of action wildlife shots, and third place was awarded to Richard Stent for Venetian Glass, a well composed colourful set of almost graphic still-life images. Nick Johnson took second prize with The Reds, a superb set of exciting images of the Red Arrows in action but winner of first place was Dru Dodd with Northumbria Nights, three stunning night-time images, any one of which would be worthy of a prize on its own.