Alnwick and District Camera Club

Two competitions were on the agenda at the latest meeting of Alnwick and District Camera Club.

First up was the Alastair Cochrane Progress Award which is open to members who have not previously been placed in a club competition.

The three excellent judges were club members Margaret Whittaker, Dawn Groves and Laine Baker, who gave considered and constructive comments.

Tom Dundas showed a set of three abstract images, formed from a feature at The Alnwick Garden, Rosie Cook-Jury created images from plant life and the winner was Mick McMahon, who had produced a fine set of wildlife images.

The second competition was the Reportage Award in which a series of images, shown in any form, are to tell a story. The judge was last year’s winner Jane Coltman.

A series of photographs showing the stained glass windows in the church of St John The Baptist at Alnmouth were shown by Rosie Cook-Jury.

The brave souls taking part in the Alnmouth New Year’s Day Dip were depicted by Tom Dundas, his images illustrating the chilly conditions and the light-hearted spirit of the event.

Third up was an AV by Jean Findlay, which had been shot during a two-day trek to Marmaloda, the highest mountain in the Dolomites.

Jean’s images conveyed the scale of the impressive area by showing tiny human figures against the scree-covered landscape and pictures where the viewer’s eye was pulled through to the mist and cloud-filled background behind the enormous rocky outcrops.

Jean had selected Haydn’s Surprise Symphony to accompany her images and the two together created a very impressive AV which was deservedly judged to be the winner.

The gallery wall was filled with an excellent display of images by Gerry Simpson. These photographs covered a variety of themes and styles and Gerry, as usual, showed us what a versatile and talented photographer he is.