Alnwick and District Camera Club members welcomed back David Hall from Gateshead Camera Club to judge their latest monochrome print competition.
David is a popular choice of judge, renowned for his boundless enthusiasm and good humour. These qualities were well in evidence as he talked about the 53 pictures entered.
While he commented on the high overall standard of entries, he was quite prepared to criticise technical shortcomings. However, his comments were always helpful and encouraging and his words of appreciation were heartfelt. As he said, there is so much more to producing good prints than just taking the photographs.
David commended Hawk Eye by Christine Gray, Guggenheim Bilbao by Jane Coltman and Sky High by Micheal Mundy, and highly commended To The Sea by Dru Dodd, Cuban Cigar by Gordon Charlton and Everyday Robots by Micheal Mundy. Fourth place went to Dru Dodd for Remembering Flight 77, a poignant, cleverly composed image of a memorial plaque, while third place was awarded to Micheal Mundy for Ossie, a superb quality full-length portrait.
Laine Baker’s beautifully toned print of a nun sweeping steps, Early Morning Chores, took second place, but first place went to Richard Stent for A Quiet Place to Pray, an extremely well lit and atmospheric image of an intimate place of worship.