Alnwick and District Camera Club welcomed back Dave Richardson, from Ryton, to judge its second open print competition.
This was divided into colour and monochrome sections, which were judged separately, meaning that Dave had 74 prints to deal with.
This he achieved with aplomb, talking at length about each entry with encouraging comment and useful advice, all delivered with enthusiasm and a gentle humour, which made the evening a pleasure.
In the colour section, Listening Through the Wall by Margaret Whittaker, Feeding the Carp by Ian Atkinson and The Earth’s Shadow by Stanley Trafford were commended, while Elderly Monk by Laine Baker, and How Much is that Ducky by Michael Mundy, were highly commended.
Gordon Charlton’s beautiful landscape of the coast at Elgol was awarded fourth place, and Laine’s detailed and delicately coloured image of Spinning took third place.
In second place was American Dream by Michael Mundy, a strikingly simple, but effective image of a white clapboard house set against a blue sky, and Peter Downs’ well seen and vividly coloured pattern image, entitled New Building Wall, Amble, was the winner.
In the monochrome section Across the Generations by Jane Coltman, He Never Returned by Peter Downs, and Bombed by a Bullock by Ian Atkinson were commended. Highly commended were View of Holy Island by Pat Wood, The Sentinels by Peter Downs and Boats by Margaret Whittaker.
In fourth place was Chilled Roman Style by Gordon Charlton, a well captured image of a statue with good use of a textured background, while in third was Heavy Metal Pete by Michael Mundy, a dynamic, high quality portrait with elements of threat and humour.
Out of Darkness into Light was the title of Peter Downs’ superb atmospheric study of light and shade, a worthy winner of second place, but Michael Mundy took first with another of his matchless