You can always find something to photograph was the advice of Lionel Bryant from Morpeth Camera Club who judged Wooler and District Camera Club’s latest two competitions – the Edith Searle Cup and the Alan Searle Cup.
Members had heeded his advice and submitted a wide variety of images for each contest.
The subject for the Alan Searle Cup was Street Scenes. Vibrant crowds, streets blanketed in snow, street entertainers, a street at night, pattern pictures, even a statue of the Duke of Wellington with a traffic cone on his head gave Lionel a tough task sorting the winners from the 24 entries.
The honours went to Peter Ayres who was highly commended for Time Out and John Wilson who was highly commended for A Day for Walking, Not Driving. Russell Young came third with Old Loyalties and second was Peter Ayres with At the End of the Day.
The winner was Peter Ayres with Dancing in the Street, a picture of two ranks of Morris dancers and their accordionist, full of colour, life and interest.
After the break, Lionel judged the Edith Searle Cup.
The subject was Still Life and attracted a strong field of 32 entries.
Prior to giving his critique Lionel reminded his audience that still life is ‘an arrangement of inanimate objects that is pleasing to the eye.’
The entries ranged from a study of a fishing fly to an arrangement of bowls, a collection of seashore objects to a collection of garden tools and reflected light from objects as diverse as a silver coffee pot, a brandy bottle and some wooden apples.
Pat Young, Cyril Guthrie and Mike Allport were all highly commended for An Evening In, Porcellain Fungus and The Last Supper respectively. Russell Young came third with Bobbin Along and John Wilson was second with Coloured Beakers.
The winner was Russell Young with Life’s a Beach, an intriguing arrangement of seashore flotsam and jetsam photographed on the sand.
The next meeting of Wooler and District Camera Club will be on March 27, in the Glendale Hall at 7.30pm when Ian Cartwright will speak on underwater photograph.