Wooler Camera Club

Seven camera clubs from across the county came together in a spirit of friendly rivalry at Wooler to challenge one another in an inter-club competition.

The occasion was the annual regional print competition hosted this year by Wooler and District Camera Club.

The judge for the evening was Ron Bell LRPS from Melrose. Ron explained that being a competition between clubs he expected that each would have submitted the best work that their members could produce.

He therefore set a high standard and with fair, constructive and robust critiques was pleased to report that the entries came up to the mark with the majority of them scoring in excess of 20 points out of an available 30.

The first half was devoted to black and white and the audience was treated to some outstanding images in all genres – portraiture, wild life, architecture, and patterns – that had Ron complimenting entrants on the emotional impact and ‘added value’ of their pictures.

Alnwick Camera Club had one perfect 30 with My Ball, a picture of rugby players in a chase that showed, on their faces, all the grit and determination that the game demands.

At the half way stage competition was close with Cambois on a cumulative total of 103, in the lead only 10 points ahead of Wooler on 93, and in seventh place.

The second half was colour prints and again a high standard was evident. A striking picture of a girl in a red sari led into a series of entries – sunsets, portraits, action shots and nature pictures - that exploited every nuance of colour, light, contrast and reflection.

Cambois had a perfect 30 with an enchanting picture of three zebra, frozen in a moment of time, nuzzling one another.

The final top score was 215 to Cambois with Ashington second and Morpeth third. Alnwick came fourth, Blyth fifth, Amble sixth and Wooler seventh with 178 points. Competition will be joined again next season.

The club meets tonight at 7.30pm in the Glendale Hall.

Members will compete for the Novices Cup and the Andy Steel Rose Bowl.