Alnwick and District Camera Club

BARRY’S VICTORY: Alnwick and District Camera Club hosted a popular annual event where the audience votes on members’ pictures until all but four winning entries are eliminated.

Such evenings are always conducted in a friendly, good-humoured atmosphere but there is a serious purpose in helping members to appreciate the difficult task that visiting judges undertake in choosing between very different pictures, each with their own merits.

The evening was conducted by vice chairman John Thompson who started by showing the prints that made up the club’s winning entry at the interclub competition held in Blyth on November 3.

He highlighted some of the elements in these pictures that had made them so successful and gave good advice to those considering entering such competitions in the future.

The 76 prints entered for the knockout covered a wide range of subjects, both in colour and monochrome, and voting was lively and sometimes extremely close. However, four fine prints took the winning places.

In fourth place was Bridge Span, by Doug Ross, a well- composed monochrome image taken from a dramatic angle, while in third place was another excellent architectural picture, this time in colour, entitled British Museum, by Gerry Simpson.

Ian Atkinson’s subtle high key colour picture of the Domes of New Maiden Convent in Moscow took second place but Barry Robertson’s beautifully printed monochrome image of Sarah’s Hands was a worthy winner of first place.