Alnwick and District Camera Club

Alnwick and District Camera Club made a good start to the New Year with a projected digital image knockout competition that attracted 112 entries from around 30 members.

This record entry included a fine range of pictures both in colour and monochrome.

Subjects varied from landscapes and portraits to wildlife, pets, people and architecture. Images were projected in pairs and voted on by the audience until all but four pictures remained.

As usual with such competitions, there was a light-hearted atmosphere with plenty of friendly banter from members who nevertheless proved to be good judges, selecting some fine winning pictures.

In fourth place was Jaipur Kids by Valerie Atkinson, a picture that successfully captured the exuberance of its young subjects, while third place went to The Eye, a striking monochrome close up of a reindeer’s head, by Margaret Whittaker.

Judith Snaith’s beautiful, atmospheric image of Caistron in the Mist took second place, but Dru Dodd’s spectacular picture of a star-filled sky, entitled Holy Island of Lindisfarne, was worthy winner of first place.

To complete the evening were two fine galleries of prints by Rosalee Cook-Jury and Athol Swanston.

Rosalee’s pictures included a fascinating selection of people and places taken locally while Athol’s colour and monochrome prints, including some beautiful sunset images, were also mainly local, proving that you do not have to go far to look for inspiration.