Alnwick and District Camera Club

Members were the judges for Alnwick and District Camera Club’s Northumberland Plate digital projected image competition.

As its title suggests, this is a competition for pictures taken in Northumberland. The subject for this year was the natural world and this attracted a wide range of pictures including animals, birds, insects, plants and geological features. Each member was invited to award their favourite pictures from one to five points and the scores were totalled at the end of the evening to produce the following results.

Commended were Swallow’s Feeding Time and Robin on Leaf, both by Gerry Simpson, and Coquet Seal by Dru Dodd while Squirrelkins by Andrew Mackie and Flick of the Tongue and Blue Tit Flight, both by Kevin Murray, were highly commended.

Kevin also took fourth place with a wonderful action shot of a red squirrel, entitled Leap, while Margaret Whittaker’s excellent insect picture, Hummingbird Moth Attaches to a Flower was awarded third place.

In second place was John Thompson with a striking bird portrait appropriately entitled Starling but it was Jane Coltman’s dramatic action picture, Attacking Tern, that was runaway winner of first place.

The evening was completed by two fine print galleries. Gordon Charlton showed an interesting range of pictures including scenes from Dubai, Malta and Newcastle, but his most striking images were three action shots of an African fish eagle taken in Kenya. John Thompson showed a fine sequence of monochrome prints taken at Blyth, all featuring the lighthouse, and, by contrast, an extremely colourful set of almost abstract close up images of interior structural features of the Lowry Gallery at Salford Quays.