Alnwick and District Camera Club

Two very different competitions were judged at Alnwick and District Camera Club’s latest meeting.

First was the Alastair Cochrane Progress Award, open to any member who has not won a first, second or third prize in a club competition. The judges were members Gerry Simpson, Athol Swanston and Doug Ross.

The judges’ comments were extremely helpful and encouraging, delivered in a friendly and light-hearted style that made the competition most enjoyable for the audience. Nevertheless, this was quite a close-fought competition.

In third place was Rosalee Cook-Jury, in second place Peter Sutcliffe and in first place and worthy winner of the Alastair Cochrane Award was Dru Dodd.

The second competition of the evening was the Reportage Award, judged by Jean Findlay who was last year’s winner. This competition is for a set of images that tell a story and can be in any form.

This year they comprised sets of digital images by Tom Dundas, Fiona Beatty and Rosalee Cook-Jury, an audio visual presentation by Ian Atkinson and photo books by Dru Dodd and Jane Coltman.

Jean felt that some picture sequences would have benefitted from more written commentary while others let their pictures speak for themselves.

This was the case for Jane Coltman’s photo book of Appleby Horse Fair, a wonderfully evocative collection of excellent quality monochrome pictures that Jean chose as this year’s winner of the Reportage Award.