The judge for Alnwick and District Camera Club’s projected digital image competition was former member and very welcome regular visitor Malcolm Kus.
Malcolm is acknowledged to be one of the best club judges, with the amazing ability to assess pictures on the evening without seeing them beforehand.
On this occasion he had 83 entries to deal with, covering a wide variety of subjects both in colour and monochrome, ranging from landscapes and portraits to wildlife and still life.
Malcolm talked about each picture in detail, providing interesting analysis and plenty of encouraging comments, all delivered with great enthusiasm and good humour.
Commended pictures were Storm Approaching by Margaret Whittaker, Bench Under Starlight, Corby Crags by Dave Dixon and Weeds, Holy Island by Jane Coltman.
Highly commended were End Of The Line by Mike Christian, Teasel by Carol McKay and Warmth by Jim Kirkpatrick.
In fourth place was Moonlit Tower, an atmospheric night time image by David Burn and in third place, Fence To Nowhere, a beautiful ethereal seascape, also by David.
Second place was awarded to Gerry Simpson for Tattooed Barber, an excellent people picture taken at the Corn Exchange in Leeds, but the deserved winner of first place was Valerie Atkinson with What Fun, a charming, well captured action portrait of two young girls enjoying themselves in a fountain in the Alnwick Garden.