The best of three
Alan Porrett, of Whitley Bay, was the judge for Alnwick and District Camera Club’s set-of-three digital projected image competition.
Alan is always a welcome judge who can be relied upon for his opinions. He started by talking about the requirements for a competition of this nature. Unlike a set-of-three print competition, where pictures are seen as a panel, projected images are viewed one at a time, so they need to tell a story or create an overall impression where all three pictures contribute an essential element.
Alan talked about all of the entries, analysing them not only as sets of three but also as individual images. He gave valuable advice on composition, content and overall photographic quality, as well as commenting on how well they held together as sets.
Alan commended The Potter by Ian Atkinson, Lunch by Margaret Whittaker and Apple Chilli Cloggers by Val Atkinson.
Highly commended were Lilies by Barry Robertson, Time and Tide by David Burn and Lowry by Laine Baker.
In fourth place was Guggenheim People by Gazette photographer Jane Coltman, an extremely creative set of almost-surreal images, while third place went to Alastair Cochrane for Some Day My Prince will Come, very colourful and lively pictures of street theatre.
John Whittaker’s fine set of wildlife action shots with a touch of humour, entitled Sea Otter, were awarded second place, but winner of first place and the Nellie Bache Award was Gordon Charlton, with Girls at the Edinburgh Festival, three superb street portraits.
David Carter provided a gallery of colourful square format prints from Grosmont Station in North Yorkshire and the ‘tractor graveyard’ at Battle Bridge Farm, near Alnwick.