EXPERT GUIDANCE: Malcolm Kus was the judge for the competitions at Wooler andDistrict Camera Club.
It was a lively and entertaining evening as Malcolm, with his usual good humour and expertise guided members through each of the pictures entered.
He told members what was positive about their pictures and what could be done to improve them.
This was particularly helpful as he is a highly respected judge on the photographic circuit and his comments enabled members to improve their photographic skills.
There were two competitions for Malcolm to judge.
The first was the John Walker Cup, which asked members to take pictures on the theme of Looking Up.
There were a variety of interpretations of this which included a patient in a dentist’s chair, a trapeze artist and someone looking up a word in a dictionary.
Malcolm commented on each one with expertise and humour.
The winning picture, taken by John Wilson, was a remarkable image of a puffin in flight carrying a mouthful of sand eels.
In second place was a picture by Peter Ayres of a red squirrel lounging across a branch high in a tree.
Third place went to Mike Young for his picture of a magnifying glass being held over a dictionary.
The second competition was the John Wilson Trophy.
It asked members to be as creative as they wished with their digital editing skills or with their chosen subject.
The winning image was by Peter Ayres. It showed a reflected sphere of images of Vienna reflected on a glossy surface.
Mike Allport came second with his collage of four pictures showing different sides of the same head.
Raymond Beston’s image of looking through a wrought-iron gate into a church’s stained glass window was technically brilliant.