Meadow-sweet and memorials, clover and crosses, heather and headstones all featured at Wooler and District Camera Club when members competed for the John Cowing Trophy with pictures of Wild Flowers, and the Michael Grieves Award with images of Churchyards in Black and White.
The judge was Steve McDonald, a past chairman of Morpeth Camera Club, who with a gentle, instructive and witty critique appraised each of the 48 entries for the wild flower competition and the 32 for the churchyards.
In the John Cowing Trophy highly commended certificates went to Margaret Urwin, Pat Young, Roger Gomersall and Mike Young. Third was John Wilson with Willow Flowering, second was Ian Cartwright with Desert Spring Flowers and first place went to Bryony Stimpson with Blue Carpet, an absorbing picture of woodland bluebells.
In the Michael Grieves Award members put forward entries that were eye-catching, bold, and with an occasional touch of dark humour. Highly commended certificates went to Diane Baynton, Patrick Sheard and Marian Hall. Third, second and first certificates were awarded to Russell Young, with St Michael and All Angels Ford, Jewish Cemetery Krakow and Kirkmadrine Churchyard, a juxtaposition of the church, a monument and a tree that created an intriguing effect.
The next meeting will be today in Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler, at 7.30pm when there will be two competitions Novices Open and On the Beach. All are welcome.