Club Night, 1st Open Print Competition - Tuesday 14th November 2017.

On Tuesday 14th November 2017, Morpeth Camera Club held their First Open Print Competition of the season and this
popular evening attracted 112 prints from 24 members. Split into two sections of Monochrome Prints and Colour Prints
the club had invited Mr Keith Suddaby FRPS MPAGB EFIAP FBPE to assess the work. A renowned national judge and
photographer of distinction, Keith stated that it was a pleasure to come out of semi retirement to return to Morpeth,
the club he first joined when he moved to the Northeast from Southport. Keith had viewed the members work at home
over the previous three weeks and due to the high number of entries his deliberations on each print on the night were
brief, however, they were to the point and meaningful, demonstrating that he had studied each one in great detail.

Starting with the Monochrome entries he commented on the quality of work overall and that he could have given many
awards but was restricted to selecting 4 highly commended and his top five. Looking for prints with punch or impact he
extolled the virtues of black blacks and white whites when printing. He stated that the use of the histogram, with the
levels and saturation sliders can make a big difference, and that with little effort one can dramatically change the feel
of an image.

A huge variation of subject matter saw Keith offer advice on backgrounds, framing and composition. He described some
prints as "busy" and suggested that we should all consider simplicity and really look at what to exclude and what to leave
in a photograph. Portraiture, studio work, architecture, natural history, landscape, trees and water had all been beautifully
captured, but to his eye had remained "record shots" as he felt they had just lacked that sense of engagement.

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In the Monochrome section Keith awarded Highly Commended to Monster in the Woods by Dave Bisset, Ogling Owls by
Roseanne Robinson, M.I.T. by Chris Earl and Jubilee Bridge by Glyn Trueman. 5th place went to I'm Watching You by Myra
Jackson, 4th place to Overview by Sue Dawson, 3rd place to Navigation Posts by Peter Downs, and 2nd place to The Old
Man of Storr by Steve Mcdonald. In 1st place and winner of the Mono print competition was Naughty Boy by Chris Earl.

Moving on to the Colour print entries, Keith again praised the high standard across the board and said that a judge really
appreciated seeing good work. He was again looking for prints with strong colours, impact or drama and gave helpful tips
to get that "wow" factor. The ability of a print to tell a story or have a strong focal point were things that he looked for when
judging a photograph. Recording real life was another subject that could be used to make powerful or emotional statements
and that sometimes just being different or intriguing was enough to draw the viewer's attention.

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In the Colour section he awarded Highly Commended to The Fire Demon Escapes by Ken Godfrey, Watching by Alan Barker,
Cross of Nails by Glyn Trueman and Cornfields & Mountain by Peter Downs. 5th place went to The Meadow by Davy Bolam,
4th place to Tommy by Mark Harrison, 3rd place to The Photographers by Glyn Trueman and 2nd place to Whitby Goths by
Rosanne Robinson. In 1st place and winner of the Colour print Competition was Flowering Beach Huts by Chris Earl.

Keith was thanked by club chairman Mark Harrison and warmly applauded by an appreciative audience who had enjoyed
his comments and observations.

Davy Bolam.