Club Meeting, 2nd Open Print Competitions - Tuesday 13th March 2018.

On Tuesday 13th March 2018, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed Will Ireland from Washington Camera Club to give his
comments on the entries and to announce the results of this seasons Second Open Print Competitions. After having the
prints in his possession for several weeks, Will complimented the club on the quality of the work and stated that when
judging it was a given that a photograph should be sharp so he didn’t intend to dwell on this requirement, but to now
concentrate more on the storytelling aspect and how it was handled.

In an open competition, members were able to submit photographs which did not have the confines of a specific subject.
Among the 75 entries in total, Will started with the Colour Section which included a symmetrical abbey ceiling, the Forth
Rail Bridge, a swirly panorama called Newcastle, Gateshead Quayside Photosphere, birds, grass seeds, water lilies, and
evening shots at low tide, pressed flowers and mosaic patterns. Giving his opinions and advice on each entry Will went
on to announce his highly commended choices; Railway Station Underpass by Paul Appleby, Lakeland Wall, and Newlands
Beck near Derwentwater both by Peter Hetherington, and Tourists in Dubrovnik by Roseanne Robinson. He awarded Fifth
place to Alistair Cooper for Contrast in Blue, a group of three striking blue flowers which he described as stunning and
beautifully lit. Coastline, by Davy Bolam was placed Fourth, a gradation of pastel yellows representing the sand, blending
with soft blue skies with poles receding into the distance which Will admired for its simplicity and relaxing quality. Third
place was awarded to Roseanne Robinson for Jay in Autumn Foliage, with the contrasting colours of the blue Jay against
golden foliage, fine feather detail and glint in the eye. Sue Dawson was given Second place for her Edinburgh Cityscape
which was described as a well balanced image of the Edinburgh skyline from Calton Hill, a pathway leading to the Dugald
Stewart Monument and on to the city under a dramatic sky. Will then declared the winner of the 2nd Open Colour Print
Competition as On the Edge of Stanage Edge, also by Sue Dawson. The gritstone escarpment in the Peak District stood
out, Will said, for its colourful misty recession of purple mountains, its lone figure on the edge evoking the feeling of
height, its treatment and composition and for its sharpness and depth.

1st.  2nd. 3rd.


The judge continued with his consideration of the Monochrome prints which included multi toned abstract steps, curved
shapes at the Minack open air theatre and stairs leading up to a lighthouse lantern room. Ceiling patterns at the Great
Court in the British Museum, horse riding on the beach under stormy skies, minimalist reeds in sepia tones, puddle
reflections in textured paving stones, bronze statuary, street scenes and architecture. Highly commended places were
given to Sue Dawson for Still Life with Almanac, York Station Abstract by Glyn Trueman, Patterns in Ice by Davy Bolam,
and View from the Top, also by Davy. Fifth place was given to Pat Wood for Afternoon Tiff, a couple sitting separately on
a bench under a vast sky with grasses in the foreground which Will said was well seen and had a storytelling quality.
Fourth place went to Peter Hetherington with Wintery Walk, a lone figure in the snow, which Will admired for the frosty
tree detail and its good composition. In Third place was Sue Dawson with Hebron, a church nestling in trees, Will saying
that it had good lead in lines, gentle and muted tones and had depth, describing it as having a Constable painting quality.
Alistair Cooper was given Second place with Old School Biker, together with wrinkles, stubble and a tight crop, Will had
admired the leather jacket detail and expression of experience on the subjects face. The winner of the 2nd Open
Monochrome Print Competition was Peter Hetherington with Winter Wonderland. Chosen by Will for the leading lines of
the ploughed field, telegraph poles and the fence, together with dark trees which contrasted with the snow.

1st.  2nd.  3rd.


Chairman Mark Harrison thanked Will for taking the time to judge, and for his constructive comments on each entry.

Steph.