Club Meeting, NCPF International Print Salon - Tuesday 18th October 2016.


On Tuesday 18th October 2016, Vince Rooker, Life President of Morpeth Camera Club, gave a presentation of prints from
the 37th Northern Counties Photographic Federation International Salon of Photography.
The Salon consists of six Sections, two Print Sections of Monochrome and Colour Prints and four Projected Digital Image
Sections, Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Nature & Photo-Travel. In each category three esteemed judges had been asked
to select photographs submitted from not only the United Kingdom but worldwide and to be accepted they must have been
awarded a minimum of 12 marks by the judges.
Vince opened with accepted prints which were entered from Europe, China, New Zealand, China, Qatar, USA, South Africa,
Canada, India and the Ukraine. It soon became obvious that a new trend in photography is taking place, where in previous
years we viewed brightly coloured images, this year seemed to be dedicated to soft focused ethereal pastel compositions.
The monochrome section included submerged trees in milky water from Australia, happy children splashing in water from
China, delicate portraits from India, Indonesian temple women, a running Jackal from South Africa, American graffiti and
Irish street kids.
Colour acceptances included graceful ballerinas with flowing skirts, a striking abstract staircase, Finnish fishermen, Greek
foundry workers, Indonesian cave divers, glowing pasture land, gymnasts, crisp snowscapes and a beautiful swan sleeping
in the mist.
The awards section followed and photographs of the female form together with detailed facial portraits turned out to be the
popular choice this year, all of which were shot in beautiful light with moody and atmospheric results. On Pointe ballerinas,
rugby players, still life flowers, weight-lifters, shadows, cast iron workers, courting Red Cranes, a lone horse in snow,
abstract landscapes and interiors and street photography with beggars were among the eclectic choice of subjects submitted
this year.
The RPS Gold Medal for Best Colour print was entitled ‘Tenderness’, the PSA Gold Medal for Best monochrome print was
‘Solitary Confinement’, PSA Ribbons were awarded for ‘Leap in the Dark’ and ‘Cloud Dancer’, and a NCPF medal went to ‘In
the Hood’. After an evening of viewing exceptional photography, the awarded photographs were exhibited around the room
for members to see, close up, the wonderful detail.
Club Chairman thanked Vince for a very informative and entertaining evening after which coffee was served.