Club Meeting Report, A4 Print Comp & Assessment Evening - Tuesday 29th September 2015.

On Tuesday 29th September 2015, Morpeth Camera Club staged their annual A4 Print Competition, an informal, fun
evening with the aim of encouraging all members to display their work and to interact with views and observations.
A simple voting system was in place where members chose their five favourite prints out of the seventy on display.
Authors of the prints were not disclosed and voting was by secret ballot. Leading the discussions for the evenings
exercise was club member and current NCPF judge, Steve Mcdonald.
He was impressed by the standard of the work submitted, and commented on the wide variety of subject matter that
included clowns, insects, containers, colourful garden hammocks, hot air balloons, night club and street scenes,water,
flowers, sunsets, the lunar eclipse and landscapes. He stressed how difficult it was to judge so many different styles
against each other, how important it is to be objective and to try to establish what the author was is trying to convey.
After members had viewed the entry and votes had been cast, Steve invited several individuals to choose a photograph,
to explain what caught their attention, whether it told a story, if a title would influence its success and whether the use
of a border, colour of mount or enlargement could result in a more appealing image. During these discussions it became
clear that everyone saw different things in a print.
When the votes were counted it was announced that in fifth place was Mike Weighall with a charming garden scene that
featured a circle through which another scene was portrayed with great effect. In fourth place, was Stephanie Robson’s
‘Mooring Reflections’, a colourful scene of yachts silhouetted against blue and yellow watery reflections and an orange
sunset which encouraged discussions on saturation. Third place was awarded to Steve McDonald with a sunset of more
subtle hues and angular clouds which led the eye into the picture and prompted discussion on the difficulty of achieving
a sunset without flare. Peter Downs was in second place with a print of a plant pot base placed on a workbench with a
black background creating a well lit still life image.
The winning print was a sepia toned scene of Amble Harbour which was selected and discussed by the group earlier.
Numerous comments had included that it was reminiscent of an illustration in a book, that it had a good focal point and
lead in lines encouraging the eye to explore its dramatic shapes and curves. These views were obviously shared by the
majority of the audience as with thirty eight votes, the author Sue Dawson had gained first place with her beautiful image.
1st.      2nd.     3rd.

Chairman, Glyn Trueman, thanked all members for submitting prints and contributing to the interesting discussions and to
Steve Mcdonald whose informative views may just result in members looking at their own work from a different perspective.