Club Meeting Report, " Browell Trophy " Competition - Tuesday 15th March 2016.

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Malcolm Kus ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP/b visited Morpeth Camera Club on Tuesday 15th March 2016 to present the results of
the Browell Trophy Natural History competition. Malcolm spent twenty six years as a member of Cannock Camera Club
in Staffordshire, sixteen in the role of Chairman and then Competition Secretary. Since 1989 he has travelled all over
the country to judge both national and international competitions, subsequently moving to Northumberland in 2008
where he is currently a member of Alnwick & District Camera Club. Malcolm stated that his main aim is to encourage
fellow photographers to enjoy their hobby and to take pictures for themselves and not for a judge.

In this competition members are invited to enter up to three digital images in colour and/or monochrome, the main
criteria being that subjects must in a wild or natural setting and that they should not include pets, farm animals and
no captive animals including those in zoos or wildlife parks.

Included in the thirty two images submitted were English Bluebells set in woodland, red squirrels lit by sunlight, a
Northern Fulmar with fluffy chick, an emerging locust with diaphanous green wings and a puffed up Arctic Tern chick.
Malcolm stressed that when photographing woodland scenes it is important to do some ‘gardening’, that is, to remove
any extraneous objects which could detract from the subject. Providing helpful tips and suggestions along the way,
next came Thrift among wet rocks, three pink flamingos reflected in water, a Tortoiseshell butterfly on a soft focussed
blue flower, a resting Cormorant with highly detailed feathers, a bright green lizard sunbathing, three cheeky sparrows
on a bench, a fluffy round fledgling swallow, a waxwing among red berries and a bright yellow & red daisy with beetles.
A wide variety of butterflies and birds were included; a barn owl, Great Tits, Long tailed tit, Stonechat, puffins & robins,
Malcolm was particularly impressed by the feather detail and distinctive eye light captured by the authors.

Malcolm went on to say that the standard of photography in the competition was so high that he had difficulty in whittling
down the final nine but came to the decision that the four highly commended awards should go to Glyn Trueman with
Arctic Tern With Fish, Where am I going, by Alan Harle, and the final two to Stephanie Robson for Flamingos Feeding
and Fledgling.

Fifth place was given to Pat Wood for Male Chaffinch, a lovely shot highlighting the birds’ red and blue plumage, in
fourth place was Barn Owl Flying, a graceful bird set against bright blue sky, by Myra Jackson, third place went to
Karin Jackson for Broad Bodied Chaser, a highly detailed photograph of a dragonfly. Second place was given to Mark
Harrison for Female Stonechat, the bird perched on boulders which Malcolm admired for its excellent control of depth
of field and the winner of the 2016 Browell Natural History Trophy was Vince Rooker for Hind, chosen for the sharpness
and detail in the coat and eyes.

The evening continued with Malcolm showcasing some of his own recent work, and, being a fan of panels on the subject
of three of a kind, three studies of an abandoned boat on Holy Island followed. Together with humorous anecdotes of his
travels Malcolm displayed a stunning trio of images of a multi coloured glass hotel ceiling, there were striking mono-
chrome sand patterns entitled Trees in the Sand, still life flower studies, using fabric resembling fibreglass, and another
using a texture glass cutting board provided a soft filter to the subjects. A visit to Herculaneum illustrated temple paintings
and an excavated boatshed with human remains, an iconic atmospheric shot of St Mark’s Square and finally, vibrantly
coloured photographs of Murano and Burano houses on the waterfront concluded Malcolm’s excellent, eclectic choice of
images.

Malcolm was thanked by Club Chairman, Glyn Trueman, for his useful observations, for highlighting good points whilst
suggesting tips on improving others. He was also thanked for his own contribution to the evening, his very humorous
interaction with the audience which resulted in a truly entertaining presentation.

Steph.