Club Meeting, Set Subject Print Competition - Tuesday 24th January 2017.

On Tuesday 24th January 2017, Malcolm Kus ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP/b from Alnwick and District camera Club, gave us
the results of the Set Subject Print Competitions on the themes of ‘Hymn Titles’ (colour) and ‘Afloat’ (monochrome).
As an old friend of the club, who had stood in at short notice, we knew that we were in for a humourous evening as
Malcolm is well known for his interaction with the audience.

Colour Prints

1st 2nd 3rd

First up was the colour section which included 34 entries, Malcolm said that Hymn Title was a subject which he had not
come across before and he was hoping to see imaginative work by the entrants. Images were not always dedicated to
a religious theme, humourous plays on words, glowing sunsets, and snowy pathways through woodland, footsteps in
the sand, craggy rocks, charity collectors, football crowds, anchors & lifebuoys as well as traditional images of crosses,
icons and statuary were included.
Highly commended places were awarded to Lionel Bryan with his well seen image of a Jehovah Satnav, entitled " Guide
me O thy great Jehovah ", to Vince Rooker for " Come on Devine Messiah " a high key priest in white robes, " Oh Come
All ye Faithful " a shot of the Newcastle United football crowd by Davy Bolam and " Morning has broken ", sun beams
through woodland by Karin Jackson.
Malcolm awarded 5th place to " The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy ", a statue of mother and child, by Sue Dawson;  in
4th place, " When I Survey The Wondrous Cross", a pensive young woman touching an ivy clad stone cross, was also
by Sue Dawson, 3rd place was given to Davy Bolam with " What a Friend We Have In Jesus", a young man with his
arms outstretched, dressed in a bright yellow tee-shirt with a religious logo; " Beauty for Brokenness " again by Sue, a
shattered vase with strewn flowers was in 2nd place and the winner of the Colour section of the competition was Dave
Bisset, with " When I Survey the Wondrous Cross ", the view of a cross through archways at Wells Cathedral which
Malcolm admired for its beautiful light and composition.

Monochrome Prints 

1st 2nd 3rd

The set subject for the monochrome section was Afloat-(on water), and Malcolm stated that he was looking not only
for original images but also those with good tonal range and printing. Ice flows, an attacking swan, fishing craft, a diver,
detritus, a canoeist in choppy water, Cambodian lake villagers, floating leaves, terns on buoys, a reflected building in a
lily pond, enormous working vessels and tall ships, power boats and ski jets, swimming dogs and windsurfers were
among the 35 different entries submitted.
Four prints were highly commended, Pat Wood with Waiting for the Tide, an enormous moored working vessel in sharp
detail; Lionel Bryan with Glossy Globes floating on Water, Guggenheim, Bilbao, a shiny metal feature of shiny globes
next to the museum; Unlucky Saint Christophe, the stricken vessel set against the town of Dartmouth again by Lionel;
and an action shot of a power boat, entitled Watersports by Karin Jackson.
5th place was given to BK7 and Friends by Sue Dawson, a boat moored up against a stone pier, 4th place went to Paul
Appleby with The Evening Fleet, evening light playing on approaching yachts, Cromarty Ghost by Peter Downs came
3rd with a high key, eerie image of a drilling rig, 2nd place went to Davy Bolam with Oil on Water, a series of large and
small droplets in shades of grey, and the winner of the monochrome section of the Set Subject Print Competition was
Davy Bolam with Stavros S Niarchos Arrives at Blyth, the majestic brig-rigged tall ship coming into the harbour which
the judge admired for its quality of detail and depiction of scale.
Chairman, Glyn Trueman thanked Malcolm for his constructive and amusing comments after which the prints were
displayed around the room for members to admire a close range.