Club Report, Members PDI Knockout - Tuesday 24th March 2015.

                    1st. Dandelion Seed.                              2nd. Daffodils.

On Tuesday 24th March 2015, Morpeth Camera Club met to stage their annual Knock-Out Competition, a fun evening
where members are invited to submit four of their favourite digital images which are assembled into special computer
software which has the ability to project two images at a time and then eliminate the less popular photograph and to then
forward the successful one to the next round. It is a great opportunity for members to become judges and to view others
work and as the evening progresses, it becomes more difficult as the more popular images are pitched against each other.
Anonymity is preserved throughout the competition but it is quite telling when only one hand is raised, thus revealing them
to be the author of the photograph,much to everyone’s delight.

Among the many varied photographs submitted, misty woodland scenes were pitched against clowns, the eclipse of the sun
against a child’s portrait, statues against seascapes, trains against animals, classic cars against butterflies, graffiti against
humpback whales, potters at work against wire sculptures, colourful musicians were pitched against seabirds, and street
furniture against a lotus flower.

In the event of a tie, which happened on many occasions, the Chairman has the deciding vote. It is a very subjective process
in that, is the image immediately striking and memorable, does one vote on how much work has been taken to produce the
image or, would it be interesting enough to warrant being viewed as a piece of artwork to be displayed on a wall. This also
highlights the difficult decisions that major judges have to take into consideration when judging photographic competitions.

Vivid colours, dramatic monochrome, and moody sepia toned images were included in each round and it was evident that the
outstanding images were of apple blossom in bluebell woods, golden straw bales set again billowing clouds, silhouetted pylons
on the skyline, a snowy Scottish mountain with a fast flowing river in the foreground and a dramatic monochrome image of
humpback whales in Alaska.

In second place was ‘Daffodils’ by Davy Bolam, a very fine image of daffodils set in ice which could easily have been a pastel drawing, and in first place was ‘Dandelion Seed’ by Glyn Trueman, a beautifully lit detail of a dandelion seed, highlighted with
colour against a black background.

Chairman, Steve McDonald thanked Mark Harrison for collating the images and running the FFP Software, and to everyone
for taking part in such an interesting evening which stimulated much discussion and debate before and after refreshments.