Jed Wee was the judge for two recent end of season competitions at Whitley Bay Photographic Society.
The competitions were the President’s Trophy, the subject being selected by the president, and the Allan Potts Trophy for nature subjects.
Each required an entry of three linked pictures and neither was easy to judge as there were many entries of high quality.
Alan Porrett won the President’s Trophy for his entry of three pictures showing ‘Patterns in Glass’. Each used a different abstract composition, and the glass involved glowed with jewel like luminous colour.
Three pictures of steam locomotives gave Peter Craig second, while pictures of re-enactors from Beamish took third for Anne Swearman. Adrian Corson’s successful trio from Bath was awarded fourth and colour and composition were brilliantly used to take fifth for Antonio Marques.
When Mr Potts, a well known natural history photographer, donated his trophy, he specified that is was for a wide spectrum of nature subjects, and the entries carried out that intention.
Club president Andrew Niccol’s entry used rocks and sea. Three pictures taken from the same viewpoint as waves broke across the rocks gained him a well deserved first place, while ‘Hunting Spiders’ gave Chris Hales second.
The shore also provided third place for Brian Pearson, who used shells and sand patterns. Fourth went to Joyce Tunnard, who photographed seals, and fifth to husband Brian, who photographed ladybirds .
Jed was also asked to decide on two other pictures – the best print, and the best projected image of the entire year’s competitions.
‘View over the Eden Valley’ by Peter Craig was chosen as the best projection, and ‘Stairway’ by Anne Swearman took the Print of the Year.