The large entry, expertly managed and arranged by Alan Hartley and Alan McMorris fell under the expert scrutiny of the guest judge John Belshaw, the Chairman of Shorts Camera Club, Bangor’s Belfast neighbours and friendly rivals.
After explaining what he looked for in a picture (good composition, tonal range and freshness of subject or treatment ) he went on to offer a short comment on each of the numerous entries beginning with the Foundation prints.
Trevor Reid won the monochrome section with a portrayal of an old fashioned sweet shop; Angus Gardiner and Julie Campbell finishing second and third. In the colour competition Bill Nesbitt’s shot of a young bird was victorious- followed by Alex Boyd and Angus Gardiner.
When it came to the Advanced competition Mr Belshaw explained that he would be looking more critically at the composition and print quality. Alan McMorris clearly satisfied his criteria; his monochrome close-up of a guitar took the honours ahead of Nigel Snell and Anthony Crosbie.
Alan Hartley’s atmospheric landscape won the colour section with another of his prints in runner–up spot ahead of Alan McMorris.
There was a very healthy entry in the Projected Digital Image competition where the colour and black and white images are judged together. Julie Campbell braved the darkness to provide the Foundation winner with a vivid shot of Donaghadee from the pier. Julie also took third spot behind Shirley Graham. Nigel Snell opted for a close-up depiction of a dew spattered poppy to finish first in the advanced line up – he was also third with Jack Thompson second.