Three years ago the chilly shores of Ballyholme forged virtual links with the sunnier climes of Marina Alta, an idyllic Spanish location in the hills above Benidorm in the Northern Costa Blanca. The common bond is photography and the Bangor and North Down Club is delighted to maintain the friendship with an annual competition of digital images conducted via the internet.
The home club , having won the previous two encounters were hopeful of a third victory and they did achieve this but with a winning margin much reduced from previous years.
In fact of the nine competition categories Bangor finished first in only four, relying on their strength in the placings to see them through. The judge was Roy McKeown, the proprietor of the prestigious Portfolio Gallery in Ballymena and a previous guest speaker at the Ward Avenue clubroom.
He enjoyed Mark Allen’s picture of Stormont in the Snow, awarding it first place in the Landscape competition and affording the same honour in the nature section to Nigel Snell’s high key depiction of a gull in flight. The Bangor club President Gerry Coe, who instigated the competition, chose monochrome as his medium to win the Portrait section with a dramatic study of an Italian flautist. Noel Maitland completed the Bangor winning entries with a stylised arrangement of a pitcher; this took the Still Life award.
The other categories, Fine Art, Sport,Travel, Glamour and Fashion and Open were all won by photographers from the Spanish Club. The winning margin was 98-91 in favour of Bangor.