The feminine touch was much in evidence at the Friday night meeting of the Bangor and North Down camera Club as many of the major honours in the competition were claimed by the lady members. The occasion was Round Five of the annual competition series and the subject was Shadows.
Shirley Graham posted notice of things to come when she took both first and second place in the Foundation monochrome section – her study of a flight of steps bathed in deep shadow attracting very favourable comments from the visiting judge Peter Wilkins, a Past President of the Northern Ireland Photographic Association. Trevor Robinson and Mark Bell completed the placings.
But Shirley didn’t finish there! In the Colour competition her image of a staircase and railings, framed by dramatic shade and light again took the top spot with Edward McCavana and Joe Paulin also meriting podium placements. May Carvill then made it a hat-trick for the girls with a striking shot of an ornamental wall lamp framed by the sun earning the judge’s plaudits and first place in the Projected Digital Image section. May made it a personal double with another fine colour image to claim second place.
In the Advanced Projected competition Kevin Neupert portrayed shadows on a bridge to winning effect with Bill Cardwell second and Kevin himself taking third place.
Hugh Rooney used Italian sunshine to add a winning touch of class to his winning monochrome print of an ornate wrought iron balcony in the Advanced competition ; Deborah Carvill was second and Drew McAvoy third. Drew,however claimed the winning tag in the colour selection with a striking silhouette of a very lissom lady. After much (mainly male) discussion about the identity of the model Mr McAvoy resolved the speculation by revealing that his mystery sitter had in fact been a porcelain ornament!