The annual exhibition of the Club will be mounted later in the year and on Friday night the final selection was made from the many entries in numerous categories. The guest judge, Stanley Matchett MBE is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and no stranger to the Ward Avenue clubhouse. Having perused the prints for a week beforehand he admitted that in some of the categories there was only the smallest margin between the placings.
He expressed some slight surprise that there was not a bigger number of prints in the Portrait section – given that the club has a fully equipped studio . However this was more than compensated for by a very healthy entry in all the other divisions.
An innovation this year was a category devoted to the Chairman’s Choice and Nigel Snell nominated the subject “Blue”. Harry Watson took the Advanced honours with Mark Bell finishing first in the Foundation.
Other winners in the Foundation Section were –May Carvill (mono portrait and mono landscape): Darren brown (mono general) : Angus Gardner ( projected digital image): Joe Paulin (colour portrait): Shirley Graham (colour landscape): Edward Mc Cavana (colour general).
There was a large entry in the Advanced section with the following winners – Trevor Craig ( mono landscape) : Hugh Rooney ( mono portrait) : Alan McMorris (mono general) : Peter Gibson ( colour general and colour landscape) : John Miskelly (colour portrait) .
Harry Watson took the overall Chairman’s prize while Trevor Craig (mono) and John Miskelly (colour) finished first in the Advanced overall competition. In the Foundation ranks Darren Brown (mono) and Edward McCavana (colour) were first past the post.
The supreme winner this year was John Miskelly’s study of a beautiful chestnut horse called Macduff.