The Ward Avenue headquarters of the Bangor and North Down Camera Club was well populated for the second round competition of the season on Friday night. With the Club’s entries in the Northern Ireland Photographic Association competition depending on the results there was an air of keen anticipation among the members as the judge, Brian Hennessy ran his eyes over the displayed prints.
As Brian is a retired professional photographer himself it was an experienced appraisal he applied to the various categories and he expressed a degree of satisfaction at the generally high standard of the work . Beginning with the Foundation Colour section Brian, faced with an entry of over forty prints had time only for a cursory comment for each one before announcing the winners. Michael Rice’s study of fungi shot from ground level was a worthy shot to take the first place followed by Angela Shannon and Mark Bell.
Angela moved up a notch to take first in the Monochrome section with a striking portrayal of tulips by moonlight. Mandy Milligan and Christine Pearson made it a clean sweep for the ladies.
Anthony Crosbie enjoyed double success in the Advanced competitions winning the Monochrome plaudits with an atmospheric depiction of a churchyard . Ray Magill and Alan Hartley filled the other podium places. In the Colour competition for the Advanced photographers Anthony again captured the esoteric ambience with a thoughtful image of Yosemite National Park by moonlight.
There was a misty magic about Bobby Peacock’s Projected Digital Image of Groomsport harbour swirling in a sea fog; Liane Kerr and Gary Sweeney filled the minor placings.In the Advanced Projected Images Noel Maitland’s were adjudged first and third – his winning entry was a shot of the sea turbine at Strangford Lough. David best took second place.