We have received the sad news that Allan Potts has recently passed away of Covid-19 whilst also suffering from Parkinson’s disease, at the age of 81.
Alan was for many years a life member of Whitley Bay PS and a member of the Royal Photographic Society. Allan travelled the world photographing wildlife while remaining devoted to his farm in Backworth. He will be sadly missed.
.The results of the NCPF Annuals Competition have been announced and the full list of results can be seen on the NCPF website…..(HERE).
Sadly, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the Print section of the competition had to be cancelled but the PDI section did go ahead albeit with remote judging.
Members from 32 clubs entered their work with a total of 885 images.
The results and scores for Cramlington CC are shown below.
Daffodils Adam Burness 9
Frank Sinatra Adam Burness 8
Quay Link Adam Burness 8
Joey Bob Finlay 12
Golden Tresses & Balloons Bob Finlay 9
Little Red Bob Finlay 9
The Splash Colin Livingstone 11
Daniel's PB Colin Livingstone 10
Princess Alaria Colin Livingstone 9
Harvest Mouse Jim Meikle 10 P
Havila Phoenix Jim Meikle 10
The Path Through Bluebell Woods Jim Meikle 8
Rainbow & Storm Clouds Lauren Wilson 10
Strike & Pose Lauren Wilson 9
Brainstorm Lauren Wilson 8
Poppy Natalie Wright 11
Fighter Natalie Wright 10
Reflection Natalie Wright 9
Under the Boardwalk Paul Dunn 13 HC
The Early Fisherman Paul Dunn 10
Howick Bath House Paul Dunn 10
'P' Denotes inclusion in Alliance/Selection Portfolio.
'HC' Denotes Highly Commended.
Well done to all who entered.
Now that we have received the results of the 3rd Open PDI competition, below are the PDI, Mono Print, Colour Print and Season Overall competition scores.
1st Julia Robson 31 points
2nd Alec Cowley 29 points
3rd Bill Stephens 27 points
1st Paul Dunn 32 points
2nd Pauline Wilson 30 points
3rd Colin Livingstone 24 points
1st Paul Dunn 40 points
2nd Jim Meikle 34 points
3rd Derek Parker 31 points
1st Paul Dunn 94 Points
2nd Jim Meikle 76 points
3rd Colin Livingstone 66 points
Chris Crane Cup
1st Paul Kidd
So very well done to Paul Dunn for being CCC Photographer of the Year for this season.
Below are the total points for all members who entered our Open Competitions.
Paul Dunn. 94
Jim Meikle. 76
Colin Livingstone. 66
Alec Cowley. 65
Pauline Wilson. 59
Peter Moody. 44
Alan Lockey. 38
Adam Burness. 33
Derek Parker. 31
Julia Robson. 31
Bill Stephens. 27
Liz Lockey. 27
Tom Wilson. 24
Bob Finlay. 22
John Ridley. 17
Bill Leadbitter. 16
Brian Vancermast. 12
Lauren Wilson. 11
Terry Cookson. 11
Iain Chambers. 9
Margaret Stephens. 9
Natalie Wright. 3
3rd Open PDI 2019/20
The final PDI competition of this year is the second to have been judged virtually due to the emergency restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19.
The judge was Carol Hudson LRPS from Stokesley Photographic Society and there were forty five images submitted
The results are as follows:
1st 'Blown Away'. Julia Robson
2nd 'Memories'. Bill Stephens
3rd 'Howick Bath House'. Paul Dunn
4th 'Freesias' & Things'. Pauline Wilson
5th 'Old Steam' Alec Cowley
'Autumn Raindrops'. Tom Wison
'Belts'. Jim Meikle
'Poser'. Pauline Wilson
'Spey Bay Beach'. Tom Wison
'The Early Fisherman'. Paul Dunn
Congratulations to Julia and to all the winners and a very big thank you to all the members who submitted images.
We hope to be able to show all the images one evening early in next season’s program
To view the top 5 images please click.....(HERE)
I would like to thank Jaquie Leask for her donation of £60 made to club funds in memory of late husband Ian, a long time and sadly missed member of Cramlington CC. Thank you Jaquie
Bob Finlay (President)
Chris Crane Cup 2020
This year we are unable to host an evening devoted to the Chris Crane Cup however the images have been judged and there is a winner.
The judge for this year’s competition was Campbell McAuley an experiences photographer from North Shields. There were forty two images submitted covering the Chris’s favourite themes; landscapes, engineering and nature.
The winning image is “I am king for a reason” by Paul Kidd.
Campbell commented on the image “It was a great study of a majestic beast but the way the photographer had decided to crop in close and let the animals face tell the story was excellent. Technically it was very well shot indeed with great composition, nicely processed, super sharp , nice out of focus background and had a title that added to the shot (sometimes they don’t!).
He also added that it was a great competition with some outstanding work.
It is unfortunate that we were unable to host Campbell for the evening so many thanks to him for all his efforts in reviewing the submissions and to all the members who made submissions. Congratulations to Paul for his winning image, very well done.
We hope to be able to show all the images one evening early in next season’s program
Dear fellow members.
Following the latest Coronavirus advice issued by the government and D.O.H, it is with regret that the committee has taken the difficult decision, with immediate effect, to cancel the program for the rest of the season.
The health and welfare of members is paramount and we feel to continue holding meetings would constitute an unacceptable risk to those who maybe more vulnerable.
We hope that you understand and agree with the decision the committee has made but we feel we have no other choice or action open to us.
It is hoped that at a later date, when this outbreak has run its course, we can hold our presentation evening and AGM.
Until then, stay safe and well and we will remain in touch with you all.
The Committee CCC
This evening (12th March) we welcomed Joe Sheridan F.D.A, BA (Hons), A.R.P.S and his wife Susan to Cramlington CC.
Joe, a professional photographer from Washington is a keen advocate of all genres of photography and was here to give a talk entitled ‘How I See Photography’.
Joe had something a little different for us this evening as his presentation consisted of 9 short slideshows with music, each proceeded with a short introduction by Joe as to the reasoning behind each slideshow.
His first slideshow was an extremely thought provoking and powerful set of images taken on a visit to Auschwitz. In fact so thought provoking that at the end of the evening the assembled members requested that Joe replay it. The accompanying soundtrack ensured the maximum desired impact on a location that Joe thinks should be visited by all.
A commission by the Tyne Theatre followed when Joe was asked to record images of all the victorian aspects of the theatre including decor, architecture and engineering. The theatre still has old wooden pulleys, ropes and block and tackle to assist in scenery and curtain movement. The images Joe captured are available to view as framed prints in an exhibition held within the Tyne Theatre itself.
Another slideshow of note was one entitled ‘The Ragged Victorians’ a reenactment group based in Bristol who visited our own Beamish Museum. As the title suggests this group, including children adopt the ‘ragged’ clothing of the very poor and destitute of the Victorian era. Arriving early before the crowds Joe had time to engage with the actors and capture some stunning images. The images were further enhanced by the post editing undertaken by Joe resulting in the finished sepia toned images looking like they could have been taken on a glass plate camera over 100 years ago.
Joe has also published some children’s story books and one slideshow entitled ‘The Little People Save The Day’, using little Duplo figures, telling the story of how these little figures came to life to make a sandwich for a little boy shows how it is sometimes good to think ’outside the box’. Permission for the use of the figures in a publication was sort from the manufacturers of Duplo and given.
At the end of his presentation Joe stayed to answer questions from the assembled members who then showed their appreciation in the usual way.
Joe provided the members with a very entertaining evening for which we offer our thanks.
Bob Finlay (President)
3rd Open Print Competition
Tonight we had the results of the 3rd and final Open Print Competition of the season judged by Dave Murrell.
Dave is a former member of Durham Photographic Society and a current member of Hartlepool Camera Club. Dave enjoys a wide range of photographic genres including wedding and astro photography. At the beginning of the evening Dave stressed that the comments he would make, as with any judge, were his personal opinions and that members may agree or disagree his decisions.
Firstly Dave provided his comments on the mono prints followed by the colour prints providing positive feedback on each print and suggestions where prints could be improved.
Tonight’s congratulations go to Pauline Wilson for The Violinist (mono) and to Paul Dunn for Bad Antler Day (colour).
At the end of the evening Dave remained at the club and was happy to discuss any of the prints with the members providing further feedback and suggestions.
A full list of the prints 'placed' and' highly commended' are shown below. To view the images, both colour and mono click ...(HERE)
(Print Competition Secretary)
1st The Violinist Pauline Wison
2nd Sign of the Times Paul Dunn
3rd Hoi An Fishing Village Paul Dunn
4th Contemplation Colin Livingstone
5th Northumberland Coast Pauline Wison
1st Bad Antler Day Paul Dunn
2nd Daniel, Personal Best Colin Livingstone
3rd Calton Hill Paul Dunn
4th Crossing the Line Colin Livingstone
5th Up Up & Away Alec Cowley
Highgate Cemetery Paul Dunn
Cams Jim Meikle
Lost Knight Colin Livingstone
Rocky Headland Jim Meikle
Coloured Table, Black Chairs Peter Moody
Hedge Hopping Alec Cowley
Autumn at Derwent Water Pauline Wison
Princess Alaria Colin Livingstone
4 Way Interclub Print Competition
Tonight Cramlington hosted the 4 Way Print Competition and welcomed members from Gateshead, Gosforth and Morpeth. The competition was judged by George Ledger, (DPAGB, ARPS) who has a number of years’ experience as both a freelance photographer and judge.
The prints formed the second half of the 4 Way Competition, the judging of the PDI’s having taken place in December, with the results from tonight’s competition being added to the PDI results to give and overall winner.
George provided his comments, both positive and negative, on the ten images entered by each club marking each print out of 30 marks. Congratulations to Vince Allen from Gateshead and Ann Henry from Gosforth for being awarded the maximum 30 points, and to Gosforth Camera Club, the winners of tonight’s print completion.
The competition results are shown below.
Position Club PDI Results Print Results Total
1st Gosforth 267 251 518
2nd Morpeth 259 245 504
3rd Gateshead 248 237 485
4th Cramlington 247 221 468
Thank you to Colin for providing tonight’s buffet and to the members from Gateshead, Gosforth and Morpeth who travelled to Cramlington to support their club.