HEXHAM Photographic Society cropped a fierce band of competitors out of the picture to win a place in the finals of a national competition.
Members will be heading to Warwick later this year to fly the flag for the North after taking second place in a competition organised by the Northern Counties Photographic Association, which counts 50 or so clubs among its ranks.
While they were narrowly pipped to the top slot by a Keswick club, the overall winning picture was fielded by one of Hexham’s own, Gerry Adcock.
His image, christened The Forest Queen, was awarded 14 hard-won points out of 15 in the creative digital image category.
Another of his images, Pavilion Dancer, gained 13 points and several of his fellow members scored highly too, among them Graham Oliver and Bob Turner.
“We did pretty well overall, across the board,” said Gerry. “And the thing was, the club hadn’t entered this competition for years and we didn’t know what to expect, so we’re delighted!”
A keen photographer since his twenties, the retired police officer had predominantly taken landscape pictures until fairly recently.
He has broadened both his horizons and his skills though since he retired, moved to Ovingham and joined Hexham Photographic Society three years ago.
The club has long been noted for its high standards and the remarkable number of members, including Gerry, who have achieved the status of associate of the Royal Photographic Society. It meets at 7.30pm every Tuesday in the Torch Centre in Hexham.
This post was written by: Stephen Smith on 7th, March 2018