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Winning photographers show flashes of inspiration

Creative composition, presentation and an emotional connection set the winning entries apart in Knaresborough Camera Club’s annual competition, according to its guest judge.

Local professional photographer Phil Tennant said the three winning images – taken around North Yorkshire – captured the viewer’s attention by stirring a feeling and telling a story.

Mike Wood won the print category with his image of the wreck of the tragedy-stricken Admiral Von Tromp which sank off Saltwick Bay, Whitby, in 1976. Wendy Ferguson won the projected category with her landscape shot of Kildale, Hambleton, along the Cleveland Way, and Mervin Straughan took first place in the projected plus category with “The Conversation,” a discussion between two men walking under a bridge at York.

Club chairman Richard Bryant said:

The annual competition is held towards the end of our indoor season and allows us to gauge how far we have come in developing our techniques. The club ethos is about learning together and it’s clear from the high standard of this year’s event that members have been taking everything on board, particularly what they have learnt at our practical workshops.

The indoor season at Park Grove Church Hall runs until 10 April after which club members can be seen on photoshoots at various locations around the district. Further information about the club is available at


Mike Wood's “The Admiral Von Tromp” won the print category.
Mike Wood’s “The Admiral Von Tromp” won the print category
Wendy Ferguson's “Kildale” won the projected category.
Wendy Ferguson’s “Kildale” won the projected category
Mervin Straughan's “The Conversation” won the projected plus category
Mervin Straughan’s “The Conversation” won the projected plus category

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