Having always sworn by colour photography, it was, unusually for me, my 3 monochrome prints that caught a judge’s eye this week.

The use of monochrome on the Hexham abbey image allowed the detail on the screen , roof and windows to take pride of place, without the variation in tones of browns that I felt the sunlight brought into the equation. This print was also entered into the Northern Counties 2019 competition, where it received a Highly Commended. The colour version was later selected for a 7 way digital knockout competition, but for this one I prefer the mono version.

Hexham abbey

In the case of this Beamish image, the out of focus background allows the character and machinery to stand out.

Grumpy Puffin Billy driver

At Calton Hill. the approaching storm adds to the range of tones and atmosphere.

Off before the storm