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Thereby Hangs a tail! >> Our results from the Northern Counties Salon >> Whickham's 40th Anniversary>> Results from Warwick 2013 >> NCPF/Sony Event at Ullswater >> Success for Third Year at Beamish >> Ten NCPF Members Received FIAP Awards >> Northern Area Themed PDI Competition >>Three NCPF Members Gain PAGB Awards >>First News on 2013 Annual Competitions >>Blyth Win Northern Area Competition >>Gallery, Northallerton & Stokesley Battle >>Gateshead Win South Tyne Area Prints >> Northern Counties Annual Club Championships >> Northern Area KO Competition >> NYSD Annual Competitions >> Congratulations to our Members >> South Tyne Area Print Battle >>
"Thereby Hangs a Tail""
You may well remember the piece a couple of months ago when Northallerton CC member, Ken Hadfield ARPS, had his picture "A Little Bear Behind" published in both the Times and elsewhere (see below this item). Well Chris (Ken's wife and also an ARPS) just to prove the truth of the old adage "Anything you can do, I can do....." has had her shot of an owl and a mouse appear in The Times as well.
"Mouse Meets its end"" by Chris Hadfield ARPS of Northallerton CC
Just to keep the peace in the family we show Ken's shot as well. It just shows what you can achieve if you set your stall out. Well done to both.
"A Little Bear Behind" by Ken Hadfield ARPS of Northallerton CC
Our results from the 34th Northern Counties International
Looking at the results from our "34th Northern Counties International Salon of Photography", it is once again apparent that many of our members have met with success. Whilst we celebrate some 204 acceptances across the six sections of the salon, no mean achievement in itself, this year we have once again a special reason to celebrate.
FIAP Gold Medal - Best Nature PDI in Salon
"Osprey in the Mist" by Jo McIntyre DPAGB of Dumfries CC
One of our members picked up one of the top awards, with the FIAP Gold Medal for the Best Nature PDI going to Jo McIntyre DPAGB of Dumfries CC for the shot "Osprey in the Mist". Jo has a double reason to celebrate, also winning the Northumbria Trophy for the Best Nature Image by a Northern Counties worker (not receiving a higher medal) with "Osprey Fishing in a Scottish Loch".
Northumbria Trophy - Best Nature PDI Section
"Osprey Fishing in a Scottish Loch" by Jo McIntrye DPAGB of Dumfries CC
Well done Jo, a cracking pair of photographs. Also in the Nature Section, our congratulations go to Ronnie Gilbert DPAGB, of Keswick PS, who was awarded a PSA Ribbon for his shot "Little Owl with Harvest Mouse".
Northumbria Trophy - Monochrome Print Section
"See You Soon" by Joe Grabham EFIAP of Durham PS
In the Monochrome Print Section an RPS Ribbon was awarded to Guy Davies ARPS EFIAP EPSA, of Stokesley PS for "Out of Season". The Northumbria Trophy for the best entry by an NCPF worker (not given a higher award) went to Joe Grabham EFIAP of Durham PS for "See You Soon".
Northumbria Trophy - Colour Print Section
"Autumn Walk" by Edgar Beveridge LRPS of Sunderland PA
In ther Colour Prints Section we did not fair so well, with no general awards, but Edgar Beveridge LRPS, of Sunderland PA, is to be congratulated for being awarded the Northumbria Trophy for the best entry by and NCPF worker in the Colour Print Section with his print "Autumn Walk".
Northumbria Trophy - Open-Traditional PDI Section
"Standing Firm" by Andrew Nicholl of Whitley Bay PS
In the new PDI Section, "Open-Traditional", for images subject to no more than minimal manipulation, the Northumbria Trophy for the best entry by an NCPF worker went to Andrew Nicholl of Whitley Bay PS with "Standing Firm". In this section though our congratulations must also go to Gordon Rae CPAGB, of Dumfries CC, for his photograph, "Raisng the Game" which was awarded the RPS Bronze Medal for the Best Sport image.
NCPF Medal - Open-Creative PDI Section
"Island of Lost Souls" by Joe Grabham EFIAP of Durham PS
In the new "Open-Creative" Section, introduced to counter balance the Traditional Section, we do not yet have a Northumbria Trophy, so for now an NCPF Medal has been awarded for the best image by a Northern Counties worker (not receiving a higher award). This goes to Joe Grabham EFIAP, of Durham PS for "Island of Lost Souls", and he also won an NCPF Ribbon for his shot "The Woman Behind the Man". In addition to this "Stookie and Blackie" by Neil Maughan ARPS EFIAP DPAGB, also of Durham PS was given a Judges Medal by Robert Fulton and Leo Palmer FRPS EFIAP FPSA MPSA, of Hexham PS, was awarded an NCPF Ribbon for his shot "Venice Eyes".
Northumbria Trophy - Photo-Travel PDI Section
"Village Life" by Pax Garabedian EFIAP PPSA DPAGB of Carlisle CC
And finally, in the Travel Section our members met with further success, with Robert Fulton awarding a Judges Medal to John McVie AFIAP DPAGB, of Dumfries CC for his shot "Monks at the Temple". NCPF Ribbons were also awarded to Sheila Coates LRPS EFIAP DPAGB, of Northallerton CC, for her image entiteld "Temple View, Bryce" and to Guy Davies ARPS EFIAP EPSA, of Stokesley PS, for "Bone setter, Morocco". It is especially pleasing though to see our President, Pax Garabedian EFIAP PPSA DPAGB of Carlisle CC, being awarded the Northumbria Trophy for the best image by an NCPF worker for his photograph "Village Life".
Well done to all. In picture terms we have concentrated on our local awards but, if you want to see more, including the full lists of Awards and Acceptances, the Statistics and a Gallery of the all the medal winners' photographs, then please go to the International Salon pages of this site at:-
If you are interested in entering International Exhibitions and Salons but want to know more, go to our Knowledge Base it has a number of items that may be of interest to you. Also on our Links Page you will find links to both UK exhibition web sites and worldwide 'dowmload' facilities.
"Whickham PC Celebrate 40 Years"
Whickham Photographic Club (WPC) will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary this coming season. Based at Whickham Community Centre, the club has about 50 members of all ages and abilities and many members have received accolades for their work for example the "Port of Tyne Reflect 2012" winner, John Race, and runner up, George Holland.
"Dereliction" by John Race of Whickham PC
winner of "Port of Tyne Reflect 2012" competition.
Meanwhile we are looking for former members of our club for a reunion to be held at:-
Whickham Community Centre, Front Street Whickham NE16 4JL
at 7.30pm on Friday 11th October 2013.
Were you a member of the club in the past? Do you have any old programmes, memorabillia or any stories from the early days? If so please get in touch with us. We would love to hear from you.
If you can come please let us know by the 4th October.
"Durham & Northallerton go to Warwick for NCPF"
On Saturday 13th July 2013 members of Durham PS and Northallerton CC travelled to Warwick to support their clubs, who were representing the Federation at the PAGB National PDI Club Championships being held at the University Arts Centre. They were pleased to enjoy the support of our President, Pax Garabedian, who also went down there to support them, as well as members from other NCPF Clubs.
The competition started with all the 36 clubs taking part entering the1st Round with 8 images each. The images were marked by a panel of 3 judges, Libby Smith from SPF, Iren Froy from MCPF and Dave Gibbins from NEMPF, with scores ranging between 6 and a maximum of 15. At the end of that round Durham had scores 93 points with Northallerton one point ahead with 94. The leading club, Wigan 10 had 107 points.
"Swan Lake" by Patricia Kearton LRPS CPAGB of Northallerton CC
awarded a maximum 15 points.
We then went on to a 2nd Round, again of a further 8 images each, the scores for which were added to those from the 1st Round to decide on the 8 clubs going through to the Final Round. At the end of this round Northallerton's total was 187 with Durham close behind on 183. Whilst these scores were not enough for either club to reach the final round they were very creditable, placing them 13th and 21st respectively out of the 36 clubs competing.
Both clubs then went on to enter the Don Morrison Plate Competition for the 28 clubs that failed to reach the Final and again, whilst neither managed to come out winners, their marks were very creditable with some excellent individual results.
"Angst" by Su Stewart of Durham PS
which was awarded 14 points.
The Plate competition was won by the Inn Focus PG from the WCPF, and once again Wigan 10 came out as Champions in the main competition, with Chorley PS (also from L&CPU) 2nd and Smethwick PS sharing 3rd Place with the Arden Group, both from the MCPF. What was clear was that everybody enjoyed a wonderful day's photography. With over 400 club members present, and a raffle that included some fabulous prizes, the whole event was a hige success and our thanks got to all those involved.
"NCPF/Sony Event - Leeming House Hotel, Ullswater"
On Tuesday 4th June over 30 photographers from the NCPF and LCPU travelled to Leeming House Hotel on the shores of Ullswater to take part in a one day workshop sponsored by Sony Cameras. The weather was amazing, bright blue skies and what turned out to be the highest temperatures of the year so far.
The morning session started with a lecture by the ever popular Duncan McEwan whose demonstration on Vista and Detail covered many aspects of superb landscape, close up and creative observational photography, featuring the best of Scottish scenery. It is no wonder that his lectures and courses continue to be sell out events.
Duncan McEwan can be seen explaining some of the finer points of the equipment.
After a refreshment break there was a change of emphasis by Nick Webster a Sports Editorial photographer whose fascinating career covers, amongst many other things, auto electrical work for famous car names such as McLaren and working as the club photographer for Tottenham Hotspur. His distinctive style requires an element of daring in that he choses to capture many sporting events using 16mm wide angles as opposed to the "safe distance" used by traditional sports photographers who work from afar with telephoto lenses.
After enjoying an excellent lunch on the hotel terrace overlooking the length of Ullswater, delegates were split into two groups under the care of Duncan and Nick and allowed out to play with a full range of Sony cameras and lenses.
Members try out the cameras in the lakeside grounds of the hotel.
This is the first event of this type to be sponsored by Sony and we were privileged that they chose this area as a pilot due largely to the enthusiasm of the Carlisle Sony shop to work with their local photographers.
Success for the Third Year at Beamish
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd of June saw the NCPF Beamish Weekend prove to be a great success for the third year running. Helped by better weather, this years’ event which coincided with a ‘Georgian weekend’ staged by Beamish saw a good turnout of Federated Club members in search of that elusive photographic masterpiece. We were glad to see old friends there visiting individually or as part of a club outing, as well as making the acquaintance of photographers from across the UK.
The NCPF was also manning an Exhibition comprising of the three successful prints from last year’s Beamish Trophy Competition plus a selection of 60 successful prints from two International Photographic Exhibitions which come under its umbrella – namely The 33rd NCPF International Salon of Photography and the 5th Great British Small Print Circuit. Concurrent with the print exhibition was a projected display of winning images from last year’s NCPF Annual Competitions.
This proved popular and attendance exceeded that of the two previous 2 years put together. We extend our sincere thanks to Beamish for making these facilities available.
Our thanks also to all those Federated Club members, their families and friends who supported this event. We hope that your photographic results live up to your expectations and that we will be seeing them entered in the Beamish Trophy Competition, which is to be Judged at Washington on 25th October this year.
"Ten NCPF Members Rewarded by FIAP"
Each year the PAGB is allowed to submit one batch of applications by members for FIAP Distinctions. This year ten of our members made applications and in every case they were successful.
There are a total of seven different awards granted by FIAP to recognise exhibitors' success when entering International Exhibtions sponspored by FIAP. The awards have a rising scale of criteria to be met to qualify for a distinction, involving gaining ever larger numbers of acceptances, from an increasing number of different pictures. These acceptances have to be from set minima of different salons in different countries.
"Mutton Busting, Montana Style" by John Macfarlane AFIAP, Keswick PS (left)
and "Bright Eyes" by John Spittle AFIAP, Morton PS
The first award is for AFIAP (Artist-FIAP) which requires entrants to have at least 30 acceptances from at least 10 different photographs and in this category we are pleased to congratulate three members: John Macfarlane AFIAP (Keswick PS), John Spittle AFIAP (Morton PS), and Jed Wee AFIAP (Durham PS), who each made successful applications.
"Time Stands Still" by Bob Shanks EFIAP, Gateshead CC (left)
and "Handing off" by Jed Wee AFIAP, Durham PS
The next level of award is for EFIAP (Excellence-FIAP) and in this category we are celebrating success by five members of Federation clubs: Joe Grabham EFIAP and Neil Maughan ARPS EFIAP (both of Durham PS), Alan Porrett ARPS EFIAP DPAGB APAGB (Whitley Bay PS), Bob Shanks EFIAP (Gateshead CC) and Bob Turner ARPS EFIAP (Hexham & Dist PS). In this case they each needed to gain at least 150 acceptances from at least 50 different photographs.
"Neglected" by Alan Porrett ARPS EFIAP DPAGB APAGB, Whitley Bay PS (left)
and "Whatever the Weather" by Robert Turner ARPS EFIAP, Hexham & Dist PS
After the EFIAP exhibitors can go on to aim for four more awards, called collectively EFIAP Levels. They are, in rising order:- 'Bronze', 'Silver', 'Gold' and 'Platinum'. This year two of our members gained success in these categories. Tony Potter ARPS EFIAP/g MPSA DPAGB APAGB (West Cumbria PG) was awarded EFIAP Gold. This involved him achieving at least 300 acceptances in addition to those gained for AFIAP and EFIAP from a total of not less than 100 different photographs. No mean achievment. That makes him only the 3rd NCPF member to gain this level of award.
"Widower" by Neil Maughan ARPS EFIAP, Durham PS (top)
and "A Bird in the Hand" by Joe Grabham EFIAP, Durham PS
The final award for Northern Counties members went to Dave Coates ARPS EFIAP/p APSA EPSA MPAGB APAGB (Northallerton CC), who has become only the second NCPF member to gain EFIAP Platinum, the highest of the FIAP awards. This requires a minimum of 600 acceptances from at least 200 differnt photographs.
"Waiting for the Barber" by Tony Potter ARPS EFIAP/g MPSA DPAGB APAGB,
West Cumbria PG (left) and "Morning Light, Wahweap Hoodoos" by
Dave Coates ARPS EFIAP/p APSA EPSA MPAGB APAGB, Northallerton CC
Following on from recent PAGB Awards in April these results are excellent news for the Federation and all are to be congratulated on their outstanding success. These awards are not easily come by but, by their numbers alone, they are evidence of the richness of talent in the federation. I suspect that most of them will have started out by entering one of our own Internatioanl Exhibitions, The Great British Small Prints Circuit, The Solway Salon, or the Northern Counties International Salon (entries for which are currently open for this year's event).
If you are interested in trying your hand at exhibiting and want to know more why not go to the "Knowledge Base" page on this web site, where there are items about this subject including one designed to help anyone "Starting Out on the Exhibition Trail". Better still got to the "International Exhibition" pages and support your own federation's event by entering the forthcoming "Northern Counties Salon" you'll even get a discount as an NCPF member.
"Morpeth come out Top in Northern Area Themed PDI Competition"
The Northern Area Projected Image Themed Competition between the seven Northern Area Clubs was held on Sunday 7th April 2013. Wooler & District Camera Club were the hosts and the judge was Jane Black ARPS, FPSA, Hon. PAGB.
The winning club was Morpeth with a score of 250 points. In 2nd place was Amble with 246 points, 3rd place was Blyth with 245 points, 4th place was Alnwick with 244 points, 5th place was Ashington with 240 points and 6th place was Wooler with 214. Cambois did not submit an entry.
"Cheviot Stile" by Barry Robertson of Alnwick & District CC (left) and
"Balustrades" by Roy Williamson of Ashington Co-op CC
Congratulations to Morpeth for their well deserved win and commiserations to everyone else as the scoring was very tight between the other placings. Four Images entitled "Cheviot Stile" by Barry Robertson of Alnwick CC, "Balustrades" by Roy Williamson of Ashington Co-op CC, along with two from Blyth PS; "Stag in Winter" by Jim Welsh and "Walk on the Wild Side" by Peter Yearnshire all attained the highest score of 30 points. Congratulations to all of those club members.
"Walk on the Wild Side" by Peter Yearnshire (top) and
"Stag in Winter" by Jim Welsh both of Blyth PS
This was the last Interclub event of the season and was well attended by all the clubs that took part. Our thanks go to Jane Black for her comments and the members of Wooler & District CC for providing an excellent home cooked buffet afterwards.
"Three NCPF members gained PAGB Awards"
At the recent Adjudication Day for PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit, three of our members gained success with their submissions. The event was hosted by the Midland Counties PF and was held at Bromsgrove over the weekend of Sat/Sun 20/21st April this year.
From Ryton & District CC, Keith Archer CPAGB, submitted a panel of 10 Prints and was awarded the PAGB's Credit Award (CPAGB). He was one of 36 entrants from around the country of which 31 were successful. The recognised standard for the Credit Award is ten photographs that are up to good class class club photography.
"The Eyes Have It!" by Keith Archer CPAGB of Ryton & District CC
From over on the western side Alan Walker ARPS EFIAP DPAGB, from West Cumbria Photo Group, chose to go for the Distinction (DPAGB) award in Projected Digital Images. He chose right and he was granted DPAGB to replace his Credit award. To gain this award you need fifteen photographs that are to exhibition standard.
"Golden Eagle and Hare" by Alan Walker of West Cumbria PG
Finally from Northallerton CC, Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB sought instead to gain her Distinction awards with prints, and again she was successful in her quest. There were some 48 applicants for the Distinction Award, of which 22 were successful.
"A Biting Chance" by Patricia Kearton of Northallerton CC
That is a rather nice scattering across the Federation area and bearing in mind the Adjudication was held in the Midlands a credit to the Federation and its members. The standard required for these awards demands a great deal of effort on the part of applicants and all three are to be congratulated for their success.
First Results from 2013 NCPF Annual Competitions
Subject to ratification we are able to announce the headline results from this year's 2013 NCPF Annual Competitions. Once the full details are available from the Competitions Sub-Committee we will as usual publish the full results including our "Gallery of Award Winners".
This years Judges were, Peter Young AFIAP CPAGB APAGB (MCPF), Bob Collins AFIAP (SPF) Simon Allen MPAGB EFIAP (NCPF) and for the Beginners, Jim Welsh LRPS CPAGB, (NCPF). They had the unenviable task of selecting the trophy winners from amongst thousands of entries as well as marking them all.
We thank them for their efforts along with the selectors from our own Federation who then went on to select our entries into the various PAGB Alliance Competitions and for the Selectors' Choice Portfolios.
|Joan Rooker Trophy|
|Overall Best photograph in the Annual Competitions||
Hazel Marr (Dumfries CC)
"Through the Mists"
Best Club Entry
1st Tynemouth PS
2nd Dumfries CC
3rd Sunderland PA
Federation Challenge Trophy
Best Individual Entry
1st Thomas Eaton (Tynemouth PS)
Stan Bewick Trophy
Best Club Entry
1st Northallerton CC
3rd= Durham PS & Keswick PS
Best Individual Enrty
1st Jeff Evans (Whitley Bay PS)
|Monochrome or Colour|
Ken Henderson Trophy
Best Human Portrait
John Johnstone (Gateshead CC)
Norman Jeffcoat Trophy
Guy Davies (Stokesley PS)
"Fields & Farm Palouse"
Bill Grear Trophy
Mark Illingworth (Cramlington CC)
Alf Shoebottom Trophy
John Webster (Northallerton CC)
Robert Chalmers Trophy
Best in Beginners' Section
1st Stephen Ross (Dumfries CC)
2nd Les Fraser (Dumfries CC)
"Kirkton in Winter"
3rd Vic Shadforth (Ricmond CC)
|PROJECTED DIGITAL IMAGE SECTION|
Myles Audas Memorial Trophy -
Best Club Entry
1st Dumfries CC
2nd Durham PS
3rd= Keswick PS & Northallerton CC
Diamond Trophy -
Best Individual Enrty
1st Hazel Marr (Dumfries CC)
"Through the Mists"
2nd Bill Doherty (Ashington Co-op CC)
"Catch of the Day"
3rd Olive Robertson (Hexham & Dist PS)
Bryan Gilbert Trophy
Best Human Portrait
Joe Grabham (Durham PS)
Thomas Bates Trophy
Henrietta Byrne (Richmond CC)
Joe Grabham (Durham PS)
"Island of Lost Souls"
Patricia Kearton (Northallerton CC)
"Japanese Macaque Grooming"
Jane Black Trophy
Best in Beginners' Section
1st Nick Browne (Richmond CC)
2nd Leo Douglas (Gateshead CC)
"Lindisfarne Castle Winter Sunrise"
3rd Susan MacKirdy (Ryton & Dist CC)
Congratulations to all those who met with success and our thanks to everybody else who entered for ensuring a successful and rewarding competition. Finally we must also offer a sincere vote of thanks to our Competitions Organiser, Malcolm Kus and his team of officers and volunteers.
NB:- Every effort is being made to return Print entries to clubs as soon as possible, but his may take some time. Also please be aware that there may be a number of entries retained as either, a) they have been selected for the Alliance Competitions or, b) they are required for copying for one of the two NCPF Portfolios. Again these will be returned to clubs as soon as practicable.
"Blyth come out top in 5 Cornered Northern Area Competition"
The 5 Way Interclub Digital Image Competition between Blyth, Cambois, Cramlington, Whitley Bay and Wallsend was held on Thursday 21st February 2013. This event was hosted by Blyth Photographic Society and the judge was Dave Richardson APAGB, from Ryton & District CC.
The winning club was Blyth with an overall score of 259 points. In 2nd place was Whitley Bay with 258 points. Cambois, who were last year’s winners, came 3rd with 249 points, Cramlington came 4th with 247 points and Wallsend were 5th with 223. One image gained the highest score of 30 points and this was entitled ‘Wiccan Night’ by Mark Illingworth of Cramlington CC.
"Wiccan Night" by Mark Illingworth of Cramlington CC
This proved to be an excellent evening for Blyth as they haven’t won this competition for several years. The President, Lynda Parker accepted the trophy on behalf of the club. The event was very well attended by all the clubs that took part and everyone enjoyed the buffet afterwards. Thank you to the members of Blyth for hosting this event and to the judge for an enjoyable evening.
"Gallery, Northallerton & Stokesley Battle it out"
On Monday 4th March 2013 Northallerton CC were the hosts this year for the third "Three Way Inter-Club Battle" between them, Gallery PG and Stokesley PS. Each club had submitted twelve Prints and twelve PDI's and the judge for the evening was Andrew Linscott LRPS from Ripon City PS.
"The Family Portrait" by Ed Walker of Gallery PG (left) and
"Hare's Tail Clover" by David Smith FRPS MPAGB EFIAP of Stokesley PS
Andrew opened the judging by commenting that he had been given a difficult task because he had rarely seen such a superb set of entries, both in the Prints and the PDI. He then proceeded to give his comments on each entry in a thoughful and helpful manner.
"White Tailed Eagles Surprise Attack" by Patricia Kearton LRPS CPAGB of Northallerton CC
The Prints were assesed first and as the judging porogressed no one club established a lead with first place changing as the section progressed. He gave two prints print the maximum of 30 points, "White Tailed Eagles Surprise Attack" by Patricia Kearton of Northallerton CC and "The Family Portrait" by Ed Walker of Gallery PG. At the end of the round Gallery emerged with 318 points, whilst Stokesley had 313, with Northallerton trailing in third with 308.
"Zebras" by Keith Collins of Gallery PG (left) and
"Lone Hoodoo, Bryce" by Sheila Coates LRPS EFIAP DPAGB of Northallerton CC
Andrew then moved on to comment on the PDI Section. During this Section he gave the maximum of 30 marks to three images, "Lone Hoodoo, Bryce" by Sheila Coates of Northallerton CC, "Zebras" by Keith Collins, and "Ullswater Mist" by Tony Robinson, both of Gallery PG. Once again the scores were close to the extent that, prior to the last three images being shown, the scorer advised members that overall there was only one point between all three clubs at that late stage.
"Ullswater Mist" by Tony Robinson of Gallery PG
The last three images were shown and scored and the scores for the PDI Section were announced with Northallerton out in front this time with 321 points, Stokesley second with 313 (again) and Gallery just behind with 311 ponts. Added together there was the remarkable scoreline of Gallery PG and Northallerton CC tied with 629 points and Stokesley third but only 3 points adrift on 626.
"Emperor Moth Caterpillar" by John Hopkins of Stokesley PS
The judge was thanked by representatives of all three clubs and members then relaxed with a substantial buffet provided the hosts.
"Gateshead win again, this time in the South Tyne Area Print Competition"
Having won this season's Area PDI Competition, last November, Gateshead CC completed the double by winning the Area Prints Inter-club Competition, which was hosted by Ryton & District CC on the 26th February 2013.
There was a large attendance for the event in which six clubs each submitted eight prints into the competition and the judge for the evening was Trevor Roxby, from Washington CC..
"Fallen from Grace" by Paul Toole of Whikham PC
In what was a close fought competition the wnners were Gateshead CC who were awarded 214 points for their entry. This meant that they had wone both South Tyne Area Inter-Club Compeitions this season. The similarities did not end there though because, in an almost morror image of the PDI competition, Whickham PC were again placed second, this time with 208 points and Hexham & District PS continued the effect by being placed third again with 207 points.
The full results of the competition were as follows:-
1st:- Gateshead CC (214 points)
2nd:- Whickham PC (208 Points)
3rd:- Hexham & District PS (207 points)
4th:- South Shields PS (205 points)
5th:- Ryton & District CC (203 Points)
6th:- Winlaton CC (196 points)
The winner of the Best Individual Print went to Paul Toole of Whickham PC for his photograph entitled "Fallen from Grace" (shown above).
"2013 Annual Club Championships"
This annual event took place on Sunday 10th February at Harraton Community Centre with our hosts once again being Washington Camera Club. The entries were slightly down from last year, but nevertheless everybody had a good day of photographic competition. In total 17 clubs competed in the Projected Digital Images (PDI) Competition and 16 in the Prints Competition.
The Judges for the day were David Phillips (Hartlepool P&DG), David Richardson APAGB (Ryton & District CC), and David Stephenson ARPS EFIAP PPSA FDPS BPE4* (Workington CC).
In the PDI Section, in which each club entered twenty images, with no more than 4 from any one author, the trophy winners with 232 points were Northallerton CC, with Durham PS on 226 points being placed second. These two clubs will therefore represent the Federation at the PAGB Annual National Club Championship at Warwick in July. The Momento Trophy, for the best placed club that had not peviously represented the Federation at Warwick, went to Alnwick & District CC. The award for the best individual image went Pat Kearton LRPS CPAGB of Northallerton CC for her photograph "Swan Lake".
During the Prints competition one or two problems were encountered and the organisers apologised for this and hoped that it did not spoil the enjoyment of the day.
The Print Competition itself ended up with a very tight result, again with each club submitting 20 prints each. The trophy winners with 231 points were Sunderland PA, closely followed by Northallerton CC on 230. two pictures shown here are those that won the club's Annual print Compettitons earlier this year. The Federation will there fore be represented by thes two clubs at the PAGB Annual Notional Club Print Championships at Connah's Quay in October. The Momento Trophy, again for the best result by a club that has not previous represented the Federation in the National Competition, went jointly to Gateshead CC and Morton PS who tied on 225 points in joint 3rd place. The award for the best individual Print went to Jeff Evans of Whitley Bay PS for his print entitled "Western Islands".
The Federation would like to thank all competing clubs and also those members who turned out to support their clubs. The three judges deserve our special thanks for their deliberations and efforts on the day. We would also like to thank all the volunteers for their good work, without which the day would not be possible. Finally our thanks are extended to Washington CC and their members for their hosptality and their considerable help on the day.
For details of the results of all clubs entering the competitions please click on this link:-
Northern Area Interclub Prints & PDI Knock-Out Competitions
The Northern Areas Interclub Colour & Monchrome Print Competition between Alnwick & District CC, Amble PG, Ashington Co-op CC, Blyth PS, Cambois CC, Morpeth CC and Wooler & District CC was held on Tuesday 30th October 2012. The event was hosted by Morpeth CC and judged by Jane Black ARPS FPSA Hon.PAGB.
"The Great Migration" by Maria Schusler of Cambois CC
The winning club was Alnwick & District CC who once again, retained the trophy with a top score of 205 points. In 2nd place was Morpeth CC, who were beaten by 1 point for the second year in a row, with 204. In 3rd place was Cambois CC with 198, 4th was Amble POG (196),5th was Blyth PS (170), 6th was Wooler & District CC (165), and 7th came Ashington Co-op CC (163). Two prints gained the maximum 30 points, "Knocking" by Jane Coltman (Alnwick & District CC) and "The Great Migration" by Maria Schulser (Cambois CC).
The event was well attended and the host club provided an excellent buffet afterwards. Our thanks go to the members of Moprth CC and Jane Black for an entertaining and enjoyable evening.
The Northern Areas PDI Knock-Out Competition between the 8 clubs in the area was held on Sunday 25th November 2012. Alnwick & District CC were the hosts and the judging panel consisted of Anne Swearman APRS EFIAP APSA PPSA DPAGB APAGB, Dave Phillips, and Alan Porrett ARPS AFIAP DPAGB APAGB.
"Millennium Bridge" by David Whittaker, of Cambois CC
After the first round Ashington Co-op CC, Amble PG and Wooler & District CC were eliminated from the KO Trophy, but would later compete against each other for the Digital Plate. Blyth PS and Morpeth CC left the competition after the second round, leaving Cambois CC and Alnwick & District CC in the final. The final round was a close run battle with Alnwick & District CC beating Cambois by only 1 point with scores of 192 to 191, to win the 'Knock-Out Trophy'. Ashington Co-op CC won the Digital plate with a score of 169.
"Dunnock" by (author's name not supplied) of Morpeth CC
Our congratulations go to both Alnwick and ashington for their respective wins. Five images attained the highest score of 15:- 2 from Alnwick, 2 from Cambois and 1 from Morpeth. Congratulations to those members.
"Our Space" by (authors name not supplied) of Alnwick & Disrict CC
The event was well attended by all the clubs that took part and the host club provided yet another excellent buffet afterwards. Our thanks go to the members of Alnwick and the three judges for an enjoyable afternoon.
"North Yorkshire & South Durham PA Annual Competitions"
Hosted by members of Hartlepool P & DG this year the 15 clubs of the NYSDA, which include six member clubs of our Southern Area, competed for the Inter-Club and Individual Awards available. The Inter-Club competitions resulted in an overall win for Northallerton CC, with individual trophies going, not only to Northallerton members but also to members of Stokelsey PS and Saltburn CC .
The event comprises of two Inter-club Competitions, one for Prints and the other for PDI, with trophies for the Best Club Print Entry, The Best Club PDI entry, and also for the Best Colour Print, Best Mono Print and Best PDI entry. The total marks from each section are then added together to give the winner of the Overall Club Trophy. There are also two separate competitions for Individual Entrants for prints and PDIs.
"Best Inter-Club Colour Print: "Merlin on Gorse"
by John Webster ARPS MPAGB, Northallerton CC
In the Interclub Prints Section first place and the trophy went Northallerton CC with 167 points from their entry of 6 prints. Second Place was gained by Saltburn CC (who are currently in the act of applying to join NCPF) with 161 and joint third on 157 were Hartlepool P&DG and Richmond CC.
Best Inter-Club Monochrome Print: "Three Ways",
by Stephen Byard EFIAP EPSA, Northallerton CC
The trophy for the Best Colour Print in this section was won by John Webster, with "Merlin on Gorse", whilst that for the Best Monochrome Print went to Stephen Byard, also of Northallerton, with Three Ways".
Best Inter Club PDI Image: "Farne Island Puffin",
by John Davies ARPS EFIAP DPAGB, Stokesley PS
The Interclub PDI Section was also won by Northallerton CC, again with 167 points, with Stokesley PS close behind on 165 points, followed by Saltburn CC with 161. This meant that the Overall Trophy for the Interclub Competition also went to Northallerton CC. However the trophy for the Best Image in this section went to John Davies ARPS EFIAP DPAGB, of Stokesley PS with his shot "Farne Island Puffin".
Best Individual Print and Silver Salver: "Archtectural Selection",
by Mo Coade, Saltburn CC
Finally there are the separate competitions for individual entrants. In the Prints Competition, the Silver Salver was awarded to Mo Coade of Saltburn CC, for "Architectural Selection". In the PDI Competition the trophy for the Best Image also went to Northallerton for "Aerial Aggression" by John Webster.
Best Individual PDI: "Aerial Aggression",
by John Webster ARPS MPAGB, Northallerton CC
"Congratulations to our Members"
During the last couple of months a few of our members have achieved distinctions from both the RPS and the PAGB and our congratulations go, as usual, to each of them. At the recent Adjudications for PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit, held in Northern Ireland, two members of Morton PS, received recognition, whilst a few weeks earlier two Northallerton CC members gained their Associateships with the RPS. Also of great note are the remarkable successes of members of Hexham & District PS.
Morton's Competition Secretary, Gerald Chamberlin AFIAP DPAGB, submitted a successful panel of 15 Prints and was awarded the PAGB's Distinction Award (DPAGB), following on from gaining his AFIAP earlier in the year. Also from Morton PS, John Spittle CPAGB kept up the good work by being granted the Credit Award (CPAGB) with successful panel of 10 Colour prints.
"Come on, Hurry-up" by John Spittle CPAGB (left) and
"Waiting for the Tide" by Gerald Chamberlin AFIAP DPAGB (right)
A few weeks earlier Ken and Chris Hadfield ARPS both celebrated gaining the "Associateship" Award (ARPS) from the Royal Photographic Society, following their submission of two separate panels to the Society. Their submissions were both made to the Nature Panel and I am told that whilst they were worried that their work would not be to the required standard, the RPS thought otherwise and asked if they could retain their panels for future use by them. Looking at the images below, I am not surprised.
Two images from their successful Associate panels, Ken's on the left and Chris' on the right.
These awards are not granted lightly and all four should be rightly proud of their achievements and we at Northern Counties join in in recognising their deserved rewards; well done each.
I wonder if, in recent times, any other club has equalled the outstanding record of success that has been achieved by members of Hexham & District PS in respect of distinctions gained from the RPS. Over the whole of 2012 at total of ten members gained disinctions, at Focus in March, Edinburgh in May and Bath in September. They are:-
Marjorie Baillie LRPS
Michael Borthwick LRPS
Associate in Photo-Travel:-
A remarkable set of result for which the club are to be congratulated.
"South Tyne Area PDI Competition win for Gateshead CC"
This year's event was hosted by Winlaton CC on the 27th November 2012 and resulted in a narrow win for Gateshead CC, over Whickham PC and Hexham & District PS who came second and third respectively.
There was a good turn out on the evening with six of the seven clubs in the South Tyne Area taking part, each submitting eight entries into the competition. The judge for the evening was Malcolm Kus ARPS DPAGB EFIAP, from Alnwick & District CC, and he commented on the high standard of the entries.
"Car Park Tracks" by John Wilmore of Gateshead CC
At the end of the evening Gateshead CC, were chased hard by Whickham PC but in the end came out winners by the slimmest of margins, one point out of over 200. The Eric Hopper Memorial Trophy for the Best Image in the competition went to Gateshead newcomer, John Wilmore witha maximum 30 marks for his image "Car park Tracks".
"Moorish Rain" by Alan Fowler of Gateshead CC
The full results of the competition were as follows:-
1st:- Gateshead CC (208 points)
2nd:- Whickham PC (207 Points)
3rd:- Hexham & District PS (204 points)
4th:- Ryton & District CC (203 points)
5th:- South Shields PS (196 Points)
6th:- Winlaton CC (195 points)
If you wish to view the whole competition then you can visit WinlatonCC's web site where it is lodged as a slide show.