News from Around the Federation
"Results from Connah's Quay"
Sunderland PA and Northallerton CC were the two clubs who, as a result of their coming 1st and 2nd respectively at our Annual Club Championships earlier in the year, represented Northern Counties at the 2013 PAGB Annual Inter-Club Prints Championship at Connah's Quay on Saturday 26th October. Members of both clubs were there to support their clubs efforts.
A total of 37 clubs from across the country were competing and the Judges for the day were Des Clinton from the Republic of Ireland, Chris Widdall from L&CPU and Malcolm Kus from NCPF. They each marked from 2 to 5, meaning that marks could range from 6 to 15. The competition consists of two rounds, a 1st Round from which the top 8 scoring clubs qualify for the Final Round, with the remaining 29 competing for the 'Plate Competition'.
"Haunted Bedroom" by Cliff Banks LRPS AFIAP, of Sunderland PA
In the first round clubs have to submit 15 prints of which at least 5 must be monochrome and at least 5 must be colour. There must be no more than 4 nature prints. At the end of the first round the leaders were the Inn Focus Group from the Welsh Federation witha total of 159 points. Sunderland PA scored 132 points and Northallerton 130, but in neither case was this enough for them to qualify for the final round, so both our clubs then competed in the 'Plate Competition'.
The Plate Competition entry consists of only 5 prints, one per author, no more than one nature print and at least 2 monochrome and colour prints. The Don Morrison Plate Trophy was won jointly by Chorley PS from L&CPU and Catchlight CC from NIPA (68 points each), with Sunderland PA placed 10th with 62 points and Northallerton CC 16th with 60 points.
In the Final Round there was also a very close finish, with Dumfries CC (SPF), The Inn Focus Group (WPF) and Wigan 10 (L&CPU) all tieing for 2nd place with 202 points each. The worthy winners though, by the smallest of margins were Smethwick PS (MCPF) with 203 points. Detailed results are displayed in PAGB 'e-news' No.101.
"Rydal Dawn" by John Webster ARPS MPAGB, Northallerton CC
Both Sunderland and Northallerton can be proud of their performance though, and particular mention should be made of Cliff Banks, of Sunderland and John Webster of Northallerton, for their shots of "Haunted Room" and "Rydal Dawn" respectively which each received scores of 13. However our most successful print was "Swan Lake" by Patricia Kearton of Northallerton which received a maximum of 15 points.
"Swan Lake" by Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB, of Northallerton CC
At the end of an excellent day's photography those present enjoyed what has to have been one of the 'grandest raffles' I can remember. It raised some £1250 towards the cost of the event; not surprising really when you consider the prizes included a Canon DSLR and an Epson 3000 printer. All in all a great day out with some of the finest photographs around on display.