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Northallerton Loose Out in our Annual Inter-Club with Stokesley

On Thursday, 15th March a large contingent of Northallerton's members travelled to Stokesley PS for our Annual Inter-Club Competition with them. The Judge for the evening was David Phillips from Hartlepool, an old friend of both clubs. In his opening remarks he commented on the fact that this competition had been held for over a quarter of a century and that he did not know of a more keenly fought inter-club battle between two of the best clubs in the region. It was always a competition he enjoyed because of the friendly rivalry but warm hospitality on these occasions.

Each club had entered 15 images in the PDI Section and 15 Prints in the Print Section, with no more than on per member in each section. The evening's proceedings opened with the PDI Section with images from each club being shown alternately and scored out of 30 marks. For the first half dozen rounds it was neck and neck so far as the points were concerned, but then Stokesley began to creep ahead slightly. At the end of the section Stokesley end up with 393 points from their 15 images, just 4 points ahead of Northallerton.

The image awarded the maximum score of 30 marks was a landscape entitled "Farmhouse Dawn" from Stokesley. Our best score was 29 by Chris Morton DPAGB with "Bee-eater Landing", whilst Hilary Crick and Pauline Pentony ARPS AFIAP DPAGB were given scores of 28 with "Hoverfly Washing" and "Zest" respectively. Bob Crick and Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB with "Female Stonechat" and "European Bee-eaters Mating" scored 27 each.

We then moved on the Prints Section and again it was a case of Stokesley creeping ahead on Northalleton with the scores, In fact at one stage it loked as if they were going to run away with the result, but we did manage to claw back some of the lead, but not enough to prevent Stokesley coming out in the lead by a substantial 8 points with 400 marks to our 392. Again the maximum score went to Stokesley with a creative portrait entitled "Charlie". This time it was Eddie Bishop who achieved a score of 29 with his still life "Corn on the Cob" (displayed in the previous news item to this). Don Nesham CPAGB with "Rievaulx Temple", and Bob Crick with "Guillemot in Flight" each scored 28 and there were scores of 27 for Dave Coates ARPS EFIAP/p EPSA MPAGB with "Lady of Crete" and Pauline Pentony ARPS AFIAP DPAGB with "Simplicity".

This meant that at the end of the competition Stokesley had an overall lead of 12 points. Our congratulations go to Stokesley for a fine win, which we would hope to reverse next year, and our thanks go to Dave Phillips for what, despite the result, was an excellent evenings judging on his part. His comments were instructive and I doubt anyone could really find serious fault with any of his critique. Our thanks also go to all those of our members who submitted prints and images for selection for this competition.

(March 2018)

Northallerton's Day at the NCPF Club Championships

This year only three of our members travelled to Clara Vale, on Tyneside, for the 2018 NCPF Annual Club Championships. That being said we enjoyed an interesting day with some small success for our club, being placed third in the Prints Competition. We were not so successful in the PDI, ending up just outside the winning places.

The Championships are open to all member clubs of the Federation and is divided into two sections, PDI and Prints. Each club has to enter 20 pictures in each section that they have chosen to enter; in Northallerton's case that was in both sections. The Judges this year were:- Simon Allen EFIAP MPAGB APAGB (Dumfries CC), Steve Fowler (Ryton & Dist CC) and David Hall ARPS DPAGB (Gateshead CC). They used scoring machines to mark the individual pictures and the first two clubs in each Section are invited to represent the Federation in in the National Championships later in the year.

The PDI Section was run first and whilst the lighting conditions in the room were not ideal, it was of course the same for all. At the end of the section, in what was a generally low scoring competition, the winners were Keswick PS with 222 points, Hexham & District PS came second with 213 and Durham PS third with 209. With a score of 198 Northallerton ended up in 4th place. Pauline Pentony with 13 marks for her image "Pure White" was our best score with Chris Morton scoring 12 for both his "Mountain Hare" and his "Misty Morning". There were also creditable results for Hilary Crick, Eric Hall, Patricia Kearton, Chris Morton and Pauline Pentony, who all got scores of 11 with their entries.

This was quickly followed by the Prints Section and once again it was Keswick PS that came out winners with 238 points, beating Durham (215 points) into second place. This time Northallerton did a little better with a score of 203 points taking us into third place. Our best scores this time came from Eddie Bishop, with "Corn on the Cob" and Miles Langthorne with "Osprey with Fish" and "Kingfisher", which all scored 12 points. Eddie Bishop, Dave Coates, Pauline Pentony and Trevor Thurlow were also successful with scores of 11 for their prints.

This means that this is the second year running that Northallerton will not be representing Northern Counties at the National Club Championships and whilst this is disappointing we have to recognise that our standard of entries, whilst producing some super results, fell just short of the required standard overall.

Still there is next year and, as we thank our entrants and all those who supplied pictures for this year, we can look forward to another go next year. What was especially pleasing were the number of our members, who are relatively new to this type of competition, who produced some excellent results that bodes well for the future.

(February 2018)

Paul is 'Highly Commended', in the NCPF Beamish Competition

The NCPF has held its annual Beamish Competition now for seven years, with members of all
50 Northern Counties clubs being invited to take images at the Beamish Museum, either
over the June weekend when the Federation has an exhibition there, or at any other time during
the current year, in this case from between August 2016 and August 2017.

The competition is now limited to PDI entries and our congratulations go to our Vice Chairman,
Paul Newey, on receiving a Highly Commended Certificate in the competition, which was
judged just recently. Paul’s image is entitled “Travelling in Style” and was taken at the
Great North Steam Fair at Beamish on April 8th this year.


Northallerton Camera Club launches its 2018 Calendar

Following on from the success of our 2017 Calendar, the club has decided to produce a second edition for 2018. With superb presentation it provides members with a great idea for Christmas presents as well as showcasing photographs taken by our members, which were successful in our 2017 Annual Exhibitions. With no more than one photograph from any one member it offers a unique visual presentation of members' work.

The Calendar is printed to A4 size so that it will easily fit into standard envelops for posting, if you wish. Competitively priced at £7.50p per copy it is an opportunity not to be missed and if you buy five or more that price is discounted to £6.50p. Stocks are limited so don't hang about. To reserve you copies please contact Stuart Goldie on 01845 587258 or use the "Contact Page" on this web site. Just tell us what you want and leave us with contact details and we will get back to you to organise your order. All profits from the sale of the Calendar will go to club funds.

(October 2017)

Acceptances and Awards from Northern Counties Salon

Northern Counties held the selection of its 38th consecutive International Salon of Photography this last week and a number of our members entered, some with considerable success. The Salon comprised 4 sections, Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Nature and Photo-Travel with entrants being able to make up to 4 entries in each section. Our members' results were spread across all four sections.

As in previous years there were three selectors in each section for this prestigious event, comprising of one overseas selector, Des Clinton FRPS MFIAP FIPF, from the Irish Republic, and Peter Gennard MFIAP EFIAP/p, from the UK officiating in all 4 sections of the salon.

The third selector in each of the four sections came, as is the salon's usual custom, from the NCPF. Gerald Chamberlin EFIAP DPAGB from Morton PS, officiated in the Open Colour Section and also Open Monochrome Section. John Williams EFIAP/b MPSA DPAGB from Penrith CC was our selector in the Nature Section. In the Photo-Travel Section our own Dave Coates ARPS EFIAP/p ESFIAP APSA EPSA MPAGB APAGB was this year's NCPF selector..

The Selectors are asked to mark each image with a score between 2 and 5, giving total scores between 6 and 15. Two indicates that the image was not felt to be up to standard, three is looked on as doubtful, four is the mark to be given when the selector thinks it should be accepted and five is given when it is thought the image should be considered for an award. In each section just over 25% of entries were accepted with an a total acceptance mark of 12 in each section. The selectors then go on to look at the highest scoring images and decide by discussion among themselves on the images to be given awards.

Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB gained seven acceptances, three in the Open Colour Section, and all four in the Nature Section; well done Patricia.

Chris Morton DPAGB gained six acceptances spread over all four sections, with one in the Open Colour Section, two in the Open Monochrome Section, one in the Nature Section and two in the Photo-Travel Section.

Pauline Pentony ARPS AFIAP DPAGB gained 5 acceptances, 3 in the Open Colour Section and 2 in the Open Monochrome Section. She was also awarded a 'PSA Ribbon' in the Open Colour Section for her image entitled "Zest" (pictured above).

John Webster ARPS MPAGB gained 7 acceptances, also across all 4 sections, with 3 in the Open Colour Section, 2 in Open Monochrome, 1 in Nature and 1 in Photo-Travel. In addition his acceptance in the Nature Section, entitled "Bee Eater and Skipper" (also pictured here) was awarded an 'RPS Ribbon'.

This means that between the four of them they gained a total of 25 Acceptances including 2 awards, an excellent result, which reflects so well on our club.

(September 2017)

Congratulations to Two of our Members

At our opening meeting of the season it was announced that two of our 'Club Class' members, Trevor Thurlow LRPS and Mandi Connolly, have been promoted in recognition of the success of their photography. It is a fact that we have some potentially very good photographers in the 'Club' class; the results in our competitions over the last year show this to be true and it is therefore very pleasing to see our Committee recognising this.

Our club has three classes to enable members, who wish to compete in our competitions, to be able to do so with members of like ability. They are 'Club', 'Intermediate' and 'Advanced' Classes.

In the case of Trevor, during the previous season he was awarded the Licentiate Distinction by the Royal Photographic Society. This prestigious distinction recognises a standard of photography known loosely as 'good class club photography' and as such Trevor has been promoted to the 'Advanced Class' in the club as from the start of this season. He also came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 'Club Class' prints section of the 2017 Annual Exhibition.

This photograph, entitled, "Hold on Tight" is just one of several that he has entered into our club competitions recently, gaining a Highly Commended Award in the 2017 Annual Exhibition.

Mandi being promoted to the 'Intermediate Class' was our second promotion this time round and a very well deserved promotion it was. Her record of success in club competitions over the last year or so has been excellent.

She won outright the 'Club Class' trophy in both Prints and PDIs in last season's Members' Night Competitions, something which requires consistency over a number of individual competitions throughout the season.

This photograph, entitled "War and Peace" was the outright winner in the Open PDI Section of the Members' Night Competition for "Still Life". It also came 2nd in the PDI Record Section of the 2017 Annual Exhibition.

Our congratulations go to both Mandi and Trevor for their promotions, together with an anticipation of future successes for them; well done.

(September 2017)

Our 2017/18 Season Opens

After our summer break the club opened the new season on Monday 4th September with our Chairman,
Richard Cochrane ARPS DPAGB presenting his show entitled "Where, When and How".
What an intriguing title; it was both entertaining as well as giving us how he goes about his work.

"Dog Walker" by Richard Cochrane

It is a long tradition with our club that we open the season with a show by one of our own members, and so this year is no exception with Richard,
our Chairman and one of our longest serving members, having stepped up to the mark. Thank you Richard for an excellent opening evening.

We would also extend a warm welcome to both our regular members, but especially to anybody else who is interested in photography and might
wish to join us. We are sure that you will find us a friendly bunch, more than willing to offer you our usual hospitality and, if wanted, our help.

Members are reminded that annual subscriptions are now due and I am sure Trish, our Treasurer, will welcome your prompt payment.
Our current rates are displayed on the "Home Page" of this web site;. What a bargain they are, with the individual annual subscription
working out at barely £1 per night; and that includes tea and biscuits.

Finally, we do ask all our members and visitors to respect the safety, and convenience of our neighbours by parking responsibly. Please remember
that access space must always be left for the widest of emergency vehicles and that it is illegal to park on the grass of the village green.

(September 2017)

Northallerton Camera Club's Annual Library Exhibition

Our club has for many decades held and "Annual Exhibition of Prints" at the library,
which is located at the junction of East Road and Thirsk Road, Northallerton, DL6 1PT.
The Exhibition, pictured below, was open until Friday 1st September 2017.

The Exhibition show cased almost all of the prints from club's 2017 Annual Exhibition Competition, held earlier this year, plus a few more from our members. It was well worth visiting, not only for our members, but for anyone who has an interest in photography. If, as we hope, the display might have inspired any prospective new members, then please do not hesitate to accept our invitation to come and join us at one of our regular meetings.
Our new season started on Monday, 4th September 2017, for future meetings please check out our "Programme".

(August 2017)