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Brilliant Result for Northallerton in the NYSD's Annual Competition

For the first time for a few years we entered the NYSD Annual Competitions, and what a result we achieved.
The Club entered into both the Prints as well as the PDI and when the results we announced and shown on
Friday 26th November at Guisborough we were placed first in both
 Sections, with a score of 164 points
in each section which meant of course that Northallerton also won the "Overall Competition".

Alan Snape, Chairman of NYSD (right), our NYSD Reps, Miles Langthorne (left)
& David Niman (Centre) with the club's trophies.

For our Vice Chairman, Miles Langthorne DPAGB APAGB, it was a very special evening because in both
sections he was awarded maximum points for the best entry, with "Osprey Catch" in the Prints Section
and for "Grouse in Heather"  in the PDI Section.





Not only that but our Vice-Chairman, Miles Langthorne DPAGB, APAGB also won the trophy for the
"Best PDI" in the Individual PDI Competition with "Dust Rider".


In addition to that Bob Crick was awarded Highly Commended  in the "Individual PDI Competition"
with his shot "Sandhill Crane Take Off" and in the "Silver Salver Competition" for individual print entries
Paul Newey was Highly Commended for his print entitled "Evil Eyed Jackdaw"

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Well done Northallerton, this was a fantastic result and thanks to all those who submitted entries,
whether or not they were included in the Club Entries or the individual competitions, without you
this result would not have been possible.


(November 2021) 






Northallerton's 2022 Calendar is Open for Orders

After an absence of a year due to Covid the Club is again launching its Calendar, this time for 2022.
The Calendar showcases the very best of our members' photographs that they used in our 2020/21 Season.

To give the widest coverage possible, there is no more than one picture from any one member and with such
superb presentation the Calendar becomes the ideal Christmas present to give to you family and friends.


This excellent production is Priced at £10 per copy or £9 for orders of 5 or more copies.

To reserve your copies please contact our Chairman, Stuart Goldie, at the Club or even at Zoom Meetings and
he will take your order. Alternatively you can contact by email at:- 
or by telephone on:- 01845  587258




(November 2021) 



Jack Pygott CPAGB

(15th May 1933 - 28th September 2021)

It is with the greatest sadness that we report the loss of our Honorary Life Vice-President, Jack Pygott,
who passed away peacefully in his sleep overnight on Monday, the 27/28th September 2021. 

Jack was one of the longest serving members of Northallerton Camera Club, having joined in about 1977.  He was
 a working member of our Committee for some twenty-three years.  Appointed to the Committee in 1979, he was
also Treasurer from 1983 to 1985.  He served as Chairman from 1986 until 1988 then as President for three years
until 1991. He continued as a Committee member for three years until becoming Press Officer for a year in 1994. From
1995 until 1999 he served as Annual Exhibition Officer, before returning to the role of Press Officer until 2002.

In 2000 he was appointed as Honorary Vice President, an honour that he held until the club appointed him as their
Honorary Life Vice-President in 2009, the highest recognition the club can give, and a position he has held until now.  

Whilst Jack’s service to the club is beyond question, he was also a very good photographer in his own right,
winning various club trophies over the years, starting in 1984 with the Hall Cup for Intermediate Slides.
He also won the Bob Robinson Cup for Beginners Prints in 1987. From there he went on to win the Milnes Cup
for the Best Print on two occasions, the Full Measure Trophy as the Best Slide worker, also on two occasions. 
In addition, over the years he won the Members Nights Trophy for Prints, The Roebuck Trophy for Summer
Outings, The Boersma Literary Award, and the Deakin Trophy.  In 1997 he was one of the first of our members
to be awarded the CPAGB distinction.

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He was also a club judge for about 30 years as well as presenting Slide shows for the club, including a
memorable one on his trip with his wife Audrey to Canada.  But above all, I am sure he will be remembered
as a lovely man who gave unstinting support not only to the club as a whole, but especially to newer and
less experienced members. I still remember the warm and friendly greeting he gave to me as a new member
back in the early to mid-eighties.

We at Northallerton Camera Club have lost a true friend but at this time our thoughts are with his wife, Audrey,
their two children, John and Janet, as well as his wider family.


September 2021

Now this is what you call showing off!

A few weeks ago we reported on the success of our members in the Annual UPP Exhibition.  Well, this
weekend four of our members travelled down to Birmingham to the UPP's Annual get togethjer at Hillscourt.
As part of the event there is a display of all the best entries submitted into circle competitions throughout the year,
which have also been judged on a national basis.  Each Circle's most successful prints and PDI
are displayed or shown for all to see and enjoy.

We commented in our earlier article on the awards that were gained at national level, especially the fact
that Miles Langthorne, our Vice-Chairman had gained two awards, but imaging our surprise
when we saw the display of his circles best prints, each and everyone were Miles's photos,
as can be seen from this snap we took.


Well done Miles, you alomg with many others are a credit to our club and it was great to see your
work displayed so prominentl




(September 2021) 

Our 2021 Annual Dinner & Trophy Presentation

Almost a landmark event in these troubled times, but it is with great pleasure that we were able to hold our
2021 Annual Dinner and Trophy Presentation with a total of 28 members and partners etc feeling able to attend.
It was therefore the first time that the club has met in person since March 2020.

The event was held in the self contained function room at Romanby Golf Course Club House. I think that I can
speak for everyone in saying that the precautions put in place by the Golf Club and also by ourselves made this
an evening that we were able relax in and enjoy with colleagues old and new.


The evening opened as usual with the awe inspiring displa of all the Club's Trophies all set out at the head of the room.
This was quickly followed by a relaxed and leisurely three course dinner followed by tea and coffee. 


Once dinner was finished our chairman, Stuart Goldie, introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Peter Barron,
a life long journalist, who for many years had been the editor of the Northern Echo.  The talk he gave was both
humorous, informative and with a message to all who are concerned for the future of local newspapers.  He held 
members attention throughout with self deprecating but often hilarious stories and insights into some of the
oddities and mishaps that he had experienced throughout his career.

This was followed by our traditional Presentation of Trophies. This year it was a little different, firstly because
the trophies were presented to the winners by our Chairman, and secondly because whilst we only had a
PDI Exhibition in 2021 we did have some trophies to present from last year's Print and PDI Exhibitions as well. 

Left to right:-  Pauline Pentony receiving "The Print Trophy" as Print Photographer of the year for 2019/20
John Webster reciving the "Full Measure Trophy" as the PDI Photographer of the Year for 2020/21, and
 Sheila Coates receiving her Certificate for the Best Image Overall in the 2020/21 Annual Exhibition.

Our thanks go to all those who helped in putting this event together and also to Eddie Bishop
and to Alan Graham for the photos taken on what was an evening enjoyed by all.

August 2021

Paul Cayton's Exhibition at Leyburn

One of our members, Paul Cayton, has had a gallery of his work put on exhibition at Tennant's
Salesrooms in Leyburn. A total of ten of his images are on display through August and September
in the Garden Rooms at this presigeous location.


"Whitby Sunset" by Paul Cayton

Paul, who is obviously delighted at this exposure said, "If you’re in the Leyburn area, please visit the
exhibition and also take time to view the other displays and featured artists in their galleries. 
Also, the food and drink in the cafe is excellent too!"

Members might also like to see his updated web site, which has been designed to
display on mobiles as well as desk tops etc. 

August 2021





Our members gain awards in the 2021 UPP Annual Competition

The UPP of GB has just announced the results of its 2021 Annual Competition and three of our members,
who are also members of UPP, have won awards.  For those of our members who are not aware or do not know
a great deal about the UPP the following paragraph gives some information.

The UPP, or to give it its full name the United Photographic Postfolios of Great Britain, is a photographic club
that comes to its members by post or electronically at regular intervals. It is currently Britain’s largest postal
photographic club with a membership of around 300, spread throughout the length and breadth of the UK
and overseas.  The Club is subdivided into a number of small groups, known as Circles,
typically with about 12 to 15 members each and each works to a specific ‘discipline’ or format.
Each month members receive a ‘folio’ of photographs from their fellow circle members, to view,
comment on and, of course, to add in their own picture for comment by their peers.

The Annual Competition sees the most successful photographs from each circle placed before a panel of judges
with various awards and trophies being won by either individual members or Circles. 


"Kestrel on Gatepost" by Miles Langthorne DPAGB APAGB

Miles who, as a member of Circle 4/26 (large Prints), was awarded two trophies for this superb print,
"Kestrel on Gatepost" which won the AQS NATURAL HISTORY PRINT TROPHY & PLAQUE 
for the best Nature Print and the BEST LARGE PRINT - PLAQUE  for the best print overall.
Miles also received two Highly Commended Certificates, one for his Print, "Speedway Rider" and the
other for his PDI, "Jay", which was entered for him as a member of Circle 45 (Natural History PDI).

"Brown Pelican Fishing" by Bo Crick

Bob, who is a member and also the sectretary for Circle 45, recieved two Highly Commended Certificates
for his PDI "Brown Pelican Fishing" and for "Robber Fly".  He also was awarded the CIRCLE CERTIFICATE
for the best image submitted by Circle 45 with "Sandhill Crane Take-off" This image was also chosen
by one of the Judges, Barry Mead, for his "Selectors' Choice Award".


"El Capitan & Bridal Veil Fallsby Dave Coates ARPS EFIAP/p EPSA MPAGB HonPAGB

Dave was awarded a Highly Commended Certificate for his print "El Capitan & Bridal Veil Falls"
which was entered by Circle 36 (Large Prints)

We offer our congratulations to all three on their success, but especially to Miles for such an outstanding result.
We know that a number of other members of NCC are members of UPP, but for anyone else,
if you are interested in joining UPP then you might care to visit their website via this link:-
United Photographic Postfolios of Great Britain


July 2021





Northallerton successes at NCPF Annual Competitions

This year's NCPF Annual Competitions, due to the Coronavirus crisis, have again been greatly truncated,
with only PDI Sections being held.  In the event members from 32 Clubs entered the competitions,
with 1192 entries in the Open section and 95 in the Jane Black Trophy for Beginners.
There were 29 club entries for the Myles Audas Memorial Trophy.


Thomas Bates Trophy (Best landscape):- "Dawn Light on the Dunes" by Sheila Coates LRPS EFIAP/b PPSA DPAGB

The Myles Audas Memorial Trophy was won by Gosforth CC, so our congratulations go to them.
Keswick PS & Saltburn PS shared 2nd place. (This is a change following an amendment by NCPF)
Whilst Northallerton were joint 14th alongside Carlisle CC, we were for different reasons,
shy of some of our best workers. However a number of our members did enjoy
individual success in the Open Section.

Highly Commended:- "Final Bend" by Miles Langthorne DPAGB APAGB, "Malificent Clone" by Eric Hall &
"White Tailed Eagle" by Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB

The Thomas Bates Trophy, for the Best Landscape, was awarded to Sheila Coates for her
"Dawn Light on the Dunes".  There was also a total of five Highly Commended Certificates
awarded to Miles Langthorne, Eric Hall, Patricia Kearton and John Webster (with two).

The PAGB Inter-Federation PDI Competition (known as the Alliance Competition) will be held this year
and five members had six entries selected, Sheila Coates, Patricia Kearton,
Miles Langthorne, Pauline Pentony
and John Webster (2)


Highly Commended:- "Ice Beach"  and "Bea-eater Locked Beaks", both by John Webster ARPA MPAGB

Our congratulations to not only to those whose work has been recognised by the Judges and Selectors,
but also to all those who entered the event. It is always great to see the club represented and its
members efforts being rewarded.

You can see our club's detailed results if you "Click Here"
The full results of the competitions, together with more information on how the Competitions
were run can be seen via with this link to the "NCPF web site"


May 2021


Northallerton come second in our first Friendly Inter-Club with Keswick PS

Earlier this year Northallerton CC were approached by Keswick PS, inviting us to take part in a
friendly Inter-Club Competition with them. We readily accepted the invitation and, with
Keswick as the "Zoom" hosts the competition was held on Wednesday 26th May 2021.

"Dawn Light on the Dunes" by Sheila Coates & "Autumn Beauty" by Sandy Furniss

The ground rules for the competition were that each club would submit 35 images with,
as far as possible, no more than one image per member. In the event Northallerton managed
to get an image from each of 35 members. With entries from only 31 members,
Keswick only had to rely on second images from 4 of theirs.

The Judge for the evening was Ross McKelvey MPAGB FIPF MFIAP EFIAP/p FBPE
from Catchlight CC in Northern Ireland.  Ross is well known and respected
throughout the UK and worldwide for that matter. An international judge,
we couldn't have a better qualified person for the task.

"Robber Fly" by Bob Crick & "Where are You Taking Me Now" by David Beadle 

The competition was scored with a maximum score of 20 marks per image, somewhat
different from our usual maximum of 30. The scores he gave ranged from 20 down to 14,
which is a tighter range than ournormal one, but Ross was not constrained or ungenerous
with his marks. He gave a total of 11 maximum scores (4 of them for Northallerton)
and numerous scores of 19 an 18. He did comment that any of 18 or above was recognition
of very good photography.  In the final analysis Keswick scored 627 points to our 603.
One thing that was noticeable and very rewarding were some very good scores
and comments for some of our newer and less experienced members.  

"Red Squirrel Landing" by John Webster & "Final Bend" by Miles Langthorne

The 4 images that received maximum marks were "Dawn Light on the Dunes" by Sheila Coates,
"Autumn Beauty" by Sandy Furniss, "Robber Fly" by Bob Crick and "Where are You Taking me Now"
by Dave Beadle.   There were also four scores of 19 awarded to our members;
"Red Squirrel Landing" by John Webster, "Final Bend" by Miles Langthorne,
"Looking" by Alan Graham and "Misty Anchorage" by Chris Morton.

"Looking" by Alan Graham & "Misty Anchorage" by Chris Morton

In addition to those 8 successes were 6 more of our members images that received Ross's recognition of
excellence with scores of 18.  Those were "Before the Storm, Over Silton" by Dave Coates,
"Winskill Hawthorn" by Dave Snowdon, "Fence on the Beech" by Eric Hall, "Sweeping Brush" by  Paul Cayton,
"All that Jazz" by Pauline Pentony and "Ghost Town Ghosts" by Trish newey-King.

"Before the Storm, Over Silton" by Dave Coates, Winskill Hawthorn" by Dave Snowdon & "Fence on the Beach" by Eric Hall

All in all this was a very successful evening and, whilst of course we would liked to have won, we had a great
evening enjoying pictures from a club whose work we would rarely see, but which is one of the Northern Counties'
most successful clubs in recent years.  That enjoyment was added to by the measured and constructive comments
that Ross gave throughout.  I am sure that many of our members will have benefitted
or will benefit in the future from his guidance.


"Sweeping Brush" by Paul Cayton, "All that Jazz" by Pauline Pentony & "Ghost Town Ghosts" by Trish Newey-King

I am sure that all of our members who were present on the evening will agree with our Chairman, Stuart Goldie, 
that our thanks go to Keswick PS for the invitation to join them in this friendly competition and for our part
we look forward to responding next year with a similar invitation for a return visit by Keswick.


May 2021

Northallerton win our Annual Inter-club with Stokesley PS

On the 8th March we held our Annual Inter-club Competition with Stokesley PS.  It was judged by our
NCPF President, Jim Welsh LRPS CPAGB APAGB, from Blyth PS and what a cracking job he did.

"Robber Fly" 
by  Bob Crick

From start to finish it was a close run thing, as it see-sawed back and forth, with rarely more
than a handful of points between the two clubs. Yes we ended up 8 points to the good
with a total of 633 points to Stokesley's 625, but it does seem to go in turn; we lost last year
but won two years ago, so perhaps honours are even between our two clubs.

"Dawn Light on the Dunes" by  Sheila Coates LRPS EFIAP/b PPSA DPAGB

This year of course it was a little different with only PDI in the competition. Each club therefore had
an entry of 25 PDI to make up for the missing prints. It was also good that both clubs were able
to ensure that no member had more than 2 images each.

"Roseate Spoonbill" by Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB

In our case it also meant that every members who submitted
images for the competition had at least one included, so it really was a team effort. by the club.

"Golden Plover" by David Beadle ARPS

Well done to the members of both clubs, but especially to our of course.  Special congratulations go to
Bob Crick and to Sheila Coates who were each awarded the maximum of 30 points
for their "Robber Fly" and "Dawn Light on the Dunes" respectively.

"Curlew" by Miles Langthorne DPAGB APAGB

Whilst we had no images score 29, a total of four images scored 28 marks, "Roseate Spoonbill"
by Patricia Kearton, "Golden Plover" by David Beadle, "Curlew" by Miles Langthorne and
"Voracious  Feeders" by Cathy Earle.  Once again a club effort with 6 different members
figuring in the top 6 scored images.

"Varacious Feeders" by  Cathy Earle.

Finally a some big thank yous to Stokesley PS for such a great competition, and also to Jim
for a job well done. Roll on next year when we might be able to meet in person rather than 'virtually".


March 2021


Northallerton Compete in NCPF's "zoomed" Club Championship

On Sunday 7th February the NCPF held its Annual Club Championship by 'zoom'.
Three members of the club joined the meeting which, bearing in mind the potential
problems was very well organised and run. 

"Path into the Woods" by  Dave Coates

This event is organised annually by the Federation and all NCPF Clubs are invited to compete for the Trophy.
Normally there are two sections in this competition, one for Prints and the other for PDI, but as with other
coompetitions it was run on a PDI basis only for this year.  It was also run for the first time using the
Zoom software with everybody enjoying the day from the comfort of their homes.

"Looking" by Alan Graham

Each club had reviously submitted 20 Images for the Judges to view and each score between 2 and 5,
making a potential maximum score of 15 per image.. The Judges were were, George Ledger ARPS DPAGB,

"Misty Anchorage" by Chris Morton

We were treated to some super images as the afternoon progressed and at the halfway stage things
looke quite reasonable with us maintaining an average score of marginally over 11 per image; but,
you do need an average of about 12 or over to be in with a chance of winning competitions like this.

"Conceal" by Pauline Pentony 

In the second half our scores dropped a little and at the end we had amassed a total of 215,
which when the totals were counted up we were in 4th Place, just 2 points shy of 3rd place,
where we ended up last year.   The winners were Keswick PS, who scored 236 points,
second was Gosforth CC with 225 and in third place was South Shields PS with 217.

"Dawn Light on the Dunes" by Sheila Coates

In our entry we used images from twelve of our members, which we thought amounted to an
excellent contributuion from our club. Our entries received two scores of 13 for "Dawn Mists, Tuscany" and 
"Path into the Woods", both by Dave Coates ARPS EFIAP/p ESFIAP APSA PPSA MPAGB HonPAGB.  
In fact only 2 or 3 images scored 14 and none were given the maximum mark of 15.
A further four images scored 12, these being "Looking"  by one of our new members,
Alan Graham LRPS"Misty Anchorage" by Chris Morton DPAGB,
"Conceal" by Pauline Pentony ARPS AFIAP DPAGB and
"Dawn Light on the Dunes" by Sheila Coates LRPS EFIAP PPSA DPAGB.

"Dawn Mists, Tuscany" by Dave Coates

We may not have qualified to represent NCPF in the PAGB National Championship (only the top two
get this honour) later this year, but this was a very creditable result and I am sure the Committee
and the club will join me in thanking everyone who contributed images for selection,
without whom we would not have achieved anything.


February 2021

PAGB awards the J.S.Lancaster Medal to Dave Coates

The PAGB, at its 'virtual' Annual General Meeting, held on Saturday 3rd October 2020,
announced that it was awarding the J.S. Lancaster Medal to
This award is the highest honour for service to photography that PAGB can give. 

Dave has been a member of Northallerton CC for over 35 years, but this award was also made
for his services as a member of the PAGB Executive Committee, which he joined in 2009 as NCPF's
Representative, also serving as Chairman of the PAGB Patronage Sub-Committee, for two years.

Howard Tate, the PAGB President, in reading out the citation said,  "After two years
 he commenced duties in one of the most demanding posts that can be held on the Executive
(that of FIAP Liaison Officer) and he remains in that position at the present moment. 
The work involved in carrying out his duties is tremendous and has been carried out with
great enthusiasm and he has earned great respect for his efforts and professionalism
from Clubs, Federations, the PAGB and International Bodies  .  .  .  .  Congratultions Dave.”

As is the tradition with this sort of award Dave, who was present at the meeting, had no inkling
of this presentation and was taken by complete surprise when the announcement was made.


October 2020