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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


Patricia Hinton - 1936-2020


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our long serving members,
Patricia Hinton, who passed away on Friday 14th August after a long illness. 

Patricia was a member of Northallerton Camera Club for a quarter of a century having joined us
with her husband, Russell, in the nineteen nineties.  She was an enthusiastic member of the club and
was appointed to the Committee in 1999, serving on it until 2010.  Appointed as Vice Chairman in
2004 she served as Chairman from 2006 to 2008 and then as President from 2008 top 2010.

Common Spotted and Bee Orchids, pictures by Patricia Hinton
(by kind permission of Russell Hinton)

As Chairman in our 75th Anniversary Year of 2008 she will be remembered for persuading Charlie Waite
to present of Centenary Lecture at The Forum in Northallerton.  Many will also remember the
Anniversary Garden Party that she hosted at her Sowerby home in the summer of that year.
In 2016 she was appointed as Honorary Vice President of the Club, a position she held ever since.

Patricia’s funeral was held at Sowerby Parish Church on Monday 24th August at 12 noon.
Whilst attendance was limited by the current pandemic restrictions,
our other Honorary Vice President, Miles Langthorne attended on behalf of the club.

Our thoughts at this time are with Russell and her family.


August 2020


Northallerton successes at NCPF Annual Competitions

This year's NCPF Annual Competitions, due to the Coronavirus crisis, have been greatly truncated,
with only PDI Sections being held (and they were judged remotely) because it was not considered safe
to do all the necessary handling, which print entries entail.  In the event members from 32 Clubs entered
the competitions, with 885 entries in the Open section and 103 in the Jane Black Trophy for Beginners.
There were 27 club entries for the Myles Audas Memorial Trophy.


Highly Commnded:- "Jaguar Eyes on the Caiman" by Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB

The Myles Audas Memorial Trophy was won by Keswick PS, so congratulations to them. Gosforth CC and Gallery PG
came 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Whilst Northallerton were joint 8th alongside Stokesley PS, Morton PS and
Copeland PS, a number of our members enjoyed individual success in the Open Section.

Highly Commended:- "The Big Hat" by Pauline Pentony ARPS AFIAP DPAGB

There were a total of six Highly Commended Certificates awarded to Patricia Kearton (3),
Chris Morton (2) and Pauline Pentony.  Whilst the PAGB Alliance Competitions have also been
cancelled for 2020 the NCPF decided that they would still go ahead and select entries that would
have been suitable to enter the Alliance Competition for NCPF.  In this respect both Patrica Kearton
and Chris Morton had an image each selected for the "Alliance".
In addition Trish Newey-King  and Chris Morton each had and image chosen for the NCPF Portfolio. 


Highly Commended  & Selected for the Alliance:- "Puffins Bonding" by Chris Morton DPAGB

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.


Selected for the NCPF Portfolio:- "Scarborough Sunrise" by Trish Newey-King

The full results of the competitions, together with more information on how the Competitions
were run can be seen via with this link the the NCPF Website


June 2020



Sheila achieves new FIAP Distinction

A piece of good news during these troubled times.  It is with great pleasure that we can announce that
FIAP have awarded one of our own longstanding members, Sheila Coates LRPS, EFIAP/b, PPSA, DPAGB,
their EFIAP Bronze Distinction for her successes in International Salons and Exhibitions.


Wahweap Hoodoos, Escalante

FIAP award a number of distinctions for such success and this is the third one that Sheila has achieved.
In addition to the minimum 250 acceptances from 50 different pictures required to gain her previous
two distinctions, the criteria for the EFIAP Bronze Distinction requires the applicant to have gained at least a
further 200 acceptances in such salons, and they must have come from at least 50 new and different photographs.
In addition a successful applicant must have received individual awards for at least 4 of those new titles
in at least four different countries.


Lighting a Prayer Candle

Our congratulationms go to Sheila for an achievement she has been working towards for some time now,
and of which she can be rightly proud. We show here three of those images which helped her towards 
her EFIAP Bronze Distinction.


Light Rays on the Pines

Anyone wishing to know more about International salons, what it involves and how to go about entering
should visit the FIAP pages of the PAGB website


May 2020

Trevor's Story

Following on from the previous update on the postponement of Trevor's adventure
this, in his own words, is his story on how things turned out.

I can happily advise you that I got home safely on Friday 20 March. I flew out of Manila
the previous day, all foreign nationals having been instructed to either leave
the Philippines by that evening or remain in quarantine for 4 weeks.

It was a shame that the race had to be postponed but the organisers had no real choice with countries
around the world progressively closing their borders and ports, due to the Covid19 pandemic.

The next challenge due to face the 11 teams was the 4 week crossing of the notorious North Pacific
“in the direction of Seattle” - not a place that you want to be with no guarantee that you that
 you can land at Seattle or anywhere else on the North America Western Seaboard.


As reported in your website updates (and thank you for those) my 6 months at sea, sailing over
27,000 nautical miles and visiting 5 continents was eventful and I have many stories to tell. 

Club members will be able to able to hear some of these and experience, for themselves,
what it is like to live and work aboard a 70ft yacht racing across the world’s oceans in my 
"The Race Of My Life” presentation on Monday 21 December commencing at 7.30pm.

The big question now is; will I return to the Philippines in February 2021 to continue and complete
my circumnavigation of the world?  All will be revealed on the night.



April 2020

Update on Trevor's Race around the World

I probably should have put this up before, but for a number of reasons it got missed. 
It is disappointing to have to report that on the 17th March, with the crew quarantined
in Subic Bay (Philippines), the race had to be postponed for about 10 months
due to the Coronaviorus Pandemic.

We can only imagine how frustrating this must be for Trevor, his crew mates as well as
everyone else involved. either taking part in or organising the event.

This Link to the Race Website will take you to the relevant page,
which explains the situation in more detail.


March/April 2020

David Aldersea Walker

It is with the greatest sadness that we have to record the passing, on 23rd March 2020,
of one of our long standing members, known to us all as David Walker.

Born in 1941 at Harrogate, David moved to Great Smeaton as a boy when his father became Rector of St Eloy's in
the village. Educated at the village school and then at Barnard Castle Independent School, David worked his
whole career for North Yorkshire County Council, undertaking various duties until his retirement in the late 90's.

He was married to his wife Maisie for over 50 years and they adopted 2 children, Nicola and Andrew.
They also had two grandchildren, Thomas and then Abbi. David was very pleased to learn, just before he died
that Thomas had received a place at Cambridge University. 

David had many hobbies. He was a keen gardener, watercolour painter, loved his photography as a member
of Northallerton Camera Club, enjoyed walking and was a member of Northallerton Male Voice Choir for many years.
He joined Northallerton Rotary Club in 2000 where he was a very active member and had a very successful year as
President of the Club in 2015/16. He had a great love of Italy, particularly Limone on Lake Garda, and said many
times he would like to live there. He was a well known, well respected member of the club, a loyal friend, always
happy to help, and always cheerful. He was an all round 'great guy' who will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

(Our thanks to his close friend and club member, David Lock, for this obituary.)


(March 2020)



Northallerton well beaten by Stokesley in Annual Inter-Club

Sorry to report that unlike last year when we won, Stokesley were the deserved winners in this year's
Annual Inter-Club Competition.  Held this time at Stokesley, on Thursday 12th March, our hosts came
first in both PDI and Print Sections, so our congratulations go to them but, with a light hearted
warning; watch out for next year! 


"Beach Hut and Kite Surfer" by Paul Cayton

As usual each club submitted 15 Prints and 15 PDI into the competition and, in the spirit of the competition, ensured
that in each section there was no more than one entry per person. The Judge for the evening was David Boath, from
Richmond CC and he came well prepared with copious notes to assist him in his task. We were treated to a detailed
analysis of all 60 prints and images in which he set out his assessment of the entries.  As usual each image was
given a score out of a maximum of 30 and David deployed a wide range of scores from 17 through that maximum.


"Red Fox" by  Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB 

The PDI Section was held first and at the end of it we had scored 315 points as against Stokesley's 328.
Our two highest scoring images were "Beach Huts and Kite Surder"  by Paul Cayton with 29 points,
closely followed by "Red Fox"  by Patricia Kearton.  It is worth congratulating Paul because his image
was the highest scoring PDI from either club, well done Paul. 


"Patterns in the Sand" by Sheila Coates LRPS EFIAP PPSA DPAGB

David then turned to the Prints Section and once again it was apparent from the start that overall our Stokesley's
entry was just that little bit ahead of ours, with them eventaully scoring 332 points as against our total of 306.
Across both Sections he only awarded one score of 30, and it went to John L Davies ARPS DPAGB of
Stokesley for his natural history shot entitled "Tranquillity".  Our two highest scoring prints were
 "Patterns in the Sand" by Sheila Coates, with 26 points, followed by 25 points for
Peter Mudd ARPS CPAGB  with  "Takeaway".


"Takeaway" by Peter Mudd ARPS CPAGB

That left us with final point totals of  621 for Northallerton as against 660 for Stokesley. So, once again our
congratulations to them. Our thanks to them also for their hospitality in hosting what is a high light of our
programme and also to all those of our members who submitted entries for the compeition.


(March 2020)




24,503 Nautical Miles out and Still Going

We have a spot of mixed news from Trevor with the "Sanya Tropical Paradise Race" from Australia
to China firstly being delayed for 2 days and then disrupted by the corona virus crisis. After racing
towards what was an unknown destination they were eventually diverted to Subic Bay in the Philippines,
so Trevor missed the highlight of visting his team's home port of Zhuhai.

It took 26 days to get to Subic Bay and was strange due to being stuck in wind holes in the heat of the tropics.
There was very little wildlife but some spectacular sunsets. Despite having a 50 miles lead in the first week,
wind holes and tactical issues in the Doldrums meant Trevor’s boat “Zhuhai” finished 9th and a day behind the leaders.

All that being said Trevor reports that their new interim skipper, Wendy, has been great for morale and the team are
preparing well for the next leg of the race, reducing the weight of kit on the boat as much as they can,
as well as losing weight themselves.


The new 'slim line' Trevor, ready for the 'off'.

They have been on a 8 to 10 day race around the Philippines, before starting on ‘leg 6’ before setting sail for
Qingdao, China South Korea or Japan. Then it will be across the North Pacific for Seattle in the USA,
which Trevor feels may be the last really major challenge of the race.

You can also follow the progress via the Clipper Website, using this link:- Follow the Race

(February/March 2020)


Northallerton come Third at the 2020 NCPF Championships

The Northern Counties Photographic Federation (NCPF) held this year's Annual Club Championships
at Claravale Hall on Sunday 9th of February 2020. The competition is divided into two Sections,
one for Prints and the other for PDI.  As usual Northallerton entered both sections.  The clubs placed first
and second in each Section are invited to represent the Federation at the PAGB's Annual Championships
later in the year at Warwick in July (for PDI) and at Blackburn in October (for Prints). 


"Blue" by Pauline Pentony ARPS AFIAP DPAGB

The event was enjoyed by all once the organisers had found replacement Judges because those appointed
had been unable to attend because of Storm Ciara, which was at its peak overnight before and throughout
the day of the event.  In each section the club has to enter a total of 20 photographs in each Section and the
judges scored by remote scoring keypads from 2 to 5 points each, making a maximum score of 15 per picture. 


"Victorian Parlour" by  Eddie Bishop 

In the Prints Section our entry achieved a score of 227 points, with Pauline Pentony receiving our best score of
14 marks for her Print "Blue", closely followed by Eddie Bishop with two Prints scoring 13 marks,
"Victorian Parlour" and "Victorian Man with Pipe" . Pauline also gained 13 marks for "Grace".  
The winning entry was by Gosforth CC with 237 marks a,d second place went to Whitley bay PS with 232 points.


"European Rollers Food Pass" by Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB

In the PDI Section we again came third, this ime, jointly with Morpeth CC with 225 points. The winners were
again Gosforth CC, this time with 243 points, followed by Alnwick CC with 227 points.  Our best
scoring images were "European Rollers Food Pass"  by Patricia Kearton  and "Shock Wave" 
and "Bueaux Yeux" by Pauline Pentony, all three being awarded 14 points each.


"Shock Wave" by Pauline Pentony ARPS AFIAP DPAGB

A total 16 clubs took part in the Prints SDection and some 24 in the PDI Section. Our congratulations go to
Gosforth Camera Club for winning both Sections and to Whitley bay PS and Alnwick CC for coming
second in the prints and PDI respectively.  These three clubs will be representing NCPF at the National
Championship and we wish them well.

Our thanks go to all those of our members who submitted Prints and PDI for the competition,
without your support none of this could happen; Thank You


(February 2020)

New Year News from Trevor

The last time we reported on Trevor's epic journey, they had just started across the journey across the
Indian Ocean for freemantle in Western Australia. For those who used the link and read his 'blog'
they would know that, having arrived in Freemantle, they were not to have too long a rest.


The 'fleet' at rest in the Coral Sea Marina at Airlie Beach

Instead they were looking forward to Christmas and New Year at sea as they raced around the southern
coast of Australia and then up the eatern seaboard of Australia to Airlie Beach in Queensland, a three
week race.  Well, they have arrived there and are now having a well earned break before the next leg.

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A change of transport ! . . . .  

For just a change, and what a change, Trevor has been able to enjoy a filght from the mainland over
the nearby Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. What a well deserved opportunity.

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. . . .  for a flight over the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef

Trevor is now about as far from home as is possible and it is not surprising that he has started to think of
home, even if he hadn't been for quite some time.  For those who are interested, at the link below you will
find a fascinating 'blog' by Trevor in which he philosophises over the things he is missing, as against the
experiences he is having on this trip.  Not surprisingly, despite all, he concludes that he is a "Lucky Man"
and who could argue with that  . . . 
"Read On"

You can also follow the progress via the Clipper Website, using this link:- Follow the Race


(January 2020)




November News from Trevor Thurlow and "Zhuhai"

The 2nd Leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in which our club member, Trevor Thurlow is crewing the
boat "Zhuhai", was from Punta Del Este in Uruguay to Cape Town, South Africa. The leg consisted of a distance
of 4200 miles or 7000 km across the South Atlantic, involving an average of 18 days sailing to make the crossing,
with temperatures ranging between 10 and 30 degrees Celsius.


"Zhuhai" Arriving in Cape Town on 12th November

“Zhuhai” started the leg in overall 4th position and they were hoping for a podium finish in Cape Town, especially
as their skipper is South African. However, the leg proved to be hard for all the teams but for “Zhuhai” in particular.
With some severe storms, including winds of Gale Force 12 to contend with, the crew sustained injuries to three
members, the most serious of which involved 5 broken ribs and splinters of bone in the lungs.


Trevor, acknowledges a Friendly Face on arrival 

Attempts to medievac the injured member off were impossible due to distance from land and he was confined below
deck for the last 10 days of the leg. In the end, with three members injured, the crew and skipper decided to
stop racing and agreed to accept 11th place and one point.  Trevor though was in remarkably good spirits in Cape
Town, albeit looking a little thinner and  a little tired of beans and lentils (the victualer on board is a vegetarian!!) 


"Zhuhai" under the Table Mountain (left) and At 45 degrees while still close to land

Arriving into Cape Town three days late put pressure on the crew to turn the boat around maintenance wise,
but they did it and Trevor was looking forward to the 3rd Leg, which is from Cape Town to Freemantle.
The boats departed Cape Town on 17th November and currently “Zhuhai” lay in 5th position on the leg.
There was drama at the start though as two yachts, “Visit Sanya” and “Punta Del Este” collided and had
to return to port for repairs. Not long after the start a sailor on another boat, “UNICEF” developed a suspected
appendicitis and they are headed for the nearest port (Durban). So at present there are only 8 boats racing.


Ready for the off to Freemantle on 17th November ("Zhuhai" is on the extreme right of the picture)

The predictions are for this leg to finish in Freemantle between 9th and 14th December before heading off on
22nd December for The Whitsunday Islands (off north east Australia).  It’s highly unlikely therefore, that
Trevor and the crew will be sitting down to roast turkey and all the trimmings on Christmas Day this year.

"Visit Sanya" and "Punta del Este" collide leaving Cape Town

Our thanks go to another club member, Paul Cayton, who was out in Cape Town to meet "Zhuhai" and
 sent us this report and pictures.

For anyone interested you can follow the progress via the Clipper Website, using this link:- Follow the Race
If you go to this link you can also read Trevor's own 'Crew Diary' 
However with any luck we hope to keep you updated periodically via this “news” page.


(November 2019)




Success at Northern Counties Salon for Northallerton Trio

At the recent 40th Northern Counties International Salon of Photography, three members of the club
entered the event and came away with some successes, including a couple of awards. In an event
drawing over 4.500 entries from around 50 different countries, these are great results for them
and reflect so well on the club.


"Cheetah Chase" by Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB

The Salon is divided into four PDI Sections, for Colour, Monochrome, Nature and Photo-Travel
and each entrant can enter up to 4 images in each section.   The salon is selected by a jury of 3 judges
and about 25% of entries are accepted into the salon.  It is also worth mentioning that in each of the four
sections one of the Judges is from the NCPF and this year two of them. Dave Coates (Colour Section)
and John Webster (Nature Section), were from our club.

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"Osprey with Trout" by Chris Morton DPAGB


Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB entered the Nature section and gained 2 acceptances into the Salon.
Chris Morton DPAGB gained 6 acceptances across 3 sections In Colour Monochrome and Nature.
Finally, our Chairman Paul Newey gained 2 acceptances, 1 in Nature and one in Monochrome.


"Willow Warbler" by Paul Newey

However that is not the end of the story because one of Patricia’s accepted images “Cheetah Chase”
was also awarded a PSA Ribbon for its quality.  In addition Chris’ acceptance “Osprey with Trout”  
was awarded the “Northumbria Trophy”  for the best entry by an NCPF worker in the Monochrome Section

All in all a great result for Chris, Patricia and Paul and our congratulations go to them.



(September 2019)




Congratulations to David Beadle on being awarded ARPS

Our congratulations go to David who has recently been awarded the Distinction of Associateship (ARPS)
by the Royal Photographic Society.  Those who attended his presentation on the opening night of our season,
a few weeks ago, will know that this was his second attempt at gaining this distinction, having narrowly failed
three years ago.  It is therefore even more satisfying to be able to report on his success this time round.


We display a couple of his photographs here but a panel of photographs for an Associateship of the Royal
must consist of 15 photographs. It must be accompanied by a Statement of Intent and be cohesive body of work,
communicating the applicant’s vision, as well displaying a high level of the technical ability and understanding
of the craft and of artistic presentation.  As a Natural History Panel it is also required to show an aspect of the
natural world in an unrestricted, uncultivated and untamed environment.


As can be seen from the composite of his full panel displayed as presented to the RPS, his panel concentrated
on sea birds and various aspects of their behaviour.  What he has achieved is a superb collection of photographs,
which I am sure he can be proud of.   His ‘Statement of Intent’ accompanying his panel and which is set out below
clearly shows the level of dedication and effort that David has put into this project; well done from us all.


Dave's Statement of Intent  
"Upon receipt of notification that my panel submitted in September 2016 had been referred because of a
colour cast in image 10 I felt that I was unable to re-submit it because of its non-compliance with the rule of
only 4 images taken in commercial setups.

This brought about a profound change in my photography and I was inspired to go out and
create my own wildlife photographic opportunities rather than pay others to provide them for me.

In the comments about my 2016 panel the assessors spoke about illustrating bird behaviour and
depicting their habitat, this is also mentioned in the guidance notes for applicants.

For my 2019 submission I have tried to illustrate the behaviour of a specific genre of birds and
the environment in which they live.

The challenge of re-directing my photography to be self-reliant has brought me a great deal
of pleasure and satisfaction."



(September 2019)

Trip of a Lifetime for our Trevor Thurlow


One of our own members, Trevor Thurlow LRPS, is currently engaged on the adventure of a lifetime,
taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which left London on the 1st of September this year.  
Most crew members take part in only selected parts of the race, but Trevor will be one of those
doing the whole eleven month journey.  There are eleven teams taking part and
Trevor is sailing the Chinese Zhuhai team.



Trevor, the Clippers lined up before the start and "Zhuhai" setting sail.


Their first port of call, already reached, was Port Portimão, which is in the Algarve region of Southern Portugal,
with “Zhuhai” in fourth place. They leave there today (15th September) to sail across the Atlantic to
Punta del Este in Uruguay arriving there in the towards the end of the 2nd week in October.


Trevor and some of his mates enroute on the first stage.

From there the race pursue its route around the world travelling West to East around the world visiting
South Africa, Australia, the Philippines, China, USA, Panama, Bermuda and Northern Ireland
before arriving back in London in August 2020. 

For anyone interested you can follow the progress via the Clipper Website, using this link:- Follow the Race
However with any luck we hope to keep you updated periodically via this “news” page.


(September 2019)