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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. 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


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


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