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.
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, and 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.
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
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.
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.
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 Falls" by 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