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The Latest 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.

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"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.

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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!!) 

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"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.

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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.

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"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
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.

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"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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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)

 

 

 

 

Our Club's ANNUAL EXHIBITION opens at Northallerton Library

Our Annual Exhibition at Northallerton Library, on East Road, which opened today (10th August)
has been a tradition going back more years than I can remember.  Comprised of as many prints
as possible from the current year's Annual Print Competition, it gives a true reflection of the 
current work of our members.

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For this year we have about 60 prints displayed.  They have been taken from those entered in our
2019 Annual Print Exhibition earlier in the year.  They include at least one, if not more from everyone
who entered the competition, whether a beginner or a more experienced member.  In addition of
course it includes the winners of the eight trophies awarded this year.

The wide variety of subject matter and the superb quality of the work exhibited speaks volumes
about about our club and its members.  This exhibition will be open for 3 weeks until the end of the month.

If, as a result of visiting this exhibition, anyone is interested in joining Northallerton Camera Club,
you will be more than welcome to join us at either our first meeting of the new season on
Monday 3rd September, or at any future meeting. Full details of our programme
and the timings and location of our meetings are contained on this web site. 

 

(August 2019)

 

 

 

 

 

Northallerton's Results from Warwick

Five members of our club travelled to the Warwick University Arts Centre for this year's
PAGB Annual Club PDI Championships.  Each year two clubs from each of the 15 Federations
represent their region at this event, along with the eight finalists from the previous year.
For the 19th time since 2009, our club had qualified as one of the two winning clubs in the
NCPF Club Campionships earlier this year.

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"Alluring" by Pauline Pentony LRPS AFIAP DPGB

The competition consists of two opening rounds in which each club enters 8 images into each round.
No more than 2 images can come from any one person in each round and there must be no more
than two nature images in each round.  Scores are by remote scoring machines and the three judges
can each score between 2 and 5 for each image, making a maximum score of 15 and a minimum
of 6 for each entry.  At the end of the two rounds the totals are added tgether and the top eight scoring
clubs go through to the final rounf of 20 images. The remaining clubs get to compete for the secondary 
"Don Morrison Plate Tropy".

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"Mountain Hare Stretching" by Chris Morton DPAGB

In the first round Northallerton made a score of 92 marks, which was always going to put us outside the top eight
which all scored over 100 marks, the leader being Warrington CC from Lancashire & Cheshire PF.
That being said, three of our images cored 13 marks, meaning that at least one of the judges had given it
a maximum score of 5. They were "Alluring" by Pauline Pentony ARPS AFIAP DPAGB,
"Light Rays on the Pines" by Sheila Coates LRPS EFIAP PPSA DPAGB and
"Mountain Hare Stretching" by Chris Morton DPAGB

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"Light Rays on the Pines" by Sheila Coates LRPS EFIAP PPSA DPAGB

In the second round we managed to score 91 marks, with only Chris Morton's "Swan Mist" being goven a core of 13.
With a total of 183 marks we were placed well down the order in joint 29th place.  We went on to enter the "Don Morrison Plate" Competition entering 8 images, at 4 of which had to be new images not used in the first two rounds.  This time we
managed 95 marks, but once again this was not enough to seriously compete with the winners, The Inn Focus Group
from the Welsh Federation, who scored 109 points.

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"Swan Mist" by Chris Morton DPAGB

The competitions final round comprised of the 8 leading clubs from the first two rounds and the eventual winners
with 270 marks from their 20 images (an avergare of 13.5 per image) was Smethwick PS from the Midland Counties PF. 
Our congratulations go to Smethwick, but more importantly our thanks go to all our members who contributed images
towards this competition.  We may not have won, but we did not discredit ourselves.
 

(July 2019)

 
 

 

 

Camera Club Trip to the Lakes

Six members of the club took off to the Lake District for a two day trip on 28th and 29th April.
The session wasn’t billed as a ‘workshop’, but it proved to be beneficial to all who went along.


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Participating in the trip and seen here beside Rydal Water were (from left to right)
Paul Cayton, Julie Swales, Bob McAvoy, Stuart Goldie, Trevor Thurlow and Kathryn Marsden.  

 

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"Rydal Caves" Trevor Thurlow (left),"Flower" Kathryn Marden (centre) and "Rydal Church" Julie Swales (right)

Each of us benefited from the others' experience and help at some point during the time we spent together.
The first morning was spent individually or in groups as we travelled over and the first meeting for lunch at 12.30
in Grasmere.  From there we went to Rydal and checked in at The Glen Rothay Hotel.  After that we then explored
the shore and woods around Rydal Water and enjoyed photographing Rydal Cave later in the afternoon.

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"Bluebells in Rydal Woods" Paul Cayton (left), "Quarry" Bob McAvoy (centre) and "Bluebell Wood" Stuart Goldie (right)

The evening at the hotel proved to be enjoyable as we had a meal there and then tried to grab some images of
badgers at dusk. Following a great breakfast we set off on our own or in groups again to different locations in the
Lakes before returning home mid afternoon.  It’s fair to say that we all thoroughly enjoyed the event, would be
keen to hold another in the future and hope more members of the club would join in.
 

(May 2019)