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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)





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.


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.

"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".


"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


"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.


"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.

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.  



"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.


"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)

Chris wins the Top Prize at the NCPF Annual Competitions

We now have the results from this year's NCPF Annual Competitions and the headline news
for Northallerton Camera Club s that Chris Morton’s “Swan Mist”
, which he entered in the PDI Section,
not only won the Myles Audus Trophy for the best individual PDI entry, but when assessed
against all the other winners, was awarded the Joan Rooker Trophy for the best photograph
in the whole of this year’s competition.  Well done Chris.


"Swan Mist" by Chris Morton DPAGB

In the Inter-Club Sections, whilst Northallerton did not win any club trophies this year, our results were
ery creditable, with a best ever 5th Place in the Monochrome Prints Section, 5th place again in the
Colour Print Section and 4th in the PDI Section.


"Kingfsher Alert" by Andy Atkins

There were other excellent results for individual members.  In the Beginners Print Section, Andy Atkins was placed 2nd
with his shot “Kingfisher Alert”.  Kathryn Marsden not only received a Highly Commended Certificate in the Prints Section
for “An Officer and a Gentleman” but another in the PDI Section for “Baron von Lederhosen”.

"An Officer and a Gentleman" by Kathryn Marsden

In the Monochrome Print Section, Pauline Pentony received a HC for “Double Vision” and her shot “Eurythmic”
was selected to represent NCPF in the Inter-Federation Alliance Competitions later this year. 
In the Colour Print Section Dave Coates’ “Geoff the Horse Whisperer” was also selected for the
Alliance Competitions. In the PDI Section Sheila Coates received a Highgly Commended Certificate
for her shot “The Old Fisherman’s Hut”  and Chris Morton also received a HC for “At Anchor”.

"The Old Fishermen's Hut" by Sheila Coates LRPS EFIAP PPSA DPAGB

Finally two entries from the Monochrome Section were selected for the NCPF “Selectors’ Choice Portfolio,
which will be shown around NCPF Clubs in the next season. They were “Catwalk on Pointe” by
Pauline Pentony and “Long walk Home” by Kathryn Marsden.

Well done to everyone who took part



(April 2019)



Annual Dinner and Trophy Presentation

On Friday, 12th April, our club held its Annual Dinner and Trophy Presentation Evening. This year we returned
to the Golden Lion Hotel for this, our last event of our 2018/19 Season. Our guests for the evening
were one of our local personalities, John Prest and his partner Poppy Reynolds.  A large number
of our members attended and enjoyed an excellent dinner provided by the hotel.

At the conclusion of the meal and at the invitation of our President Richard Cochrane, John Prest gave
a talk and presentation, which kept everyone keenly interested, as he recounted his family’s history
and connections with Northallerton.  He used a number of photographs to illustrate his talk
which was laced with interesting and amusing anecdotes.

We then moved on to the presentation by Poppy of the trophies won by our members during the season
and in the Annual Exhibitions for Prints and PDI.


Our two "Photographers of the Year" -  (left) Chris Morton DPAGB for PDI and 
(right) John Webster ARPS MPAGB for Prints,
being presented with their trophies by Poppy Reynolds.

To view the winning Prints and PDI from this year's Annual Exhibitions use this link to our Annual Exhibition Gallery
for a link to see a full list of our season's winners go to Trophy Winners for 2018/19



(April 2019)




Northallerton Win through to Compete at Warwick Again

Five members of our club travelled to Tyneside to support the club in the NCPF’s Annual Club Championships.
We competed in both Prints and PDI and, whilst we finished 5th in the Prints Competition, we achieved a
superb 2nd place in the PDI Competition.  Because the top two club represent the Federation in the
PAGB’s National Club PDI Championships, this means we shall be doing so for the
19th time in the last 22 years.


"Mischevious" by Miles Langthorne DPAGB APAGB

Held in the village hall at Clara Vale, each club submits 20 prints and/or 20 PDI into the competition. Three judges
from the NCPF List then view the photographs and score on an electronic system between 2 and 5 points each,
making a scoring range between 6 and 15.   The Judges this year were Jack Bamford AFIAP DPAGB APAGB,
Gerald Chamberlin EFIAP DPAGB and David Ord.

"Rouge" by Pauline Pentony ARPS AFIAP DPAGB

The PDI Section was held first, with 23 clubs taking part and, whilst our entries seemed to be coring fairly well
in the main, we were never sure as how were doing as apposed to the other clubs.  When the scores were
read out, Northallerton had scored 239 points, coming second to Keswick PS who had scored 248. 

"Big Stretch" by Chris Morton DPAGB

Only 2 images out of the 460 involved scored the maximum 15 points.  Neither were from our club but 3 of our 4 entries
scored 14 points:-“Mischievous” by Miles Langthorne DPAGB APAGB, “Rouge” by Pauline Pentony, ARPS AFIAP DPAGB 
and “Big Stretch” by Chris Morton DPAGB.  There were alos scores of 13 for Eric Hall with "Couple Going Green",
Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB with "Japanese Macaque Portrait" and for Pauline Pentony with "Mirror Box"

"Couple Going Green" by Eric Hall and "Japanese Macaque Portrait" by Patricia Kearton LRPS DPAGB

After a break for refreshments the judges turned their attention to the Prints where this time there were 18 clubs
competing.  It was noticeable that in general the scores were slightly lower by an odd point or two and that our entries
were affected by this.  At the end of the competition we had scored a total of 220 points, which left us in fifth place,
with the winners again being Keswick PS and this time Durham PS were placed second; so it is those two clubs
that will represent NCPF at PAGB’s National Club Prints Championship later this year.

"Light and Shade" by Neil Whittaker

Of our own entries, our highest scores were four prints that scored 13. They were two mono prints by
Pauline Pentony, “Eurythmic” and “Control in Dance” another mono, “Light and Shade” by Neil Whittaker,
and “Osprey Catch” a colour print by Miles Langthorne.

"Osprey Catch" by Miles Langthorne DPAGB APAGB

Overall this was a very successful competition for Northallerton and our thanks and congratulations go all those
who supported the club with their entries.  All we need now is for our members to give similar support
with their entries towards our entry into the PAGB National Club PDI Championships, which take place
at the Arts Centre at warwick University on Saturday 13th July this year.

"Control in Dance" by Pauline Pentony ARPS AFIAP DPAGB

Nearer the time, tickets will be available for this event and we would not only encourage you all to support us
with your entries when Chris asks for them, but also to come with us to Warwick.  It is guaranteed to be an
excellent day out, when you will be inspired by an unequaled display of the very best in club photography
in the UK. There will also be a substantial number of Trade Stands with some unbeatable discounts on the day.
A day not to be missed.

February 2019




Northallerton Win a Tight Contest with Stokesley

On Monday 21st January, our club hosted members from Stokesley PS for our annual inter-club competition between the
two clubs.  There were two sections to the competition, Prints and PDi, with each club entering 15 photos into each section,
with any one member having only one entry per section. 

"Maleficent" by Eddie Bishop

Our Judge for the evening was Martin Vickerman from Richmond CC.  Marks as usual were out of 30 and Martin entertained us with a detailed and
thoughtful analysis of each photograph, before awarding the score.  The Prints Section was held first and when the scores were added up at the
end of that section Northallerton had scored 367 points as against 355 for our guests.  The score of 30 for this section went to Eddie Bishop,
of Northallerton, for his portrait entitled "Maleficent".  Also in the points for Northallerton were Dave Coates ARPS EFIAP/p EPSA MPAGB,
with 29 points for "Geoff the Horse Whisperer"  and 28 for Eric Hall with "Kirkcarron, North Pennines".

"Geoff the Horse Whisperer" by Dave Coates ARPS EFIAP/p EPSA MPAGB

We then moved on to the PDI Section. and once again the scores kept everybody in suspense, with little to separte the two clubs. 
This time the top score of 30 points went to Stokesley's Andrew Lings for his natural history image entitled "Connected". 
Our highest score of 29 marks went to Pauline Pentony ARPS AFIAP DPAGB with her studio portrait "Menacing".     


"Menacing" by Pauline Pentony ARPS AFIAP DPAGB

Our next highest scorer was Trish Newey-King with 27 points for "Alien Encounter". When the scores were totted up again we had
just sneaked ahead again with 358 point to Stokesley's 353.  This meant that overall it was Northallerton's turn to come out on top
with a grand total of 725 points to Stokelsey's 708.

"Alien Encounter" by Trish Newey-King

What is clear, is that the contests between our two clubs are always a 'close run thing', as with last year when Stokesley won. It is also true
to say is that the competition is always a most enjoyable event with some superb prints and images from both clubs. Congratulations to all
who had their work included in either club's entries


(January 2019)



The 2019 Northallerton CC Calendar Showcases our Club

This is now the third year that the club has pit together a calendar containing many of our members most successful
photographs from the last twelve months.  The resulting production is a superb representation of Northallerton Camera
Club's work and is the ideal Christmas present to give to relatives and friends, if not also to yourselves.



The Calendar is once again printed to A4 size so that it will easily fit into standard envelops for posting, if you wish.
Competitively priced at £7.50p per copy it is an opportunity not to be missed and if you buy five or more that price is discounted to £6.50p.
Stocks are limited so don't hang about. To reserve you copies please contact Stuart Goldie on 01845 587258 or use the "Contact Page" on this web site.
Just tell us what you want and leave us with contact details and we will get back to you to organise your order.
All profits from the sale of the Calendar will go to club funds.


(October 2018)