2019 NCPF Awards
The 2019 NCPF Awards were held at Clara Vale on Sunday (24th Nov). Both Colin Livingstone and I were lucky enough to be awarded trophies for photographs we submitted to the NCPF for judging.
Colin carried off the ‘World Cup Trophy’ for the best sports themed print for ‘No3’, while I was awarded the ‘Eagle Trophy’ for the best sports themed PDI for ‘No1’.
Other awards were as follows.
NCPF Portfolio Selection for Annual PDI Competition
‘Lying Lion’. Paul Dunn
‘Staithes Mooring’. Paul Dunn
‘Arcot Sunrise’. Bob Finlay
Bob Finlay (President)
Colin and I after receiving our trophies.
Keith Kirkland, "What Pleases Me"
This week (14th Nov) our guest speaker was Keith Kirkland with his talk entitled "What Pleases Me".
Keith is a member of Whickham Photographic Club and a member of the NCPF committee and has enjoyed photography since his teenage years.
Keith presented his prints portfolio covering a wide variety of topics including landscape, travel, sports and portraiture. Providing us with some excellent images in each category, both colour and black and white.
One of Keith’s passions is photographing motor racing and he told us how he wrote to the UK Formula 1 teams asking to photograph their cars. Although most said no he was rewarded by a personal invitation from Ron Denis to photograph the McLaren cars during tyre testing and was later invited to tour the factory. Keith also imparted that the best time to photograph racing cars or motorbikes is to go on the practice days rather than race day as you can get better access and the crowds aren’t as big.
At the end of the night Keith stayed to answer questions from the members who then were able to get a closer view of the prints he had brought.
Thank you to Keith for delivering an excellent and varied presentation backed up with beautiful images of not only what pleases Keith but also pleased the members present.
Paul Dunn (Secretary)
Tonight (21st Nov) we had two knockout competitions a PDI battle based loosely on a theme of “steel” and a smart phone challenge which had had to be postponed from two weeks previously due to computer problems.
There were 41 entries for the PDI battle with a very wide range of subjects. The final four images were, Locked, Looking up to an angel, Train wheels and Drive shaft. The winner was Drive shaft by Bill Stephens, second place was Locked by John Ridley. Third equal were Train wheels by Peter Moody and Looking up to an angel by tom Wilson.
For the smart phone challenge there were 30 entries, slightly less than the PDI battle perhaps showing that members are more likely to use their cameras rather than their smartphones to capture images. The final four images were Bridge of sighs, Quayside sunset, Smallholme Tower and Yellow Rose. The winner was Quayside sunset by Lauren Dunn, second place Yellow rose also by Lauren Dunn. Third equal were Bridge of Sighs by John Ridley and Smallholme Tower by Bill Meikle.
Many of the choices in rounds of both competitions were very close indeed and there were some excellent images to see. Thank you to all the members who contributed to an enjoyable night.
Iain Chambers ( PDI Secretary )
Winner PDI Battle "Drive Shaft". Bill Stephens
Winner Smartphone Challenge. "Quayside Sunset" Lauren Dunn
Thursday 7th November saw the results of the First Open PDI competition.
Our judge for this event was Keith Archer (CPAGB) from Ryton and District Camera Club. Keith is a past President of Ryton CC and is in his first year of judging club competitions.
There was the largest entry for some considerable time with 57 images submitted with a wide range of subjects and themes. Keith was able to clearly critique the images and explain his opinion of each one, often making constructive observations & suggestions on how the image could be improved.
Many thanks to Keith for his judging skills. Thanks to all who entered images and well done to all who were placed or received highly commended.
The top 5 images can be viewed.....(HERE)
Iain Chambers (PDI Secretary)
The results (five placed images and five highly commended) were are follows
1st Well read Bill Stephens
2nd Taking a breather Liz Lockey
3rd Splash Colin Livingston
4th Stepping out Alex Cowley
5th Lifelines Lauren Dunn
Paper and Petals Julia Robson
Snow Storm Approaching Lauren Dunn
Dream Machine Jim Meikle
Starburst Alec Cowley
Disneyworld Montage Brian Vandemast