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The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain

Inter-Club PDI Championship 2016

Saturday 16th July 2016 at Warwick
This year the Federation had four clubs entering the Championships, Cambridge Camera Club and Colchester Photographic Society along with Norfolk Photographic Group and Beyond Group , both of whom reached the final last year and therefore had automatic entry this year. In all 39 clubs were contesting the Championships.

Congratulations to Beyond Group for again getting through to the final eight, competing for the Darwin Clayton Trophy, finishing in equal 7th place. Our other three clubs competed in the Plate Competition with Colchester PS in equal 10th place, Norfolk PG in 14th place and Cambridge CC in equal 16th place.

It was a very well organised day and ran very smoothly, it being a big task to check and up-load 1560 images, reselecting after each round. There was a big contingent attending from the EAF, all agreeing it was a very good day.

PAGB/Awards for Photographic Merit

Gateshead, 23rd/24th April 2016

The spring adjudication was held recently at Gateshead, organised by the Northern Counties Photographic Federation. What a weekend, with the highs and lows and all the emotion! We had 29 applications and 22 successes, our highest total on both points.

The following members can now add the respective letters after their names:
Credit Prints
Jane Barrett, CPAGB of Benfleet CC; David Blackwell, CPAGB of Clacton CC; Elaine Butcher, CPAGB & Derek Howes, both of Colchester PS; Michael Crack, CPAGB & Heather Tabor, both of Chelmsford CC; Colin Dixon, CPAGB of St Neots & DCC; Julie Hutson, CPAGB of Brentwood & DCC; Mick Ladner, CPAGB of Upminster CC; Cliff Marsh, CPAGB & Roger Newark, CPAGB both of March CC; Barbara Norris, CPAGB, of Ware & DCC; Mark Seaton, CPAGB of Bishops Stortford CC; Stephen Stringer, CPAGB of Photofold CC.
Credit PDI
Andrea  Caws, BPE2*, CPAGB, Diane Jackson, BPE3*, CPAGB & Keith Mountford, BPE2*, CPAGB all of Wayland & DCC; Terry Stone, CPAGB of Colchester PS.
Distinction Prints
Colin Birch, LRPS, BPE1*, DPAGB of Chelmsford CC; Sarah Kelman, ARPS, DPAGB of Swavesey CC; Chris Netton, DPAGB of Beyond Group.
Master Prints
Roy Essery, MPAGB of Colchester PS.



We offer our sincere congratulations to them all on their achievement.

This was a hugely successful weekend for those members who applied and achieved their distinctions. Also, considering the distance involved, 15 members made the long journey north.
The books are now open for the autumn adjudication, which will take place in Sterling over the weekend of 26th/27th November 2016. Already we have 18 applicants for this event.
Vic Hainsworth, ARPS, DPAGB,
Federation Awards Secretary

 2016 PDI Club Championship Report

On Sunday 7th February 31 clubs took part in the PDI Club Championship at Fulbourn near Cambridge.  Each club showed 15 images in Round One, fighting for a place in Round Two.  The top scoring 13 clubs progressed to Round Two showing us a further 10 images.  All 25 images count towards the final positions and the final results were:

Winning club gaining the EAF Trophy – Cambridge Camera Club

Runner up club gaining the Eric Saul Memorial Trophy – Beyond Group
Third placed club certificate – Colchester Photographic Society
Well done to Colchester PS - this is the first time their club will represent the EAF at the PAGB PDI Club Championship.
Beyond Group and Norfolk Photography Group are automatically through to this year’s PAGB Club Championship by being in the PAGB Final last year.  They will be joined by Cambridge CC and Colchester PS.  
The PAGB Federation Inter -Club Championship will be held at Warwick University on 16th July this year.  It is a good event, especially with four EAF clubs taking part – why not plan a trip there that day.  Tickets are needed in advance from the PAGB website.
My thanks to everyone who helped to make the day possible – the clubs, the executive, their spouses and friends and of course, the three judges.  My special thanks go to Ian Wilson and Chris Fell both of Cambridge CC who helped me out when the programme we use to run the event let us down.  The projection was fine but scores were not reliably stored so the sort for 13s, 14s and 15s had to be done manually.  That meant Ian and Chris missed seeing Round Two completely but were elated to hear their own club had won.
Best PDI: ‘Happy Dog’ by Linda Lamb of Bishop’s Stortford Camera Club
Don Byatt’s award: ‘Training session’ by Steve Vause of Ware & District Photographic Society
David Gibbins’ award: ‘Volcano hummingbird in the wild’ by Alison Johnson of Chelmsford Camera Club
Rosemary Wilman’s award: ‘Moonrise over Flaksted’ by Ann Miles of Cambridge Camera Club

Marilyn Steward
(Now Ex-)EAF Championship Secretary
8th Feb 2016

PAGB/Awards for Photographic Merit

Port Talbot, 28th/29th November 2015

Last weekend was the autumn adjudication for the APMs. This was hosted by the Welsh Photographic Federation in Neath, Port Talbot, over the weekend of the 28th/29th November.

Thirteen of our Federation members had applied and nine were successful. Several of the applicants made to journey to Port Talbot.
Credit Prints
Martin Heathcote, CPAGB. Colchester Photographic Society.
Ray Kilham, CPAGB. Shillington & District Camera Club.
Paul Munns, CPAGB. Stevenage Photographic Society.
Christopher Pike, CPAGB. Stevenage Photographic Society.
Susan Revill, LRPS, CPAGB. Alresford Camera Club.
Credit PDI

Aysu Bilgic, AFIAP, CPAGB. Colchester Photographic Society.
Steve Langridge, CPAGB. Chelmsford Camera Club.
Distinction Prints

Patricia Jacobs, LRPS, DPAGB, BPE4*. Thurrock Camera Club
Master Prints

Colin Westgate, FRPS, MFIAP, MPAGB, APAGB. Colchester Photographic Society
A group presentation photograph along with the PAGB President Roy Thomas

Colin Westgate receives his MPAGB award from the PAGB President Roy Thomas
Paul Mumms receives his award from the EAF President Daphne Hanson
Steve Langridge receives his award from the EAF President Daphne Hanson
Patricia Jacobs receives her award from the EAF President Daphne Hanson

Our sincere congratulations go to all the successful applicants.
The next adjudication will be hosted by the Northern Counties Photographic Federation at the Joseph Swan Academy, Saltwell Road South,  Gateshead, NE9 6LE. More information later. The closing date will be 31st January 2016 although it is expected that the Credit section will already be closed before this date.

The following adjudication will be in Scotland on 26th/27th November 2016. I do not have any details of venue yet.
Vic Hainsworth, ARPS, DPAGB,
Federation Awards Secretary

2016 Club Print Championship Report

On Sunday 6th March, 24 clubs took part in the Club Print Championship at Fulbourn, near Cambridge.  In Round  1, each club showed 15  images, trying to win a place in Round  2.  The top 10 clubs progressed to Round  2 and showed a further 10  images.

After all 25 images, the results were:

Winning club, gaining the Ken Ratley Trophy: Beyond Group

Runnerup club, gaining the Eric Saul Memorial Trophy: Cambridge Camera Club
Third placed club certificate: Ware and District Photographic Society

Beyond Group and Cambridge Camera Club will now represent the EAF at the PAGB Federation Interclub Championship, which will be held at Ormskirk High School on Sunday 6th  November this year.  Tickets will be available via the PAGB website in due course.

My thanks to everyone who helped make the day possible: the clubs, the executive, their spouses and friends, and, of course, the 3 judges.  The Print Championship is more labour-intensive than the PDI Championship, with much work going on behind the scenes. We had a slight scare on the Friday, when it seemed that one of the judges, Christine Widdall, might be snowbound in Lancashire; fortunately there was a thaw, but we are grateful to her husband for helping to ensure that she was able to get to Cambridgeshire.
Best Print: “Location, Location, Location” by Geoff Lee of Focus 24
Graham Hodgkiss’s Award: “Morning Ritual” by Barbie Lindsay of Beyond Group
Colin Harrison’s Award: “The Lady and the Lamp” by David Giffin of Beyond Group
Christine Widdall’s Award: “Crofter’s Daughter” by Patricia Jacobs of Thurrock Camera Club
Graham Shirra
EAF Championship Secretary
8th Mar 2016

EAF Exhibition 2017

As usual the Exhibition entry packs are sent out in mid November to each Club Secretary.

The Exhibition aims and  rules are displayed on the EAF Exhibition information webpage.

The accepted Images will be displayed at Wingfield Barns, Church Road, Wingfield, Eye, Suffolk, IP21 5RA from:

Saturday 29th April to Sunday 14th May 2017

(including weekends and Bank Holiday Monday {1st May} – but closed on Tuesdays and Monday 8th)
The Gallery Opening times will be 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. up to the final day of Sunday 14th May - when it will close at 12.00 Noon, to allow dismantling in the afternoon.

The official opening by Daphne Hanson DPAGB. APAGB. (Federation President) will take place on Saturday 29th April at 14.00 hrs. followed by the presentation of awards and Projection of the Digital Images.
So please make a note in your diaries – then make a day of it - come along to see our superb Exhibition and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding countryside as well. Incidentally for those who have not already discovered it – there is also a good sized Car Park adjoining the venue – free!!. I understand the café will be open at least on the opening day for tea, coffee etc. and cakes and possibly at other times too.


PAGB Print Club Championship at Ellesmere Port

Sunday 25th October 2015

On Sunday 25th October the three top clubs from the EAF Club Championships held last March took their prints to Ellesmere Port to compete in the PAGB Print Club Championship.  The hall was at capacity at 300 and all were treated to excellent images throughout the three championships.
In the first round all 37 clubs from across the UK competed together.  There was a broad diversity of images from nature, landscape, creative and sport as you would expect.  At the end of that round unfortunately none of the EAF clubs scored high enough to go forward as one of the top 8 clubs to the Final.  To put things into perspective, neither did Smethwick PS!
Beyond Group, Ipswich&DPS and Thurrock CC all then competed in the Plate championship where Beyond Group came second (to Smethwick PS), on 66 points.  The top score was 67, so very close indeed.  Thurrock CC came =10th on 62 points and Ipswich +DPS came =20th on 59 points.  It is interesting to see that only 3 points separated Thurrock and Ipswich but that meant ten places!
Many thanks and congratulations go to all three EAF clubs for representing the EAF at the PAGB event.
Awards for individual prints are also given on the day and I am pleased to report that the Richard Walton award and PAGB Silver Medal went to Roger Hance of Ipswich&DPS for his image ‘9-10-You’re Out!’

Each year a small award is given to the highest achieving ‘Rookie’ (first time competing at the PAGB Club Championship).  There were six Rookie clubs on the day, one of which was Thurrock CC who picked up Rod Whellans’ award of a box of ‘Heroes’ chocolates.  Well done to Thurrock CC for that!
The 2016 Club Championship information has now been sent to all Club Secretaries and is also on the Downloads Page/Downloadable Documents page of the EAF website.
Marilyn Steward
Championship Secretary
27th Oct 2015
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