NCPF North Tyne Area PDI Competition (posted 23 March 2021)
The North Tyne PDI Competition was hosted on Zoom by Tynemouth P.S. The Judge was Alan Walker from Keswick. There were a lot of very good images in the competition. Gosforth C.C. achieved a convincing victory with 224 points. Tynemouth were second with 214 and North Shields third with 212. Whitley bay were fourth with 210 points, but had the consolation of a club member winning the Individual Best Picture award. Richard Narcross scored the maximum of 30 points with his picture "Hagged" (shown below) to retain the trophy which he won last year.
NCPF Club Championship Competition (posted 7 Feb 2021)
The Annual Club Championship was held on 7 February via Zoom because of the Covid-19 restrictions. Only a very limited number of people were allowed to view the event. Due to the situation there was no print competition. The PDIs were won quite convincingly by Keswick PS with 236 points, with Gosforth in second place on 225 points. Whitley Bay were joint 15th with 201 points. The top scoring Whitley Bay images were "Besieged" by Ray McIver and "Reach for the Sky" by Richard Narcross, both with 13 points out of a possible 15.
Whitley Bay P.S. Looses Highly Valued Member (posted 4 Feb 2021)
Whitley Bay Photographic Society has lost one of it's longest serving members, Anne Swearman, who sadly died on 2 February. Anne had been a member for over 40 years and had always been very active both in the club and around various other photographic organisations. She had been an inspiration to many photographers over the years, always willing to give help and advice to anyone who needed it.
Below are a few of Anne's pictures which give some idea of the wide range of her photographic skills
The Loss of Allan Potts (posted May 2020)
Sadly we have to report the passing of Allan Potts, one of our club's Honorary Life Members. He was the clubs longest standing member and was known throughout the country and beyond for his outstanding nature photography. Anyone who saw one of Allan's presentations will not forget it. He used multiple slide projectors to produce stunning audio visual shows. That was in the days when it was not just a case of using a digital app to fairly easily put together an AV. Allan had the uncommon ability to not only be very knowledgeable about nature, but to also be able to photograph it at the highest standard and also present it at an incredibly high standard. His death is a sad loss to photography, the Whitley Bay club and to all his friends. Our condolences go to Mary, his wife (also a Life Member of WBPS).