NCPF Club Championship Competition 2022 (posted 14 Feb 2022)
The Annual Club Championship was held on 14 February at Clara Vale. As usual, it was a good event giving club members the only opportunity to see instant judging in operation. It is also a chance to see the best images from the NCPF area. The PDIs were won by Nothallerton CC with 244 points, with Saltburn PS in second place on 242 and Gosforth CC third with 239. The best PDI was "Love is Like a Butterfly" by Alison Leddy of Blyth PS. The Print competition was also won by Northallerton CC with 249 points, Gosforth CC were second on 247 and Durham PS third on 236. The best Print was "Impression" of Toni by George Hodgson of Durham. Sadly, Whitley Bay did not have an entry due to the lack of an External Competition Secretary.
PAGB Print Championship 2021 (posted 24 Oct 2021)
The P.A.G.B. Print Championship which Whitley Bay qualified for in 2020 as a representative of the NCPF was held on 24th October 2021. It was originally scheduled for October 2020 but was postponed due to Covid-19. This was the second time that Whitley Bay had qualified for this event. The competition was largely dominated by the usual group of top national clubs. Whitley Bay finished 28th and Gosforth, the other NCPF club, were 35th.
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).