No negatives as top shots are rewarded

Proboscis Monkeys by Hartlepool Photographic and Digital Group member Brian Nunn
Proboscis Monkeys by Hartlepool Photographic and Digital Group member Brian Nunn

PHOTOGRAPHS of the highest quality were put to the test in a competition for keen cameramen and women.

A contest is held every year in which the best photographers from camera clubs around the region have their work judged.

This year, it was the turn of the Hartlepool Photographic and Digital Group to host the inter-club event.

And it proved to be an eventful affair when the North Yorkshire and South Durham Photographic Association’s (NYSDPA) annual competition was held at the Central Library in York Road, Hartlepool.

The competition took place on the night that floods battered the Hartlepool area.

HPDG secretary Natalie Nunn said: “In his first year as club president Ivor Robinson hosted the evening.

“Ivor thanked everyone for making the effort to battle through the floods and made a special mention to Gary Dixon for his tireless work in organising the night. Some of the clubs were unable to make it. Wensleydale club only managed to get as far as Richmond and had to turn back.”

The night’s competitions included:

l The Inter-Club Print Competition in which six prints from each club are judged. The winner of the trophy is the club with the highest aggregate total. It was won by Northallerton Camera Club.

l The Inter-Club Projected Digital Image (pdi) Competition in which pdis from each club are judged. The winner was Northallerton Camera Club.

l The overall winner’s trophy which goes to the club with the highest aggregate scores from the inter-club print and pdi competitions. The Northallerton team triumphed again.

Natalie added: “Two of their members won Best Colour Print (John Webster with Merlin on Gorse), and Best Mono Print (Stephen Byard with Three Ways, Whitby).

“John L Davies of Stokesley Photographic Society won best Projected Digital Image in the Inter Club Competition with Farne Island Puffin.

“Mo Coade of Saltburn Photographic Society won the Silver Salver (Best Individual Print) Competition with Architecture selection and John Webster took his second trophy of the night by winning the Best Individual Projected Image Competition with Aerial aggression.

She said HPDG members “featured heavily in the Individual Digital Image Section, with John Dee runner up with his excellent black and white shot, White Ponies in Harness, with 29 points out of 30.

She said: “Tom McGuire received third place with his atmospheric shot, Rowing at Dawn, with 28 points out of 30.

“Pete Daley, and Brian Nunn both received Highly Commended, with 27 points, for their shots Fog on the Tees and Probiscus Monkey.

“In the Silver Salver – Individual Print Competition, Tom Maddison also received Highly Commended for his Shot Cloud Riding.”

Natalie said praise was due to the Hartlepool members for their excellent work, both from “long standing members as well as some of the newer and younger members.

She said: “Tom McGuire and Peter Greig only joined the club last season and this was their first year entering the competition.

“Peter had two entries selected for the club section of the competitions as well as his individual entry.

“The four judges agreed that the standard of entries was very high, with the result that several entries all scored top marks.”

Anyone who would like to join the Hartlepool Club can find out more information at

The club meets on Monday nights, from 7pm until 9pm, at Hartlepool Central Library. The club are happy for people to pop down for free for a couple of sessions to see if they like the group.