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Hot on the heels of the Second DPI Trophy Evening, came the Second Print Trophy Evening on 19 January. This unintended concentration of competitions did not deter members who submitted 22 prints for the Hammond Trophy (Portraits etc), 36 for the Leighton Trophy (Pictorial) and 24 prints for the Storey Trophy ( Monochrome All Rounder).
This gave our judge Elaine Ligo LRPS a considerable challenge which she rose to admirably giving many useful and constructive comments as well as scores.
The JH Leighton pictorial trophy was won by Graeme Mitchell with 'Gatehouse, Markenfield Hall' (see header picture) with Rais Hasan's 'Tree on the Move' second and Andrew Holland's 'Malham Tree' Third.
We had our second DPI competition of the year on 12th January and as far as competitions go, this one was cracker! Up for grabs was the Bronze Statuette for Novice followed by the D.Bates Trophy for best all-rounder.
The all-rounders feature 4 images in different categories, and marked individually. The person with the highest mark from all four of their images, wins. The Bronze Statuette was the best individual image overall.
So that's how they do it! Rais and I, aided and abetted by my wife Annette, witnessed the sale of the BPS archive material in 25 lots at Tennants in Leyburn on 4th January. It was a fascinating process for the uninitiated (myself) involving telephone bids and internet bids as well as waves and twitches from people in the room. And so quick! Also there were all sorts of interesting and unusual things on sale too - e.g. a signed second edition of the Origins of the Species by Charles Darwin.