2015 Memorial Trophy Night

05th May 2015
Memorial Trophy Night - Words by Joy Allison

The final meeting of 2014 / /2015 drew a good audience to make the most of the opportunity to be the judges for the evening. The Denis Rich Memorial trophy for the club’s favourite print was very well supported. Thirty nine prints were submitted and displayed in the meeting room for members to view. Each member had one vote to select their favourite. It was quite a challenge with so many beautiful and technically excellent images to choose from on a wide range of subjects. There is no doubt President Alan Burkwood was right at the AGM when he remarked on how much standards within the club have advanced this season.

First place went to John Heath with 'Just a Wee Sparrow’ and joint second to Gordon Oaks' unusual blue tit bathing, entitled 'Taking a Bath'. Geoff Stoddart's gained the other joint second with 'Mandarin Reflections', featuring a Mandarin duck reflected in water. This might equally well have succeeded in next year's set topic competition on the theme of 'Tranquility'.

The second competition to be judged was the Rosemary Wright Memorial trophy for the club’s favourite digitally projected image. This attracted a smaller entry of 14 images, which were shown in turn and again members voted for their favourite. Members recognise the skill in different styles and vote for quality subjects despite great nature shots always being firm favourites. Geoff Stoddart came out the winner in this class with a stunning image entitled 'Got It', showing a Kingfisher emerging from water with a fish. In 2nd place was Alan Burkwood's ‘Gathering Dust’ - an atmospheric image of a piece of equipment covered in dust taken at Shepherd Wheel, the only remaining blade grinding workshop in Sheffield.
Third was another of Geoff Stoddart's lovely nature shots, 'Frog Reflection' this time showing a simple image of a frog in a pond with its head above water and it’s reflection.

The evening ended with a showing of the second part disc of the N&EMPH Exhibition 2015 prints featuring prints or panels of prints which had won their classes or received awards. Special mention was given to Geoff Stoddart’s winning print of the groynes at Spurn Point that was awarded a gold medal and selected as Best Print at this year’s exhibition by the three selectors.