GPC wins 2019 PAGB Inter-Club Print Plate Competition

GPC chairman David Hughes ARPS CPAGB (left) receiving the plate from PAGB Vice President Roger Parry ARPS MPAGB EFIAP HonPAGB

On 27th October, Godalming Photographic Club competed in the prestigious PAGB Inter-Club Print Championship as one of two clubs selected to represent the Surrey Photographic Association (SPA).

This annual competition was held at the Croston Theatre in Blackburn and GPC battled with the best photographic clubs in the country for the prizes on offer.

Each federation nominated two clubs to attend. The SPA selected clubs based on the winners and runners up at the SPA Print competition the previous year. This year Godalming Photographic Club and Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society made the trip north to showcase the talents of their members.

The PAGB competition was made up of two rounds.

In round one all 38 clubs competed and each entered 12 images. Each set of images needed to be at least 5 monochrome prints, 5 colour prints and no more than 3 nature prints. The images had to come from a minimum of 5 different photographers and each photographer could enter no more than 3 prints.

The winning 8 clubs went through to compete in the final. The remaining clubs competed in the ‘Terry Chapman plate competition’.

We competed against the best clubs in the country, some of which are more than twice our size. In previous years, we competed in the plate competition with about 30 other clubs and have been placed somewhere in the middle, or perhaps slightly higher on a good year. This year we won the plate competition with a total of 69 points taking away a PAGB silver medal for our efforts.

The rules for the plate competition stipulate that no more than 3 prints from the first round can be used. There must be at least 2 monochrome prints and at least 2 colour prints, by at least 3 different photographers.  There must be no more than 3 prints by each photographer, and no more than 1 nature print. 

Three judges scored the images, giving each between 2 and 5, making 15 the maximum, and not often achieved. Inevitably, the rules present some difficulty in selecting images for the plate, but this year our selection worked with both David Carine and David Hughes receiving maximum scores for their images ‘Seilebost Grasses’ and ‘Ermine Galloping’ respectively.

We look forward to competing in the SPA Inter-Club Print competition on 23 November at East Horsley and hope to win again so we can qualify for the trip to Blackburn next year to defend our title.

Well done to all our members who were part of such a successful achievement.