Barrian Cup Club Competition, Dave Cowdrey Trophy and Mike Lewis Trophy 2018
Saturday June 9th was the highlight of our photographic year, the Barrian Cup! We attracted entries from 23 camera clubs. Entries came from Tenby in the West, Thornbury, in the East and Hay-on–Wye in the North. We hosted the event at the St Francis Millennium Hall and it was supported by Barry Town Council.
The afternoon was ably hosted by Roy Carr who organised this year’s competition and our judge was John Tilsley ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB from Dorchester Camera Club. In his opening remarks John said that it had been very difficult to select the winners due to the very high standards achieved by this year’s entries but he felt sure that we would all agree with the final result.
This year saw the introduction of a new cup, the Mike Lewis Trophy, which will be awarded for the best print in the competition and was introduced in memory of the late Mike Lewis, an enthusiastic club member and keen photographer who tragically passed away unexpectedly. Mike will be sadly missed. Jay, Mike’s daughter, presented the Mike Lewis Trophy to Tom Dee of Inn Focus Group on behalf of Coltrane Koh, who couldn’t make it on the day.
The results were as follows:-
In third place was Gwynfa Camera Club with 88 points, in second place was Tenby Camera Club with 92 points, and in 1st place winning the Barrian Cup, was Inn Focus Group with 95 points.
Angela de Roy Jones of Gwent Camera Club won the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for the best Landscape Seascape print with Deganwy Winter Walk.
The inaugural Mike Lewis Trophy for the Best Image was won by Coltrane Koh of Inn Focus Group with Settle Down.
The scoresheet can be downloaded here.
The afternoon ended with a vote of thanks by Roy Carr to the judge John Tilsley and an excellent buffet provided by Barry Camera Club members.
Barrian Cup Club Competition and Dave Cowdrey Trophy 2017
The judge for the day was Leigh Preston FRPS MPAGB APAGB EFIAP.
In joint 3rd place were Afan Nedd Camera Club and Barry Camera Club with 80 points, in second place was Thornbury Camera Club with 84 points, and in 1st place was Inn Focus Group with 90 points.
The scoresheet can be downloaded here.
Barrian Cup Club Competition and Dave Cowdrey Trophy 2016
It was an excellent day of photography. The judge for the day was Michael Krier ARPS, MA (photography) from the Cotswolds. He was one of the best judges we have had at the Barrian Cup he was concise and to the point and had something positive to say about all the prints. Having spoken to him during the day he said the photography was of a very high standard and a lot of the prints would gain awards and acceptances in international exhibitions.
Competition was close with Cwmbran and The Vale on 90 points with Bridgend and Cymru Mono sharing 3rd place with 92 points, in second place with 93 was Inn Focus but in 1st place with 96 points the winners of the Barrian Cup was Gwynfa CC. Gareth Martin won the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for the best Landscape Seascape print for the second year running. Congratulations to the winners.
We would like to thank all clubs for entering and a big thank you to all the members who turned up on the day and made this years Barrian Cup a great success.
Barrian Cup Club Competition and Dave Cowdrey Trophy 2015
The Barrian Cup Club Competition for the best panel of five prints and the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for the best individual landscape or seascape print was held at St Francis Millennium Hall, Porth-y-Castell, Barry Garden Suburb, Barry on Saturday 6th June 2015. This is a prestigious annual event that puts Barry on the map. Twenty six clubs are represented from South Wales and South West of England. Indeed, it is the highlight of the Barry Camera Club calendar and this year marks the twentieth anniversary of this event.
This event is kindly supported by the Barry Town Council and this year was officially opened by the Major of Barry Town Council, Councillor Emma Pritchard. This event was also kindly sponsored by Fotospeed, a leading supplier of digital paper, inks, software and hardware.
Judging this year’s event was John Tilsley ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB from Dorchester Camera Club. Twenty six clubs participated providing 130 prints which provided a huge challenge for John but one that he rose to with fairness, constructive feedback and wit. The winner of the Barrian Cup 2015 was Bridgend Camera Club, with Gwynfa Camera Club taking second place and Inn Focus taking third place. The winner of the Dave Cowdrey Trophy was Gareth Martin of Bridgend Camera Club. Well done to them and to all who entered.
Special thanks must go to Mike Lewis for organising and hosting this event once again. Thanks also go to Barry Camera Club members for assisting during the day.
After the trophies had been awarded all attentions were directed to a sumptuous buffet, laid on by Barry Camera Club members, who generously cater for our guests every year and enjoy the ensuing chat about the day’s results.
Finally the raffle was held, after which all guests made their way home after an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon.
09/10/2014 – Barrian Cup and Dave Cowdrey Trophy
Barry Camera Club recently hosted the 19th annual Barrian Cup and Dave Cowdrey Trophy on Saturday 14th June 2014 at the St. Francis Millennium Centre, Barry. Twenty one clubs from across South Wales and the West of England took part, with a terrific representation from all clubs and it was very gratifying to see a “full house” on the day. The event was a great success and a very high standard of work was exhibited, every club having entered five prints which were each marked out of twenty points.
Highly regarded judge Brian Swinyard, BA (Hons.), ARPS, DPAGB, judged the 105 prints, with constructive and positive comments and made the point that there were a lot of high scores due to the very high quality of work on show. This years’ winners of The Barrian Cup were Western Valley Camera Club with 97 points, followed by Ebbw Vale Camera Club and Merthyr Tydfil Camera Club, both on 93 points. Barry Camera Club finished in a highly creditable fifth place, with a very strong set of prints. The Winner of the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for the best Landscape/Seascape print this year went to Roger Walding of Dean Photography Club for his print “Severn Twilight”. At the end of the judging all prints were put on display for those attending to see close up.
Councillor Les Sword represented Barry Town Council and presented both awards. Barry Camera Club are grateful to the Barry Town Council for their continued support and are pleased that Cllr. Sword spoke so well of the event. Barry Camera Club would like to thank all the Clubs who entered with a special thank you to all the people who attended on the day.
13/10/2013 – Barrian Cup
Barry Camera Club hosted its annual Barrian Cup competition on Saturday 1st June at St Francis Millennium Centre. In its 18th year, this event attracts clubs from South Wales and the South West of England, being as popular and highly regarded as when it was first established. Indeed, it is the highlight of the Barry Camera Club calendar. Many thanks go to Mike Lewis for organising the event once again.
Opening this year’s Barrian Cup fell to Councillor Claire Curtis, Mayor of Barry Town Council. It was a pleasure to make her acquaintance and to entertain such an interested member of the Council. She later kindly presented the Barrian Cup to the winning club, Inn Focus, whose 5 images dropped only 4 points, totalling 96 out of a total of 100. Councillor Curtis also presented the Dave Cowdrey Trophy, for the best landscape/seascape photo in the competition, which was also won by Inn Focus.
This year’s judge, Brian Swinyard, a photographer of some standing and many accolades BA Hons, ARPS, EFIAP/B, DPAGB, BPE 3, PPSA, to name but a few, delivered his results courtesy of his good friend and fellow photographer Bob Train LRPS and former chairman of Gloucester Camera Club. Bob did an excellent job of relaying Brian’s assessment and in addition some of his own comments. With all of the work being of a high standard, errors and criticisms were few and far between.
Councillor Curtis later perused all the entries and was impressed at the quality of the work on display; she also had her own personal favourite. Barry Camera Club much appreciated her attendance and the grant which Barry Town Council awarded the club, which is crucial in enabling us to mount this much loved competition annually.
After the trophies had been awarded all attentions were directed to a sumptuous buffet, laid on by Barry Camera Club members, who generously cater for our guests every year and enjoy the ensuing chat about the day’s results. Shortly after, followed by the raffle, after which all guests made their way home after an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon.