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Competition Winners 2013

Scroll down for Arthur Butcher Award, Tratman Award, Giles Barker Award, Conference Team Credits

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This is a list of prize-winners at Hidden Earth 2013. The Art, Video Media and Photography Salons feature the concept of 'distinctions' and 'merits' instead of second and third prizes. The First Prize winners and the winners of a Distinction receive a small memento (marked M in the right-hand column. All the salon winners receive a certificate (marked C in the right-hand column).

Competition Category Level Winner Title/Time Prize Won Also
Speleo Olympics       no competition A bottle of champagne from Speleo Olympics and the trophy to keep for a year  
Badge Draw     Bob Riley   Free entry to Hidden Earth next year  
SRT Races Mens 30m Prusik   Mark Simms 1min 5s Tackle Bag from Total Access. T-shirt from Singing Rock  
Womens 30m Prusik   Cat Hulse 3min 24s 25m of rope from Inglesport. T-shirt from Singing Rock  
Mens Assault Course   Mark Simms 3min 54 Caving Harness from Adventure Verticale. and Starless River. T-shirt from Singing Rock  
Womens Assault Course   Cat Hulse 7min 35s Caving Harness from Adventure Verticale. and Starless River. T-shirt from Singing Rock  
60m Tackle Bag Stuffing   Mark Wright (donated to CHECC) 0min 43 Muddy Duck waterproof notebook from 3PeaksUK. Hat from Singing Rock  
Ladder Coiling   Mark Wright (donated to CHECC) 1min 31s Muddy Duck waterproof notebook from 3PeaksUK. Hat from Singing Rock  
Knot Tying   Mark Wright (donated to CHECC) 1min 17s Muddy Duck waterproof notebook from 3PeaksUK. Hat from Singing Rock  
Overall Winner   Jeff Wade   SRT kit from Mark Wright Training  
Art Salon Delegate Ballot for Best Art   John Hobson Let There Be Light Box of coloured pencils and sketch book from Cumberland Pencil Company. A buff from Singing Rock MC
Delegate Ballot for Best Cartoon   no entries   no entries MC
Delegate Ballot for Best T-shirt Design   Irene Healy Aqua Mole. The Ink Stump Project 2 bed-nights for 10 at Bradford Pothole Club. RRCPC journal from Red Rose CPC MC
St Cuthbert’s Mill Prize for Best Art on Paper   Rhian Kendall Breveritas Entrance High-quality watercolour paper from St Cuthbert's Mill MC
Judged Art Category Merit Natalie Ashford Knitted Caver   C
Merit Darrel Instrell Carpet Caves   C
Distinction Fiona Shipston untitled   MC
Second Prize Mark (Gonzo) Lumley Daren Diggers Artists Materials from Robin Gray Art Works. A buff from Singing Rock MC
Winner John Hobson Let There Be Light Box of Museum watercolour pencils and three steel cluch pencils from Jakar International. A buff from Singing Rock MC
Club Stand   Winner South Wales Caving Club   2 bed-nights for 18 at TSG. Easegill survey from Red Rose CPC  
Surveying Competitions Closed Loop Surveying Contest Runner-up Laura Bennett and Chuck Holder misclosure 0.53%    
Winner Matt Ewles and Gary Douthwaite misclosure 0.32% 50m rope from Total Access. Two Muddy Duck waterproof notebooks from 3PeaksUK. Two T-shirts from Singing Rock  
Contrib. To BCA Cave-Survey Data-Archive Second Prize Andrew Atkinson Cheddar Catchment data £50 cheque from BCRA  
Winner Becka Lawson Yorkshire Data Disto X310 from Leica Geosystems. T-shirt from Singing Rock  
Delegate Ballot for Best Displayed Survey Second Prize York University CPC / Mandy Fu Bunda Jama £50 cheque from BCRA  
Winner Andrew Atkinson Goughs Cave Disto X310 from Leica Geosystems. T-shirt from Singing Rock  
BCRA's Arthur Butcher Award Details     John Cordingley   £100 cheque from BCRA and the trophy to keep for one year. Calendar from Speleo Projects  
GPF's Tratman Award Details     Trevor Shaw and Alenca Cuk Slovene Caves and Karst Original artwork by Gonzo a.k.a. Creative Edge. Calendar from Speleo Projects  
Giles Barker Award Details     Pete Glanvill   Original sculpture by Ceris Jones. Calendar from Speleo Projects  
Video Media Salon   Merit Keith Edwards Shakespeare's Cave   C
  Merit Antonia and Andy Freem Hidden Earth 2013 opening video   C
  Winner Gavin Newman The Chamber 50m rope from Caving Supplies. 12 bed-nights at YSS. Cap, buff and insulated travel mug from Singing Rock MC
Photo Salon Fun Shot Winner Amy Hinkle Push Him In! Free entry to Hidden Earth next year. Insulated travel mug from Singing Rock C
Digital Image Category Merit Chris Howes Main chamber, Grotta del Paranco, Italy   C
Merit Paul Dold Niagra Pitch - Marilyn - Gaping Gill   C
Distinction Paul Dold Eddie's Pitch - Torca La Vaca - Matienzo   MC
Winner Robbie Shone Ice cold traverse around a frozen lake - Gorner glacier ice cave Caving lamp from Mark Wright Training. Vertical Speleo DVD from CaveClimb. 6 bed-nights from Wessex Cave Club. T-shirt, cap and insulated travel mug from Singing Rock MC
Monochrome Print Category Merit Chris Howes Mitjina Jama, Slovenia   C
Merit Nicky Bayley Billy No-Mates   C
Merit Andy Pringle Formations in roof tube in Torca La Vaca   C
Distinction Robbie Shone Vertical view in Xinu Attic - China   MC
Winner Chris Howes Grotte de l'Ascension, France Sit harness from Total Access. 10 bed-nights at South Wales Caving Club. T-shirt, cap and insulated travel mug from Singing Rock. Calendar from Speleo Projects MC
Colour Print Category Merit Chris Howes Judith Calford, Gualtiero Savi, Italy   C
Merit Mark Shinwell Mitjina Jama, Slovenia   C
Merit Paul Dold Elements of Exploration, Disto Measurements in Swildon’s Hole   C
Merit Paul Dold The Descent, Maypole Inlet - OFD II   C
Merit John Stevens Inner Worlds   C
Distinction Chris Howes Scallops, Gualtiero Savi, Italy   MC
Distinction Chris Howes Cave spider, Stalita taenaria, Martinska jama, Slovenia   MC
Distinction Andrew Harp Bats leaving Deer Cave   MC
Winner Robbie Shone View through the mist in Cloud Ladder Hall - China Petzl Pixa headtorch from Lyon Equipment. Family voucher for DYO Show Cave. T-shirt, cap and insulated travel mug from Singing Rock. Calendar from Speleo Projects MC
Cave Life Award Winner Andrew Harp Cave Racer Firefly voucher from Firefly Electronics. 8 bed-nights at Craven Pothole Club. T-shirt, cap and insulated travel mug from Singing Rock MC
Moore Books Competition Second Prize Stuart Alldred Broken Bridge, Croesor Rhosydd £25-worth of books from Moore Books. A buff from Singing Rock MC
Winner Annette Price Railway Tracks, Dinas Rock silica mine £75-worth of books from Moore Books. A buff from Singing Rock MC
British Newcomer Award Winner Annette Price   A copy of Images Below from Descent. 12 bed-nights at Orpheus Caving Club. T-shirt, cap and insulated travel mug from Singing Rock MC
Delegate Ballot for Best Photo Winner John Stevens Inner Worlds 2 bed-nights for 7 at Chalet Arc. 4 breakfast vouchers from Bernies Café and Caving Shop. Mug from Handknitted Pottery. T-shirt, buff and insulated travel mug from Singing Rock MC
Premier Trophy Winner Robbie Shone   £100 from BCRA and the trophy to keep for one year. Calendar from Speleo Projects MC

BCRA's Arthur Butcher Award

BCRA awards the Arthur Butcher prize annually for contributions to cave surveying. The judges consider projects brought to their attention during the year, as well as all surveying work that is on display at the Hidden Earth conference.

Arthur Butcher Award 2013: This year the award goes to John Cordingley for promotion and use of higher standards in underwater surveying. John receives the Arthur Butcher trophy to keep for one year and £100 cash from BCRA.

Citation by Wookey, on behalf of the judges Kevin Dixon, Andrew Atkinson and Wookey

GPF's Tratman Award

The Tratman Award is awarded annually to a caving-related paper-based publication in memory of E.K. Tratman, who died in 1978, to recognise excellence and encourage future improvement. It is administered by the Ghar Parau Foundation, but is judged under newly clarified rules by three independent cavers.

The Tratman Award is presented to the author of the best caving-related publication of the year, being judged by three independent cavers who make a recommendation for the award to the Ghar Parau Foundation, which funds the award. The judges for the 2012 award, announced in 2013, were Ric Halliwell, Chris Howes, Alan Jeffreys and Martin Mills, who also sought opinion from a wider readership. Both books and club journals were considered and a shortlist was produced for further discussion. Further detailed information can be found at wildplaces.co.uk/tratman.html.

The winners of the 2012 award were Trevor Shaw and Alenka Čuk for Slovene Caves and Karst. The award itself is a piece of original artwork by Mark 'Gonzo' Lumley, which was presented at Hidden Earth 2013.

Giles Barker Award

Giles Barker lost his life while caving in Spain in 1992. An accomplished cave photographer, Giles was a member of the Red Rose CPC and Morgannwg CC. These clubs have annually, since 1993, funded the Giles Barker Award in his memory. This prestigious award is given to a person connected with any aspect of cave photography in recognition of his or her excellence and contributions to the field.

For 2013, the 21st Giles Barker Award - a hand-crafted statue of a cave photographer made by Ceris Jones - was presented to Pete Glanvill at the Hidden Earth meeting in September. Pete has, for nearly three decades, produced fine documentary and artistic images of the underground depicting both caves in the UK and while on expedition overseas, creating presentations and supporting his own and others' articles in print with photographs of the latest breakthroughs, most recently on Mendip in Reservoir Hole. More than that and very much in the spirit of the award, he has encouraged others in their photography and on many occasions worked in the background judging the Hidden Earth Photo Salon. For his long-term commitment to cave photography and indefatigable nature, Pete deserves our congratulations for his award.

Citation by Chris Howes, on behalf of Morgannwg CC and Red Rose CPC

Judges' Feedback

Art Salon  A good mixture and a high standard of work and mediums. Some work would benefit from better presentation and framing.
Club Stand  The winner was attractive visually and made good use of multi-media work.
Closed Loop Surveying  A slightly more challenging course this year. Two teams rose to the challenge and both beat the course setters solo disto X survey closure of 0.86%.
BCRA's Arthur Butcher Award See citation above 
GPF's Tratman Award 2012 See citation above 
Giles Barker Award See citation above 
Video Media Salon  Feedback will be given,hopefully, in a future issue of Speleology
Photo Salon  Feedback will be given,hopefully, in a future issue of Speleology

Conference Team Credits

Conference Manager - LES WILLIAMS

Conference Secretary David Judson
Conference Treasurer Dave Cooke
Trade Hall Manager Hat Stand

Technical Team Manager - LES WILLIAMS
with Dave Appleing,  Basher, Bartek Biela, Pauline Biela, Josh Bratchley, Mike Clayton, Claire Cohen, Ellen Cooper, Chris Davies, Mark Easterling, Lucy Greenwood, Tom Harrison, Mark Kellaway, Tony Littler, Sarah McPhee, Andy Morse, Jo Newman, Jenny Plumb, Simon Richardson, Fraser Simpson, Adam Spillane, Tom Thomson, Frank Tully, Jed Waldren, Stu Waldren, Deanne Wilkins, Chris Williams, Mark Williams, Jenny Williams, Matt Wire, Liz Wire, Ben Wright.

Administration Team Manager - WENDY WILLIAMS
Desk staff: Natalie Ashford, Martell Baines, Lou Biffin, Wendy Bollard, Jo Diamond, Becky Varns.
Signage: Geoff Dommett with: The Doug, Rhett Harrison, David Nicholls, Andy Dommett, Sarah McPhee

Events Team: Lecture Secretary - EMMA PORTER

SRT Events Mark Wright, assisted by Dave Cowley, Tom Chapman, Simon Richardson
Opening MC Andy Eavis, Dave Checkley
Opening AV Andy Freem
After Dinner Speaker Jonathan Sims
Disco Basher, DJ Eddy Sharp Pencil, With special guest appearance by Bill (the Blues Harp) Sheringdon
Closing MC Alan Jeffreys
Closing AV Gavin Newman
Closing Script and Projections Geoff Dommett, with Paul Dold, Footleg, David Gibson, Jerry Wooldridge

Competitions Team: Secretary - DAVID GIBSON

Photo Salon Co-ordinator Footleg, Paul Dold Judges: Rob Eavis, Brendan Marris, Pete Glanvill
Video Media Salon Co-ordinator David Gibson, Footleg Judges: Paul Dold, Rob Eavis, Basher
Art Salon Co-ordinator Robin Gray Judges: Wendy Bollard, Dave Tuffery, Wolf Anning
T-Shirt Salon Co-ordinator Natalie Ashford  
Surveying Salon Co-ordinator Footleg  
Pink Sheet Runner and Rosette Wrangler Natalie Ashford  
Vote Counters Sheila Cullen, Claire Sharpe  
Moore Books competition Mike Moore Judges: Mike Moore, Kevin Baker, Kelvin Lake
Closed-Loop Surveying Contest Footleg  
Cave Registry Data Archive Award Andrew Atkinson Judges: Andrew Atkinson, Wookey, Footleg
Club Stands Award Les Williams Judges: Sue Widmer, Laetitia Brochard
Arthur Butcher Award Wookey Judges: Wookey, Andrew Atkinson, Kevin Dixon
Tratman Award Chris Howes Judges: Ric Halliwell, Chris Howes, Martin Mills, Alan Jeffreys
Giles Barker Award Chris Howes Judges: Morgannwg CC, Red Rose CPC


Poster Design Jerry Wooldridge
Flyer Design & Web Site David Gibson
Programme Design Paul Mann

Bar Manager - DAVE KING
Bar Staff - Richard Abbott, Ian Barker, Fiona Barker, Dave (Angus) Bell, Amy Burchell, Mark Crask, John Forder, Miranda Forder, Paul Gladman, Sue Hargraves, Darrel Instrell, Jane McCorquodale, Richard (Spike) Neal, Steve Shipston, Fiona Shipston, Gareth Thompson, Dave Tuffery.

Site Team Liaison - LES WILLIAMS
Thanks to - Nick Butler, Andrew Jones, Rob Stanyer and all the staff at the venue.

Thanks also to the lecturers and the session chairs, and also to the traders, sponsors, and to all delegates from the UK and overseas, who all contributed to making the event a success

British Cave Research Association (UK registered charity 267828) and British Caving Association.
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