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Competition Winners 2009

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

This is a list of prize-winners at Hidden Earth 2009. The three 'salons' - Art, Video Media and Photography - feature the concept of 'distinctions' and 'merits' instead of second and third prizes. The First Prize winners and the winners of a Distinction received a small memento. All the salon winners will receive a certificate.

Competition Award Names Title/Time Prize
Speleo Olympics Winner Rob Eavis & Dave Harley 2m 13s bottle of champagne and the trophy to keep for one year
Badge Draw Winner Wendy Noble   free entry to Hidden Earth 2010
Scurion Raffle Winner Rosie Hadfield   Scurion lamp
SRT Races Mens 30m Prusik Greg Brock 1m 06s sit harness (Starless River)
Womens 30m Prusik Rosie Hadfield 2m 26s chest harness and bag (Phoenix Caving Gear)
Mens Assault Course Marcin Gala 1m 55s 50m Mammut Rope (Caving Supplies)
Womens Assault Course Kate Nixon 3m 02s 30m rope, books, and breakfasts (Inglesport)
60m Tackle Bag Stuffing Mark Wright 31s Vizion Headlamp (Isca Outdoor) and tackle bag (Beast Products)
Mens 10m Ladder Climb Simon Richardson 11.7s waterproof rucksack (Lyon Equipment)
Womens 10m Ladder Climb Alyson Brook 18.1s waterproof rucksack (Lyon Equipment)
Knot Tying Henry Rockcliff 56s 25m rope (Mark Wright)
Overall Winner Marcin Gala   IRATA Level 1 Course (Mark Wright)
Club Stand Winner Mendip Caving Group   weekend for 10 at South Wales Caving Club (SWCC)
Second Mulu Expedition   6 nights at Wessex CC (WCC)
Closed Loop Surveying First Prize Rosie Holmes & Mike Topson 0.59% GPS (Bernies)
Second Prize Peter Burgess & Graham Christian 0.59% (by toss of coin) print from The Creative Edge and entry for 4 to The Outdoor Show
BCRA Arthur Butcher Award Winner Anna Mason See citation £100 cheque from BCRA plus the trophy to keep for one year
Art Salon, judged section First Barry Hulatt Figure: wood, pulp, fiction £140-worth of Gouache paints and other materials (Robin Gray Artworks)
Second Ian Gregory Dig Face Caran d'Ache oil pastels
St Cuthbert's Mill Prize for best art on paper Pete Martin Cave Wall Work voucher for paper (St. Cuthbert's Mill)
Art salon, delegate votes Best Art Ian Gregory Book Ends Derwent pencils and holders
Best Art (runner-up) Gonzo (Mark Lumley) 1, 2, 3, Lift one year's subscription to Artists and Illustrators magazine
Best Cartoon Robin Gray Prizewine four artist's sketchbooks (Hahnemuhle)
Best T-Shirt Design Alison Duncan What Are You Afraid Of? six bed nights at Mendip Caving Group Cottage and three adult tickets to Cheddar Gorge & Caves
Video Salon Winner Imogen Furlong Cave Diggers £75 voucher from Total Access
Special Award Chris Caton (Maggot) Hitler Goes Caving Snabart Original Painting
Photo Salon Premier Trophy Dave Ryall Mallorca Portfolio Nova Headlamp from Speleo Technics and the engraved trophy to keep for one year
Best Colour Print Mark Lumley (Gonzo) Mandy Voysey in Fernhill £75 voucher from Total Access
Best Monochrome Print Robbie Shone Crystal Chandelier, Picos £75 voucher from Total Access
Best Digital Image Kasia Biernacka & Marcin Gala Shaft Like A Bat digital camera (Jessops)
Cave Life Award Faye Litherland Opiliones with Eggs waterproof rucksack and sleeping mat (Lyon Equipment)
British Newcomer Award Paul Barsby Waterwheel in Brewery Shaft, Nent Head book from Descent and a voucher for slave unit from Firefly
Distinction (colour print) Rob Eavis Titan Streamway calendar (Speleo Projects)
Distinction (colour print) Robbie Shone A Lonesone Explorer
Distinction (colour print) Jeff Wade Dark Star, Hirlatz, Austria
Distinction (digital image) Ben Lovett Kitting Up
Distinction (digital image) Kasia Biernacka and Marcin Gala Hot & Cold, Dry & Wet
Distinction (digital image) Steve Sharp Little Neath Entrance Squeeze tackle bag (Beast Products)
Distinction (digital image) Steve Sharp GB Cavern Main Chamber
Merit (colour print) Steve Woolvern Straws & Stalagmites in Big Red Knob Room, Cueva Llueva certificate only
Merit (digital image) Faye Litherland Agua Laminosa certificate only
Merit (digital image) Steve Woolven Gary Cullen on the Rope Traverse certificate only
Winner of delegate ballot Robbie Shone Nature's Way waterproof rucksack (Lyon Equipment) and entry for four to The Outdoor Show
Fun Shot Peter Glanvill Mine is Bigger Than Yours Fleece jacket (Shipshape)
Photo Salon, Moore Books Prize First Helen Wilkinson cheque for £100 from Moore Books
Distinction Steve Sharp Miner's Tool photo album and mini torch
Merit Martin Poole Hendre Spar Mine certificate only

BCRA 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. This year the award goes to Anna Mason for her 3D Video Surveying.

Anna will receive a cheque for £100 from BCRA and the Arthur Butcher trophy to keep for one year.

Citation by Wookey, on behalf of the judges, Wookey, Anthony Day, Olly Betts

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, presented 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 2009, the Giles Barker Award was presented to a photographer whose published work has surely been seen by all cavers at some point, whether in a book or magazine or, commonly, as an original b&w print handed around at a club meeting. His work over many decades has demonstrated his abilities and he is widely respected in the caving community, often being invited to photograph new discoveries, always to a high standard. Clive Westlake is therefore an eminently suitable recipient of this year's award, a hand-crafted statue of a cave photographer made by Ceris Jones and funded by Giles' old clubs, which was presented at Hidden Earth in September 2009.

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

Conference Team Credits

Conference Manager - Les Williams
Conference Secretary - David Judson
Conference Treasurer - Dave Cooke
Trade Hall Manager - Simon Richardson

Technical Team Manager - Les Williams
with Andy Morse, Basher Baines, Dave Tuffery, Becky Varns, Buddy, Chris Williams, Dave Appleing, Dean Scott, Des McNally, Elizabete Das Neves, Frank Tully, Fraser Simpson, Nigel Gower, Hatstand, James Collings, John Biffin, Mark Helmore, Mark Kellaway, Mark Whyte Matthew Wire, Paul Wakeling, Peter Burgess, Tom Chapman, Slug, Wormster, Stumpy, Gnome, Bean

Administration Team Manager - Wendy Williams
with Lou Biffin, Wendy Bollard, Jo Diamond, Martell Lindsell, Brenda Prewer, Sarah Payne. Event signage:Geoff Dommett, The Doug. special thanks to Trevor Morgan

Events Team: Lecture Secretary - Emma Porter & Marian Lillington
SRT Events - Mark Wright
Speleo Olympics - Lee Hawkswell
Opening MC -Dave Checkley
Opening AV - Christine Grosart
After Dinner Speaker - Scoff
Closing MC - Alan Jeffreys
Closing AV - John Robinson
Closing Progamming - Geoff Dommett, Jerry Wooldridge

Competitions Team: Secretary - Jacky Ankerman
Photo Salon Co-ordinator - Footleg. Judges -Peter Glanvill, Glenn Jones, Urs Widmer
Video Media Co-ordinator - David Gibson. Judges - Glenn Jones, Peter Glanvill, Martin (Basher) Baines
Art Salon Co-ordinators - Megan White and Barry Hulatt. Judges - Ceris Jones, Andy Kendal, Andy Morse
Surveying Competition - Juan Corrin
Club Stands Award - Dave Checkley
Arthur Butcher Award - Wookey. Judges - not recorded
Giles Barker Award - Chris Howes - Judges - Morgannwg CC, Red Rose CPC
Moore Books prize - Mike Moore - Judges - not recorded

Sponsorship & Publicity - Elsie Little, Kay Easton
Publicity – Maxine Bateman
Poster Design - Jerry Wooldridge
Flyer Design & Web Site - David Gibson
Programme Design - Paul Mann

Bar Manager - Andy Culver
Catering Liaison - Wendy Williams. With thanks to Alison Sheldon and all her Staff (Aspens)
Bar Staff - Andy Culver, Paul Gladman, Dave King, Dave Tuffery, Jane McCorquodale, Nick Powell, Kat Hargreaves, Sue Hargreaves, Dave Ward, Steph Barnes, Darrell Instrell, Amy Cork, Tim Ball, Mark Bridges, Denzil Brown

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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