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Competition Winners 2010

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

This is a list of prize-winners at Hidden Earth 2010. 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 Simon Herrod & Toby Buxton 1m 48s bottle of champagne and the trophy to keep for one year
Badge Draw Winner Richard Timms   free entry to Hidden Earth 2011
SRT Races Mens 30m Prusik Jeff Wade 1m 47s Cordura oversuit from Beast Products
Womens 30m Prusik Alisa Duncan 3m 39s 50metres of rope from Caving Supplies
Mens Assault Course Henry Rockcliff 3m 47s headtorch from Total Access
Womens Assault Course Jess Eades 6m 26s fleece from Shipshape
60m Tackle Bag Stuffing Mark Wright 32s £25 voucher from Natural England to spend at a caving shop
Mens 10m Ladder Climb Mark Sims 18.9s book and free access to showcave from DYO and DYOCAC & 2 tickets to Outdoor Show
Womens 10m Ladder Climb Rosie Hadfield 28.5s book and free access to showcave from DYO and DYOCAC & 2 tickets to Outdoor Show
Knot Tying Mark Wright 56s £25 voucher from Natural England to spend at a caving shop
Overall Winner Mark Sims   an SRT Kit from Mark Wright Training
Club Stand Winner Gloucester Speleological Society   weekend for 10 at South Wales Caving Club
Closed Loop Surveying First Prize Jenny Corrin & James Carlisle 0.93% £25 voucher from Natural England to spend at a caving shop
Second Prize Mike Topsam & Annie Leonard 2.08% six bed-niights at Wessex CC
BCRA Arthur Butcher Award Winner Andy Powell See citation £100 cheque from BCRA plus the trophy to keep for one year
Art Salon, judged section First Ceris Jones Out of paper set of museum-quality watercolour pencils from Jakar International
Second (distinction) Mark Lumley (Gonzo) Cave Diver (acrylic and chalk pastel, from photo by Gavin Newman) £20 Voucher from Bernies & Calendar from Speleoprojects
Third (merit) Ian Gregory (Slug) Kit Drying on the Fence (miniature sculpture) certificate only
St Cuthbert's Mill Prize for best art on paper Maggie Williamson Breakdown package of St Cuthberts Mill paper worth £65
Art salon, delegate votes Best Art Ceris Jones Out of paper (Mixed media) set of Derwent pastel pencils
Best Cartoon Mike Soulby Gates portfolio of drawing materials from Robin Gray Artworks
Best T-Shirt Design Mike Soulby & Ali Mortazavi The Exped T-Shirt print from The Creative Edge and six bed nights at Orpheus CC
Video Salon First Prize Steve Sharp Hidden Earth 2010 Opening AV tackle bag and 100m rope from Total Access
Second Prize Chris Jewell Culiembro 2010 tackle bag and 50m rope from Total Access
Photo Salon Premier Trophy Richard Tooley Portfolio of colour prints waterproof bag from Lyon Equipment, a calendar from Speleo Projects and the engraved trophy to keep for one year
Best Colour Print Steve Sharp The Washing Machine - Dan yr Ogof - South Wales Fenix torch and batteries from Excellent Stuff
Best Monochrome Print Rob Eavis Pipe Dreams rope and rope rat from Inglesport
Best Digital Image Paul Dold Jude - Illusion Pot harness from Starless River and 4 tickets to Outdoor Show
Cave Life Award Steve Sharp Meta Menardi - Sidcott Swallet - Mendip £50 voucher from Natural England to spend at a caving shop
British Newcomer Award Paul Dold Portfolio of Prints voucher for slave unit from Firefly and a copy of Images Below from Descent
Distinction (colour print) Mark Shinwell Sir Francis Level, Swaledale Speleo Projects calendar
Mark Shinwell Galerie Blanche, Aven de Noel Speleo Projects calendar
Paul Dold Beneath the Dales - Alex Decending the 10m pitch, County Pot Speleo Projects calendar
Ali Mortazavi Megatron - Beth Dent Under Sheffield Speleo Projects calendar
Distinction (monochrome print) Paul Dold Andrew Latimer in Illlusion Pot Speleo Projects calendar
Distinction (digital image) Footleg Pitch Head Traverse Speleo Projects calendar
Paul Dold In Deep Speleo Projects calendar
Merit (colour print) Hugh Penney Roshan Yengkhom in Krem Thapba Long Siem, Meghalaya, India certificate only
Merit (monochrome print) Mark Shinwell T.S.S. certificate only
Mark Shinwell Sir Francis Level, Swaledale certificate only
Merit (digital image) Footleg The Squeeze certificate only
Hugh Penney Jo Hardy in Krem Sim Heh (Easy Bird Cave), Meghalaya, India certificate only
Hugh Penney Clewin Griffith, Pestera Vintului (Wind Cave), Apuseni, Romania certificate only
Keith Batten Frystingu Ljoma certificate only
Mark Shinwell Cold Store Cave (Matienzo) certificate only
Steve Sharp Boulder Chamber - Goatchurch Cavern - Mendip certificate only
Steve Sharp Wire Rift - St Cuthberts Swallet - Mendip certificate only
Winner of delegate ballot Ali Mortazavi Megatron - Beth Dent Under Sheffield £40 voucher from Isca and a calendar from Speleo Projects
Photo Salon, Moore Books Prize First Mark Shinwell Sir Francis Level, Swaledale £100 of books from Moore Books
Runner-up (distinction) Charles Holder Croesor Slate Quarry £20 of books from Moore Books
Distinction Paul Dold Copper & Arsenic Mine - Devon 2 tickets to the Outdoor Show
Merit Mark Shinwell Sir Francis Level, Swaledale 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 Andy Powell for the cavemaps.org archiving project. The judges felt this was a major contribution to the caving community, as it opens up access to information that for many years has been somewhere between secret and obscure. We wished to recognise the sustained effort required to scour caving libraries across the land, scan surveys, do the geo-referencing, and most significantly get the necessary permissions from clubs and authors.

Andy 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, Julian Todd and Martin Sluka

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. In 2010 the award, a hand-crafted statue of a cave photographer made by Ceris Jones and funded by Giles' old clubs, was announced at Hidden Earth in September and goes to Rob Eavis. In this it recognises both the ongoing quality and high standard of his photography and, in particular, the imagination he has shown when experimenting with different light sources to produce a series of very original images. Congratulations to Rob for a well-deserved award.

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 Dave Appleing, Nigel Atkins, Tim Ball, Basher (Martin Baines), Bean (Mark Easterling), Russ Brooks, Buddy (Mark Williams), Tom Chapman, Mike Clayton, James Collings, Tom Cull, Ross Davidson, Paul Dold, Gnome (David Murphy), Os Gobara, Nigel Gower, Laura Grange, Hatstand (John Osborne), Mark Helmore, Andy Hunneman, Matt Jones, Mark Kellaway, Tony Littler, Dean Scott, Fraser Simpson, Frank Tully, Mike Whitehouse, Mark Whyte, Chris Williams

Administration Team Manager - Wendy Williams
with Lou Biffin, Jo Diamond, Martell Linsdell, Sarah Payne, Becky Varns, Jenny Williams. Event Signage - Geoff Dommett, The Doug

Events Team: Lecture Secretary - Emma Porter
SRT Events - Mark Wright
Speleo Olympics - Lee Hawkswell
Opening MC - Andy Eavis
Opening AV - Steve Sharp
After Dinner Speaker - Andy Eavis
Closing MC - Dick Willis
Closing AV - Sid Perou
Closing Progamming - Geoff Dommett, Jerry Wooldridge

Competitions Team: Secretary - Jacky Ankerman
Photo Salon Co-ordinator - Footleg, Paul Dold, David Gibson. Judges - Jerry Wooldridge, Pete Glanvill, Dave Ryall
Video Media Co-ordinator - David Gibson. Judges - Glenn Jones, Footleg, Martin (Basher) Baines
Art Salon Co-ordinators - Robin Gray, Megan Whyte. Judges - Pete Martin, Julie Wooldridge, Chris Howes
Surveying Competition - Juan Corrin
Club Stands Award - Dave Checkley, Gerald Huet
Arthur Butcher Award - Wookey. Judges - Wookey, Julian Todd, Martin Sluka
Giles Barker Award - Chris Howes. Judges - Morgannwg CC, Red Rose CPC
Moore Books prize - Mike Moore. Judges - Kelvin Lake, Kevin Baker

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
Bar Staff - Spike, Amy, Kat, Gareth, Sue, Angus, Mushroom, Jane, Tufty, Dave, Hamish, John, Paul

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



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