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Competition Results 2015

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

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Table 1: Prize Winners

Competition Category Level Winner Title/Time Prize Won
Speleo-Olympics Teams of two   Duncan Codd, Matthew Codd 2:28 Two bottles of good wine and the trophy to keep for a year, from Speleo Olympics.
Adult Individual   Duncan Codd 1:34 A box of chocolates from Speleo Olympics.
Junior Team   Andrew Biffen, Jacob Easterling 2:36 A box of chocolates from Speleo Olympics.
Junior Individual   Poppy Batten 2:39 A buff from Singing Rock
Badge Draw     Claire Vivian   Free entry to Hidden Earth 2017 - not Eurospeleo 2016
SRT Races Mens 30m Prusik   Mark Sims 0:50
(5.89 W/kg)
Print by Gonzo (Creative Edge)
Womens 30m Prusik   Catherine Moody 2 :17
(2.15 W/kg)
Print by Gonzo (Creative Edge)
Mens Assault Course   Mark Sims 3:10 Voucher for a harness of choice, from Starless River
Womens Assault Course   Catherine Moody 4:41 Voucher for a harness of choice, from Starless River
60m Tackle Bag Stuffing   Mark Wright 1:04 Miniature Paining from Ceris Jones
Mens 10m Ladder Coiling   Mark Wright 1:42 Glass tankard from Singing Rock. Reflective wrist band from Scurion
Womens 10m Ladder Coiling   Catherine Moody 2:21 Glass tankard from Singing Rock. Reflective wrist band from Scurion
Knot Tying   Mark Wright 1:48 Miniature Paining from Ceris Jones
Overall Winner   Catherine Moody   Full set of SRT kit from Mark Wright Training
Art Salon Delegate Ballot for Best Art Winner Pete Martin Handline Tackle bag from Singing Rock. Six bednights at the Wessex Cave Club
Delegate Ballot for Best Cartoon Winner Doug Lawrence Bats Selection of artist's materials from Robin Gray Artworks
Delegate Ballot for Best T-shirt Design Winner Brendan Marris The good, the bad and the dudley Family admission voucher to Dan-yr-Ogof show cave. Buff from Singing Rock
St Cuthbert's Mill Prize for Best Art on Paper Winner Rhian Kendall Found my Marbles High-quality hand-made paper from St Cuthbert's Mill. Six bednights at Bradford Pothole Club
Judged Art Category Distinction Nicola Brooks Langstroth Pot Certificate and Memento
Winner Mark 'Gonzo' Lumley Crown Jewels, Daren Cilau Box of Caran d'Ache artist's materials from Jakar International. Six bednights at Bradford Pothole Club.
Club Stand   Runner-up Assocation of Scout Caving Teams    
  Winner South Wales Caving  Club   30m of SRT rope from Inglesport
Surveying Competitions Closed Loop Surveying Contest Not run      
Contrib. to BCA Cave-Survey Data-Archive Details Winner Noel Snape   Disto X310 from Leica Geosystems. £50 cash from Red Line Plans
Judged Category Merit Diane Arthurs and Simon Cornhill Not Too Bad Pot Certificate
Merit Dave Nixon and Hugh St Lawrence Creedance Clearwater Cave Certificate
Distinction Tony Harrison Hudgill Burn Mine Caverns Certificate and Memento
Distinction Andrew Atkinson Read's Cavern Certificate and Memento
Delegate Ballot for Best Displayed Survey Second Prize Tony Harrison Hudgill Burn Mine Caverns £50 cheque from BCRA
Winner Andrew Atkinson Read's Cavern Disto X310 from Leica Geosystems. Bednights at Whitewalls (Cheslea SS)
BCRA's Arthur Butcher Award Details     Roo Walters and the 3D Cave project   £100 cheque from BCRA and the trophy to keep for one year. Calendar from Speleo Projects
GPF's Tratman Award Details     Mark Wright and Robbie Shone Gouffre Berger Original artwork by Gonzo aka Creative Edge. Calendar from Speleo Projects
Giles Barker Award Details     Paul Dold   Original sculpture by Ceris Jones. Calendar from Speleo Projects. Glass tankard from Singing Rock
Video Media Salon   Merit Mark Sims Beyond the Beam Certificate
  Merit Paul Taylor Windrush Stone Mine Radiolocation Exercise Certificate
  Winner The Dudley What it takes to get the shot LED caving lamp from Scurion. Ten bednights at YSS
Photo Salon (Merits and Distinctions listed below). Fun Shot Winner Mark Burkey Push a Little Harder A mug from Hand-knitted Pottery
Delegate Ballot for Best Photo Winner Mark Burkey Giants Hole, Garlands Pot Book: underwater potholder by Duncan Price, from Duncan Price. Bednights at SWCC. Petzl hand jammer from Go Cave.
British Newcomer Award Winner Duncan Simey   A copy of Images Below from Descent. Bed-nights at Orpheus Caving Club. Calendar from Speleo Projects
Cave Life Award Winner Tom Thomson Predator: Meta Menardi/Eratigena inermis LED module from CustomDuo
Colour Print Category Winner Brendan Marris Straw Gallery - High level alcove 2x7 bednights at ChaletArc Riders Hostel in the French Alps. SRT Harness from Singing Rock
Monochrome Print Category Winner Chris Howes Helen Stewart, OFD Petzl Helmet from Lyon Equipment. Eight bednights at Craven PC
Digital Image Category Winner Jeff Wade Shuttleworth Pot Voucher for £40 from Bison Electronics. Rope from Caving Supplies
Premier Trophy Winner Mark Burkey   £100 from BCRA and the trophy to keep for one year. Calendar from Speleo Projects

Table 2: Merits and Distinctions

For the four 'Salon' competitions - Art, Video Media, Photography and Cave Survey - we award Merits and Distinctions as well as an outright winner. Winners of a Merit receive a certificate; Winners of a Distinction receive a certificate and a small memento or trophy, as do the outright winners. The following table lists the Merits and Distinctions awarded to Photo Salon entrants. (Merits and Distinctions for the other salons are listed above)

Category Level Winner Title Reference Prize
Colour Print Merit Robert Mulraney The Pyramid C1102 C
Robert Mulraney Paradise Regained! C1103 C
Jeff Wade Saint Marcel d'Ardèche, France. C1462 C
Paul Fairman Hannah flashes in Twiglet, Bluewater System, Philippines C2161 C
Phil Wharton Swildon's hole - 10ft climb C2222 C
Bill Nix The Streamway, Fairy holes, Weardale C2464 C
Thomas Arbenz Gina Moseley in Krem Um Pyrjaw, The Duck (3). Meghalaya 2015 C2524 C
Thomas Arbenz Gina Moseley in Krem Um Pyrjaw, Main Chamber. Meghalaya 2015 C2525 C
Hellie Adams unspoilt beauty C2704 C
Hellie Adams thats a nice one C2705 C
Tom Howard An admiring Andy in Gaping Ghyll. Yorkshire. C2904 C
Martin Hoff Cat O'Nine Tails C3305 C
Distinction Duncan Simey Fairy Cave Quarry - Hillier's Cave C1067 C, M
Jeff Wade Straw Passage, Bärenschacht, Switzerland. C1465 C, M
Chris Howes Cricket, Cave of the Winds C1562 C, M
Chris Howes Grotta del Paranco C1565 C, M
christine grosart Oeil de la Doue, Lot, France C1801 C, M
Brendan Marris Tooth Cave - Cobble floored passage C1922 C, M
Stuart Gardiner Philippines Bluewater Gours C2561 C, M
Stuart Gardiner Second Lake, Cueva Los Lagos Lanzarote C2568 C, M
Tom Howard Lenny's low bits. Northern Spain C2901 C, M
Winner (Colour Print) Brendan Marris Straw Gallery - High level alcove C1923 C, M plus prize (see above)
Monochrome Print Merit Chris Howes Mojca Vrviscarja, Mitjina jama M1577 C
Lauren Griffin Bodod, Cwmorthin M3051 C
Lauren Griffin A Bridge Too Far?, Cwmorthin M3052 C
Distinction Stuart Gardiner River Passage Little Neath River Cave M2572 C, M
Winner (Monochrome Print) Chris Howes Helen Stewart, OFD M1575 C, M plus prize (see above)
Digital Merit Duncan Simey Swildons Hole - Sump 1 D1062 C
Chris Howes Sources de la Douch D1561 C
Amy Hinkle 586ft of Fantastic in Flood D1582 C
Amy Hinkle Green Treefrog, Hyla cinerea D1583 C
Amy Hinkle Stalactite Gazing D1586 C
Andy Goddard Where's the foothold? Swildons (available light) D1721 C
Thomas Exel At Dachstein plateau D2322 C
Distinction Brendan Marris Mirror Mirror - Streaks Pot D1921 C, M
Brendan Marris Sunset over Hollow Caves Bay - Ogof Gofan D1923 C, M
Winner (Digital Image) Jeff Wade Shuttleworth Pot. D1467 C, M plus prize (see above)
Colour Print Winner (Premier Trophy) Mark Burkey Giants Hole, Garlands Pot C2981 C, M plus prize (see above)
Hilliers Cave, Cambrige Grotto C2982
Ogof Ffynnon Ddu III, The Traverses C2983
Ogof Draenen, Tea Junction C2984
Twll Gwynt Oer, Entrance Pitch C2985

BCA Cave-Survey Data-Archive Award

2015 Award goes to Noel Snape for successfully enthusing a group of student cavers (ULSA) about a large surveying project (West Kingsdale), and making excellent use of the cave data archive to co-ordinate the work.

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

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 2015: This year the award goes to Roo Walters and the 3D Cave project for the major effort to scan the world's largest chambers, particularly for the affordable 3D printing techniques and publication/promotion outside the caving community; as well as developing and spreading knowledge on 3D scanning. Roo Walters receives the Arthur Butcher trophy to keep for one year and £100 cash from BCRA.

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

GPF's Tratman Award

The Tratman Award has been awarded annually since 1979 to a caving-related paper-based publication in memory of E.K. Tratman, who died in 1978. It covers books, journals and articles published in a calendar year and is administered by the Ghar Parau Foundation, but judged by independent cavers; for 2014 these were Joe Duxbury, Ric Halliwell, Chris Howes, Alan Jeffreys and Martin Mills (though other opinions were also sought). Further information, including the short-list can be found at wildplaces.co.uk/tratman.html

The 2014 Tratman Award goes to Mark Wright and Robbie Shone for Gouffre Berger with many congratulations for their fine production. The remaining works are highly commended, each a prestigious achievement on its own. The award is a piece of original artwork by Mark ‘Gonzo’ Lumley, which will be presented at the Hidden Earth 2015 conference.

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 - a hand-crafted statue of a cave photographer made by Ceris Jones - 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 2015 the award went to Paul Dold. Paul has shown the depth of his commitment to cave photography by the degree of planning and effort that has gone into the production of some of his fine photographs, sometimes returning to the same spot several times to improve on past efforts in order to achieve his vision. A past winner of several categories in the Hidden Earth Photo Salon, Paul has been exceedingly generous with his time spent encouraging other photographers, not least through helping to run the salon over the past five years and offering constructive critiques to entrants. Our congratulations go to Paul, who is an eminently suitable winner of this 23rd Giles Barker Award.

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

Judges' Feedback

Speleo Olympics Excellent effort all round but a special mention to the junior individual and junior team winners - very impressive!
SRT Events No comments this year
Art Salon Four works in this section, all of a good standard - 2 regulars and one newcomer.
Club Stand Manned activites at the SWCC club stand, great visuals and displays of their work. The runner-up (Association of Scout Caving Teams) featured fantastic photos of kids enjoying themselves caving.
Closed Loop Surveying Contest This competition was not run this year
Contrib. to BCA Cave-Survey Data-Archive See citation above
BCRA's Arthur Butcher Award See citation above
GPF's Tratman Award 2014 See citation above
Giles Barker Award See citation above
Video Media Salon Who'd have thought cave photography was a spectator sport? We really liked the idea and, of course, the resulting photos. A few 'technical' flaws didnt spoil what was an interesting short. The Merits were awarded for good ideas and content, but the entries required improvements in production and editing to reach a winning standard. Good though!
Photo Salon Hopefully, feedback will be reported at a future date

Conference Team Credits

Conference Manager - LES WILLIAMS

Conference Treasurer Dave Cooke, assisted by Faye Litherland
Conference Secretary Wendy Williams
Trade Hall Manager Hatstand, assisted by Big Stu, Des McNally, Simon Richardson

Technical Team: Manager - LES WILLIAMS

Richard Amor Wilkes, Dave Appleing, Basher Baines, Bartek Biela, Paulina Biela, Josh Bratchley, Abbie Cheverst, Mike Clayton, Ellen Cooper, Firas Fayed, Mark Kellaway, Faye Litherland, Tony Littler, Des McNally, Sarah McPhee, Andy Morse, Tony Radmall, Chris Rafferty, Tom Thomson, Dave Tuffery, Frank Tully, Robbie Warke, Tim Webber, Josh White, Deanne Wilkins, Chris Williams, Mark Williams, Paul Wilman, Matt Wire, Ben Wright.

Administration Team: Manager - WENDY WILLIAMS

Desk staff: Natalie Ashford, Martell Baines, Lou Biffin, Wendy Bollard, Jo Diamond, Becky Varns, Liz Wire.
Signage: Geoff Dommett with: The Doug, Andy Dommett

Events Team: Lecture Secretary - PAULA GRGICH-WARKE and EMMA PORTER

SRT Events Mark Wright, assisted by Dave Cowley, Tom Chapman
Speleo Olympics Nigel Gower
Opening MC Andy Eavis
Opening AV Andy Freem
After Dinner Speaker Alan Jeffreys (Goon)
Disco Basher, DJ Eddy Sharp Pencil
Closing MC Alan Jeffreys (Goon)
Closing AV The Dudley
Closing Script and Projections Geoff Dommett, with Footleg, David Gibson, Jery Wooldridge

Competitions Team: Secretary - DAVID GIBSON

Photo Salon Co-ordinator Paul Dold Judges: Paul Dold, Chris Binding plus Jerry Wooldridge (prints) and Steve Sharp (digital)
Video Media Salon Co-ordinator Footleg Judges: Gary Cullen, Steve Sharp, Hatstand
Art Salon Co-ordinator Robin Gray Judges: Robin Gray, Ceris Jones, Dave Morrison
T-Shirt Salon Co-ordinator Natalie Ashford  
Surveying Salon Co-ordinator Andrew Atkinson Judges: Andrew Atkinson, Footleg, Wookey
Pink Sheet Runner Natalie Ashford  
Vote Counters to be added  
Cave Registry Data Archive Award Andrew Atkinson Judges: Andrew Atkinson, Footleg, Wookey
Club Stands Award Les Williams Judges: Les Willians, Tom Arbenz, Tim Allen
Arthur Butcher Award Wookey Judges: Andrew Atkinson, Footleg, Wookey
Tratman Award Chris Howes Judges: Joe Duxbury, Ric Halliwell, Chris Howes, Alan Jeffreys, Martin Mills
Giles Barker Award Chris Howes Judges: Morgannwg CC, Red Rose CPC


Publicity team...

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

Bar Manager - DAVE KING

Bar Staff - Richard Abbott, Dave Bell, Amy Birchell, Denzil Brown, Miranda Forder, John Forder, Paul Gladman, Kat Hargreaves, Sue Hargreaves, Darrell Instrell, Jane McCorquordale, Richard Neal, Nick Powell, Gareth Thompson.

Site Team Liaison - LES WILLIAMS

Thanks to - Stephanie Franklin and her site team and to Geoff, Michelle & all the Catering Team

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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