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Competition Results 2016

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

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Please note: this is a list of the results of the Hidden Earth 'salon' competitions only. These took place, in 2016, at EuroSpeleo. For information about other EuroSpeleo competitions, please visit the EuroSpeleo 2016 web site.

See also: EuroSpeleo 2016 Salon Competitions

Table 1: Prize Winners

Competition Category Level Winner Title/Time Entry Ref. Prize Won
Art SalonJudged Art Category: Overall WinnerWinnerTaraneh KhaleghiDarknessa1611A pack of high-quality hand-made paper from St Cuthbert's Mill.
St Cuthbert's Mill Prize for Best Art on PaperWinnerRhian KendallSwamp Creek, Ogof Fynnon Ddua1081A pack of high-quality hand-made paper from St Cuthbert's Mill.
Judged Art: Best Work Showing Cavers CavingWinnerMark (Gonzo) LumleyRopework 18a1111A helmet from Lyon Equipment
Delegate Ballot for Best ArtWinnerNicola BayleyCave Pota1101Box of Caran d'Ache artist's materials from Jakar International. A selection of books from Moore Books.
Delegate Ballot for Best CartoonWinnerTaraneh KhaleghiBat and Manw1611A Caran d'Ache sketch book from Jakar International. A T-shirt from YSS
Photo SalonBritish Newcomer AwardWinnerAnita SherwoodMoel Fferna Slate Mined1771A tackle bag from Landjoff. A copy of Images Below from Descent.
Fun ShotWinnerRainer StraubContinental breakfastf1381Voucher from the Escape Bike Shop. Amug from Handknitted Pottery
Cave Life AwardWinnerChris HowesHuntsman spider, Muluc183710 bednights at YSS.
Delegate Ballot for Best PhotoWinnerRainer StraubCave cloudc1381A tackle bag from Landjoff. A picture from Ye Olde Naked Man Café
Monochrome Print CategoryWinnerMark BurkeyMain Stream Way. Ogof Ffynnon Ddum1344A copy of Gouffre Berger from Mark Wright Training
Colour Print CategoryWinnerChris HowesBat exodus, Deer Cavec1831A copy of Gouffre Berger from Mark Wright Training
Digital File CategoryWinnerChris HowesPeter Bolt in crawld1833A copy of Gouffre Berger from Mark Wright Training
Portfolio (Premier Trophy)WinnerMark Burkey c1341-c1345£100 from BCRA. A copy of Gouffre Berger from Mark Wright Training
Survey SalonJudged Category - Small SurveysWinnerJoerg DreybrodtRed River Cave - Kayah - Myanmars1541A Disto X310 from Leica Geosystems
Judged Category - Large SurveysWinnerNoel SnapeGingling Hole, Fountains Fells1021A Disto X310 from Leica Geosystems
Delegate Ballot for Best Displayed SurveyWinnerNoel SnapeGingling Hole, Fountains Fells1021£50 from BCRA
Video SalonJudged CategoryWinnerRainer StraubFrom the blue, into the darkv1351An oversuit from Landjoff. A copy of Gouffre Berger from Mark Wright Training
Delegate Ballot for Best VideoWinnerRainer StraubFrom the blue, into the darkv1351A tackle bag from Landjoff. A copy of Gouffre Berger from Mark Wright Training

In addition to the prizes listed above, we are grateful to the following sponsors who provided additional items to fill the winners' goody bags... Warmbac, Scurion, Starless River, Red Rose CPC, Devon Speleo. Soc.

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 in the salons.

Competition Category Level Winner Title/Time Entry Ref. Prize Won
Art SalonJudged Art CategoryMeritTommy BarrLittle tree in a cavea1701Cert.
MeritSarah McWhinneyLines2a1692Cert.
DistinctionNicola BayleyCave Pota1101Mem. & Cert.
DistinctionPete (Snab) MacNabPillar glimmera1071Mem. & Cert.
DistinctionPeter MartinDisappearinga1752Mem. & Cert.
Photo SalonColour Print CategoryMeritJohn DaleCarrock Tungsten Mine Cumbriac1372Cert.
MeritJudi DurberThe water's gone!c1951Cert.
MeritRémi FlAMENT_DSF3396c1874Cert.
MeritPhilippe CrochetGrotte de Champclos, Ardèche (France)c1646Cert.
MeritThierry MASSONTM 71c1571Cert.
MeritThierry MASSONGrotte de la Pousselierec1573Cert.
MeritRainer StraubPool-fingers volcanoc1383Cert.
MeritRainer StraubCave cloudc1381Cert.
MeritJeff WadeChamber of the far South (1), Baerenschacht, Switzerland.c1503Cert.
MeritJeff WadeWalk the Wire, Cuves de Sassenage, Vercors, France.c1507Cert.
Portfolio (Premier Trophy)MeritRémi FlAMENT c1871-c1875Cert.
Colour Print CategoryDistinctionPhilippe CrochetCova de Na Mitjana, Mallorca (Spain)c1647Mem. & Cert.
DistinctionPhilippe CrochetMacrophotography of stalactite made of halite crystalsc1641Mem. & Cert.
DistinctionChris HowesGaping Gillc1838Mem. & Cert.
Portfolio (Premier Trophy)DistinctionPhilippe Crochet c1641-c1645Mem. & Cert.
Monochrome Print CategoryMeritMark BurkeyReflections. Dan Yr Ogofm1341Cert.
MeritBill NixAlum pot shaft viewed from above the greasy slabm1463Cert.
DistinctionMark BurkeyStream Way In Flood. Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IIm1345Mem. & Cert.
DistinctionChris HowesCascadem1834Mem. & Cert.
DistinctionChris HowesJudith Calford, Bridge Cavem1835Mem. & Cert.
Cave Life AwardDistinctionRainer StraubEcdysis - Niphargus c.f. vireim1381Mem. & Cert.
Digital File CategoryMeritCosmin BergheanCristald1804Cert.
MeritKarsten GessertMartes foina in the section FDK of the Blue Cave (Germany)d1597Cert.
MeritJeff WadeBiwak 2, Baerenschacht, Switzerland.d1501Cert.
DistinctionCosmin BergheanStarsd1801Mem. & Cert.
DistinctionCosmin BergheanMan in blackd1803Mem. & Cert.
DistinctionThomas ReschJenny-Batd1521Mem. & Cert.
DistinctionAnita SherwoodMoel Fferna Slate Mined1771Mem. & Cert.
DistinctionRainer StraubContinental breakfastf1381Mem. & Cert.
Survey SalonJudged Category - Small SurveysMeritJuan CorrinCueva de las Injanass1451Cert.
Judged Category - Large SurveysDistinctionSteve WarrenDow Cave, Kettlewell: resurvey projects1941Mem. & Cert.
DistinctionSteve WarrenDow Cave, 2nd Choke, Depot Chamber and Dribble Mines1942Mem. & Cert.
Video SalonJudged CategoryMeritRob EavisStop Motion : Start Colouringv1961Cert.
DistinctionPhilippe CrochetPhotographer's Paradisev1631Mem. & Cert.

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 2016: This year the judges decided not to make the award. It was considered that, over the last two or three years, as the new Survey Salon has grown in size, there is some overlap between it and the Arthur Butcher Award; and that a re-appraisal of the scope of the award should be undertaken by BCRA Council.

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 2015 Tratman Award goes to Marion Dowd for The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland. Marion's impressive work on caves and archaeology in Ireland in extensive, interestingly written, beautifully presented and well indexed: a superb publication. The award is a piece of original artwork by Mark ‘Gonzo’ Lumley, which will be presented at the EuroSpeleo 2016 conference.

Citation by Chris Howes, on behalf of the judges

Giles Barker Award

The Giles Barker Award 2016 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 or team connected with any aspect of cave photography in recognition of excellence and contributions to the field.

The award for 2016 was presented during the EuroSpeleo congress in August to acknowledge the fine video work produced by Andy and Antonia Freem. Their commitment has gone beyond merely filming in difficult situations and has extended to helping others learn the craft, sharing their knowledge and recording 'live' exploration such as at Ogof Marros in West Wales. Most recently, the pair organised the video salon at EuroSpeleo, to the benefit of the wider caving community. Congratulations go to Andy and Antonia for their very deserving award, the 24th in the series.

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

Hidden Earth 'Salon' Competition Team Credits

For general EuroSpeleo 2016 credits, please visit the EuroSpeleo 2016 web site

Salons Co-ordinator David Gibson  
Photo Salon Co-ordinator David Gibson (standing in for Paul Dold) Judges: Hazel Barton, Pete Glanvill, Chris Milne
Video Media Salon Co-ordinator Andy and Antonia Freem Judges: Keith Edwards, Rob Franklin, Pete Glanvill
Art Salon Co-ordinator Robin Gray Judges: Tom Arbenz, Buddy, Ceris Jones
Survey Salon Co-ordinator Andrew Atkinson Judges: Andrew Atkinson, Arthur Millet, Wookey
Shepherdess of the Vote Counters Ceris Jones  
Tratman Award co-ordinator Chris Howes Judges: Joe Duxbury, Ric Halliwell, Chris Howes, Alan Jeffreys, Martin Mills
Giles Barker Award co-ordinator Chris Howes Judges: Morgannwg CC, Red Rose CPC


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