Anniversary Dinner & Presentation Evening

The 50th Anniversary cake made by Sue Clegg

There was almost a full turnout of members for the 50th Anniversary dinner and presentations on Friday 18th June.

The Colby Glen Hotel was an excellent venue for the two-course meal organised by Sue Clegg, and Sue surprised everyone by baking a cake shaped like a Canon EOS camera and embellished with a gold 50.  It tasted as good as it looked!

Following the meal, President Brian Goldie entertained everyone with extracts from a club journal from the 1970s, including debates that we still have nowadays about judges, the number of competitions (one year had 17!) and subscriptions. He discovered that the prize for print of the year in 1976 was £20, which equated to a week’s wages when he started work. 

Most of those present for the Anniversary Dinner

Brian noted that in 1999 the island’s photographic clubs were granted money to purchase a CD-writer to share between them, and that someone would have to learn how to use this contraption! He also reflected with some humour on his early days with the SPS as the transition took place from slides to digital, and the brief existence of the Southern Digital Photographic Society. 

This was followed by the annual awards for achievements, with the trophies presented by Julie Goldie.  This year’s winners are as follows, with a gallery of photos at the end:

Mike Goldie Competition – The Mike Goldie Trophy:
ANDREA THRUSSELL

Christmas Competition – The John Atkinson Shield:
GWEN TUCK

Best Newcomer – The G.H. Lawrence Trophy:
PAUL THOMAS

Most Improved Member – The Village Store Trophy:
BRIAN GREEN

Digital Art – The Rosemary Greenwood Trophy:
BARRY HENNEDY

1st Division Digital – The Edyth & Milton Cubbon Trophy
ANDREA THRUSSELL – 254 points
Runner up: Georgina Shaw – 250 points
Third place: Brian Goldie – 249 points

1st Division Print – The Graham Crowe Trophy
ANDREA THRUSSELL – 252 points
Runner up: Georgina Shaw – 249 points
Third place: John Keelan – 246 points

2nd Division Digital – The Society Trophy
LOUISA HARRIS – 232 points
Runner up: Peter Skears – 227 points
Third place: Paul Thomas – 226 points

Print of the Year –   The Classic Car Trophy
SUE CLEGG

Digital Image of the Year – The Jamieson Rose Bowl
PAUL THOMAS

Overall Image of the Year – The Challenge Shield
PAUL THOMAS

Overall Photographer of the Year – The Photographer of the Year Shield
ANDREA THRUSSELL – 506 points
Runner up: Georgina Shaw – 499 points
Third place: Jim Gibson – 483 points

Congratulations to all, and thank you to everyone who has contributed to the season.

If you know of anyone who may have old SPS minute books or other documents, we would be really grateful if they could be loaned or donated to help with researching the Society’s history and completing the records. 

Click on the first image below to load the full gallery of images from the evening.