The Great British Cup (Open) is run by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) as an inter-club competition which any federated club in the four nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can enter.
Pre-Covid, the GB Cup (Open) was divided into two, so clubs who felt they did not have enough competitive members to enter against the big clubs, could enter the GB Cup for Small Clubs. In previous years, Oldham PS has always entered the small clubs event and has a history of doing quite well...coming in the top three on a few occasions and even winning it.
This year, the PAGB decided that, to run the two competitions remotely in Covid restrictions, would be problemmatic, so they have only run the main event...we therefore decided to enter against the top clubs. It would be good practice, especially for some of our newer members.
In the Open GB Cup, we managed a total score of 151 (best 12 image scores) which gave us joint 9th place. That is much better than it might sound. There were 120 clubs from all the UK took part. We were only 1 point behind Wigan 10 and Chorley, the two top clubs in the L&CPU.
Four of our images were held for the PAGB GB Cup Exhibition, as follows:
- "Fish Supper" by Christine Widdall, which was also Awarded the "Best Altered Reality" Medal.
- "Portrait of an Old Man" and "Princess Brianna" both by our young member Brianna Gilligan.
- "Enigmatic Eyes" by MIke Lawrence.
These are the images we entered in the Open...the buttons enable the images to be filtered in different ways.
We also took part in the GB Cup Nature competition, where we came 15th. The top 12 score were used to calculate the club score regardless of author (ie more than one score per author could be used).
Just one Image was held back for the Exhibition:
- "Broad Bodied Chaser Male over Pond" by Christine Widdall.