Agri Competition

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Agricultural Competition “The Agri” 2017

The club’s 29th Agricultural Photographic Competition (The “AGRI”) was held in the main Hall at Langlee Community Centre on Wednesday 8th. The AGRI started as a small competition with a purely Agricultural theme and for Gala camera club members only however, this has now expanded to include six categories only two of which are specifically agricultural and is open to all photographers in the Scottish Borders region. Each entrant can submit up to two digital and two printed images per category. A first, second and third prize is awarded in each category for digital and printed images. A best overall digital and best overall printed image are chosen from which our guest farmer judge his or her favourite. The author of this image is then crowned Champion of the competition.

The event was well attended by over seventy members and guests who were treated to a magnificent show of the best Border Photographers have to offer. In total 362 images were submitted for the competition.

Digital images were judged by Linda Trickett who unfortunately couldn’t be with us on the night but did leave critique notes on the awarded images which, were read out by Ford Renton, the organiser of this year’s competition. Printed images were judged by Mike Reynolds who provided welcome and constructive critique on the awarded prints.

This year’s farmer judge was Stuart Runciman from Stow, whose difficult job it was to decide between the best digital image and the best print to determine who would be crowned 2017 Champion and Reserve Champion. Awards were present to our winners by Mrs Alison Runciman, Post master at Stow Post Office.

The club is most grateful to judges Linda and Mike, as well as Stuart and Alison, for all their hard efforts in making for a very successful evening. Thank you to the club’s secretary Jim Paxton for the catering organisation and providing a super spread for all to enjoy after the prize giving. A special thanks to John Davidson of Langlee Community Centre for all his help in setting up the hall.

Well done to all who entered as well as those awarded.

Awarded images

Digital Projected Image

Livestock: 1st – Highland Cow by Lynne Grant, Gala; 2nd – Blackface Lamb by Margaret Renstead, Duns; 3rd – The Stare Down by Phil McLean, Duns; Commended for Christine Swalwell, Gala, Lynne Grant, Gala and Fiona Kilgour, Gala.

Agricultural Machinery and Buildings: 1st – Harvest from Above by Adam Drummond, Earlston; 2nd – Misty Merse Ploughing by Charlie McAllan, Duns; 3rd – Time for a Rest by Charlie McAllan, Duns. Commended for John Smail, Selkirk, Curtis Welsh, Earlston and Dennis Laing, Hawick

People: 1st – Lifelong Friends by Ron Bell, Gala; 2nd – Family time by Neil McLean, Gala; 3rd – Looking Up by Adam Drummond, Earlston; Commended for Alistair Peacock, Gala; Bryan Johnstone, Selkirk and Linsey Drummond

Landscape: 1st – Black Rock Cottage in Infra-Red by Margaret Renstead, Duns; 2nd – Valley View by Linsey Drummond, Earlston; 3rd – North Sea Storm by Ronald Richardson, Duns: Commended for Adam Drummond, Earlston, Dennis Laing, Hawick and Charlie McAllan, Duns

General: 1st – Hairpin Trio by Adam Drummond, Earlston; 2nd – The Bridges by Phil McLean, Duns; 3rd – Hanging On by Ford Renton, Gala: Commended for Curtis Welsh, Earlston, Bryan Johnstone, Selkirk and Ron Bell, Gala

Nature: 1st – Kingfisher Rising by John Frater, Gala; 2nd – Little Egrets by Phil McLean, Duns; 3rd Roe Buck in Spring by Ronald Richardson, Duns: Commended for Johnathan Gaunt, Christine Swalwell, Gala and Ron Bell, Gala

Runner up, Best overall Digital image – Lifelong Friends by Ron Bell, Gala

Best overall Digital Image – Kingfisher Rising by John Frater, Gala

Printed Images:

Livestock: 1st – Sitting on the Fence by Dennis Laing, Hawick; 2nd – Firm Friends by Curtis Welsh, Earlston; 3rd – Chicken in a Cage by Christine Swalwell, Gala. No Commended as small section.

Agricultural Machinery and buildings: 1st – Rained Off by Dennis Laing, Hawick; 2nd – Polytunnel Patterns by Adam Drummond, Earlston; 3rd – Home Field by Dennis Laing, Hawick; Commended for Adam Drummond, Earlston

People: 1st – Ploughman’s Lunch by Alistair Peacock, Gala; 2nd – Widow by Don Lees, Gala; 3rd – Having a Break by John Smail, Selkirk: Commended for Dennis Laing, Hawick, Alistair Peacock, Gala, Ford Renton, Gala

Landscape: 1st – Passing Storm by Dennis Laing, Hawick; 2nd – Sunset over Jura by Curtis Welsh, Earlston; 3rd – Morning in Assynt by Bernie Gajos, Hawick: Commended for Jim Paxton, Gala and Bernie Gajos, Hawick

General: 1st – Gannets Galore by Curtis Welsh, Earlston; 2nd – Flying the Flags by Ron Bell, Gala; 3rd – Inside Line by Dennis Laing, Hawick: Commended for Don Lees, Gala, Ronald Richardson, Duns and Ford Renton, Gala

Nature: 1st – Walk in to my Parlour by Alistair Peacock, Gala; 2nd – Greenfinch by Ronald Richardson, Duns; 3rd – Roe buck at sunrise by Johnathan Gaunt: Commended for Curtis Welsh, Earlston, Bernie Gajos, Hawick and Phil McLean, Duns

Best Black and White Print (Elizabeth Cutter Cup): Passing Storm by Dennis Laing

Best Black and White Print – Passing Storm by Dennis Laing, Hawick CC

Runner up, Best Print: Walk in to my Parlour by Alistair Peacock

Best Print: Sitting on the Fence by Dennis Laing

Reserve Champion (Reed and Brown trophy): Sitting on the Fence by Dennis Laing

Reserve Champion – Sitting on the Fence – Dennis Laing, Hawick CC

(Best overall image) 2017 (NFU Cup): Kingfisher Rising by John Frater, Gala

Champion 2017 Kingfisher Rising by John Frater, Gala CC


Agricultural Competition “The Agri” 2016

9th November 2016 – Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels.

The overall winning image and Champion“Grazing Avocets” (DPI) by our very own Gordon Swalwell (GCC)

by Gordon Swalwell of Gala CC

by Gordon Swalwell of Gala CC

On 9th November Galashiels Camera Club held the 28th annual Agricultural Photographic Competition, known as “The Agri”. The competition is open to all our Border photographers and clubs. It consists of both digital projected images and prints split into six categories for each with the main theme being “Agricultural”.

The competition was judged by two photographer judges, George Neilson ARPS and Dougie Allan. The final awards of the competition champion and reserve champion are chosen between the best printed image and the best digital image and is decided by a guest Farmer judge. This year the club was delighted to welcome Mr John Wilkinson, as guest farmer judge, and Mrs Lesley Wilkinson, who very kindly presented the awards. John and Lesley farm at Inchkieth, Lauder.

Awards are given to the best three images in each category along with commendation for other worthy images which didn’t make the final three. There is also an award for the best, and runner up, of the digital and print images in all categories. Additionally, there are three trophies awarded. The Elizabeth Cutter Cup for Best Black and White Print, The Champion – Borders NFU trophy for Best overall image, and Reserve Champion – Reid Brown and Cameron Cup.

Although this year’s entries of nearly 400 images and numbers attending were down slightly on last year, the standard and quality certainly were not. It was still a good turnout and made for a very entering and inspiring evening. I’m sure all enjoyed their night and are looking forward to next year already.

Thanks must go to the judges, those who submitted entries, and those who attended on the night to support our event.

Thanks also to the staff at Langlee Community Centre, without whose help we couldn’t have done it.

Many thanks to all Gala club members who came along, supported the event, and helped set the whole thing up, a herculean task, so well done to all.

Thanks to GCC member Ian Oliver of Tweedside Gallery, Newtown St Boswells for Audio and Visual presentation (

Very special thanks go to Gordon and Christine Swalwell, who organise “The Agri” and have done for a number of years now, a job extremely well done, again.


Left to Right: George Neilson ARPS; John Wilkinson; Champion Gordon Swalwell; Reserve champion Curtis Welsh; Lesley Wilkinson; Dougie Allan (Photo by Ron Bell GalaCC)

The full results are as follows:



1st Ploughing the Furrow by Fiona McAllan (Duns); 2nd Thirsty by Bryan Johnstone (Selkirk); 3rd Surrounded by Dennis Laing (Hawick)

Commended: Anne Yeomans (Duns); Curtis Welsh (Earlston); Phil McLean (Duns); Margaret Renstead (Duns)

Agricultural Machinery and Buildings:

1st Two Horse Power by Phil McLean (Duns); 2nd Sowing At Dusk by Curtis Welsh (Earlston); 3rd Into The Storm       by Phil McLean (Duns)

Commended: Dennis Laing (Hawick); Curtis Welsh (Earlston); Bernie Gajos (Hawick); Allan Drummond (Earlston)


1st Airborne Charge by Curtis Welsh (Earlston); 2nd Exmoor Lady by Phil McLean (Duns); 3rd Stunt Men by Curtis Welsh (Earlston)

Commended:  Bryan Johnstone (Selkirk); John Nairn (Selkirk); Dennis Laing (Hawick); Phil McLean (Duns)


1st Bilsdean Linn by Ronald Richardson (Duns ); 2nd The Boardwalk by Christine Swalwell (Gala); 3rd Country Estate by Charlie McAllan (Duns)

Commended: Curtis Welsh (Earlston); Bernie Gajos (Hawick); Dennis Laing (Hawick); Fiona McAllan (Duns)


1st Hosier Lane by Allan Drummond (Earlston); 2nd Capital Lights by Curtis Welsh (Earlston); 3rd Show Time by Neil McLean (Gala)

Commended: Christine Swalwell (Galal) ; Ronald Richardson (Duns); Neil McLean (Gala); Linsey Anderson Drummond (Earlston)


1st Grazing Avocets by Gordon Swalwell (Gala); 2nd Eider Duck by Jonathan Gaunt; 3rd Sparring Partners by Ronald Richardson (Duns)

Commended: Fiona McAllan (Duns); Ford Renton (Gala) ; Phil McLean (Duns); Adam Drummond (Earlston)

Best Digital Image: – Grazing Avocets by Gordon Swalwell (Gala)

Runner Up: – Hozier Lane by Allan Drummond (Earlston)



1st Bide Still by Curtis Welsh (earlston); 2nd Gies A Cuddle by Dennis Laing (Hawick); 3rd Bonnie Sheep by Christine Swalwell (Gala)

Commended: Anne Yeomans (Duns); Dennis Laing (Hawick); Bernie Gajos (Hawick)

Agricultural Machinery and Buildings

1st It’s Going To Be A Long Night by Bernie Gajos (Hawick); 2nd Final Round by Curtis Welsh (Earlston); 3rd Tobacco Barns & Poly Tunnels by Christine Swalwell (Gala)

Commended: Charlie McAllan (Duns); Ford Renton (Gala); Christine Swalwell (Gala); Gary McBride (Duns); Margaret Renstead (Duns)


1st Riding the Stopper by Dennis Laing (Hawick); 2nd Looking Out Looking In by Dennis Laing (Hawick); 3rd Hola by Ford Renton (Gala)

Commended: Fiona McAllan (Duns); Gordon Swalwell (Gala); Christine Swalwell (Gala); Michael Fitch (Selkirk); Margaret Renstead (Duns)


1st Empty by Dennis Laing (Hawick); 2nd Whitby Light by Dennis Laing (Hawick); 3rd Brecon Falls by Adam Drummond (Earlston)

Commended: Ford Renton (Gala) ; Gordon Swalwell (Gala); Charlie McAllan (Duns); Curtis Welsh (2) (Earlston); Christine Swalwell (Gala)


1st Droplets by Adam Drummond (Earlston); 2nd Play With Me by Bernie Gajos (Hawick); 3rd Sand Abstract by Margaret Renstead (Duns)

Commended: Bryan Johnstone (Selkirk); Ford Renton (Gala); Anne Yeomans (Duns); Phil McLean (Duns); Bernie Gajos (Hawick)


1st Sand Trails by Curtis Welsh (Earlston); 2nd Swallowtail by Christine Swalwell (Gala); 3rd Mountain Hare by Jonathan Gaunt

Commended:  Jonathan Gaunt;  Michael Fitch (Selkirk); Gordon Swalwell (Gala); Anne Yeomans (Duns); Dennis Laing (Hawick); Bernie Gajos (Hawick)

Best Print – Sandtrails by Curtis Welsh (Earlston)

Runner Up Best Print – Droplets by Adam Drummond (Earlston)

Special Prizes

The Elizabeth Cutter Cup for Best Black & White Print – Sandtrails by Curtis Welsh (Earlston)

Reserve Champion – Reid Brown and Cameron Cup – Sandtrails by Curtis Welsh (Earlston)

Champion – Borders NFU Trophy – Grazing Avocets by Gordon Swalwell (Gala)