125th Anniversary Sosban Trophy

On 25th June 2016, a number of camera clubs from across South Wales came together to celebrate Llanelli Photographic Society’s 125th Anniversary. LPS’ annual Sosban Trophy usually involves six clubs but for 2016 only the competition was opened up to sixteen clubs and a special one off trophy was put up as the prize.

A good crowd was treated to an entertaining and excellent critique by Rob Mitchell. Rob managed to provide comments and advice on all 80 images – and still give everyone time to get back home in time for the Wales v Northern Ireland kick off.

There was a high standard among the entries and after three rounds LPS were in first place alongside Tenby. Could LPS hold on and win their own 125th Anniversary trophy? Sadly not! At the end of the competition Tenby were in first place, Bridgend second and Llanelli third.

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Our congratulations to Tenby who have now won the Sosban Trophy for three years on the trot. They get to keep the special glass trophy as a memento of the 2016 competition. The scoresheet for the competition is below.

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As well as scoring all the images, Rob was also asked to select his favourite image from the competition. This time it was good news for LPS with Steve Milton’s Anti-Social Butterfly taking home the prize. Well done Steve and a big thank you to Rob Mitchell for being the perfect judge for our celebration.

The day however wasn’t just about the prizes. It was an opportunity for LPS to celebrate a milestone and display images from glass photographic slides, taken by the founders of the club, that have recently been processed by current members. It was a successful event and we hope all who attended enjoyed the day.

Our thanks goes go to all the clubs who got involved in our competition – Abertawe, Bridgend, Carmarthen, Cymru Mono, Gwynfa, Kidwelly, Morriston, Neath, Porthcawl, Pyle & Pembrey, Tenby, Towy Valley, Trostre, Swansea – and of course a massive thank you to everyone who attended on the day.

Events like these don’t run themselves and LPS would like to thank everyone who has sponsored, helped and/or supported the event. We had a beautiful cake supplied by Jenkins Bakery and wonderful raffle prizes supplied by a number of companies including DS Colour Labs, Fotospeed, Carmarthen Cameras, Pure Creations and Llanelly House. We’d also like to thank Fotospeed for taking the time to visit us and show off some of their products.

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Thanks also goes to Llanelli Library, National Library Of Wales, Mrs Barbara Willis, Llanelli Town Council, Llanelli Rural Council, Dafen Welfare, Selwyn Samuel Centre and Signs Express of Llansamlet.

Finally thanks to all at LPS who worked hard to ensure that the day ran so well. The good news is that we now have 25 years to plan the next milestone event.

Event day photography by Jennifer Williams and Graham Harries.