Axminster Photography Group

Thirkettle Prize




Our Group competition, using printed pictures, is held annually, involving both

colour and monochrome images of a subject of the photographer’s choosing,

taken within the past three years.

This is judged by an experienced judge from outside the Group,

and the Thirkettle Cup is awarded to the winner.


The rules of the competition can be seen at the bottom of the page




 Thirkettle Competition 2020

    The Thirkettle  Cup was strongly contested and the large number of

Highly Commended and Commended awards confirms the high quality

of images submitted over the board.


Many thanks to our 'locked-in' judge John Tilsley for all his hard work.


Winners were as follows:


Figure on the Breakwater:  Paul Stark




First Bend: Barrie Castle  




Inverted Aerobatics : Phil Hodges



Highly Commended

The Performance : Clive Bareham

Blackpool Joke Shop : John Lees

The Bells, the Bells! : Paul Frisby

Foraging Fly : Dave Wicken


Laugharne Estuary : Ann Cooke

Something Shocking : Ann Cooke

Fury : Mike Parker

 Black-Winged Stilt : Julian Shaw

Contemplation : Julian Shaw

Demoiselles Mating : Phil Hodges






Thirkettle Cup Rules


Agreed at the APG committee meeting on 29th March 2016.


Internal competition: APG members only.


Up to 3 mounted prints each.


Each print must show a title (which may be on the back).


The photographer’s name must not be shown.


Any Size.


Subject:  Open.


Colour or  B&W.


Prints must not have been entered for the Thirkettle Cup before.


The photograph must not be more than 3 years old.


The judge selects 1st prize (the cup winner) and also 2nd & 3rd places. 


Highly Commended and Commended are at the judge’s discretion.