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     f4 Annual Trips and the               Cheetah Trophy  

This ​Page Outlines further Details of the Club's Annual trips and the Cheetah Trophy Competition

The 2021 f4 Annual Trip - Award of the Cheetah Trophy 


The club undertake a number of internal competitions throughout the year and the Cheetah Trophy is awarded for the best image taken during the annual trip which as explained below was to Anglesey and North Wales.

The competition for 2021 received 63 entries and was judged by Stephen Dean who is a former President of the Yorkshire Photographic Union.

The eventual winner of the competition was Chris Hatfield with his image of Rhoscolyn at sunset.This image can be seen on on the main page for the Annual trip

The 2021 f4 Annual Trip to Anglesey and North Wales




The f4 Group travelled to Anglesey and North Wales for the club's  annual trip. The group this year consisted of 12 members of the club which was a big uplift of members travelling compared to last year.

The group visited various places in Anglesey to include Parys Mountain which was very colourful and other venues such as South Stack Lighthouse, Penmon Point and Valley to photograph the RAF Hawk Trainers landing at the Valley air base.

The Group stayed at the Valley Hotel in Valley and were looked after very well during the trip.


The 2020 f4 Annual Trip - Race For The Cheetah Trophy



As outlined below during October 2020 the f4 Group travelled to The Lake District for their annual trip. The actual group only consisted of four members mainly due to the COvid 19 restrictions which were in place at the Skelwith Bridge Hotel and in other establishments across the Lake District.

The Cheetah Trophy competition is a well established internal club competition which is open for all members who participated in the club annual trip. 

In 2020 there were just 32 entries from Nigel Dalton, Phil Desforges, Jon Teal and Chris Hatfield.

This competition was judged by Darren McDonald from Driffield Camera Club who chose Elterwater Glory as the ultimate winner 


Well done to Chris Hatfield who won the trophy. For everybody else the next trip is on the horizon.  

The 2020 f4 Annual Trip to The English Lake District 



During October 2020 the f4 Group travelled to The Lake District for their annual trip. The Lake District is a favorite destination for f4 having been there a number of times in the last 10 years. 

The group visited a number of locations including Elterwater, Slaters Bridge and the Langdale Valley. There where also visits made to Crummock Water and Buttermere as well as Yew Tree Tarn. 

Overall this was a another fantastic trip organised by Chairman Nigel Dalton which due to the Covid 19 pandemic allowed Nigel to become very well known to the staff of The Skelwith Bridge Hotel where the Group stayed. The Hotel who details can be found in the useful links page looked after f4 exceptionally well for which we send our thanks.

The 2019 f4 Annual Trip Cheetah Trophy Competition


During October 2019 the f4 Group travelled to Teeside and North Yorkshire for their annual outing.

On return the Club held is annual competition for images taken on the trip to see who would come away with the converted Cheetah Trophy. There are more details about this trophy in the competition section of this website.

There were 57 entries for the competition and once again Mr. Keith Beverley came out on top of the pile with his image of Steetley Pier. Well done Keith for doing it again. To all other members of f4 who went on the trip, well done, but you must try harder!

The 2019 f4 Annual Trip to Teeside and North Yorkshire  



During October 2019 the f4 Group travelled to Teeside and North Yorkshire for their annual outing. Places of note visited during the four day trip included Robin Hoods Bay, Steetley Pier which is just North of Hartlepool and the Tees Barrier where there was some white water canoe action photographed by the Group.


The Group also did some night photography at in Stockton and also in Middlesbrough where the famous Transporter Bridge was photographed. 


Some of the Group sneaked away for some top notch fish and chips in Seaton Carew.


Overall this was a fantastic trip organised by Chairman Nigel Dalton


The Cheetah at last finds a New Home


Of course everybody knows that for every f4 event there has to be a competition – and the Cheetah Trophy is for the Annual Expedition, in memory of ‘The Landlord’. This year Ernie Howard from Driffield PS was our judge, and after careful deliberation, chose a very misty sky-scape from our Chairman Nigel Dalton as the winner from 54 entries.


f4 Goes off to the Seaside


This year’s f4 Annual Expedition was based in the Essex town of Colchester.


The Programme had a distinctly seaside flavour, with Mersea Island boat trips, visits to Brightlingsea, Walton on the Naze pier, and sailing barges at Maldon, while the East Anglian Railway Museum offered the rainy afternoon option.


This picture by Andrew Hersom, chosen later as best image of Members, shows how hard they try not to take the same photo. A big thank you goes to Chris Hatfield and Nigel Dalton for organising a very enjoyable trip.

Sometimes on annual trips your tour guide lets you down. The image on the left shows members of the of the club in Essex working out whether they should go get an ice cream. Meanwhile Tour Guide Kevin (with hat) is working out what we should do.


Joking apart the trip was excellent with good company and we experienced some fantastic locations which yielded some excellent images.  


The Cheetah Trophy – Killarney 2017


The Annual Outing was in October, and probably the club’s most sought after Trophy is the Landlord’s Cheetah Trophy for the best photo from the Trip. Judged this year by Membership Secretary Ed Openshaw, a very high quality group of images came across the finishing line.


The final winner was a very moody, fisheye view of the cloister garth of Muckross Abbey by our Chairman Keith Beverley. Close second was a fabulous and stormy backlit shot of Fenit Lighthouse by Treasurer Phil Desforges. Third place was another image from Keith, of a family group of deer. 


F4 Annual Outing – Dodging Ophelia and Brian


The 2017 Annual Outing, attended by 8 members, was based in the Killarney area of the Republic of Ireland, held during the third week of October. In the event this was a slim window in between the most severe effects of ex-Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian, and the weather could have been kinder. Arrangements were shared by Alan Luckraft and Nigel Dalton, and there were successful visits to Muckross Abbey, and Killarney Cathedral, as well as outside visits to Torc Waterfall, the deer in Demesne Park and views to Fenit lighthouse. The group got on well with the owner of Crag Cave who was pleased to receive the photos, and last but by no means least – you guessed it – the Killarney Brewing Co. Thank you very much Alan and Nigel.

The Cheetah will not be moving.....


One of our most prestigious trophies is for the best image taken over the f4 Group Annual Expedition, reported earlier.


This year the Cheetah Trophy competition was judged by our Hon Chairman Keith Beverley, and won by our Hon Secretary. Yes – Dave Robson keeps it for another year, with this atmospheric image of the Battle of Britain class Light Pacific 4-6-2 named "Manston", acknowledged as the worthy winner.


Although the winner takes all, Dave and his Cheetah were hotly pursued by Chris Hatfield and Cameron Thomson.

Coasts & Castles – f4 go off to Dorset


This year’s expedition was to Dorset, staying in Wareham, and again led by Chris Hatfield. Visits extended from Studland and Man 'o War Bay as well as Lulworth Cove and Swanage. Corfe Castle and Corfe station were included to photograph the steam trains. The photo shows Alan, Chris and Dave lying down on the job. Big thank you goes to Chris for all the hard work in making the arrangements.


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