RRCPC Newsletter
Volume 46 Number 1 Article 1

February 2009

The Giles Barker Award 2008

Chris Howes

Giles Barker lost his life while caving in Spain in 1992. An accomplished cave photographer, Giles was a member of the Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club and Morgannwg CC. These clubs have annually, since 1993, presented the Giles Barker Award in his memory. This prestigious award is given to a person connected with any aspect of cave photography in recognition of his or her excellence and contributions to the field.

In 2008 the award goes to Paul ‘Footleg’ Fretwell for the encouragement he has given to cave photographers over many years, through lectures and workshops on techniques to helping to run the Hidden Earth photo salon. In this he won the British Newcomer Award in 1999 and since then has produced an increasingly high quality of underground photographs and has begun working with inspirational audio-visual presentations. The award, a hand-crafted statue of a cave photographer, made by Ceris Jones and funded by Giles’ old clubs, was presented at Hidden Earth.

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