Giles Barker lost his life while caving in Spain in 1992. An accomplished cave photographer, Giles was a member of the Red Rose CPC and Morgannwg CC. These clubs have annually, since 1993, funded the Giles Barker Award in his memory. This prestigious award – a hand-crafted statue of a cave photographer made by Ceris Jones – is given to a person or team connected with any aspect of cave photography in recognition of excellence and contributions to the field.
The award for 2016 was presented during the EuroSpeleo congress in August to acknowledge the fine video work produced by Andy and Antonia Freem. Their commitment has gone beyond merely filming in difficult situations and has extended to helping others learn the craft, sharing their knowledge and recording ‘live’ exploration such as at Ogof Marros in West Wales. Most recently, the pair organised the video salon at EuroSpeleo, to the benefit of the wider caving community. Congratulations go to Andy and Antonia for their very deserving award, the 24th in the series.
Correspondent Chris Howes, on behalf of Morgannwg CC and Red Rose CPC