Club News 2019 - 2020

Our next meeting will be WEDNESDAY January 15th

Meet at King Arthur's School, Wincanton, 7.30pm as usual, for our annual quiz devised by the masterful Roger Lush. Our quiz is just for fun and usually covers a range of devious themes or topics. Come along and get your photographic brain working after Christmas and New Year!


Congratulations to our member Kit Williams

Congratulations to Kit Williams on winning a Springer Spaniel Photo competition with photocrowd.com. The winning image can be seen at Photocrowd.com
Well done Kit!


Photograph of Downhill mountain biker

Internal competition on the theme of Sport - Wednesday December 4th

Our judge for this competition was Brian Tarling to whom we give many thanks for the unenviable job of trying to score such a varied and high quality entry of images. The sports represented in our choice of images were many, each with their own challenges. Four projected images were held back for further consideration and maximum scores of 20 were given to Roger Lush for "Catch it!" and to Kit Williams for "Downside of Downhill". In the print section five images were held back resulting in maximum scores given to Meyrick Griffith-Jones for "Late on the turn", Paul Dyer for "Speedway" and Brian Stubbs for "Left a leg behind".
All the scores are available from our Club Info page or by clicking HERE. To see the photographs from this and other competitions click onto our Photographs page.



DPIC selection preview WEDNESDAY November 20th

The theme of the meeting was the selection of images for the Western Counties' Photographic Federation (WCPF) Digitally Projected Image Competition (DPIC). Click here to visit the WCPF DPIC site.
This is an annual event, held at the Corn Exchange in Exeter, and is an inter-club competition for the whole of the South-West of England. Last year's event sold out and was viewed by a packed audience. Three esteemed judges from outside the South-West sit in judgement as the images are projected on a very large screen. They have just seconds to score the image and the score out of a possible 15 marks is read out. Each judge awards their own score on a scale of 2 - 5 and the scores are then added to provide the mark. Images that are good club standard are about a 3; images worthy of acceptance into a salon / exhibition are awarded a 4 and those in with a shout of winning a major competition are awarded a 5. Where an image scores a total less than 13 but one of the judges awarded a 5 this is also announced. Total scores of 15 are very rare - there may only be one or two in the whole day. At the end of the day the scores for the clubs are totalled to see which club was the most successful.
To give members an idea of how DPIC works and the need for impactful images we split into groups of three and scored the images as per the DPIC process. The groups then had a total score out of 15 for each image. Once we had completed this process we viewed all the images again and read out the scores from each group for the respective images. Every club member attending was involved and learnt just how difficult a process judging is.


Warminster Camera Club Knockout competition TUESDAY November 5th

A good contingent of members attended this very pleasant social competition between Warminster camera club and ourselves in Warminster. Members had been asked to submit images for consideration which had not been seen by their club members previously. These were then put together randomly and shown on two projectors with the audience voting as to which of the two images shown was the best. These successful images then progressed into the next round. As the rounds came and went we eventually ended up with the image voted the best on the night. This was one of Meyrick's images, a shot of Water lilies taken at the Water Gardens in Chickerell. Meyrick also had the second best image on the night as well! This was a lovely social evening and we were made very welcome by our Warminster hosts. Our thanks to all involved in organising the evening including our own Paul Dyer on one of the projectors!


Photograph of members from each club with top images

Bradford Abbas Shield

On Tuesday evening a small number of club members attended the Sherborne - Bradford Abbas club for the annual Bradford Abbas Shield competition. This was contested by South Petherton, Shaftesbury, Sherborne - Bradford Abbas, Yeovil and ourselves. Each club submitted 5 DPI's and 5 prints which were assessed and scored by an independent judge who gave useful and sympathetic feedback on each image. The scores were then totalled to determine the winning club. As the winning club last year, Sherborne - Bradford Abbas had set the topic of People at Work and there were a very varied range of entries but all of a high standard. The result was a very close thing but Sherborne-Bradford Abbas were once again deserved winners with a score of 186. Wincanton were 4th= with South Petherton on a score of 178; Shaftesbury were 3rd with one more point on a score of 179; Yeovil were 2nd with 180. Many thanks to our gracious hosts for hosting the event and the refreshments and also to our Judge, Malcolm, from Dorchester. (Image courtesy of Paul Dyer)


Bird Photographer of the Year

This prestigious international competition has a website where you can check out the 2019 winners' images and enter the 2020 competition which is now open for entries. The site is https://www.birdpoty.co.uk and has been added to our Links page. (27/9/2019).


Wednesday September 25th - Our first Open Competition

Our thanks to our judge, Huw Alban, who stepped in at the last moment when our scheduled judge was unable to attend through ill-health. There was a good turnout of members with a strong input of images, both digitally projected and prints, of high quality. This was reflected in the high scores given by our judge along with detailed and supportive comments with suggestions on how to improve our work. Landscapes, still life, animals, architecture, abstract, portraiture and nature were just some of the themes displayed. Our next internal competition is on the theme of sport so get out there and take some images!
To see all the scores visit our Club Info page and click on on the link for September 2019. To see the photographs from this and other competitions click onto our Photographs page.


Photograph of road with overhanging trees

Library Exhibition

The Wincanton library exhibition was a great success this year with lots of visitors and complimentary comments. There were 219 votes cast by the public and the popular winning photograph, with 15 votes, was Tunnel Vision by Helen Pothecary.

Other high scoring images were Angel Eyes by Amanda White (12 votes), Curlews by Paul Dyer (11 votes), The Hunter by Rob Cochran and Storm Diane - Lyme Regis by Meyrick Griffith-Jones (10 votes each).


Landscape Photographer of the Year LPOTY

This prestigious competition opens for entries on January 15th 2020 so get out there and take your landscape photos if you fancy entering this competition. The closing date is April 5th 2020. The website to check out details is http://www.lpoty.co.uk and launches soon replacing the old site.


Club Photographic Exhibition at Wincanton Library - a popular success

Enjoying more visitors and voters than previous years, our Photo Print exhibition in Wincanton Library is being extended for a further week, by popular demand. If you haven't seen it yet then you now have until Saturday September 21st to call in and view the images on show. You can vote for your favourite image or even purchase that special image.


Our first meeting of the new season was on WEDNESDAY September 11th

We met at the Community Education Centre at King Arthur's School, Wincanton, at 7.30pm as usual and got into the business of sorting images for the Bradford Abbas competition entry. Further details of the season ahead were highlighted along with the success of our current exhibition at Wincanton Library.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday September 25th, usual place and usual time, where members will view images for our first competition of the season. Come and join us. Com


Club Photographic Exhibition at Wincanton Library

Our annual club exhibition of prints, which has been so successful in the past, is being repeated at Wincanton Library. The exhibition will be on view from Saturday August 24th to Saturday September 14th. Do drop in to the library to have a look and vote for your favourite image.


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