Our next meeting will be WEDNESDAY September 11th
Come and join us for the first meeting of our new season. We will be at the usual meeting place, in the Community Education Centre at King Arthur's School, Wincanton. The meeting will start at 7.30pm.
Our new programme of events is available on our website. Click on the link above or Programme HERE.
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.
I have updated and added a number of links to helpful photographic websites. These include virtual lighting applications, links to competitions in the Salons section, adding a section for links to sites with helpful advice or tutorials. These can be found in our Links section.
I have also amended the way our galleries of competition images are displayed. Click on our Photographs link and then try the galleries for the recent internal competitions. Let me know what you think and also any other links you think should be added to our site.
Photo selected to represent the WCPF
Congratulations are due to Meyrick Griffith-Jones on the news that his photo, Storm Lyme Regis, has been selected by the Western Counties Photographic Federation to represent the South West region in the national inter-federation competition. This is quite an achievement and also a reflection of the high quality of photographs produced by our club members. Good luck to the WCPF entry against the rest of the country.
Results of our annual club competitions
Secretary's Shield for Digitally Projected Images
1st Paul Dyer 154pts
2nd Meyrick Griffith-Jones 152 pts
3rd Amanda White 150 pts
L.F. Foulkes Cup for Printed Images
1st Meyrick Griffith-Jones 160 pts (maximum score possible!)
2nd Paul Dyer 148 pts
3rd Brian Stubbs 145 pts
A list of the winners of each competition over the years can be seen by clicking Winners lists
Our AGM - WEDNESDAY May 22nd
We met and heard reports from our committee members on the successes of the year. The winners of our competitions were announced. Congratulations to Paul Dyer (Secretary's Shield for Projected Images & The Chairman's Trophy) and Meyrick Griffith-Jones (LF Folkes Cup for Prints).
We amended our constitution very slightly and re-elected our current committee for another 12 months. Our thanks to all of them for their commitment and hard work.
We also thanked Andrew De Mora for his contribution to the club website and Roger Lush for his great contribution over the years as Competition Secretary. Brian Stubbs took on the website mid-year and continues in this role. Paul Dyer has taken on the role of Competition Secretary and will continue next season.
Our programme for next year is being finalised and will be available on the website when ready.
Longstanding member Jim Eastaugh was thanked for his skilful production of the club programme cards which we all find so useful.
Wishing you all a very pleasant summer break and lots of photo taking opportunities!
SKY ARTS - Master of Photography Series 4
The latest series of this TV Photography competition starts on SKY Arts (Channel 121) on Tuesday May 28th at 8pm. The hour long programme presents a group of aspiring photographers with various challenges each week. At the end of each episode one is eliminated until they find their "Master of Photography".
There are repeats on Wednesday 7-8; Friday 3-4pm; Sunday 6-7pm and Monday 10-11pm.
Club photographic outing WEDNESDAY May 8th
A few dedicated members braved the weather and met at Win Green, Wiltshire, overlooking Cranbourne Chase.
Animal themed Competition
Our final internal competition of the season was on the theme of Animals. We had a good level of entries with the standard of the prints being particularly high. Our judge, John Tilsley, provided his usual excellent and very knowledgeable criticism which is always very helpful and supports continued improvemnt. Many thanks John. Scores are available on our Club Info page. The images can be viewed by following the link from our Photographs page.
Association of Photographers' awards shortlist revealed
Link to the BBC story on the Association of Photographers' awards shortlist. You can see the finalists' work for free at Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, until May 31st 2019.
Check out a recent addition to our About us page under the Club History section and an e-mail from Michael Hill, former member.
Shaftesbury CC DPI competition - Shaston Challenge
For this meeting on Thursday April 11th we travelled to Shaftesbury to take part in a 4 club competition for digitally projected images on an open theme. The participating clubs were our hosts, Shaftesbury; Parkstone; Wareham; and Wincanton. The standard of images was high with a good number of images being held back for further consideration by our judge who gave very considered and helpful comments for every image on show. Congratulations to Meyrick on receiving a maximum score of 10 for his image "Light after storm".
As the scores came in we were in 4th place by half a point behind Parkstone who scored 95.5. The competition was won by Wareham with our hosts, Shaftesbury in second place. The club scores were as follows: Wareham 105.5 1st; Shaftesbury 102 2nd; Parkston 95.5 3rd; Wincanton 95 4th. Many thanks to Shaftesbury for hosting a very pleasant evening and the excellent cakes!
Roll of honour updated and added to website
As our competitive season draws to a climax with our last internal competition in just over two weeks, I have added a list of previous winners of our three awards to the website via a link from our Club Information page. You can jump to it directly by clicking here.
The Spirit of Somerset captured in black and white
Photographer Matilda Temperley has an exhibition portraying community and farming life in Somerset at the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury until June 1st 2019. A selection of her photos can be seen by clicking on this link to the BBC News website.
March 26th Meeting
Meet in our usual room for a chance to practise photography in studio conditions with lights and model. This is an opportunity not to be missed. There will be plenty of help on hand if you haven't done this before.
We meet at King Arthur's School Community Education Centre at 7.30pm. Do feel welcome to come along and see what we are about or click our contact page to find someone to talk to.
WCPF Members' Exhibition success for Wincanton
The results are out and can be seen on the WCPF exhibition results site with two of our members each having a print and a dpi accepted. Very many congratulations must go to Meyrick Griffith-Jones who not only has 2 images accepted but who has also won a Silver Medal for one of his images, "Storm Diane Lyme Regis" in the Open Digital Class. This is an outstanding achievement!
The results, club by club, can be seen by clicking here.
March 13th Meeting and Open competition.
We met for the third of our four internal competitions. There was a good turnout of members and the standard of images was high in both print and digitally projected image sections. Huw Alban was our external judge who offered lots of helpful comments along with a good number of maximum 20 scores. See our Club Info page for a link to the scores.
February 27th meeting
At this meeting on Wednesday February 27th we were treated to a very entertaining but taxing quiz about photography. The quiz was compiled by our demon quiz master, Mr Roger Lush, and accompanied by suitable music. Many thanks Roger.
Underwater Photographer of the Year
The BBC report on the images gaining success in the BBC report on Underwater Photographer of the Year competition.
The following is a direct link to the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition website.
Bristol Salon of Photography
The results of this prestigious competition are just out and can be viewed at www.bristolsalon.co.uk/gallery_2019/m_home.html. Congratulations to Meyrick Griffith-Jones and Brian Stubbs on their acceptances into this competition and to Meyrick in particular for his "Honourable Mention".
National Parks photo competition winners
Follow this BBC link to see some of the National parks photo competition February 2019.
Garden Photographer of the Year
British photographer, Jill Welham, is the overall winner of this year's competition selected from 19,000 entrants. She used a contact process. See the report on BBC News in-pictures.
Sony World Photography Awards shortlist
The shortlist is out for the Sony World Photography Awards
Royal Photographic Society moves to Bristol
As of February 7th 2019 the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has moved its HQ from Bath to Bristol into purpose built accommodation. The RPS are holding an exhibition of photographs and will hold courses and qualication assessments in this location. Click on RPS to go to their site. The new location is adjacent to the Martin Parr Foundation on the Paintworks site. Regular photographic lectures and exhibitions are held at the centre.
21st November 2018 Open Competition
Our second internal competition of the season was an Open competition. Click on Photographs for a brief report and links to scores and a gallery of photos from the evening. The November 2018 Open results are available from this link or our Club Info page.
7th November 2018
Was our chance to take on Warminster Camera Club in a Match an Image contest, which is always a light-hearted and banter filled evening, overseen by our judge Brian Tarling, who despite much joshing and friendly Boo's from both sides, deliberated on each clubs attempt to outwit the other with pictures that we hoped wouldn't not be matched with a similar one from the opposition, despite some fairly tenuous matches, things were fairly even, but Warminster won the day by 6 points with 48 to Wincanton's 42, but it was above all a enjoyable evening.
23rd October 2018
Bradford Abbas Shield, several members travelled to Bradford Abbas for our participation in the annual Bradford Abbas Shield competition, along with Sherborne Bradford Abbas CC, South Petherton PS Shaftesbury CC and Yeovil CC, the subject for this year's competition was Shadows and there were a wide selection of interpretations judged by John Tilsley, We did quite well in the first half with our Prints, but sadly finished in joint last place with Yeovil CC
The final scores were:
1. SBACC 178 Points
2. Shaftesbury Camera Club 171 Points
3. South Petherton Photographic Society 170 Points
4. Wincanton Camera Club 162 Points
4. Yeovil Camera Club 162 Points
26th September 2018 Monochrome competion
Our club internal competition was Monochrome - see Photographs for a brief report and link to the photos entered.
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