Weymouth Camera Club

Definition of Nature to be used in PAGB Competitions

The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
Note that images already meeting the separate FIAP Definition of Nature will satisfy this less restrictive definition. Nature photography means Images where living organisms are the primary subject matter. The story telling value of an Image will normally be weighed more than the pictorial quality. Nature includes:  Images taken with subjects in controlled conditions such as zoos, game parks, botanic gardens, aquariums and enclosures where the subjects are dependent on man for food. Scientific bands, tags or collars are permissible. Nature excludes:  Images where people are included.  Images where the subjects are obviously domestic animals or plants.  Images where an obviously artistic treatment has been applied. Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is permitted, as is cloning of image defects and minor distractions including overlapping elements. Montage is permitted, provided that the finished image looks natural and has not been manipulated “artistically”. In a Nature Event or Category, an Image appearing to meet this Nature definition will be accepted as Nature. The Judges will normally assume that any Image presented to them does meet this Nature definition. Access to some biological subjects may be restricted. Where that is relevant, then Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licences.
Wildlife There are no Wildlife Events or Categories in PAGB competitions. Within a Nature Event or Category, an Image may be considered for a Wildlife Award. Before confirming any Award, the Chair of the Organisers will seek assurance that the Image meets the following definition. Wildlife is defined as one or more living organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat, photographed as a single Image. There must be no additions or removals of any component part within the Image as it is presented. The Photographer may be required to supply the original Image file.

Well that makes it as clear as mud


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Brian Lynch Challenge 19th February 2020

Congratulations to us as we won the annual Brian Lynch Challenge last
night at Portland!

Congratulations to the following members who were awarded Highly Commended:

  • Billy Connoly – Buri Khalifa
  • Linda Kemp – Incoming Tide
  • Stephen Davenport – Male Bearded Tit
  • Vanessa Ingram – Paved With Gold
  • Chris Eaves – Stormy Sky

The First Three Places were awarded to:

  1. Don Hart – Far, Far Away
  2. Chris Eaves – Raindrops on a Seed Head
  3. Mick Rose – Female Kestrel

Next week at Weymouth we have Keith Robins from Yeovil who is giving a
presentation on portrait and still life photography using all sorts of
different lighting.  It should be interesting and our friend Karen who
has modelled for us is also coming along for us to photograph her.  The
following week Keith is returning to take a workshop using all that we
have learnt (probably) from his presentation.  However Keith has
suggested that members could bring along their lighting and items to
photograph next week if they would like to.  There is a link to Keith’s
work here:

For anyone who has been away from the planet for a week or so, the club
is featured in this week’s Amateur Photographer magazine.

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Open Competition 5th of February 2020

The first Open Competition of the New Year Saw a good turn out from club Members , we welcomed Sara Harpley a new Judge to the Club  ,and new herself to judging. It was great to see Malcolm McNaughton who was mentoring Sara.

Well done to Both Vanessa for taking 1st in the Prints With ‘A Winters Day’ and Billy taking 1st in the DPIs with ‘Drizzly Outlook’

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Change to 12th November 2019 Meeting

Please note that there is a change to next week’s meeting, 12th November. Charlie Wheeler is unable to attend for his wildlife talk on that evening. He sends his apologies and hopes that we can re-schedule him in for another date. (I’m sure we can!) Instead, we are fortunate to be able to welcome Lara Jane Thorpe back to the club for an evening of food photography. This has been a very popular evening in the past and hopefully will be again on Tuesday. The first half of the evening Lara will give a presentation of her most recent work and then the second half will be a workshop. For those who are not familiar with her work; Lara is a professional photographer who lives in this area. She specialises in food photography, has her images featured in national magazines and works for major restaurants and food manufacturers. For the workshop, it would be great if members could bring along anything that they would like to include in this category. This could be fruit and vegetables (the more colourful the better) sweets, seeds and stuff like star anise always look good on a contrasting background. Bring along any unusual plates or cutlery if you can, but don’t worry too much as Lara always brings a lot of her own props. A tripod and a flash or torch can be useful too. It’s always a fun, informal second half and an opportunity to photograph something a bit different.

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Wessex Competition 2019

Well done to Don His image of Far Far Away whick took 3rd in the Wessex Competition held on the 28th 0f October at Dorchester
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Club Christmas Meal

The venue and timings for the Club Christmas Meal have now been finalised, you can view the venue, menu and timings on the Events list or by clicking here.

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Judging for The Land Registry Photography Competition

Weymouth Camera Club were recently invited to judge the annual Land Registry Photography Competition at Weymouth Land Registry. Thinking it might be an interesting hour or so judging maybe 50 or so entries, 3 members of the Camera Club: Steve Baker, Mick Rose and Chris Eaves offered to be the judges for an afternoon.  The task soon became rather more engaging when they realised that it was a nationwide competition for all members of the Land Registry to enter and that there were 800 entries!  However, they managed the task and were happy to agree on the best of the different categories.  The winning images are then displayed for the Land Registry Staff to choose their favourite.

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Skittles Evening 2019

Thanks to everyone who came to the first night of the 2019 -2020 season last night and congratulations to Billy on winning the skittles match.  I hope the Bingo people enjoyed all the left over food! 

Just a reminder that next week, 1st October is our 20 Shot and Summer Outings Competition.  The 20 shots had to be in just after the 20 shot evening, but a maximum 4 digital images from the club’s Summer Outings can be submitted by Sunday please to compsec@weymouthcameraclub.co.uk. 

The week after that, the 8th October is the first of the competitions that will qualify towards the Photographer of the Year award.  It is an ‘Open’ competition and the judge for the evening is Stuart Morris.

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Summer outing 10th Septmember

The venue has now changed to The Ship, which is on located at Custom House Quay, Weymouth DT4 8BE See you there

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Microsoft releases Raw Image Extension to get raw image previews on Windows 10

Windows 10 does not ship with native support for previewing raw image files, meaning users can’t view thumbnails or metadata in the Photos app or Windows File Explorer. Microsoft has a solution for photographers in need of this capability, however, and it’s called the Raw Image Extension.

The Raw Image Extension gives Windows 10 native support for previewing raw file formats from ‘many mid- to high-end digital cameras,’ according to Microsoft. Once installed, both Windows File Explorer and the Photos app in Windows 10 will support displaying thumbnails and metadata for these raw image files.

The extension is only supported on systems that have installed the Windows 10 May 2019 Update version 1903. Microsoft utilized the libraw open source project for this extension; a full list of supported formats is available at the following link; https://www.libraw.org/supported-cameras

To install the app go to the  Microsoft Store in Windows 10 Start Menu, then search for ‘Raw Image Extension’ , then download etc.


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