Web Competition Update

Once the restrictions are lifted and we can get back to normal club activities, the cumulative total of points scored per member will be added up and the winner will receive a bottle of wine, kindly donated by Chris and Bob. So, members who have not yet participated, here is an incentive to submit your images to this competition. Remember any member can score the images, even if they have not submitted an image.

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Don and Vanessa’s Happy day

Its great to post some happy news Don and Vanessa got married this Thursday I know we all wish them every happiness

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Web DPI Competition

The club will be holding a weekly online competition commencing week beginning 30 March 2020 for as long as the current Coronavirus restrictions are in place. So that means that DPI’s for the first week must be submitted by the latest 29 March 2020.

Competition Rules

  1. One DPI of any size to be emailed to; progsec@weymouthcameraclub.co.uk.
  2. Image to submitted by no later than the Sunday for inclusion in the following weeks competition. The title of the DPI should be as per the following:  image_name-member_name
  3. Images will be on the web from Monday to Saturday.
  4. Judging will be by members during that week by email to progsec@weymouthcameraclub.co.uk. No judging entries will be accepted after the Saturday of that week.
  5. Judging will be 1st choice down to last choice i.e. Image10 1st, image3 2nd, image15 3rd etc. You cannot vote for your own image
  6. The results of the weekly competition will be shown on the website with a picture of the winning image.
  7. DPI’s can be any subject, any age, but are restricted to images that have not been awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd or highly commended in a club competition.
  8. No prizes or certificates will be awarded for these weekly competitions.

If you have any questions please email; progsec@weymouthcameraclub.co.uk.

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Facebook Group Page

We have just setup a Facebook Group page this will allow Club Members to upload images  and share ideas

To use the Group page just open the Club’s Facebook page and on the left hand side of the page go to Groups then open Weymouth Camera Group

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Due to the Government advice regarding the closure until further notice of all clubs and social meetings, the committee have made the regrettable, but necessary decision to close down the Camera Club meetings until further notice. Our website will have details of when we can resume our weekly meetings when we have those details, but we anticipate that this will not be until late September for the start of the 2020/2021 season.

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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.


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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