2016-2017 Internal Competitions Announced!

Just an update, all BCC members are now able to plan out their competition images for the upcoming season.  On the website, follow the Competitions —> Internal Details —> Internal Competitions Schedule 2016-2017 links to begin your journey!  Good luck to you all..!

Submitted 14th June 2016 by Cliff Harvey



All members of the BCC are strongly encouraged to take in the Annual Exhibition of the Cambridge Camera Club this year..!  All this week their best and brightest will be exhibiting their latest work, and we know that Cambridge always sets a high bar for perfection in image creation.  This is an ideal way to see what others have been doing and getting ideas for our own next season.  This display of wonderful images is not to be missed, so check out the particulars on their poster, get together with some of your BCC friends, and plan to go along..!

 Oh!, and did I mention it’s free admission..?!  See you there..!

Submitted 25th April 2016 by Cliff Harvey

Check out the informational poster here…!

And The Winner of the Stan Searle Trophy is……..?

JOHN GOUGH…!  John (on the left) is one of our very talented new members, and he received a lot of praise from Judge Colin Mill (center) last evening…!  Also presenting good wishes and congratulations was President Mike Clifton (right).

Congratulations, John, well done..!  Check out John’s winning image – Repent – and all the other high scorers by following the link to the 2015-2016 competitions under the Galleries link…!

Submitted 20th April 2016 by Cliff Harvey



In the PictureCorrect blog I subscribe to, Daniel Johnson says “Photography can be a fun and exciting activity for all who have a passionate interest in learning some of the fundamentals of the use of their camera. I have done photography from the time I was perhaps five or six years old watching my father shoot then do his own black and white darkroom work in which I participated in, on a regular basis. I am a Photographer and Illustrator and have a keen interest in the medium from both a business and a teaching standpoint.”  Read his advice <here>.

Submitted 16th April by Cliff Harvey

Bedford CC win 3 Way

On Tuesday Bedford won again!  This time it was the 3-Way competition against Shillington and Kempston.  We were one point behind at the end of the first round of the PDIs but from then on we led all the way, beating Shillington by 6 points.  Our judge for the evening, Chris Palmer, gave five 20s and Bedford got four of these; Dinner is Served and Focussed by Andy Howe, Dunstanburgh Castle by Bruce Deacon and Red Card by Sue Vaines.  Well done Bedford!

Our final external competition of the season, The Brotherhoods Cup, is next Tuesday, 19th hosted by Peterborough CC.


IMPORTANT – Stan Searle Trophy Competition…!

Okay all you members of the BCC, this coming Tuesday, the 12th of April, is the last day to enter the Stan Searle Trophy competition, so please remember to get your images in.  In fact, why not do that right now..?!

The theme is ‘Person or People’ and you’re allowed to put in up to 3 PDIs (no prints needed for this competition)…

This is the last internal competition of the 2015-2016 season, so let’s have a good showing and see some stellar images…!

Submitted 10th April by Cliff Harvey

3-Way Competition Tuesday 12th April

Don’t forget that this coming Tuesday is our penultimate External Competition of the 2015/16 Season and Bedford is hosting this year.  The other two clubs taking part are Kempston and Shillington.  If you have never been to an External before, this would be a great introduction and a chance to see what other clubs are doing.  Each club has submitted 10 prints and 10 PDIs to be judged by Chris Palmer FRPS (amongst many other distinctions), a highly respected photographer and judge whose critique is always well considered and worth listening to.  We won the competition last year so we will be hoping to do well again.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be free.  Hope to see you all on Tuesday.

Jonathan & Sue Vaines


Bedford CC Wins the Felicity Bickley AV Competition for 2016…!

The annual Felicity Bickley AV competition was hosted by the BCC last evening, and our own Moira McAneny and John Pegram did us proud by winning the trophy…!  The judges were Mike & Di Burns, who both enjoy national levels of distinction within the AV genre.  They were very impressed with Moira’s AV titled Forgotten (giving her a super score of 18 points out of a possible 20), and John’s AV titled London Town (giving him the ultimate score of 20 points out of a possible 20).

This was a 4-way competition; represented were the Bedford Camera Club, the Bedford AV Group, the Buckingham Camera Club, and the Swavesey Camera Club.  Bedford received the top score of 38, with the Bedford AV Group a close second at 37 points, and both Buckingham and Swavesey receiving 33 points.

Congratulations to John & Moria for creating two beautiful AVs…!

Submitted 6th April 2016 by Cliff Harvey 

What to Be Prepared for at the 2016 Annual Exhibition!

Just an early reminder for all you members of the Bedford Camera Club, regarding what promises to be the ‘best ever’ by and for the club…!

The Exhibition will be a competition & members display of images.  The primary reason for the Exhibition is to promote the BCC & encourage the general public to join as new members!  The judge this year will be Kevin Herbert.

The Exhibition will take place at the Harpur Suites in town, between the 17th and 19th of November.  There will be an invitation-only reception on the Thursday evening (limited to members, spouses, sponsors, invited guests, & dignitaries), followed by two days of Exhibition open to the general public.

Each BCC member will be allowed to display up to eight (8) PDIs and eight (8) prints.  There will be two categories (PDIs & Prints), with one (1) overall winner from each category (w/prize cup) and within each category, six (6) commended and six (6) highly commended (with winners certificates).  Members will continually be advised of any updates to this information as the dates get closer.

Now, needless to say, there are lots of jobs to be done to make this exhibition the best ever, and although some can be accomplished by just the specific Action Task (AT) leader, others will need volunteers from the club to help with the work.  For instance, the task of Image Collection & Organization will be very labour intensive, and the Exhibition co-chairmen John Pegram & Cliff Harvey are in charge of that.  Following closely are Sponsor Acquisition (Serena Flintham), Publicity (Carl Wrightson & Lynn Short) and, when getting closer to the days, Layout & Display (Bruce Deacon), Front Door (Terry Mann & Brian Felles), and refreshments (Moira McAneny).

Some of you have already signed up to volunteer for one or more tasks, and your early commitment is much appreciated by the AT leaders.  As your particular tasks begin to take shape, you’ll be contacted for help as needed.  But there’s going to be lots more help needed!  Each of the Action Task Leaders mentioned above have been provided with sign-up sheets for volunteers to help them.  So please, from this month forward, where you might be able to add value to a specific task, or better yet, several of the tasks, please be in touch with the AT leader(s) for that task and put your name down to help.  Do it now, at the very next meeting!  Please!, don’t wait until the last minute; show your interest now!  Thank you!

Submitted 5th April 2016 by Cliff Harvey

4 Questions to Help You Discover Your Photographic Style…!

First a bit about the author of this piece of information…

Stephanie Rose lives in Central, Illinois, is married to her best friend, Ryan, and enjoys the company of her rambunctious lab-beagle pup, Kit. She’s the owner of Green Tree Media, and is passionate about photography.  She offers…

“If you’re new to the world of photography, you may hear other photographers talk about their photographic style quite a bit.  But what does this mean and how do you find your own style?  I’m sure you’ve heard of photojournalism (shooting moments with no posing), traditional photography (completely posed), and lifestyle photography (which is a blend of the two).  But a photographer’s true style is more than just a description of his or her shooting method.  Below are four questions you can ask yourself to help pinpoint your style.

What do you like to shoot?

This can sometimes take awhile to discover, especially if you’re new to photography.  Most photographers discover that there is one subject in particular that they really enjoy shooting more than any other.  Sometimes that’s weddings or newborns, or maybe it’s kids and families.  Whatever you prefer to document directly affects your style.  The way you photograph kids is probably completely different from how you would document a bride and groom.  So knowing this can prove to be a huge indicator of your style.

Where do you like to shoot?

Though this may not seem like a contributing factor to your style, it can play a role in the look and feel of your images.  For example, I love shooting outdoors, preferably in a park, forest, or reserve.  Somewhere beautiful and natural.  But one of my good friends loves to shoot in grungy, dirty, dilapidated areas.  The locations she likes to shoot, coupled with the grunge overlays she adds to her portraits, sets her style apart from my more natural, pretty, and soft artwork.

How do you like to shoot?

This is a two-fold question really.  How you shoot can involve your equipment.  Do you shoot digital or film?  Natural light or strobes?  All of these play into your style.  Another way to look at this question is to determine if you prefer more traditional portraiture with heavy posing or more candid moments.  These are two very different shooting styles, and they play a huge role in defining your style.

What moves you?

I’m sure you’ve looked at other photographers’ work.  When you see an image that stirs your soul and makes your heart flutter, what is it you like about it?  Are you drawn toward intimate moments?  Maybe tight crops of eyes or thoughtful looks from kids leave you in awe.  Maybe you love black and white imagery or maybe instead it’s richly colored images that leave you inspired.  Whatever it is that moves you and fills your soul with passion, that, is the biggest part of your style.  Learn it.  Embrace it.  Harness it.  And then express it in your own work.”

Submitted 24th March 2016 by Cliff Harvey