Seasonal Points Competition 19th December

Please Note

The deadline for entries to our next seasonal points competition is Tuesday 12th December, the same day as our Christmas dinner.

It would be really helpful, and would make life easier, if prints for this competition could be handed in on Tuesday next, 5th December.

If that is not possible then we could arrange a mutually convenient collection point before the 12th – please contact Linda on the compsec email address to arrange.

If there is no alternative, then they will be received on the 12th as originally planned.

*Just to remind you, this is our first themed seasonal points competition of the year with the topic of water.

You can submit two prints and one PDI or one print and two PDIs.

Stan Searle Trophy



Our next competition, for the Stan Searle Trophy, is next Tuesday 7th November.

We have a good number of entries so thank you all for sending them in.

Just to remind you that on competition nights we begin the evening with notices at 7.15pm ready for a prompt start of competition judging at 7.30pm, allowing everyone to receive some quality feedback.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.


New Season Competitions

The new season is upon us and our first competition takes place next Tuesday, 17th October.

Just to remind you, we set in place some changes this season to make sure everyone gets a fair amount of critique time from the judge.

Please arrive early on Tuesday for a 7.15 start for news and notices.  The competition will begin promptly at 7.30.

The tea break will be held to 15 minutes so that the second half of the competition is given more time.

These plans are for competition nights only.

We have had some great images submitted for our first seasonal points competition and look forward to a successful night on Tuesday.

See you all there!

Summer Events PDI Battle – Important Information


Please note:  The PDI Battle of summer event images will not now take place on 26th September as planned.  Instead it is going to be run as part of the welcome evening on Tuesday 3rd October.

You can submit up to three PDIS which must have been taken at one of the listed summer events. These must be emailed, as attachments, to the usual competition email address – – no later than midnight 30th September. They should follow the new competition standard (e.g. fixed dimensions of 1600 x 1200 px including any black borders, JPG, sRGB,  max file size 2Mb).          NB: this is a PDI only competition. 

These events qualify for the competition:


Counting Down to the New Season

It’s hard to believe I know, but there are just four weeks to go until our first internal competition of the new season!

I hope you have begun to sort through all the images you have taken over the marvellous summer we have had.

Our first challenge is open, the first to count towards the seasonal points set of five competitions.  This season you can enter two prints and one PDI or vice versa.  These need to be in by 10th October, at the latest, for the competition on the 17th.  Don’t forget the new rules for sizing this year.

You can click here for a complete list of competitions for the season.  Please note that the for the first time the Philip Lepper Trophy will be a prints only contest.

I look forward to seeing some exciting and creative images in the months ahead of us.

Summer Events – Panacea Museum

We have a group visit to the Panacea Museum and gardens arranged for Tuesday 18th July from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

All members are welcome to attend and to find out the fascinating history of the Panacea Society.  The museum is housed in ‘Castleside’, a beautiful Victorian house which was home to the society.

We will start off in the garden while the light is good.

That will be followed with a guided tour of the museum, where we will have the opportunity to photograph the room settings and practise working in low light conditions without flash.  There is not space to use tripods.

The café will be opened to us after the tour.

Parking is free after 6pm in all roads around the museum.

Please meet outside the museum entrance on Newnham Road, Bedford, MK40 3NX at 6.25pm.

This is a good opportunity to visit a local institution and to practise your photography at the same time.  There is no cost for this visit.

Please contact Linda Swain on by Monday 10th July if you would like to join in.



Internal Competitions 2017 – 18

I am sure you are all enjoying the wonderful summer weather and are getting out taking lots of super images.

So that you can plan for next year’s programme while you are out and about, here is a table of the internal competitions and their themes.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our planned summer events over the next couple of months.

Enjoy your photography!

Stan Searle Trophy

Here is your friendly reminder that midnight on Tuesday 28th February is the deadline for entries to this year’s Stan Searle Trophy competition.

Send in up to three PDIs on the theme of ‘Person or People’.  PDIs only this time, no prints.

The subject matter – Person or People – must be the principal content of each image.

The competition takes place on 7th March with Trevor Rudkin judging the entries.  See you there.

Points of View Competition 2016

This year’s PoV Competition, which took place in Wadenhoe, Northants, had a very worthy winner in Bruce Deacon.

He produced some great images under themes which included colours and textures, seasonal landscapes and quintessentially English, scoring a perfect 20 for ‘Lilly’ in the translucent subjects theme.

Congratulations Bruce, we look forward to hearing your plans for next year’s competition.