Thames Barge

Thames Barge Match 2019
By Chris Barclay

Photo Vince O’Sullivan, Flickr Creative Commons licence
I am organising an exciting summer event for club members to photograph the annual Thames Barge Match on Saturday 27th July. The traditional sailing barges’ race starts from Pin Mill on the River Orwell and returns a few hours later at their finish line.
Pictures can be had by walking to various points on the banks or booking a place on a boat that keeps up with the racing barges or even on one of the racing boats as crew. You can drive down for the day or make a weekend of it.
See more barge pictures by Ann Miles
Pin Mill is 1 hour 50 minutes drive and a popular destination for photographers. We expect there will be plenty of time between the start and the finish for landside photographers to explore the area for pictures.
I have much more information on this race and on various options on how you/we can book onto a boat if you prefer.
This will be my first visit to this event and I am currently researching the various options. But right now I am planning to go for the weekend and photograph the event from a boat
Anyone interested in learning more about this day or weekend visit please contact me on as soon as possible and I will keep you updated.
Chris Barclay

International Kite Festival and Festival of Motoring – photo op

The Bedford International Kite Festival will once again be returning to Russell Park over the weekend of the 1 & 2 June 2019.

This year the event will take on a unique format, with the brand new Bedford Festival of Motoring taking place on the beautiful Embankment alongside the Kite Festival. 

The weekend will feature kite-flying displays with kites never seen before in the UK, family entertainment and attractions, a variety of trade including the popular craft marquee, and the opportunity to get up close to an impressive range of iconic cars and motorcycles. 

Also taking place on the Sunday is Run Bedford 10k road race beginning at the Embankment at 9am.

Summer Event with something of interest for everyone.


The Dog Days of Summer – Photo Op

Want to try your hand at some action Dog Photography?

By Bruce Deacon

We are looking to hold a group summer event for just this.

It is open to both dog owning and non-dog owning members.

We intend to hire a local, private, 2-acre field which has been designed and equipped with doggy obstacles to get some memorable, dog pictures.

This will give members the opportunity to practice tracking, continuous focus, appropriate shutter speed etc. particularly for hounds on the move.

Not sure about how best to do this, other member will help you.


Competition Themes 2019 – 2020

Now that the current season has finished and the weather is (supposedly) improving,  it is time to get out with our cameras and find some ideas for next season’s competitions.

As promised, here are the themes, with descriptive briefs, for next season:


Have A Go – Photo Op

Have A Go with the Harpur Trust

Bedford Park, Sunday May 19th 11am to 4pm day.

Summer Event Photo Opportunity

At last year’s Have A Go the BCC had a stall and several club members submitted images from the day. These were gratefully received and used on the Harpur Trust web sites. If you take any this year Cliff has the contact and email address.READ MORE