Photographic History – BBC Films

Looking for something to watch? The BBC I-Player currently has a number of videos looking at the history of photography.


Britain In Focus – A Photographic History

Eamonn McCabe explores how science and technology allowed pioneering photographers like Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron to create a new art form.

Interesting potted history. He omits some important milestones but what he covers makes a good and easy-to-watch piece.

Episode 1 of 3…

Episode 2 to be shown (Monday March 13th 9pm BBC 4 – link)


EAF Inter-club PDI Championship

On the 5th February representatives from 33 clubs in our region gathered for the yearly EAF PDI Championship in a community hall outside Cambridge. The 33 clubs represents about 25% of the EAF membership. The top club would win the coveted trophy and the top two clubs would represent the EAF at the PAGBPDI Club Championships in Warwick. The judges were Bill Hall, Barry Mead and Leo Rich. All who have too many letters after their names to mention!

The BCC was just 5 marks (162 to 167) short of getting into the coveted second and final round! Oh so close.

Results and Full report here

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.

Central Club Challenge

Bedford Camera club will be entering the annual Central Club Challenge on Thursday 9th March 2017 at 19:45.

The judge will be Keith Long.

The competition is hosted by New City Photographic Society at Christ Church Hall, Stantonbury Campus, Milton Keynes, MK14 6BN.

The competition will be a digital competition consisting of 6 rounds to find the overall highest scoring club.

Entry is free. Please come along and support Bedford. We need to give names to help with catering arrangements so if you intend to come please contact  by Thursday 23rd February

For details of the competition visit:

Sara Reay  

Inter-Club Digital Competition Results

External Competition Feedback from Sara

Bedford Camera club entered the Annual Inter-Club Digital Competition hosted by Cambridge Camera Club on Saturday 21st January 2017. This was judged by Rosemary Wilman.

36 clubs competed and each club entered 5 images with a possible reserve round in case a tie break was needed.

Of the 185 images judged about 10% were given the maximum score of 20.


Architects’ Association

Photo by Shibasish Saha

Today a very good series of images on the BBC web site reminded me of next year’s Architects’ Association trophy subject

Architectural Emotions

I had already forgotten what the actual title was and had to look back at my notes. Just one more thing for me to keep in mind when out and about with the camera


Salon Photography

International Salons are “top-drawer” exhibitions open to any one to make a submission. There is usually an entry fee and most salons specialise in one or more specific genres, e.g. prints, PDIs, nature, mono etc. Entering into a salon is worth the effort and getting accepted is certainly something to boast about as it shows your images are now being accepted at the higher levels of photography.

Richard Burns has kindly drawn our attention to the forthcoming Bristol International Salon of Photography is open for entries.


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.

EAF election

After Brexit and Trump we now have the EAF election. Well, probably less an election and more of a volunteer nomination.

The EAF are the “governing” body for most camera clubs in East Anglia, including the BCC.

Cliff has just received the following from Sue Dobson, EAF Gen Sec., that he felt should be made known to all BCC members. One or more of you may wish to be nominated for the EAF Championship Secretary or another role.


The ‘Crew’ Who Set Up the 2016 Exhibition!

Collective thanks to the folks shown here who were instrumental in making sure our 2016 Exhibition was the best it could be!  From left to right, Bruce Deacon, John Gough, Brian Felles, Moira McAneny, Martin Nellist, Mike Clifton, Linda Swain, Peter Robinson, John Pegram, Paul Curtis and Jim Burnett (and of course me, the photographer!)…  Kudos to you all!

Submitted 23rd November 2016 by Cliff Harvey