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New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining us please come along to one of our meetings, or go to the Phone and e-mail or E-mail direct page if you want to get in touch with us.

2016 Open

A depleted number of members, due in part to ill health, attended our final Internal Competition of the year on Wednesday 13th April, this was an open competition, so there was a good variety of different subjects to look at, We had a newly appointed WCPF Judge, Laura Pearce, who was doing her first Judging, and was fair and constructive with both her critique and scores, Man O’war Bay (Close to Durdle Door) appeared a popular subject with no less than 3 different interpretations, two scoring highly, Meyrick Griffiths Jones getting 19 for his low level moody DPI shot, and Roger Lush 20 for his print of a shot from high level, There were 3 other scores of 20 in the DPI’s so congratulations go to Amanda White for Seeing Red, Lachlan Fraser for Runaway Foal and Andrew Demora for his great monochrome portrait I’m just Posing.
2016 Architectural Heritage

This highly anticipated competition was in the end low on numbers for the evening although this did not distract from the high calibre of the submissions to hear Brian Tarling's view of our pictures on the theme of Architectural Heritage with a wide ranging selection of suitable photos, congratulations go to Mike Anthony and Tony Cole for getting 20 points for their pictures of the Pont du Gard Aqueduct and The Thames Barrier respectively, and Lachlan Fraser and Tony Cole for their scores of 20 in the DPI's for pictures of Medieval Gdansk and Stonehenge respectively.
Studio H Visit

Thanks to Graham, Trixie and their daughter Emily, Wincanton camera club members had a visit to Studio H in Wincanton.

We were first made to feel envious through a slide show of what a camera can do in the hands of professionals.

Not to be deterred we were then let loose with some expert guidance from Trixie and Graham and a lot of patience from Emily and we all pointed our cameras roughly in the right direction and hoped for the best.

Those of us who managed to hook into the lighting system I feel had the best results. High ISO, slow shutter speeds and wide open lenses has its place but not in a Studio, harsh shadows and softer images was not the effect we were looking for.

I believe we all learnt something from last night and look forward to putting some of the techniques into use in the near future.

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2016 Open

This was the postponed open from last year, where bad weather resulted in its cancellation. As always a good selection of DPI's and more prints as we have seen for a while. We were honoured by having one of the most experienced judges in our area, and he didn't disappoint with detailed narratives on each submission, all very helpful which lead to a spread of scores, with 20’s only being given to the exceptional photographs.
Stourhead Workshop

In the capable hands of Huw Alban about 10 members of Wincanton Camera Club ventured into Stourhead for an autumn workshop today. to say it was busy was an understatement but we did managed to find a few spots where photos without fellow visitors could be taken. Huw as always was a delight to have leading the workshop and I think all of us gained something from the six hours of walking and snapping. Keep revisiting the site to see a collection of the photos from the day.

To see all the photos from today's workshop please click HERE

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Bradford Abbas Shield

4 members of the club attended this year’s Bradford Abbas Shield competition, at Bradford Abbas Village Hall, there was a good crowd from all 5 participating clubs, to hear what Judge, Mike Birbeck thought of a selection of Prints (5 per club) and DPI’s (5 per Club) on the theme of ‘Umbrellas’ . Mike was unquestionably fair, and where he felt a picture didn’t entirely meet the brief he marked the score down. 


At the end of the first round (Prints) Wincanton were in 2nd place with 89points 2 points behind Yeovil, who received two 20 point scores. Wincanton received two scores of nineteen, Sky High (Jim Eastaugh) and Umbrella Up’s & Down’s (Roger Lush)


Following the tea break, we viewed the DPI’s, Wincanton came out on top in this round with 88 points but it wasn’t quite sufficient to overcome Yeovil who were the 2015 winners. The Judge though did single out Jim Eastaugh’s DPI entitled Topside, (see picture) the only dpi picture awarded a full 20 points, as being by far the strongest and best picture of the evening, so congratulations to Jim on that accolade.

The final Scores were as follows:

Yeovil 178, Wincanton 177, Sherborne, Bradford Abbas 171, Shaftesbury 164, South Petherton 163

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Shadows

This was an interesting subject and the first of our themed completions for the new season.

You will see from the range of photographs submitted that this was a diverse subject with many interpretation of was on the face of it was a simple subject - Far from it we all learnt whilst preparing our submissions.

Entries were submitted with views from across the globe, from simple single shadows to complex compositions and a few head scratching shadows that defied description or understanding.

As always our guess judge took it in his stride and after some friendly banter selected some of the best shots for the top marks. Roger and Les took top marks for the DPI's whilst  Michael together with Tony took top honours in the prints.

The standard as ever was very high, which sets us up nicely for an interesting end of year Open competition in December.

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Wincanton Library Exibition

Each year the Wincanton Library hosts a display of photographs taken by members of the Wincanton Camera Club over the last twelve months. This year the exhibition runs from Saturday August 15th until Saturday September 5th. Photographic themes are taken from the Club’s competitions held in the last year.

Visitors can see interpretations of the subjects ‘Water’ and ‘Food’, as well as two ‘Open’ competitions where no specific subject was set. Visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favourite photograph in the exhibition, which will be displayed in the Library after the exhibition closes.

Last year there were well over 100 votes cast and the result eagerly awaited by Club members hopeful of achieving the town’s accolade.

So if you are a keen photographer or just like to look at pictures and you have a few minutes to spare please visit the Library. If the exhibition inspires you, why not come along to our fortnightly meetings held in the Adult Education Centre at King Arthur’s School - new members are always welcome.

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2014-15 Season

The Food Chain

Our latest competition was titled The Food Chain, for some, me included this proved to be a difficult subject, how can you portray a topic like The Food Chain in print without too much emphasis on Photoshop manipulations.

Well, from the spread of photos submitted quite easily seems to be the answer.  

The imagination of members submitting both DPI’s and Prints knows no boundaries unless  like me you submit a Monochrome to be judged by someone not overly keen on just a few shades of grey.  

Mil Chimley our judge for the evening had her work cut out and as always offer constructve Critic on all our submissions but in the end the best photos were the winners

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Open Competition

We welcomed back a very popular and talented judge Huw Alban for our final open competition of the year.

A real mixed bag of subjects from all over the world, including exquisite landscapes, pets, flora & fauna, and a beautiful portrait.

Huw, as ever constructive in his comments was given a hard task as the standard seemed higher than ever as shown in the number of top marks awarded.

A good end to yet another year of competitions, the bar is high for this coming September.

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