friendly club for amateur photographers in and around sherborne, dorset
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Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 6 December at Bradford Abbas Village Hall
Social evening, to include Elizabeth’s mince pies!
Photo Challenge: Where is it (images within 10 miles of Bradford Abbas VH). Visitors welcome!


Iris Overton Cup 2015

On Tuesday 24 November there was an excellent attendance for the Iris Overton Cup.  This is an annual competition for black and white prints/digital images.

Members could submit a total of  two entries and we were delighted to welcome Susanne Akerstrom  LRPS as our judge.   Susanne’s special interests are portraiture, landscape and monochrome so the competition was well suited to her skills.   She gave an excellent critique of each entry, elaborating on exposure,  separation of the foreground from the background, the quality of paper used for printing, the use of light and how a tripod can make such a difference to technique.

Members greatly enjoyed listening to her advice and suggestions such as how high contrast can block out detail and very much enjoyed her positive approach to assessing the entries.

The silver cup for best print went to Mike Bowles for “The Meeting” taken inside the Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul.

Susanne Akerstrom presents Iris Overton Cup to Mike Bowles

Susanne Akerstrom presents Iris Overton Cup to Mike Bowles


The Meeting

The glass trophy for best digital image was awarded to Chris Dowding for her entry “Out of the Reeds” showing a long-tailed tit.

Susanne Akerstrom presents Iris Overton Cup to Mike Bowles

Susanne Akerstrom presents the trophy for best digital image to Chris Dowding

Out of the Reeds

Out of the Reeds

Congratulations to the worthy winners and many thanks to our excellent judge.

Bradford Abbas Shield 2015

On Tuesday 27 October we hosted the annual Bradford Abbas Shield Competition at which we welcomed the following clubs:

  • Shaftesbury
  • South Petherton
  • Wincanton
  • Yeovil

1 BirbeckThe theme for the competition was “Umbrellas” and each club could submit five prints and five digital images.  It was clearly a challenging title but there were a number of excellent, imaginative entries and some first-rate printing.

We were delighted to welcome as our judge Mike Birbeck  FRPS FBPPA FDPS, winner of many national and international awards, who is based in Taunton.  His constructive comments and enthusiasm were warmly received and we all benefitted from his practical observations on composition which emphasised the importance of looking at cropping and lighting. As he rightly pointed out – when it comes to deciding between two images, it’s the detail which counts.

The Shield was closely fought over but the final result was a win by just one point for Yeovil  with 178 points followed by Wincanton with 177, Sherborne Bradford Abbas 171, Shaftesbury 164 and South Petherton 163. 

Congratulations to Yeovil and our thanks to all who took part.

A selection of images from the evening is below (click on a pic to see it bigger):