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Our Best of Year Competition was held last Tuesday evening.  This competition is always hotly contested by a wide range of members and this year was no exception.  It's fair to say that the strength and depth of images submitted is testament to the ever improving standard of photography we are now achieving.
This year we were fortunate to have the judging skills of Laura Pearce LRPS from our neighbouring camera club of Yeovil.  
The results are listed below and congratulations go to our winners, runners-up and highly commended.  
Digital Images
Ham Hill Silhouette
Chris Edgecombe
Pier into the Night
Chris Edgecombe
Pastel Sunset
Sarah Simpson
Highly commended
Time to Preen
Mark Tatchell
Highly commended
Domino Effect 
Roger Gibson
Highly commended
Love in the Mist
Chas Williams
Highly commended
Cathedral Crypt
Norman Crabb
Highly commended
Pathway out of Lyme Regis
Malcolm Balmer
Black and White Print
Peace Lily
Sarah Simpson
Architectural Detail
Elizabeth Jubb
Single White Rose
Pam Watts
Colour Print
Misty morning at Cadbury Castle
Malcolm Balmer
Handle In Time
Pam Watts
Botallack Engine Houses
Malcolm Balmer
Highly commended
Forever alert 
Chris Dowding


Macro and Close Up

On Tuesday 26th March there was an excellent turn out for the annual Close Up and Macro Competition. This only started three years ago as it became clear there was interest in the club for this genre of photography. It is now a well-established part of the programme and very well supported. The standard has risen sharply and members were heavily challenged to find a winner from amongst the outstanding entries.

There were some superb macro images of insects, a range of exceptional close up shots, some highly original abstract compositions and a number of stunning stacked images.

The results were close but in first place was Chas Williams who captured a terrific shot of a starling feeding her young, "Me First"; in second place was Fo Bugler with her lovely image of a munching mouse entitled "Dinner Time" and in third place was Chas again with his brilliant shot "The Fly".

It's good to have a new face on the winner's podium: congratulations to Chas on such a successful evening and to Fo who always provides us with superb examples of her photographic skills.

Thanks also to Jay Warnes, whose recent talk on flash photography sparked an interest in lighting which was clearly visible in this evening's competition entries.

In the coffee interval members were able to view Malcolm Balmer's panel which recently saw him made a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society. Members were delighted to be able to offer him hearty congratulations on this fine achievement.

Me First! - Chas Williams
Dinner Time - Fo Bugler
Fly - Chas Williams


Shoot a Theme

On Tuesday 21 January, there was the annual Shoot a Theme competition which this year was "Graffiti". Traditionally, the theme is chosen by the previous year's winner, which in 2018 was Brian Clarke. He certainly set us all a challenge and there was a wide variety of entries. Although members could submit either digital images or prints, there were no prints this year.

The competition was judged internally with marks for composition, creativity and personal opinion. With a possible score of 15 there were difficult choices to be made as there were so many first-rate examples of original interpretation, excellent technique and artistry.

The competition was won by Fo Bugler with her outstanding image "Peaceful Bench". Second was Elizabeth Jubb with "As You Like It" and third was Sarah Simpson with "Peeping Through".

Congratulations to all three and to everyone who participated and helped provide such an entertaining evening.

We look forward to learning what theme Fo will choose for next year's competition.


Iris Overton Cup

On Tuesday 27th November members competed for the Iris Overton Cup, the annual black and white competition. We were extremely grateful to Zaid Meherali, who stepped in at the last minute to cover for illness and proved an excellent judge.

There were 37 entries (digital and print) and Zaid's critiques were concise and consistent. He elaborated on the importance of images having a focal point; on there being a good connection between the image and its title, and that if a photographer is entering more than one image, then they should be different.

The standard was high as usual, and the final results were:

Digital Section

First​​ -       Chris Edgecombe​​ - Old Oak
Second​ -  Roger Gibson​​ - Anchors
Third​​ -     Sarah Simpson​​ - Going Over

H/C​​ -       Chris Edgecombe​​ - Silhouette
​​                Chris Dowding​​ - Church Ope Cove
​​                Pam Watts​​​ - Trouville sur Mer

Print Section

First​​ -      Malcolm Balmer - Evening Light at Arnside​​
Second​ - Adrian Sydenham - Derelict​​​
Third​​ -    Sarah Simpson -  Peace Lily​​​

H/C​​ -      Elizabeth Jubb -  Power of Water​
​​               Adrian Sydenham - Dartmoor

Congratulations to all the winners, particularly to Chris Edgecombe who has won his first trophy!

Old Oak - Chris Edgecombe
Evening Light at Arnside Malcolm Balmer


Bradford Abbas Shield

Tuesday 23 October saw the annual competition for the Bradford Abbas Shield.  This year SBACC welcomed Shaftesbury, South Petherton, Wincanton and Yeovil camera clubs.  Each club submitted five prints and five digital images, making a total of 50 entries.  The theme was "Shadows" and we were delighted to have John Tisley as our judge.  As always, his in-depth critiques were fair and consistent:  he explained that with competitions, photographers should try to take images specifically for it rather than find something in their archives to suit the occasion;  images should tell a story, demonstrate  some originality, be relevant to the title of the competition and show attention to detail.   It was particularly interesting to note how many times John's comments related to this latter point.

The results were:

    1. SBACC178 points
    2. Shaftesbury Camera Club 171 points
    3. South Petherton Photographic Society 170 points
    4. Wincanton Camera Club162 points
    4. Yeovil Camera Club 162 points

SBACC scored strongly in both sections with Malcolm Balmer, Fo Bugler and Jay Warnes all achieving the top mark for one of their entries.

Meanwhile, congratulations to all the photographers for providing such a high standard of entry, and thanks to our visitors who contributed to a very enjoyable evening.

Viking Steed - Jay Warnes
Big Sky Over Glastonbury - Brian Clarke
Rock Strata - Malcolm Balmer


Best of Year Competition

The Best of Year competition was a feast of excellent photography and it was extremely encouraging to see the high number of submissions represented by such a large percentage of members.

We were privileged to have Duncan Armour DPAGB from Taunton Camera Club as our judge. His thoughtful, consistent and constructive critiques were an education and greatly appreciated by everyone present.

With such fierce competition it was difficult to select a winner for each category, but the final results are below, and congratulations to all.


Jay Warnes​​​​ - Viking Steed


Brian Clarke​​​​ - Big Sky Over Glastonbury


Malcolm Balmer​​​ - Rock Strata

A comprehensive list of the Best of Year competition results can be viewed by clicking the image below:

The following images were highly commended by the judge in a very close run competition - congratulations to everyone for your outstanding contribution. Every image that was submitted for the judges scrutiny afforded us an opportunity to learn from his experience and hone our skills further!

Fire Wood - Jay Warnes
Kaffir Lily - Sarah Simpson
Ticking - Roger Gibson


Macro and Close up Competition

Despite the bitter weather there was a good turnout for the annual Macro Competition where members could submit either digital or print images for internal judging. Unlike the Shoot a Theme competition, where prints swept the board, this time digital images took the first three places. In third position was Roger Gibson's superbly sharp shot entitled "Ticking". Runner up was Sarah Simpson with her beautiful composition "Kaffir Lily" and the winner was Jay Warnes with his imaginative image "Fire Wood”.

The macro competition is a fairly new addition to the club's calendar but is proving very popular. It was gratifying to see an increased number of entries and a much higher standard of photography compared to last year. The variety of subjects certainly ensured that judging was a challenge.

During the coffee break, members were shown images taken from the evening photo shoot to Shaftesbury which took place earlier in the month. The "blue" hour/evening photography is a new aspect of camera work for many members so being in a group offered the opportunity to ask questions and obtain tips. For those unable to join the outing, seeing the images certainly provided encouragement to give this genre of photography a go!!! Please refer to the Photoshoot section of this website to view some of the photographs.


Shoot a Theme - Wood

An exciting evening was enjoyed by all with the annual Shoot a Theme competition where members submit up to three images (digital, print or a mixture of both) for internal judging. A total of 15 points can be awarded under three sections, each carrying 5 points, namely technique (composition, photographic technique, colour) creativity (interpretation, originality, artistry) and personal opinion.

This year, the theme was "Wood" and with 40 digital images and 10 prints, competition was fierce. Wide interpretation of the theme and some very original subject matter made judging extremely difficult but also stimulating. It certainly forced everyone to think carefully about how they awarded their marks.

Although fewer in number, prints swept the board, taking first, second and third places with Brian Clarke proving a worthy winner with his mono image entitled "Seen Better Days". It was a delight to see Janet Matthews gain her first competition placing, coming second with her beautiful colour print of a woodland scene. In third place, relative newcomer Pam Watts built on her winning reputation with a wonderful moody print, also black and white, of a boat wreck on the shore. Congratulations go to all three and we look forward to learning what theme Brian selects for next year's competition.

In the coffee break members hugely enjoyed a slide show of images taken at the recent night photo shoot at Weymouth, some of which can be seen in the Photoshoot section of the website.

Seen Better Days - Brian Clarke
Autumn at Hilliers Arboretum - Janet Matthews
The Grace Darling - Pam Watts
Artichoke - Pam Watts
Viking Steed - Jay Warnes
Titanic sky - Fo Bugler


Overton Cup

Last Tuesday's meeting, our annual black and white competition for the Overton Cup, was once again a great success. The meeting was very well attended and the standard of the entries was, in the words of our judge, "very high" so well done to all who entered.

Pam Watts deservedly swept the board, taking both the best print and best digi image award.

Congratulations to you Pam, on a very successful evening!

The winners in the print section were:

1st. Place Sainte Cecile by Pam Watts
2nd. Norton from Stoke by Brian Clarke
3rd. The Ribblehead Viaduct by Malcolm Balmer

Highly Commended: Guardian by Brian Clarke
Highly Commended: Swanage Dawn by Malcolm Balmer

The winners in the digi section were:

1st. Artichoke by Pam Watts
2nd. Viking Steed by Jay Warnes
3rd. Titanic Sky by Fo Bugler

Highly commended: Spot Chaser by Chris Dowding
Highly Commended:Forde Abbey by Elizabeth Jubb
Highly Commended: Misty Walk by Sarah Simpson

Here is a selection of the highly commended and other outstanding images from the Overton Cup competition, which all helped to make such an entertaining and informative evening!

Previous competitions

Information and images from many of our previous competitions can be accessed by simply clicking the image or links below on the competition you are interested in - enjoy!

Macro Photography

Macro was an area that we hadn't really explored, so we created this competition and went on a mini-beast hunt!

Shoot a Theme

The theme for the 2017 Shoot a Theme competition was 'Glass', which was more challenging than anticipated....

The Overton Cup

Our club’s annual competition for black and white images, both digital and print.

Bradford Abbas Shield

The theme for our annual inter-club competition for the coveted Bradford Abbas Shield was Agriculture.

Best of Year

Another great turnout for our Best of Year competition, with a high standard of images submitted.

Shoot a Theme 2016

The brief for this year's Shoot a Theme competition was 'Wet'.