Our full program of club events can be found below. If you prefer, a downloadable PDF can be found here or on our Resources page, where you will find many other useful documents, guides and other photography related literature.

The club meets at the Bradford Abbas village hall, starting at 7.30 and usually concluding by 9.30pm. Full location details and an interactive map can be found on our Contact page.

DayDate Event Description
Tuesday14 SeptemberAGM plus images submitted by members for discussion, this will be done remotely with Zoom
Tuesday28 SeptemberViewing of SBACC photographs for the Bradford Abbas Shield. DPI’s only no prints. To be done remotely with Zoom
Tuesday12 October“Brief Encounters“ with Paul Harris Paul’s experience is steeped in the traditions of Cultural Documentary and Adventure travel. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a photographer in residence, and a recipient of their Cherry Kearton medal for “photography of peoples and the natural world”. He is a preferred assignment photographer for the National Trust and his portraits of British Explorers are part of the permanent collection of both the National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Geographical Society. His talk “brief encounters” will take us on an international journey with his outstanding images.
Tuesday19 OctoberCreative Flower Photography with Colin Harrison Having attained the Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society, Colin has gone on to sit on their distinction panels and helped run advisory days. His willingness to judge and give talks expresses his interest in helping others to develop their own photographic skills.  
His superb images demonstrate an eclectic interest in photography. However, on this occasion he will be showing his particular enthusiasm for flower photography.
The object of the talk will be to show how you can easily produce creative flower images. He has a different approach to still life photography which he will explain covering a variety of techniques, including how to frame an image, the best use of lighting, even making your own equipment. Post processing will also be covered including the use of some lesser known software.   
Tuesday26 OctoberBradford Abbas Shield Competition, this year there will be no prints 10 dpi’s per club judged on Zoom by John Tilsley
Tuesday9 November“A journey through Africa and Astro Photography” with Will Goodlet Following his last talk to SBACC, Will Goodlet is going to talk to us about astro photography, shot under African skies free of light pollution, together with landscape, bird and wildlife photographs from the Cape Region and Namaqualand together with a detour to the Baobabs at Kubu Island, The West Coast National Park, Lambert’s Bay, Kgalagadi, The Richtersveld, Southern Namibia, Luderitz, Namibrand and the Hartmann’s Valley on the Kunene River.
Tuesday23 NovemberThe Overton Cup our annual black and white competition digital images only judge Sara Harpley
Tuesday7 DecemberSeasonal social get together with a competition 'The Most Unusual Image' plus a quiz. Back in the hall with yummy mince pies!
Tuesday11 JanuaryAn Evening critiquing members photographs, any subject no specific topic.
Tuesday25 JanuaryThe “Shoot a Theme Competition” This year's theme is 'Structures in Nature' e.g. cobwebs, nests, shells, habitats, geological structures, vegetation structures. Internal judging by members
Thursday3 FebruaryThe 3rd Keith Lane Lecture will be Walking with bears… by Andy Skillen
Andy has spent much of his career flat on his face in the mud, snow, water and, well anything else that happens to be there, to bring the world unique images of grizzly and polar bears…on foot. His commissions and work with these icons of the wilderness have taken him into some of the remotest parts of the natural world, allowing him a unique perspective on what it is to work with and photograph these icons of the wilderness. Tonight, Andy will give us a pro-eye’s view of working with bears, and some of the more hair-raising encounters that he’s gone through in his pursuit for recording ursine behaviour.
Tuesday22 FebruaryPostproduction Challenge – Members are invited to take one of their out of camera images and post process it. This will give the member the opportunity to experiment and develop many avantgarde techniques perhaps turning the image into a drawing or cartoon, changing colours in light channels, creating a mono conversion, or perhaps even employing an Infrared technique. On the evening the before and after images will be shared, critiqued and the techniques used discussed.
Tuesday8 MarchA workshop on portrait photography. The first half of the meeting will be a demonstration of the techniques used to create attractive portraits. After the tea break we will have a practical session allowing members to practice the techniques demonstrated while maintaining social distancing in line with COVID restrictions.
Wednesday Wednesday 16th MarchPhotoshoot in Mells, very picturesque, famed for daffodils, riverside opportunities and street photography.
Tuesday22 MarchMacro and closeup competition - judge Tony Oliver.
Tuesday12 AprilJoint meeting with Dorchester and Shaftesbury Clubs - WITH CAKES!
Saturday 23rd AprilPhotographing in Bluebell Wood near Sparkford. Peter Paniccia will provide further details nearer the time.
Tuesday26 April“The Water’s Edge, a Celebration of The British Coast” with Tony Worobiec. Tony Worobiec FRPS Is a Fotospeed ambassador, has had 16 books published and his work is in the permanent collections of The Royal Photographic Society and The Fox Talbot Museum. His Book “Ghosts in the Wilderness Abandoned America” was enthusiastically reviewed in The Guardian, The Independent, The Washington Post and Stern Magazine in Germany. Tony is an enthusiastic speaker and outstanding teacher who brings his images and techniques to life.
Tuesday10 May"Annual Open" Competition with judge Eddy Lane
Tuesday24 MayWorkshop by club members
Wednesday 15 JuneBridport & West Bay Photoshoot. Unlike many of our shoots where we try to avoid People, this would be the opposite, Wednesdays are market days-lots of people, stalls buildings. In the afternoon, just a few miles away lies West Bay with all that has to offer.
Saturday 16 JulyGlastonbury Levels & Wells Photoshoot. The levels around Glastonbury can make for some interesting Landscape photography, with the Tor as a backdrop and the 6 different rivers (Rhynes) draining the levels and then on to Wells with the Cathedral, Bishops Palace and the Almshouses at the Vicar’s Close.
Tuesday16 AugustMinterne House Gardens Photoshoot. Many of us have been here before, but gardens are always changing, and no two days are the same. Plenty to photograph and we can have light lunch or just a snack of morning coffee or afternoon tea. What better way to catch up with friends and to hear about what they have been shooting £6 entrance fee.

Sending Images

Please send all competition, photoshoot and gallery images to sbaclub@yahoo.com, resized to 1920px x 1200px (72 dpi) to suit the clubs projector. Click the icon above to access our re-sizing guide.