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Monday 20th January
Our third PDI competition of the season was well supported with 24 Images in League One, 27 Images in League Two and 14 Images in League Three. Our judge for the evening was Caroline Preece, who provided detailed critique and good advice on possible improvements to the images
Scapes Trophy Competition 3rd February
Paul Raddon has been replaced by Graham Parry as the judge for this competition
Monday 13th January
The third Print League competition of the season, with 44 images across the 3 sections, judged by David Steel DPAGB. David provided excellent critique of each image, offering guidance on how he would improve the images.

Well done to the winners of each section: Entry: Lone Sentry by Bradley Bailey. Advanced: Misty Sunrise Fishing Trip by Paul Thwaites. Premier: Leah by Jane Bysouth
Monday 6th January
Happy New Year. Our first meeting of 2020 was a PDI Trophy competition on the subject of Sport. The competition was judged by Naomi Saul ARPS DPAGB ASINWP EFIAP who reviewed and marked 44 images covering Football, Rugby, Boxing, Cricket, Hockey, Canoeing/Kayaking and Motorcycle sports. A really enjoyable evening with good critique and feedback.
Monday 16th December
Our last meeting of 2019, the Annual Fish and Chip Supper. An enjoyable evening with good food, a raffle and a general knowledge quiz, who knew Lamborghini made tractors! A nice way to end the first half of the season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all members.

Monday 9th December
The second Print League competition with 38 entries across the three sections, judged by Vic Hainsworth ARPS, DPAGB. Vic gave lots of positive critique of the images including a number of 10's demonstrating the quality of work on display. Robin Vinten claimed Best Image in the Entry Level with'Grey Squirrel'. Geoff Eldred's imaginative and eye catching image, 'Runny Honey' was best image in the Advanced and Jane Barrett's 'Elephant sneaking a drink' topped the list in the Premier Level.
Monday 2nd December
Barbie Lindsay (MPAGB EFIAP/s FBPE) & Russell Lindsay (FBPE EFIAP MPAGB) presented their lecture, 50 Shades of Pink & Grey. They displayed a large range of their images, including Wildlife, Street scenes & Portraits, with a detailed explanation of thinking behind the shot and how they created it. This lecture certainly provided “food for thought” and will hopefully inspire people to “give it a go”
Monday 25th November
Our third Trophy competition of the season, Animals & Plants was judged by friend of the club Mike Fuller. There were 39 print entries covering birds, animals, flowers and fungi. A very enjoyable evening with great critique from Mike, who said they he enjoys trying to understand the story around each image. Well done to the winners
Monday 18th November
We were treated to a fascinating lecture from Peter Warne on “Night photography of all sorts”. The lecture commenced with night shots of Copped (Copt) Hall, with detailed explanations of how the shots were captured, the lights and settings used. We progressed through photographing the night sky, which included how to photograph the Moon, star trails, the Aurora (Northern Lights) and Milky Way. Painting with light, using fireworks and wire wool and street photography. Peter kindly provided us with a document which detailed all the points discussed.
Monday 11th November
Our second PDI competition of the season was well supported with 24 Images in League one, 28 Images in League two and 16 Images in League three. Our judge for the evening was Phil Ricketts ARPS, who provided detailed critique and good advice on possible improvements to the images
Monday 4th November
We were treated to an informative evening entitled 'Tips & tricks of wildlife photography' courtesy of Essex wildlife photographer, Russell Savory.
The first half was a “how to” where Russell shared his tips and tricks, with particular reference to Planning, Preparation and Patience. In the second half Russell showcased a collection of his images of Birds (mostly Owls), Hares, Insects, Water Voles & Beavers, finishing the evening with a film he shot for the Essex Wildlife trust.

Monday 28th October
Our first Print League Competition of the season, judged by David Halls LRPS. Their were 43 Prints entered (9 in Entry, 14 in Advanced and 20 in Premier) covering all genres of photography. David provided great critique and feedback on all of the prints. Well done to the winners of Best Print in each league.
Monday 21st October
We were treated to an excellent talk by Colin Brister who not only showed us superb images but also described the off camera lighting he had used to light each subject. Colin is a professional motocross photographer and his bike images put us in the thick of the action but Colin’s portfolio shown last night extended to portrait, nature and landscape images.
Monday 14th October
Our First PDI Competition of the season was well supported with 24 Images in League one, 28 Images in League two and 20 Images in League three. Our Judge for the evening was Harold Mouseley ARPS AFIAP who gave a detailed and insightful critique of each image.
Monday 7th October
A very enjoyable evening in the company of John and Anne Wallington, who took us on a journey through the country parks of Patagonia. We were able to enjoy the landscape, animals, birds and flowers via images taken throughout the trip. A great evening on a very wet October night.
Monday 30th September
Our second Trophy competition of the season, Monochrome which was judged by Roy Essery, MPAGB. There were 34 entries covering wildlife, architecture, landscapes and people studies. A very enjoyable evening with great critique from Roy. Well done to the winners, especially with Roy commenting on the level of entries he was asked to judge.
Monday 23rd September
An inspirational evening delivered by Chris Shepherd, telling us how his camera had got him into all sorts of situations and how photography had prevailed! Lots of ideas to help flagging photographers and how to keep this hobby interesting and creative.
Monday 16th September
The first Print Trophy of the season, Portrait & Figure judged by Martin Barnard LMPA. Twenty-seven entries covering a wide range of portraiture from street to studio.
Monday 9th September
Our first lecture of the season; The life of a Photographic Art Director' presented by Robin Lowry. An enjoyable evening with two lectures. The first half covered Robin’s day job of directing photographers on shooting images for new cars and explaining how certain affects were achieved. The second half covered his hobby of wildlife photography, especially Birds.
Monday 2nd September
Our opening night of the season began with the presentation of club trophies to last season’s winners, followed by a short lecture on Monochrome Photography by our guest speaker Ron Tear, ARPS MPAGB PSA3 BPE4*
Amateur Photographer Magazine Article
Benfleet Camera Club featured in the July 2019 edition of the prestigious national magazine Amateur Photographer.
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