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Haywood & Spectrum Competitions
T___20171115_220147_600px Wednesday 15th Nov saw the annual Spectrum and Haywood PDI competition, this year hosted at Aldershot Farnham and Fleet Camera Club and judged by the esteemed Rachael Talibart LRPS. This is a local competition between ourselves, Aldershot Farnham and Fleet and Yately camera clubs. The Haywood trophy is an open competition, and the Spectrum this year was on the Theme of Macro/micro.

We had an excellent result this year, with Paul Harratt achieving a second with his close up of a dragonfly. Lesley Taylor and Wendy Collens also received Highly commended. The Haywood trophy say our very own Mark Pirie winning the trophy with ‘Waxwing Squabble’ and Sally Seager with a well deserved 3rd place.

Mark Pirie (left) collecting the Haywood Trophy from Rachel Talibart (centre) and Steve Barney (AFFCC Chairman, right)

Macro Workshop and field trip
Over the summer the club has held a macro workshop, followed by a field trip. The upcoming set subject in the Autumn season is macro photography, therefore to help members with little experience of this genre the club held a Macro workshop hosted and run by Lesley Taylor. This started with an introduction to macro photography session covering the different types of equipment’s and techniques. Before moving outside to practise some of these skills on flowers and insects in the garden. Other members were on hand with kit that could be borrowed so members could try some different techniques, try new equipment and generally improve their macro skills. A couple of weeks later this was followed with a field trip to Noar Hill, Nr Selborne, a reserve known for butterflies, insects and flowers. This was a great trip to a beautiful location with many gorgeous wildflowers and a wide variety of insect life.

Mini-Photomarathon 2017
T___candid_13 This summer the club held its second mini-photomarathon in Guildford. This challenge consisted of getting 1 shot for each of 4 themes in 4 hours. The themes this year were: framed, reflection, out of place and candid. Thirteen members competed to try and grab the most interesting shots on the 4 themes. No editing was allowed (apart from anything that could be done in-camera) and pictures were handed in at the end of the session. The participating members then voted for their favourites in each category and their overall winner. Wendy Collens won overall with her candid shot. Congratulations Wendy.

Active summer at Farnborough camera club…

Its been a very active summer season for the club. The nature special interest group has been running outdoor evening events over the summer period, with walks to Fleet pond, Caesars camp nr Fleet and the upcoming trip to Tices Meadow. These proved to be fun walks to locations in the area which are good spots for nature, if not on a Monday evening. We look forward to seeing some of the results at future SIG meetings.

In addition to this the first landscape SIG meeting has been held, which was very well attended. The group are hoping to improve our landscape photography as a whole. We discussed some landscape tips and techniques before discussing both local and further a field locations. Watch this space for some upcoming trips to practise our skills.

In the background several of the committee have been working hard on improving the print projection system for print competitions. We will be trialling the new system in the new season. With this and the running of the macro workshops, mini-photomarathon and the regular pub trip on a Thursday night its been one the of the clubs most active summers!

The committee are looking forward to the upcoming new season, and we hope you had enough time to grab some great shots ! See you all Soon..


75th Anniversary Keynote Speaker


To celebrate the club's 75th Anniversary, the club hosted an evening with the esteemed travel and landscape photographer Davisd Noton.

Many thanks to David for a wonderful presentation and donation of raffle prize. Also thanks to Mark at 2020 photographic Ltd for donation of another raffle prize. Many thanks to Madam Mayor of Rushmoor for attending and the Harlington Centre for the smooth running of the IT etc.

Finally thanks to Wendy C for all the hard work in organising and the rest of the committee for the smooth running on the night. Thanks to Ian for taking a shot or 2 as well.


Interclub PDI Challenge


Farnborough hosted the Inter-club PDI Challenge, facing off against five other clubs: Bracknell Camera Club, Aldershot, Farnham and Fleet Camera Club, Yately Camera Club, Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club and North Hampshire Photographic Society. There were sixty images for the evening's judge Roy Lambeth DPAGB to score.

It was a tight competition with just 9.5 points between first and last placed. FCC came 5th with 83.5 points. The winners were Bracknell with 89.5 points, just 0.5 ahead of Windlesham and Camberley --- a very tight contest.

Thanks to everybody who attended and the other clubs for their selection of photographs - it was a fun evening all round

Jon Sawyer (right), the chairperson of Bracknell, being presented the cup by judge Roy Lambeth (left)

Dec 2015 - Distinction Success

Everyone at the club would like to congratulate both Lesley Taylor and Sally Seager for successfully obtaining their CPAGB distinctions from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. 


Interclub - Spectrum & Heyworth


On 20th November Farnborough Camera Club hosted two inter-club competitions; the Spectrum and Heyworth trophies.

It was a great evening with almost one hundred shots entered in total. The judge Carolyn Colgate FRPS had a tough job sorting through the great entries. Colin Fieldgate of Yately camera club won the Heywood trophy with 'Sparrowhawk with prey'. The spectrum trophy was won by Chris Whitty from Aldershot, Farnham and Fleet Camera Club with his creative shot 'Ghosts'.

Neither winner were present but representatives from the club's collected the trophies from our president on their behalf.
Well done to all the other placed shots.

FCC 2014/5 Photographer of the Year!


Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Wendy Collens on taking the club's Photographer of the Year award.


1st Wendy Collens
2nd Richard Jenkins 264pts
3rd John Childs 263.5pts

March 2015 - SCPF PDI League - Division 2


The 12th of March saw Basingstoke Camera Club hold the seventh and final round of juding for this year's Division 2 PDI league. A string of wins had already seen Chichester Camera Club take an unassailable lead, but a win for Farnborough on the evening confirmed Farnborough's second place. The club would like to congratulate Chichester on their success.

Chichester and Farnborough will now both compete in Division 1 in 2015/16.

 SCPF PDI Division 2 Final Standings

1st Chichester 46pts
2nd Farnborough 36.5pts
3rd Beaulieu 29pts
4th Basingstoke 28pts
5th Fordingbridge 22.5pts
6th Viewfinders of Romsey 19.5pts
7th Salisbury 12.5pts

February 2015 - SCPF Print League - Division 3


Wokingham & East Berks hosted the final round of the SCPF's Division 3 Print League.  Going in to the final round, W&EB held first place over Bracknell, at 38.5pts to 33.5pts. Despite Bracknell's best efforts and first place on the evening, W&EB scored the required points to confirm themselves as the overall winners for the year. Farnborough Camera Club would like to congratulate Wokingham & East Berks on their win.

Farnborough finished the year in a comfortable third but without threating for a top-two promotion place.

 SCPF Print Division 3 Final Standings

1st Wokingham & East Berks 42.5pts
2nd Bracknell 40.5pts
3rd Farnborough 31pts
4th Yateley 25pts
5th Hayling Island 24.5pts
6th Alton 19pts
7th Ordnance Survey 13.5pts

Feb 2015 - Club Print Competition

The annual print panel competition was a great meeting all always. The 28 panels were of a high standard and gave our judge, Peter Walmsley, a tough job in selecting the winners.

Congratulations to Lesley Taylor for her winning panel of 'Cherry faced meadow hawk' dragonflies

Mark Perri came second with his Osprey panel, and Wendy Collens third with her panel of Monks.

Highly commendeds went to Lesley Taylor, John Childs, Clare Edwards and Kathryn Graham (for 2 panels)


Feb 2015 - Club Print Competition

The first meeting of the month saw the third round of the club's print competition, with forty two prints from twenty one club members submitted for judging by Gordon Roots ARPS. Congratulations to the following for getting tens on the night:

 Brian McGibbon, Wayne Chapplemen (x2!), Sally Seager, Ian Newman, Terry Redman, Lesley Taylor, Wendy Collens and John Fletcher

With one final round of the competition still to take place in March, the standings of the three tiers are:

Standings after Round Three


1st - Brian McGibbon - 54pts

2nd - John Coogan - 51pts

3rd - Andrew Greedy - 49.5pts


1st - Sally Seager - 56pts

2nd - Graham Wilson - 50.5pts

= - John Sturgeon - 50.5pts


1st - Ian Newman - 54.5pts

= - Terry Redman - 54.5pts

3rd - Lesley Taylor - 54pts


January 2015 - SCPF Print League - Division 3 - Round 5


The 56 prints that fom the SCPF Print Division 3 competition continue to make the rounds  to all seven clubs, with the latest judging evening taking place at Farnborough.  Wokingham & East Berkshire Camera Club were the winners on the night and now have a comfortable lead after five of the six rounds.

 SCPF Print Division 3 Standings after 5 or 7 rounds

1st Wokingham & East Berks 31.5pts
2nd Bracknell 28pts
3rd Farnborough 22pts
4th Yately 20pts
5th Alton 15pts
6th Hayling Island 13pts
7th Ordnance Survey 10.5pts

January 2015 - Glyn Dewis


The club would like to thank Glyn Dewis for giving a great inspirational talk to our members (and a few visitors). Glyn is a renowned expert on Photoshop and provided insight on how to achieve high quality results quickly. However Glyn is also an accumlished photographer and talked eloquantly about the value of setting yourself projects and the value of planning.


Glyn's Youtube channel

January 2015 - Club PDI Trophy Round 3

January 15th sat the third round of the club's PDI competition, with judge Tim Moreland giving a wide range of scores. We had 68 images in the competition, and congratulations to Alistair McTurk, John Coogan, Kathryn Graham, Paul Whitbread, Lesley Taylor, John Childs and David Cary for each scoring a ten.

Standings after Round Three


1st - Wayne Cappleman - 47pts

2nd - John Coogan - 45.5pts

3rd - Gary Pratt - 45pts


1st - Kathryn Graham - 48.5pts

2nd - Graham Wilson - 47.5pts

3rd - Paul Whitbread - 47pts


1st - Lesley Taylor - 46.5pts
1st - David Cary - 46.5pts

2nd - Ken Whalley - 45.5pts
2nd - Terry Redman - 45.5pts


January 2015 - SCPF Annual Exhibition 2015

The Southern Counties Photographic Federation's 2015 Annual Exhibition is currently on at Salisbury Library, and is running until the 31st of January.

The library is open Mon-Sat, check opening hours before travel!





November 2014 - Club PDI Trophy Round 2

Two weeks after the second round of the print competition, it was the turn of the PDI competition. Caroline Colgate ARPS was given the task of juding the seventy six photos. Congratulations to Wayne Cappleman, Graham Wilson, Paul Whitbread, Grek Kingdon, David Cary, Ian Newman (twice) and Lesley Taylor for scoring tens.

Standings after Round Two


1st - Wayne Cappleman - 37.5pts

2nd - Graham Butler - 35pts

3rd - John Coogan - 34pts


1st - Graham Wilson - 38.5pts

2nd - Kathryn Graham - 36.5pts

3rd - Paul Whitbread - 35.5pts


1st - Wendy Collens - 37pts

2nd - Ken Whalley - 36pts

2nd - Chris Bean - 36pts


Millenium Bridge Portrait
by Wayne Cappleman
by Greg Kingdon
Berlin Loo Art
by Graham Wilson
by Paul Whitbread
The Music Of Love
by Ian Newman
Red And White Vista
by Ian Newman
Sparrowhawk With Kill
by Lesley Taylor


October 2014 - SCPF Print League - Division 3


On Wednesday 12th October, Alton Camera Club hosted the first round of the SCPF Print League - Division 3. The task of scoring the 56 prints was handled by David Mendus. The club can proudly announce that it finished the evening in joint first place out of the seven clubs represented.

 SCPF Print Division 3 Round 1 Scores

1st Farnborough Camera Club 68pts
== Wokingham & East Berks Camera Club  
3rd Yateley Camera Club 67pts
4th Alton Camera Club 65½pts
5th Bracknell Camera Club 65pts
6th Ordnance Survey Photographic Society 62pts
7th Hayling Island Camera Club 61pts

November 2014 - Club Print Trophy Round 2


hiding_behind_the_chair_leg_250px On Thursday 6th November the club held the second round of the Print Trophy, with 48 prints acorss the three tiers of competitions. Congratulations to Wayne Capplemen, Sally Seager (twice), John Sturgeon, Kathryn Graham, Basil Groundsell (twice), Ian Newman, Richard Jenkins and Lesley Taylor who all scored tens.

The results sees Brian McGibbon leading the beginners, Sally Seager the intermediates, and Basil Groundsell the advanced group.





Club Trophy - Prints - Round 2 - Tens
Hiding Behind The Chair Leg
by Wayne Cappleman
by Ian Newman
Sifaka Lemur Dancing
by Basil Groundsell
by Basil Groundsell
Male Redstart
by Sally Seager
Female Pied With Nest Material
by Sally Seager
Lagarin Andalucia
by John Sturgeon
Dandelion Droplets
by Kathryn Graham


October 2014 - Annual Set Subject PDI


Thursday 30th October saw the club's annual set subject PDI competition, with this year Silhouette as the theme.  Sixty two images were entered and judged by Martin Wedge. Congratulations to Brian McGibbon for his winning entry, shown here..

  1st Flat Bed by Brian McGibbon
  2nd Ballahulish Bridge by Vivien Smith
  3rd Sunday Morning Ride by Paul Whitbread
    Highly Commended images:
    African Sunset by Wendy Collens
    Alone in Company by Helen Williams
    Boobies at Sunset by Wendy Collens
    Jumping for Joy by Kathryn Graham
    Silhouette of a Nigella Flower by Kathryn Graham

October 2014 - SCPF PDI Competition

Thursday 23rd/images/news/2014/dsc01184.jpg October saw Farnborough hosting the first round of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation's Division 2 PDI competition.  The competition sees seven clubs submitting eight photos apiece, with the fixty six photos doing a tour of the clubs  . The night's judging was undertaken by George Walsh APAGB.

SCPF PDI Division 2 Round 1 Scores

1st Chichester CC 68pts
2nd Beaulieu CG 64pts
3rd Basingstoke CC 63pts
4th Fordingbridge CC 62pts
= Viewfinders of Romsey CC  
6th Farnborough CC 61pts
7th Salisbury CC 56pts


October 2014 - Tutbury Castle outing

/images/news//the_wartime_ladies.jpg One fine Sunday morning, a group eleven FCC members climbed into a minibus and set off on a three hour trip to Tutbury Castle in Derbyshire. 

We arrived to a lovely bright clear sunny morning to our venue for the day. The photographic event, held there about twice a year allows photographers free access to all areas of the castle and grounds and provides a range of models in different period dress to photograph.

The models who spend many weekends performing re-enactments and similar days, gave their time freely. The proceeds of the day going to charity.

A very pleasant day was spent wandering round capturing many portrait shots of the models. The models were extremely kind and allowed us to request poses or even to march to the top of the hill for different shots!

In addition there were musket firing demonstrations, with the added fun of trying to capture that shot with the fire coming out of the musket!

Many thanks go to Ken Whalley for organising the trip.

Kathryn Graham

Kathryn Graham
Musket Firing
The Soldier
Planning The Next Action
The Shout
Clare Edwards
Pretty Boy Soldier
The American
Lesley Taylor
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Ian Newman
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October 2014 - Princes Mead Exhibition


Saturday 11th October saw the annual FCC exhibition held at the Princes Mead shopping centre,  with a display of approximately fifty prints by club members. Subjects ranged from colourful birds to monochrome landscapes, and studio portraits through to sporting action. 

It is an important opportunity for the club to reach out to the local community and as always it was well recieved, with the various photos grabbing the attention of those passing by.

A big thanks must go to Ken Williams for organising the event and to everyone who assisted him throughout the day. 





   2013 - New President for FCC 




Bob Miller has been the Club’s President since 2010, but had decided to leave the Club at the beginning of the 2013/4 season and reluctantly to retire from his position as President. At the Club’s AGM in October, Terry Redman was appointed as the new Club President, and in the photo above Bob (left) is seen handing over the President’s medallion to Terry.

Both Paul Harratt, Club Chairman, and Terry expressed their appreciation of Bob’s service to the Club over many years. Bob had been a member since 1987 and undertaken various roles for the Club and served as a member of the Management Committee. Most importantly, he had taken on the Chairman’s role at a difficult time in the Club’s history. He will be particularly remembered for the humour in his photography, which was not always appreciated or understood by the judges – his print of a plastic frog received a good mark as a real natural history image!

In view of their long and dedicated service to the Club, both Bob and his wife Evelyn (who made our teas and coffees for many years) were made Honorary Members of the Club. We wish you both a long and enjoyable retirement.


   2013 - John Childs Roll of Honour Award


John Childs Roll of Honour


John joined the Club back in 2000 and joined the Committee in 2003, having volunteered to take on the role of Treasurer. He carried out this role responsibly and with distinction for the following 10 years, and oversaw an improvement in the Club’s financial situation from a somewhat precarious position to one of healthy viability.  This was achieved by prudent control of the purse strings.  During his time as Treasurer, he successfully sought a number of grants from the Lottery and other organisations, enabling the Club to purchase the latest and best equipment, especially for digital projection.

John has always freely given of his time for the Club.  He has encouraged other members to develop their photographic skills, and is always happy to give advice, particularly on issues around computer and digital equipment.

He acted as the Competition Secretary for PDIs for many years, and was one of the leaders on this subject, not only helping our Club to be one of the first clubs to enter into PDI competitions, but also assisting other clubs in the federation with advice and guidance on what projector to buy and how to run digital competitions.  His knowledge and guidance was invaluable in the early days of digital projection when many clubs and some of our members were resisting the change to digital.  He also provided input to the SPF when it was setting up the rules and standards for inter-club PDI competitions.

Another role John has undertaken for most of his term on the Committee is Workshop Organiser. He has organised and run a variety of workshops, including:

  • The use of photographic software such as Photoshop, demonstrating basic techniques to members.  This was particularly important in the years after the switch from slides to digital, but remains a popular request for help from members.
  • How to clean the sensor of a digital camera, showing members how to deal with this common problem of early (and some current) digital SLR cameras.
  • How to mount prints for competition purposes – an issue for all new members.
  • How to attain photographic honours such as RPS and PAGB distinctions.  John was one the first members in the club this century to become ARPS and CPAGB, and has since encouraged other members to seek similar honours.  As a result of his help and the workshops he has run, a number of other members have been successful.

Overall John has been a leading light in the Club for over 10 years and one of its most influential characters.  His contribution has helped the Club achieve its current healthy status and its high standing in the SPF leagues.  It is accordingly recommended that John is worthy of consideration for the SPF Roll of Honour.

Clifford Derricut - Club Secretary