This year's Beaulieu Village Fete took place on Saturday 20th July and Beaulieu Camera Group were once again invited to exhibit prints from our members. After a light shower of rain in the morning, the weather in the afternoon was dry and bright with a little breeze. Prints from twenty five different members were on display with a total of 81 images. The fete was opened by Adrian Hall who played Jeremy the boy in the film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and he arrived in the actual car. Adrian was asked to choose his favourite print and he selected "Walk to the Lighthouse, Northumberland" by Hilary Flaxman who was presented with a bottle of champagne. The general public were also sked to vote for their favourite print and 330 people handed in a voting slip, a record number. The print with the highest number of votes was "Homeward Bound" by Paul Gray, who will be presented with the Bob Grier Trophy at our first meeting after the Summer break. Many thanks to all the members who supplied prints for the Exhibition and also to Hilary Flaxman, Neil Hardy, Greg Holmes, Paul Gray and Alan Price who helped set up the stands and put the prints up and the many members who visited the Fete in the afternoon and helped give out the voting slips and talk to the visitors.

Hilary Flaxman with her print "Walk to the Lighthouse, Northumberland"

Hilary Flaxman with her print "Walk to the Lighthouse, Northumberland" which was the choice of guest judge, Adrian Hall, pictured with Adrian and Lord Montagu.

Paul Gray with his print "Homeward Bound" winner of the Bob Grier Trophy

Paul Gray with his print "Homeward Bound" the winner of the Bob Grier trophy for the most votes by the general public at the Beaulieu Village Fete.

Adrian Hall in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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To see the full list of votes cast at the Village Fete please click on the link below which will take you to the Members Section: 

Sue Dunham - Competition Secretary



The PAGB Inter Federation Competition took place last weekend. Fifteen Federations entered up to 120 images over the four classes, so there were 1800 of some of the best current images from the whole of the UK. Each Federation's top 15 images in each class counted towards their final scores. Beaulieu Camera Group is a member of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) and two of our members' work was selected to represent the SCPF in the National competition. Many congratulations to Hilary Flaxman whose image "African Buffalo Kruger NP" was given a score of 12 in the Colour Print Class and to Paul Gray, whose image "Nature's Wrath" was given a score of 14 in the Open Digital Class and selected to be exhibited in the National Exhibition of the PAGB. This is a wonderful achievement for Hilary and Paul and good recognition for Beaulieu Camera Group.

Paul Gray Nature's Wrath Hilary Flaxman African Buffalo Kruger NP

The SCPF did very well overall, coming joint 8th in the Colour Print Class, joint 7th in the Mono Print Class, joint 3rd in the Nature Class and joint 9th in the Open PDI Class.

The full list of results and scores can be viewed by clicking here:pdfSCPF_InterFed_2019_Results.pdf

Sue Dunham - Competition Secretary

Many congratulations to Paul Gray who was awarded a Southampton Camera Club Certificate of Merit at this year's Southampton International Exhibition of Photography. The award was given for "Nature's Wrath" in the Open Digital Class. and has also previously been awarded a Seal of Merit in a BCG PDI competition. Four more of Paul's entries were accepted into the Exhibition, one in the Colour Print Class "The Power and the Light" and three in the Digital Landscape Class, "Catching the Dawn Light", "Keyhaven Dawn" and "Westerly 80 Knots and Rising". 

 Paul Gray Natures Wrath Paul Gray Award

Paul was presented with his Certificate at the Award Ceremony by Louis Rumis MPAGB EFIAP.

This year's Fordingbridge Challenge Plate took place on 10th April with Louis Rumis AFIAP MPAGB as the judge. Eight clubs participated in the event with eight PDIs each. The rule for this competition is that the images must not have been used previously by the clubs in an external competition. The clubs taking part were Beaulieu Camera Group, Blandford Forum Camera Club, Bournemouth Electric Camera Club, Fordingbridge Camera Club, Poole Camera Club, Ringwood Camera Club, Salisbury Camera Club and Wimborne Camera Club. It was a very relaxed, sociable evening with over 100 people in attendance. The Challenge Plate was won by Salisbury Camera Club for the first time in the event's history. Beaulieu Camera Group finished in 6th place, but with a total of 69.5 marks, we were just one mark away from sharing the 3rd place position, so a good result overall. Our highest scoring image was "Dirty Games" by Paul Gray with 9.5.

Beaulieu Camera Group's Entry

Paul Gray Dirty GamesSue Dunham Approaching Storm Polesden LaceyHilary Flaxman Abandoned by the Tide

 Jacky Daniel Small White on LavenderIan Bateson Antelope SunraysCathryn Baldock Past Its PrimeVanessa Bateson Misty Sunrise at CorfeIan Park Fall

The gallery of images with the author's names can be viewed here: 

The full results and scoresheet can be seen here:


Sue Dunham - Competition Secretary

The Southern Counties Photographic Federation's Championships for 2019 took place on Sunday 24th March, which this year were hosted by Hungerford Camera Club. Twenty eight clubs from the SCPF took part in the PDI section and twenty one clubs in the Print section, with each club entering fifteen images into each. The three judges were Judith Parry DPAGB AFIAP HonPAGB and Roger Parry MPAGB ARPS EFIAP HonPAGB ESFIAP, both of Smethwick Photographic Society and John Tilsley ARPS DPAAGB APAGB of Dorchester Camera Club. 


The print section was won by Chichester Camera Club with Southampton Camera Club as runners-up. BCG finished in 17th place. Our highest scoring image was "Bamburg Castle" by Hilary Flaxman CPAGB with a total of 13. Hilary's print was retained by the SCPF to be considered for the federation's entry to the PAGB National Championships. The Gold Medal was awarded to Jim Pascoe of Highcliffe and Infinity CC for "Dog Walker" and the Silver Medal to Ann McDonald for "Gannets".  

Hilary Flaxman Bamburg Castle  


The PDI section was also won by Chichester Camera Club and Wareham Camera Club were runners-up. However, this year saw the best ever result for BCG as we finished in 11th place out of the 28 clubs who took part, with a total of 167 marks. We beat Southampton CC, New Forest CC, Salisbury CC, Havant CC, Highcliffe and Infinity CC and Lymington CC and Fordingbridge CC, which was a wonderful achievement. Two of BCG's images scored 13 marks "Reflective Dawn" by Paul Gray and "Survival in a Harsh Winter" by Sue Dunham. The Gold Medal was awarded to Sheila Tester of Chichester CC for "A Flock of Dalmatians" and a Silver Medal was awarded to Sue Dunham for "Survival in a Harsh Winter"!

Sue Dunham Survival in a Harsh WinterSue Dunham Silver Medal PresentationPaul Gray Reflective Dawn

The gallery of images showing BCG's entries in the Print and PDI sections can be viewed here: 

The full list of scores for BCG's entries can be seen here:


  Sue Dunham - Competition Secretary