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

This year's Newbury Challenge Plate competition took place on 21st March with Jeff Lawrence as the judge. Nine clubs participated in the event with six prints each, and as always, Newbury Camera Club provided an excellent buffet during the break during a very sociable evening. The competing clubs were Abergavenny CC, Alton CC, Andover CC, Beaulieu CG, Hungerford CC, Newbury CC, Ordnance Survey CC, Wantage CC and Wimborne CC. The Challenge Plate was won by Alton CC with a total of 53.5 marks and Beaulieu Camera Group had our best ever result at this event, as we came second (after countback) with 51.5 marks. Our highest scoring print was "Highland Stag" by Bob Abbott which achieved the maximum of 10 points.

Beaulieu Camera Group's Entry

Bob Abbott Highland StagCathryn Baldock Street LifeShingle StreetHilary Flaxman African Buffalo Kruger National ParkPaul Gray I Know Youre in ThereSue Dunham At the Turn of the TideVanessa Bateson Mountain Creek

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

The full results can be seen here:


 Sue Dunham - Competition Secretary