Despite the lockdown and social distancing due to the CoronaVirus, the Fordingbridge Challenge Plate for 2020 still took place using the Zoom app. All eight clubs took part with eight PDIs from each and a total audience of about 120 members from the clubs attended which was remarkabale, including 21 from Beaulieu Camera Group. Our thanks go to Fordingbridge Camera Club for all their hard work in making the evening a success and to Louis Rumis AFIAP MPAGB who judged and scored the 64 images during the "live" online meeting.

The Plate was won by BH Photography Club with a total score of 72.5. This was the 10th Anniversary of the competition and BCG's highest position during that time was in 2015 when we finished in 2nd place. This year we came 4th, which matched the 2018 result, in a very close fought match, with a total score of 70.

The images selected to represent Beaulieu Camera Group in this year's competition can be viewed in the Gallery

To see the scoresheet with details of all eight clubs' marks and entries and the total scores and positions please click on this link: pdfFordingbridge_Challenge_Scoresheet_FINAL2020.pdf

 Sue Dunham - Competition Secretary


Beaulieu Camera Group is continuing to have meetings using the Zoom app, albeit with a changed programme during the difficult times. The Events Page is being updated with any changes on a regular basis.

We are taking the opportunity to still have our usual PDI competitions and our Monthly competition, but also enjoying tutorials from various members in the use of Lightroom and Photoshop and we have lots of exciting projects and speakers in the pipeline.

We have a WhatsApp Group, a FaceBook page and a Twitter account where members are keeping in touch, posting images and sharing their photographic knowledge.


Twitter: Beaulieu Camera Group @group_camera 



In view of the development concerning the Coronavirus, the AV evening on 18th March has been cancelled. We hope to rearrange it for later in the year.

Notifications regarding future events will be posted on the BCG website and also e-mails will be sent to members. Our WhatsApp and FaceBook apps will also be kept updated.

Following Maggie White's success last November in gaining the Credit Award of the Photogrphic Alliance of Great Britain, she was presented with her Certificate by Glyn Edmunds APSA EPSA EFIAP/g at the meeting of Beaulieu Camera Group on 19th February.

Maggie White CPAGB

Many congratulations to Maggieon this wonderful achievement.

Beaulieu Camera Group's PDI of the Year competition took place on 4th December. Our judge for this special event was Jon Mitchell who had the unenviable task of choosing a 1st, 2nd and 3rd and four Highly Commended images from the 83 PDIs which had been awarded a Seal of Merit in the competitions during 2019. Jon's appraisal of each image was succinct with an interesting narrative and helpful comments and he agreed that the quality of the images did make choosing the winners very difficult.

1st Place was awarded to Paul Gray for "Nature's Wrath"

PDI of the Year 1st Place Paul Gray Nature's Wrath  

In 2nd Place was Jacky Daniel with "Woody"

PDI of the Year 2nd Place Jacky DanielJacky Daniel Woody 

3rd Place was awarded to Ian Bateson for "Canyonland Morning"

PDI of the Year 3rd Place Ian BatesonIan Bateson Canyonland Morning

Four images were given Highly Commended status: Ian Bateson "Icelandic Lights", Alan Cooke "Wheel Reflection, "Hilary Flaxman "Towards Last Light, Hatchet Pond" and Paul Gray "An Early Start".

Ian Bateson Icelandic LightsAlan Cooke Wheel Reflection

 Hilary Flaxman Towards Last Light Hatchet PondPaul Gray An Early Start

 Many congratulations to the award winners and to all those members whose images were awarded Seals of Merit during the year.

 Sue Dunham - Competition Secretary