Last year's Beaulieu Village Fete was unable to take place due to Covid, but the event certainly returned in glorious style for the 2021 August Bank Holiday.
There was a record number of visitors over a wider area as Lord Montagu kindly opened up more of the gardens to assist with the flow of people and create more room. The atmosphere was wonderful, with many people in costume, as the theme this year was "Carnival" and it felt like a real celebration, especially in the sunshine.
Beaulieu Camera Group's display area was situated at the bottom of the field, happily next to the barbeque and Pimms and strawberries, which pleased our members, and near to the handbag and jewellery stalls, which certainly drew the crowds.
Nearly every member of BCG had at least one print included, with a total of nearly eighty on display. Our tribute to Alan Cooke was given prominence as people walked into the exhibition and it was wonderful to see the array of his superb images on one board. His wife Fran, who kindly lent us the prints, visited during the afternoon, which made it extra special.
The celebrity guest, who opened the Fete, Helen McGinn was asked to choose her "favourite" print. She selected "Running Repair" by Alan Price, who was presented with a bottle of champagne. This choice was particularly pleasing as Alan was the official photographer for the Fete and had been very busy carrying out those duties.
Members of the public were also asked to vote for their 'favourite" print, with the recipient receiving the Bob Grier Memorial Trophy. A total of 220 people voted and the winning print was "Hardly a Ripple" by Bob Abbott.
A huge "Thank You" to our members for all their help in setting up the exhibition, stewarding in the afternoon and taking it all down at the end, particularly Hilary, Paul, Ian, Greg, Alan, Neil and Fiona and Megan and of course all the members whose prints were on display.
The Fete is a great showcase for Beaulieu Camera Group and certainly this year the quality of work on display was superb.
Sue Dunham, Chairman
This year's Beaulieu Village Fete will be held on Saturday 28th August at 1.30pm and Beaulieu Camera Group is excited to announce that once again we have been invited to hold an exhibition of our members' work at the event.
A selection of prints from nearly every member will be on display showing a wide range of photographic genres and techniques, including those from both our new members to the most advanced workers in the Group.
Members of the Public will be invited to vote for their "favourite" and the print with the most votes will be awarded the "Bob Grier" trophy. This year's special guest, TV personality, international wine judge and best selling author Helen McGinn, will choose her own favourite print and the author will be presented with a bottle of champagne.
This is a wonderful opportunity for Beaulieu Camera Group to showcase our work to a very large number of visitors and also enjoy a lovely afternoon at the Beaulieu Village Fete.
To see all about what a great fun afternoon the Beaulieu Fete will be, please click on this link: Beaulieu Village Fete
This year's SCPF Finals Day took place on 9th May via Zoom.
The top scoring images from the 56 clubs who participated in this year's PDI League were eligible for the competition. As Beaulieu Camera Group had two images which scored equal marks over the course of the eight rounds, they were both included in the total of 61 images.
These were "Danger, Flooded Ford" by Paul Gray and "Silver-studded Blues and the Voyeur" by Ian Hutchinson.
The judge for the event was Roger Hance FRPS AFIAP DPAGB BPE5*, an incredible photographer with an array of awards in National and International exhibitions as well as four Fellowships with the Royal Photographic Society.
Roger's appraisal of the images was excellent and he remarked on the superb quality of all of them. He held back 17 images and awarded a Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal, seven Highly Commended Certificates and seven Commended Certificates.
The Gold Medal was awarded to "Danger, Flooded Ford" by Paul Gray.
Ian's image was awarded a Commended Certificate.
Many congratulations to Paul and Ian. This is a tremendous result for Beaulieu Camera Group and just shows that we can compete successfully against the mighty clubs in the Federation.
To see the full list of images with the accompanying Club and photographer and the awards given please click on the link below:
Sue Dunham - Chairman
This year's Fordingbridge Challenge Trophy took place on 28th April with Louis Rumis EFIAP MPAGB returning as the judge. The competition has been running since 2009 and Beaulieu CG has been taking part since its inception. Eight clubs competed, each with an entry of eight PDIs which had to be of images not used previously in an external competition. Sadly, Poole Camera Club, which was one of the original clubs, folded last year, and their place was filled by Highcliffe and Infinity PC.
The standard of images was extremely high and Louis had a hard task in separating the marks.
Beaulieu Camera Group had a very successful evening, finishing in 3rd place overall with 70 marks and with two of our entries chosen in Louis' top three. These were "Eyes on the Apex" by Paul Gray and "Grey Phalarope Eyeing up a Bug" by Ian Hutchinson.
Congratulations to all the BCG members whose images represented the Group in this competition, all of which achieved excellent marks against an array of superb images from the eight competing clubs.
Sue Dunham - Chairman
Due to the Covid restrictions, this year's Newbury Plate consisted of PDIs rather than the usual prints. The competition, hosted by Newbury Camera Club, took place on 25th March via Zoom. Seven clubs competed for the Plate with an entry of eight PDIs each, Beaulieu Camera Group has taken part in this event since its inception about 20 years ago.
The judge for this year was Chris Hutchinson of Yately Camera Club. The quality of images from each club was excellent and this was reflected in the marks with the final results being very close indeed.
Beaulieu Camera Group had our best ever result, finishing in 3rd place with a total of 71 marks. The winners of the Plate were the hosts Newbury Camera Club with 72 marks and Alton Camera Club came 2nd with 71.5 marks.
Many congratulations to Alan Price whose image "Metropol Parasol" achieved the maximum mark of 10 and to Hilary Flaxman for "The Prize" with a mark of 9.5. Two images also scored 9, Bob Abbott's "Looking for Shelter" and Sue Dunham's "Black and Blue".
BCG's entry of eight PDIs can be seen in the Gallery: https://beaulieucameragroup.co.uk/galleries/2021/2021-external-competition-entries
To see the final scoresheet with all the marks and totals, please click on this link: 2021 Newbury Challenge Plate Final Scoresheet
Sue Dunham - Chairman