Programme for the 2019-2020 season.

Our 2019-2020 programme features top class guest photographers and speakers, friendly competitions and practical evenings, plus of course a number of home and away matches with neighbouring clubs.   You can get printed copies at our club meetings or you can download it as a two-sided PDF file for home printing.

In addition to our main programme, we will have additional full-evening workshops and possible photo sorties for paid-up members with details planned during our first September meeting.  We also run informal workshops  throughout our season offering short one-to-one sessions on various aspects of photography: all members need to do is to let us know what they would like covered – if you don’t ask, you won’t get!!!  The possible topics are endless: composition, camera settings, photoshop and software, colour management and printing, mounts, preparing pdi’s, etc., etc.  Just drop Chris an email.

We will have two special events during the season…

  • April 2020 – Star Night
  • Print Exhibition @ Gold Hill Museum – 1st Weekend in May 2020 for 1 week.

Remember, printed copies of our programme are available from the club on club nights and Saxon Photographic in the High Street.  Or you can download a printable pdf version by clicking here


Programme 2019-20

(Dates in red are deadlines for competition entries, not meetings)
Green signifies an away event


Thursday 12th. September
Welcome to all for the start of our 10th. season. Discuss programme. view  members prints and PDIs of their summer work with emphasis on the set subject for the Bradford Abbas Shield competition, People at Work. After the break a talk by one of our visiting judges Mike Weeks, a professional photographer and good friend of the club.


Thursday 26th. September
Guest Speaker: Stephen Banks
Subject: Dorset as you have never seen it before
Stephen moved to West Dorset in 2010 and was immediately struck by the clarity of the night sky there. Soon, he had created two time-lapse films, Bridport by Night and, later, Dorset by Night.


Thursday 3rd. October
Shuffell Trophy 1st. round. Print titles and PDI uploads


Thursday 10th. October
The Shuffell Trophy, 1st. round
Subject: People at Work 1 Print and/or 1 PDI set subject. 1 print open


Tuesday   22nd. October   –  AWAY
The annual Bradford Abbas Shield competition away
Subject: People at Work
Clubs taking part are Sherborne Bradford Abbas, Yeovil, Wincanton,  South  Petherton  and  ourselves. Each club to enter 5 prints and 5 PDIs.


Thursday 24th. October
Guest speaker: Former member Mike Harding
Subject: Our first year in Wales.


Thursday  31st. October
Members Evening: Using imaging software tools  and  trial  run  for  club  members  judging  an internal  competition.


Thursday 14th. November
Guest speakers: John and Di Tilsley
Showing their latest work of prints and PDIs
John  is  a  Western  Counties  Photographic  Federation  lecturer  and  member  of  the  team  responsible for training and mentoring judges. A prolific photographer with wide interests, his specific area of expertise is monochrome prints. Di is also a photographer in her own right and together they make a formidable team. They are members of Dorchester Camera Club.


Thursday 21st. November
Shuffell Trophy 2nd. round. Print titles and PDI uploads


Thursday  28th. November
The Shuffell Trophy, 2nd.round
Subject: Open. 2 prints and/or 1 PDI


Thursday  5th. December
Uploads for the 10 x 20  picture story


Thursday  12th. December
In house meeting
The 10 x 20 picture story A non competitive fun event where members present a PDI slide show of 10 images,  20  seconds  per  image. Any  subject  with  or  without  dialogue. Members  participation is vital to the success of the evening. Please note, not to be confused with AV.


Saturday 14th. December
Upload PDIs for DPIC


Thursday 19th. December
Christmas party. Wine, food and the Chairman’s Challenge competition.



Thursday 9th.  January 2020
Club members presentations:
(i) Alan Casperd: Creative Camera Techniques, from Pinholes  to Polarisers
(ii) Dan Harrison: Fun Photography


Thursday 16th. January
Shuffell Trophy 3rd. round. PDI uploads


Thursday 23rd. January
The Shuffell Trophy, 3rd. round
Subject: Open 2 PDIs
Hand in your Audio Visual presentations


Thursday 30th. January (3rd meeting in month)
In house Audio Visual competition when members submit a short AV of around 5 minutes with a prize for the best one voted by those present.


Thursday 13th. February
Guest Speaker: Richard Price
Technical tutorials  Colour space to Histograms and  Landscapes – review & discuss.
PDI uploads for the Ladies v Gents


Thursday 27th. February
Ladies v Gents
Our annual fun competition when we try to persuade everyone to enter at least 1 image. Anything goes!
Subject: Open


Thursday 12th. March
Guest speaker: Jo Bradford
Subject: Darkrooms and Smartphones
Expect the unexpected. Jo delves into her life as a darkroom printer, analogue film photographer and her later work on her bestselling “Smart Phone Smart Photography Book”.


Wednesday 18th. March – AWAY
Match an Image competition. A very light-hearted fun event hosted by Dorset Light CC
Clubs: Blandford, Dorset Light and ourselves.


Thursday 26th. March
The Shaftesbury Camera Club PDI Shaston Challenge
Clubs:  Blandford, Sherborne Bradford Abbas, Ringwood and ourselves. 12 images per club.
Subject: Open


Thursday 9th. April
Guest speaker: Leo Rich
Subject: The Idle Rich Rambles on
Leo Rich joined his first camera club over forty years ago and during this time he has amassed a considerable amount of expertise both as a photographer and judge both at home and abroad. He has also been president of the PAGB to which our club is affiliated.


Tuesday 14th. April – AWAY
The Story behind the Picture
Sherborne  Bradford  Abbas  hosts  their  annual  informal,  non-competitive  evening  with  Dorchester and ourselves. 10 PDIs per club.


Thursday 16th. April
Print titles and PDI uploads for Image of the Year. Print titles for the exhibition


Thursday 23rd. April
Image of the Year Competition
Only 2 prints and/or 2 PDIs per member
Hand in prints for the Exhibition

ALSO AWAY… Ferndown Camera Club 4 Club PDI Competition


Saturday   2nd. May – Friday 8th. May
Members Annual Exhibition in Gold Hill Museum


Thursday  14th. May
AGM and prize giving