Club News

Our season has now finished with our AGM with confirmation of next year's Committee members.(click here)
Next year's Programme has been finalised (thanks Maggie) and will be shortly added to the site. Nigel Gidney also kindly showed us his successful DPAGB images explaining how they were judged - very informative and motivating for those attending.
Details of the Annual Exhibition in August will also be posted in due course.
Another visit to Knoll Gardens has been organised for Friday July 1st - please contact Jean if you wish to attend.

1.The last of the season's presentations was Jean Dixon's 'Chairman's Choice'. A well chosen programme that included Bev Langden's illustrated profile of the Arne RSPB Reserve, local night-time images by Club members and Jean's own excellent wild flower images taken throughout the season. Many thanks to Jean for a very successful year as Chairperson.
2. Congratulations to Nigel Gidney who has achieved the prestigious award of DPAGB - Distinction level of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. This reflects a persistent standard at the highest level and we are proud to have such a talented photographer as a member of the Club. In addition, as in previous years, Nigel continues to take technical responsibility each week for AV presentations for which we are all extremely grateful.

Overall internal League competition trophy winners have now been announced- check full results here. Well done Gordon Chamberlain, Nigel Gidney and Jean Dixon, overall winners of colour prints, black and white prints and projected images respectively. Sustained high standards for all of us to aspire to!

On Tuesday 19th Jane and Stephen Lee of Dorchester CC presented 'Cold feet -Wet feet'. Aficionados of cold climate images, we journeyed with them from Svalbard to Yellowstone via Iceland and Hudson Bay - epic frozen landscapes with spectacular wild life including polar bears and bison. Then 'Wet feet' in and around the Mull of Kintyre with atmospheric seascapes and highland scenery followed by creative ICM images – a gallery of subtle colours and aesthetic composition. Finally a moving and beautiful AV presentation 'Hebridean Dreams' with sand, sea and evocative Gaelic music. A memorable evening of great variety enjoyed gratefully by all.

The results of the Best of the Yearcompetition (05/04/22) are now in the Internal Competitions section.
Well done to all the winners and runners up.

The SAPA Best of Year Competition was held tonight Wed. April 6th.
All nine clubs entered their 5 best images and those of Gordon Chamberlain, Jean Dixon and Nigel Gidney were all held back with Gordon's Reed Bunting Feeding coming an excellent Second overall and Jean's Rosa Rugosa Highly Commended. The judge was Jim Pascoe and standards were very high.Well done all and as always a great credit to WCC. (External

Gordon MacPherson
Our meeting of Tuesday March 29th was dedicated to the memory of Gordon MacPherson. Gordon, who sadly passed away in November, was at the heart of the club for many years both as Chairman and an articulate and entertaining voter of thanks to judges and presenters. His wife Shelley and members of the family attended and we were treated to an evening of Gordon's images and AV presentations reflecting his wide range and increasing level of photographic ability over the years. There were many happy reminiscences of a member who is very sadly missed by all.

Link here to SCPF newsletter and final Championship results- Wareham CC a respectable 20/34.

League 5 results now posted in Competitions section. Well done John, Terry and Gordon.

After a shaky start and quite a difference in Judges marks we crept our way up the SCPF (Southern Counties Photographic Federation) league and ended the season in 4th place ensuring we stay in league 2 next season. Congratulations to all participants. We will be striving to be promoted back into league one next season. Onwards and upwards.

Zoom presenter Rene De Heer took us on a journey ranging from Eastern Europe to Spain, Svalbard and Yellowstone showing mainly a series of outstanding bird images - some familiar, but mostly rare or unseen in the UK and thus all the more interesting. From Golden Oriole to Griffon Vulture to Lammergeier and White Tailed Eagle they were all captured with immense patience resulting in high quality characterful images - despite hides of seemingly increasing levels of discomfort! A real enthusiast and truly dedicated wildlife photographer. Thank you Rene. Check his website here.

A small group of members ventured again into the night (03/03) – this time to Wareham and ably organised once again by Mike Brown. Undeterred by rain they practised a variety of techniques to produce an interesting range of memorable images. Click here to see a sample of their work. Many thanks again Mike.
Last Tuesday Janey Devine FRPS was our local live presenter who is a member of both of the esteemed Arena and Focus Photography groups. Members were treated to a series of AV presentations ranging from moody and atmospheric black and white visits to Scotland to colourful Myanmar, Tamil Nadu and Ethiopia. She gave hints on text and music and emphasised the importance of story telling in her work which was supported throughout by high quality images. A highly instructive and enjoyable evening and inspiration for those intending to produce their own AV creations in the Autumn. See examples of her work here.

After a series of excellent presentations largely via Zoom it was refreshing to have one of our own members provide a highly memorable evening in the hall. In 2019 Stephen Thorne participated in a spectacular hike to the high point of the Kuari Pass in northern India- almost 4000m. With some days comprising up to ten hours strenuous walking at altitude it was not only a challenge but clearly inspirational with incredible views to the high Himalayas including the highest peak entirely in India, Nanda Devi, at 7800m. We walked alongside Stephen by means of a series of vivid images of both scenery and people and a clear, reflective and often amusing narration.He finished with a quick tour of the Golden Triangle to complete an absorbing and informative impression of both colourful, chaotic 'tourist' India and the magnificent Himalayas. Many thanks for a great evening Stephen.

League 4 results here. Well done Pattie,Jean and John!

Congratulations to Nigel Gidney and Pattie Norris.Both had images accepted by the Bristol Salon with particular success by Nigel as follows:

6 Acceptances including :

Female Bearded Reedling on Mace was awarded a GPU Silver medal

Hare in the Rain was awarded a PSA: Gold medal

Hare Portrait was awarded a Highly commended

3 Acceptances:

After the rain

The Meadow.

Fading Rose

Well done both - a credit to the club as well as yourselves.Click here to see images

Many thanks to Amanda Miller (Dorset Light) for her lively presentation of images from her Iceland trip.(01/02) Great photography with enthusiastic and humorous commentary and interesting back stories.
Our latest Zoom presenter(14/02) was professional photographer Ross McKelvey MPAGB MFIAP FIPF EFIAP/p FBPE who is based at his 'Catchlight' studio in Belfast. We were treated not only to outstanding images of professional life models at a technical standard most of us can only aspire to but also to an 'eclectic' mix of landscape, wildlife and sport. Ross specialises in fine art prints- particularly in black and white- and has been voted No.1 Black and White photographer in the world by the PSA (USA) plus countless other awards. He also entertained us with his dry sense of humour and shared many secrets of his 'dark art' success. A real treat and an example of one of the great advantages of Zoom in gaining access to one of the best international photographic artists.

Bert's Bole PDI's and Woodhouse prints competition results here.

Following an lively presentation of night photography images by Richard Sercombe (18/01) a small group of members ably led by Mike Brown spent an enjoyable hour and a half in Swanage ((26/01) testing their skills after nightfall. Mike took us to a variety of interesting locations from sweeping views of the bay with beautiful reflections to street photography and the classical columns of Prince Albert Gardens.Richard had included lots of technical hints and Mike kindly reinforced these with experience from his home town.Thanks initially to Richard for a stimulating presentation and of course to Mike for helping us put theory into practice during a highly rewarding evening session.See a selection of images here.

An excellent and highly enjoyable Zoom exhibition of members' presentations this evening. Seven members showed 10 images each that reflected their particular interests or experiences. From biographical to a spectacular trip around Western USA as well as candid people photography, local natural history, beautiful montages, artistic ICM images and a spectacular set of LRPS images from Mike Brown. It demonstrated not only the the high standard of WCC photography but the broad range of interests and backgrounds of our talented members. Well done to all contributors and many thanks to Maggie for coordinating and chairing such a successful evening and also Nigel for handling the image presentation via Zoom.

Well done to yet another successful member! Terry Mullen has now also been being awarded his LRPS. Congratulations on behalf of the Club Terry.
Also we were treated to an excellent presentation last Tuesday (16th) by Ade and Clive Gidney (brothers of member Nigel). Clive did a biographical interview with Ade who is a superb landscape photographer based on the edge of the Lake District. We learnt of his development as a photographer and were given insight into his priorities of light and composition illustrated by an array of spectacular images - both highly entertaining and instructive. (Click here for link to Ade's website)

We were so sad to hear of the recent death of Gordon Macpherson, a much loved and respected club member. Gordon was twice chairman of the club. He was a highly respected photographer and was expert at giving the vote of thanks to our speakers and judges, something he did with great grace and generosity. We will miss him.

Congratulations to member Michael Brown who has recently been awarded an LRPS (Licentiate of the RPS). This required submission of 10 quality images showing a variety of technique and approach which Michael clearly mastered so very well done!

Our programme continues very successfully, albeit mostly on Zoom. Recent presentations were from Steve Myall with his 100 Strangers (Tues.Oct.26th) and tonight from Tony Worobiec with Intimate Landscapes. Steve impressed us with his colourful street photography based on the project of photographing 100 complete strangers at random. A blend of personal confidence, great social interaction and clever selection of visually colourful characters. Tony is a talented landscape photographer who convinced us through his stunning images of the need to find one's own interpretation of the detail in our compositions and to avoid the common overview of popular scenes. All of us will now be looking for those beautiful rhythmic patterns in rocks, water, trees, vegetation and landscape forms. Many thanks to both.

Geoff Pyle 'Out and About' Competition took place last Tuesday.(19th) A good range of both prints and PDI's and congratulations to overall winners Nigel and Terry - full results here.

League 1 competition results now in-click here. Well done to the winners Gordon, Alan and Rob.

Excellent Zoom presentation on 21/09 by Tony North DPAGB BPE4. Beautiful flora taken throughout the year plus magical macro images of fungi - all with clever use of light. Also generous technical tips to help all of us improve.

18/09/21 (see home page image)
Great news from member Nigel Gidney. He has not only had 31 acceptances from 2 International Salons this Summer but also won a Silver Medal from the SCPF Championship for his superb image 'Pounce' (Click here) Home page photo shows the Medal presentation by Chairperson Jean Dixon at last week's Club night. Congratulations on behalf of the Club Nigel!

Annual Exhibition Town Hall 21st August 2021
We thought it may never happen but it did-what a brilliant day. All the Club pulled together to produce a great exhibition and people poured through the door in their hundreds. We had praise and often amazement from all that came at the quality and diversity of the work. This has been a difficult year (understatement!) but we pulled off a superb exhibition accompanied by delicious refreshments and a very impressive raffle.
Many thanks to EVERYONE who made it such a success.   
It was great to see people in the flesh and chat and catch up and I think the food was the best ever.
I feel the season is off to a brilliant start and look forward to our first session on 7th September.
With thanks again to all who contributed in any way.
Jean Dixon (Chairperson)

Summer Newsletter 23/07/2021

Dear Club Member,
I do hope you are finding lots of inspiration for images at the moment even if it is rather warm. Maggie has put together a brilliant PROGRAMME for next year - really top quality speakers and something for everyone. You will see that we have talks on Underwater (by the legendary Spike and Penny Piddock), Macro, Wildlife and Landscape all before Christmas, as well as our usual competitions. It is our intention to return to the hall on 7th September with precautions in the way of good ventilation, spacing between chairs etc. (Click Programme section for full details.) We are, however, keeping a close eye on what is happening and could move to zoom if necessary – I will keep you up to date. We will be going ahead with our programme whatever the situation. Before that we have our EXHIBITION ON 21st August. Everyone is invited to show their work and there is still time to send your titles to Pat. I have had lots of offers to steward but could do with a few more and of course we are hoping for more raffle prizes and offers of cakes – please! Do bring friends and family along to see the club’s work and to have a cup of coffee and a piece of home-made cake. It will be really good to see everyone. In the meantime I do wish you a happy summer – whatever the weather. We don’t want “bad” weather, but its great for photography.
Best wishes

Around 14 members of the Club enjoyed a group visit to Knoll Gardens near Ferndown. There is an excellent display of a wide range of plants in bloom in a natural setting and especially many types of grasses in which the Gardens specialise. The weather was dull in the morning which was ideal for close up photography but the sun shone later for those taking colourful wide angle shots. A bonus was the presence of a moth specialist with some spectacular caterpillars for some interesting close up work. A number of images linking wildlife to the setting were submitted to the owners and may appear in due course on their website and/or newsletters.We look forward to perhaps seeing some of the images in competitions next season.

Our season has now finished with the AGM on May 4th.which was followed by an excellent critical review of a selection of SCPF images provided by Nigel Gidney with members involved through lively discussion and scoring. Congratulations to our new Chairperson Jean Dixon and many many thanks to her predecessor Maggie Lawrence for seeing us through an extremely challenging but successful year on Zoom. We all hope to be meeting face to face again this September with an exciting 2021-22 programme ahead with details to be published in August. Our Constitution has also been updated and can be read here.

Our last internal competition of the year-'Best of Year'- was held last Tuesday April 13th. There was a fine selection of entries in all three categories and special mention goes again to Nigel Gidney with two firsts in colour prints and PDI's and Alan Bevis with a first in black and white prints. Fine standards for all of us to aspire to.Click here for full results of the competition.

We are pleased to announce further success this year by one of our leading WCC members. Nigel Gidney had no fewer than five acceptances in the Bristol International Salon with two Honourable Mentions. A great achievement demanding extremely high standards.They were as follows:
Action - Leading off the Bend
Scapes - Seafarer - Honourable Mention
Mono - Racing in the Rain
Nature - Scarce Chaser - Honourable Mention
Open - Once Upon a Time (not yet available for viewing)
Well done NIgel.
Click here to view

Good news again for a Club member! Serafino Anedda has won a Bronze Medal at the Dorset Dragons International Salon for his excellent image 'Copenhagen'. Well done Serafino.Click here to view.

The SAPA Finals have been held and we won overall with 4 club finalists competing out of 10 in the league overall. Well done those members whose images represented Wareham. Please see the SAPA Website for the overall league results. ( The Finals scores should be be added shortly.

At the SCPF DPI Championship on 21st March 2021 Nigel Gidney was awarded a Silver Medal for his image “Pounce” this is an outstanding achievement so well done Nigel.(Click here)

League Competition No.5 results now added. Well done again to Alan Bevis, Serefino Anedda and Mike Brown.(click here to view)

The H2O Theme results have now been added.Well done Serafino Anedda for coming first with Waves. Link to results (click here)

Congratulations Jean Dixon for her success with the Royal Photographic Society, Nature Group, Annual Exhibition in obtaining 4 acceptances and 2 images Highly Commended. This a very prestigious award and a worthy recognition of her skills in photography. To see Jean's image of Hay Rattle please (click here)

The League Competition No3 results added (click here to view)

Congratulations to Serafino Anedda for winning a Silver Medal from the Purbeck Salon for his image "Copenhagen". To view the image (click here).

Programme Changes for 9th February, 9th March and 23rd March 2021 (click here) for details

The Woodhouse Trophy and Bert Boles Competition Results added (click here).

Great News. Both Alan and Mary Bevis have had images accepted and published in the Outdoor Photography magazine. CONGRATULATIONS to both of them. To see Alans Image (click here). To see Marys image (click here).

Changes to the Programme and the new Programme for January to May 2021 added. (click here).

League Competition No. 2 Results added (click here)

League Competition No1 Results added (click here)

Closing dates for Club Competitions added to the Programme. (click here)

Changes to the Programme (click here).

Winner of Fun Competition added (click here)

Club Programme for September to December 2020 added (click here)

More Good News of Members Success this time at the Wyvern International Salon.

Gordon Chamberlain received an Honourable Mention for his image “Reed Bunting Feeding” (click here to view) and Nigel Gidney received Honourable Mention for his images “Scarce Chaser” and also“Come to Grief”. In addition Nigel was awarded a Bronze Medal for his image “Point of Entry”.
Well done both of you.

Club Members Success

The Dorset Magazine recently ran a Competition entitled ‘Landscapes for Life’ in conjunction with the Dorset AONB to celebrate their 60th Anniversary. Out of 500 or so images submitted, I am delighted to tell you that two Wareham Club Members were awarded Highly Commended and their Images will each be used for a month in the Magazine Calendar.


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Nigel Gidney ‘From Stoborough to Eternity. ’key [16727035] doesn't exist(click here)

Well done from all your Friends at WCC!

The Best of Year Prints and DPI Competition Results added. (click here).

More success for Gordon Chamberlain.

Gordons picture entitled "Reed Bunting Feeding" was awarded a Silver Medal in the Dorset Dragons International Salon 2020. The image like the image he had recently published in the "Outdoor Photography" magazine was beautifully captured. You can see the image by (click here) and if you double click on the thumbnail image it can be increased in size. Enjoy Gordon's lovely picture.