The Home Page images were selected from the winning images in our 'Skyscape Competition' which was held via 'Zoom' on the 27th October 2020

1st -The Power of Nature -Judith Flacke : 2nd -Pot of Gold – Judith Flacke : 3rd – Vanishing Point – Judith Flacke

Highly Commended – Mellow – Rachel Brown & Battersea – Bob Jinks . (Judge: Ian Bateman)

Covid-19 Update

It has been decided that due to the present situation, meeting of the club will take place on-line until at least January 2021.
However, this will be kept under constant review and hopefully we will be in a position to meet ‘in the flesh’ in the not too distant future.
The 2020/21 programme has therefore had to be amended slightly to be compatible with the new method of delivery.


Competition Themes for 2020 to 2021

  • Jan 5th – In a Domestic Garden – PDI (Submit by 15thDec)  Images from either your own or someone else’s private garden. This will exclude public gardens (eg Rosemoor), but include various uses of a home garden, not just flowers (eg leisure, pets, rubbish, sheds!).
  • Feb 2nd – Urban Landscape – Print (Submit by 19th Jan) [Note: PDI if via Zoom]
    Images that capture the nature of urban locations. Up to 5 entries per member.
  • Mar 2nd – People at Play B&W PDI (Submit by 16th Feb)
    Photographs of people engaged in recreational activities
    including amateur sports i.e. excluding any where
    participants are paid to participate in the activity. People
    should be the main subject(s) of the images and not
    incidental to some other subject. Greyscale images only
    with no colour tints. Up to 4 entries per member.
  • Apr 6th – Master of Photography – Print (Submit by 23rd Mar) [Note: PDI if still on Zoom]
    Members can enter an image for each, up to six, of the following categories:-
    Portrait – Studio, street or environmental portrait of a
    single person.
    Land/seascape – Rural, urban, or aquatic image of an
    Creative – In camera or post processing techniques used to create or change a photo(s) into a creative art image.
    Close up/macro – A shot that tightly frames an object,
    displays detail, but doesn’t include the broader scene or environment or, a shot in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size.
    Architecture – Any building, buildings or other man made structure(s).
    Action – Where movement is captured.
    Lowlight – Outdoor after sunset or indoor where there is no daylight entering and using only available light.
    Nature – Flora, fauna or natural phenomena. May include farm animals though, not pets.
Programme -17th Nov. to 19th Jan 2021

     Meetings start at 7:30pm (Zoom login no earlier than 7:15pm)

  • 17th Nov – Image Evaluation and Technical Issues Clinic
  • 24th Nov – Talk -My Life as an Opportunist Photographer by Michael Longhurst
  • 1st Dec – PDI Competition – REFLECTION/REFRACTION – Kay Wilson
  • 8th Dec – Workshop – Bracketing and Stacking images for focus, HDR etc.
  • 15th Dec – Image Clinic Evening
  • 5th Jan 2021 – PDI Competition – In a Domestic Garden – Peter Fry
  • 12th Jan -Workshop – Selective Colour Processing + Bring Your Photographic Problems
  • 19th Jan – Image Evaluation and Technical Issues Clinic

Competition Submission  Dates

  • 15th Dec – Submit images for ‘In a Domestic Garden’ PDI Competition
  • 19th Jan – Submit images for ‘Urban Landscape (B&W)’ PDI competition
  • 16th Feb – Submit images for ‘People at Play (B&W)’ PDI Competition
  • 23rd Mar – Submit images for ‘Masters’ Print Competition
  • Note: Until further notice. For all competitions each member can submit up to 5 images

Special Interest Groups

We have the following Groups:

  • Post Processing
  • Nature
  • Urban
  • Flickr

Go to ‘Special Interest Groups’ page for more information

From smartphone to DSLR, if you are keen to improve the quality and range of your photography
come along and discover how that can be assisted by joining a friendly club

About the club…

It all started back in 1902 when the first Bideford Camera Club was formed and although we have come a long way the principles of photography remain exactly the same.

We love to meet anyone at any stage of your photography – whether it’s just learning to use a smartphone or getting to grips with a mirrorless or DSLR camera, we have a variety of members able to help you get more out of your images.

Some of our more advanced members regularly submit their images to external competitions and the club is fully affiliated to The Western Countries Photographic Federation.


What do we do...

  • Weekly indoor club evenings throughout the winter months.

  • Any level of experience supported.

  • Mentors available if required.

  • Basic camera tuition.

  • Critique evenings.

  • Regular internal competitions judged externally.

  • External competitions with the PAGB & WCPF.

  • New summer programme each year.

We are a small and friendly club with a passion for all kinds of photography.

Where & when do we meet (Covid-19 permitting)

Our location… (go to ‘Where to Find Us‘ for full details)
We are easy to find in the centre of Bideford with easy access and parking
at the rear in Honestone Street or direct from High Street.
Bideford Methodist Church Halls
60 High St
EX39 2AN

How much does it cost?

Come and join us on ‘Zoom’ one evening to see what we do.
If you would like to continue, membership is £45 per annum.
Contact the Secretary for further information