Club News

Annual Display of images

The club's end of 2017/18 year images are now on view for all to see at the Chard Library. Bear in mind though that the library does not open on  Wednesday and the images are only there for another 3 weeks.




Chard Camera Club held it's end of year presentation evening at the Baptist Church Hall, on Saturday 24th March 2018.

This is the culmination of all members having entered  the numerous competitions, both in-house and inter-club for which they received points dependent on their scores within these competitions.

Prizes and certificates were on offer for Best Colour Print, Best Digitally Projected Image, Best Monochrome Image, along with Photographer of the Year and other awards for the many great images seen throughout the year.

It was also the time to select our new, annually-elected President : this position is held on alternate years by a gentleman,  followed be a lady member the next year.  The holder is selected by the club committee and the honour is bestowed upon a member who has given, by their actions, unlimited support to the club and it's members.  This year the club is pleased Mrs Brenda Rose has agreed to take on the title.

The interval for the evening was taken up with members and their guests partaking in an American-style supper, to which all members contributed. This was then followed by the presentation of all the various awards and certificates.  For the second year in a row the overall Photographer of the Year award went to the club's secretary, Mrs Deborah Hammond, a photographer who is all too keen to say she has only seriously taken up photography in the past 3-5 years. Despite this, Debbie is now producing award winning images on a regular basis.

It is because of her success and that of others that we are always on the look out for more talent to come along and join us; you have to start out at some time so, if you have an interest in taking photos and are looking for guidance/support in your craft, then get in touch with the club and there will always be a member willing to give advice/help. Anyone interested can always come along to one of our meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month, where they will be made most welcome and can visit twice to see how things are run, before being asked to commit to joining as a member.





Image shows Left - Drew Anderson. Right - the judge Mr George Reekie. Photos by WesleyMoon and Sidmouth Camera Club   

The proud moment for our Chairman Drew Anderson, when he picked up the Horseshoe Trophy for the second year running, from the judge for the evening, Mr George Reekie.

A thorouhly enjoyable evening, with considered, beneficial and at times funny, critique from a very good judge.  A light buffet was enjoyed in the interval and gave all those present the chance to inspect the prints and engage in friendly chat.  

Chard Members in the DPI section dropped no lower than second place in 3 of the five categories, with two members gaining first spots.

In the Print section one member was placed 4th, two members were placed second and a further two members gained first places, giving us an overall 5 clear points in front of the second placed club.

Thoroughly deserved to all invloved, well done the Selection Committee and more importantly - thank you to 'The photographers'.

The following members were accredited with the following places:-


In the dark                      The Kelpies                    Drew Anderson                2nd

Textures                         Lost in the woods            Sylvia Adams                  1st

Country life                     Early morning feed         Malcolm Brocklehurst      2nd

Movement                      Southern Hawker            Don Easter                      1st

Different Perspectives    Barcelona apartment     Alan WIlliams                   2nd



Portrait               Wanda                          Deborah Hammond          2nd

Monochrome      Cliff face                       Sylvia Adams                    4th

Close up             Banded Demoiselle     Don Easter                        2nd

Nature                Squirrel drinking           Deborah Hammond          1st

Landscape         Near Elterwater            Jeffrey Hutson.                 1st     


Thursday 15 February

The Club held the ' Peter Partridge Panel ' competition on Thursday 15 February.  The competition is named in memory of past club Membership & Competition Secretary Mr  Peter Partridge, who was taken from them last year having battled with cancer.

Members were invited to submit up to two, three image panels, depicting a theme of their choice. The competition saw the members rise to the occasion and the judge Mr John Foulkes, who happened to be a former member and chairman of the club, had a hard task before him to select the one winning panel. However, he gave good and constructive advice and it turned out to be quite a close run battle at the final reckoning.

Overall winner was member Mr John Bailey, with a set of images telling the story of the Royal Mail from post-box to delivery. John recorded all the images in colour then turned them into monochrome but retaining the red in the pillar box, mail van and posties mail-bag.  The images sat well together and told the story in it's simplest form, bringing top marks overall to John.

After an interval, the members sat back down to watch as 50 Digitally Projected Images in the Open category were shown. The eventual winner, with his image 'Crouching Squirrel', was Mr John Flannagan, a new member at the club.  All in all the evening was very well attended and all were suitably impressed with the images produced on the night.
The winning panel :

The latest results from the January 2018 in house DPI competition:

Members submitted nearly 30 images for the special subject 'In the dark', together with nearly 60 images for an 'Open' category.  Judge Barry Holmes, from Dawlish, provided well-received insightful comments and critique, with the placed images as follows :

‘In the dark'
1st Rings of Fire by Dougie Young

2nd The Kelpies at Falkirk by Drew Anderson...
3rd Phantom Skateboarder by Sylvia Adams
Highly commended Hot Air by Marjorie Marrett
Highly commended 
Maltese Lightening Storm by John Emery 

1st Fading Beauty by Sylvia Adams

2nd Evening Paddle by Sylvia Adams
3rd Greenbottle Feeding by Don Easter
3rd Quad racer by Jim Brown
Highly commended
Ardvrek castle by Debbie Hammond
Highly commended Itsy Bitsy Spider by Dougie Young
Highly commended Lost in Lavender by Lynda Porter
Highly commended Pot Plant and Friend by Lynda Porter
Highly commended The Nymph by Drew Anderson


The  Club held an in house print competition at our latest meeting on Thursday 5th October.

The subjects for the competition of print images were:- 'Monochrome', 'Close up' and an 'Open' class. Approximately 20 members entered images in each of the classes and as a result there were at least 60 prints to compare. Over twenty members were present on the evening and a most enjoyable night was had by all.

The images proved very popular by all present and the results were spread quite widely amongst the members, with no one person running out as an overall winner, the results are as follows:-


1st - 'Jim' by Malcolm Brocklehurst

2nd - 'Pulpit Rock' by John Emery.

3rd - 'Sawyers Glacier' by Jeff Hutson

Highly Commended - 'Bottles' by  Adam Hawkes.

Close Up

1st - 'Droplets' by Adam Hawkes.

2nd - 'Eyes' by  Deborah Hammond.

3rd - 'Dandelion seed head' by Alistair Purcell.

Highly Commended - 'Lily' by John Emery.

Open class

1st - 'Dawn on the levels' by Deborah Hammond ( shown above ).

2nd - 'Slip down to the  beach' by John Emery.

3rd - 'Meet Clara' by Angela Head.

Highly Commended - 'Hedd Waterfalls' by  Alistair Purcell.



Our Camera Club members make good at the annual Chard Horticultural show, Guildhall on Saturday 22nd July 2017

Image by  Member Wesley Moon using his I Phone.

It was a first for the club when 6 members entered the Photagraphy competition of the show and entered images in the eight categories on offer.

At the end of the show two of our members ran out winner and runner up with only one point in it. Club secretary Debbie Hammond was runner up and the club's Press officer Dick Moon the winner. The scoring was very close between the two with Dick having won 3 of the categories and a second in the fourth, whereas Debbie won 2 categories and 2 seconds.

Other members of the club were well represented with second and thirds, overall it was a good show by all those having taken part both by the cub and others within the Chard community, well done all and well done to the members of the Horticultural Society who staged an excellent show.

Saturday 01 April 2017 :

The club held their end of year presentations to their members, on Saturday 1st April in the Baptist Church hall.

Over thirty people attended the meeting to watch the judge for the evening run through the images which were up for consideration from the past year of competition. Up for offer were Best Printed Image, Best Digitally Projected Image, Best Monochrome Image and subsequently Best Print Photographer of the Year, Best Digital Projected Photographer of the Year and Overall Photographer of the Year, along with many local very much in-house competition winners.

The evening was very well attended  and members enjoyed a super selection of hot and cold food, which was supplied by our members, as an American Supper.

To round off the evening the club welcomed their incoming President for the future year Mr Alistair Purcell, who took up the reins from our outgoing President Mrs Joyce Partridge.

All in all a very good social evening was had by all and our chairman Mr Drew Anderson rounded off the evening by thanking all members involved in the recent winning of the Horseshoe Trophy, having been won by Chard for only the third time in 24 years.  He went on to wish all present all the very best for the year ahead and was looking forward to seeing all the images as yet to  be taken, as the club proceeds through the year to come. He also stated that it would be good to see an increase in numbers joining the club and in particular those of a younger age.

Our club meets at 7.30pm on the first and third Thursday of each month in the Baptist Church Hall, Holyrood Street and should anyone wish to join them they should turn up on one of the nights, where they will be made most welcome and be buddied for the evening - prospective members are also able to attend for two visits before being asked if they would like to join. The club is looking for anyone, no matter what experience they have, to come and join them. We have established members who use Ipads /Iphones  etc as well as their SLR digital cameras, so you can see we are pretty well posed to be able to offer help to anyone interested in joining us.

Further details can be found on our website or by ringing our membership secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885 or just turn up on  a club night.  Image shows Deborah Hammond receiving her 'Photographer of the Year' award, from outgoing President Mrs Joyce Partridge.


Members portfolio panel 'Shells'  by winner Malcolm Brocklehurst.

Thursday 16th February saw the club hold our inhouse open DPI competition and members portfolio competition, the judge for the events was Mr Peter Hyett who gave good constructive and informative comments on the images. There were 18 members present and a good evening was had by all. The results for the open setion were:-

1st Debbie Hammond 'Sunset at Trebarwith Strand'
2nd Drew Anderson 'New dawn over Chard Vale'
3rd Richard Lees 'Broadchurch'...
Highly commended
Debbie Hammond 'Moored for the evening'

The members portfpolio a pannel of 3 images on a subject of choice:-

1st Malcolm Brocklehurst 'Shells'
2nd Alan Williams 'Aspects of Barrington'
3rd Debbie Hammond 'Watchet, Blue Anchor and Charmouth
Highly commended
Dick Moon 'Falconry furniture'

Chard's panel of images entered in the 'Kingswood Salver 2016'  'Floral aspects'

The club has just had a busy week of competitions starting on Thursday 17th

November when we held their in house 'Close up and Open' subjects in the Baptist

Church Hall. There was a good turn out on the night bearing in mind the weather was wet

and cold. The judge for the evening was Laura Pearce LRPS and the winner of the open

section was  member Jeff  Hutson with his well seen and taken shot of Tarr Steps entitled

Tarr Trek.


This was followed up on Saturday where three members went to Clyst St Mary Village Hall

to witness how the club did in the annual Kingswood Salver competition. This competition

is run by the Western Counties Photographic Federation where all clubs affiliated to the

federation are invited to submit  a panel of five images from five members in their club

on a subject chosen by their individual club. This was a well contested competition and we

held our own very well against the clubs from around the the south west.


The club will be in action again on Friday 25th November at 7.30pm when we visit Lyme

camera club at Uplyme village hall for our inter club competition.

The following Thursday we will be back at our headquarters in the Baptist Church Hall

where we will be selecting images to go forward to the WCPF DPIC competition,

our in house Walking Hunt results will also be announced.


Any further information can be obtained from the club's website

or by contacting temporary members secretary Mr Malcolm Brocklehurst 01460 62869.or

by dropping in on a club night on the first or third Thursdays of the month.

Winning image in the Patterns in nature
by Jeff Hutson. ' Flowers on a Barrington tree'


The Club held our in house competition recently covering  the subjects of

Patterns in Nature, Action and an Open section. The evening was well attended with

twenty members enjoying an evening of sharing some beautiful images as they fought

with each other to out score one another. The images were judged on this occasion by

Mr Mac Bouchere FRPS who gave all members some very good and constructive advice

on their images. Overall the competition was closely fought over with three different

members running out winners, the results are as follows


1st  'Getting wet'                                     Malcolm Brocklehurst.

2nd 'Deverills Beacon'                            Jeff Hutson.

3rd 'Maiori-Amara Coast Italy'               John Emery.

Highly commended Norfolk Windmill'  Joyce Partridge.


1st 'I am the God of hellfire'                      Deborah Hammond.

2nd 'Break break break'                              John Emry.

3rd ';Surfing Porthcurno'                             Jeff Hutson.

Highly commended 'High flyers'                 Marjorie Marrett.

Highly commended 'Gotcha'                        Dick Moon.

Patterns in nature.

1st 'Flowers on Barrington tree'                   Jeff Hutson.

2nd 'Jewelled web'                                        Angela Head.

3d 'Nature camouflage'                                  Dick Moon.

Highly commended 'Patterns in nature'         Heather Iles.


FIRE !!!

Thursday 22 September saw 16 members of Chard Camera Club visit Lyme Regis, for an evening of fire and lightpainting, led by Drew Anderson, with help from guest spinner Si Emmett.  Some excellent images were captured, with all who attended saying they had a great night and were keen to do it all again.  Thanks to all who attended and a special thank you to Si Emmett for his patience with the spinning and supportive comments to all.  If YOU would like to join the club and have the chance to shoot images like these, contact us via our webpage on   We look forward to welcoming you.

Images courtesy of Drew Anderson


Chard Camera Club in-house competition.
Thursday 19th May saw the club meet in the Baptist Church hall
for our in-house  print competition covering three subjects of Monochrome,
Portrait and an Open section.
Twenty five members attended on the evening to see the judge for the evening
Marija Lees LRPS cast her eyes over the 48 images and listen to her give some
very informative and constructive advice to all present.
The winners on the night were:-
Portrait            1st  'Mr Jenkins'                   by    Peter O Shea Snr
                        2nd 'In the pink                    by    New member Deborah Hammond
                        3rd 'Away with the fairies    by    John Terry
Monochrome  1st  'Bath Abbey'                    by    Peter O Shea Snr
                        2nd 'Spider fingers'                by    Norah O Shea 
                        3rd  'Separate lives'                by     Jeffrey Hutson
 Highly commended:-
                          'Cycled out'                           by   John Bailey
Open                 1st  'Room with a view'        by    Malcolm Brocklehurst
                          2nd 'Gardeners retreat'         by    Alan William
                          3rd 'Barber Italiano'             by    Peter O Shea snr
Highly commended:-
                            '1910 Helter skelter'            by   Norah O Shea
                            'Seatown beach'                   by   Jeffrey Hutson
                             'Ball face'                             by    Joyce Partridge  


On 21 April Chard Camera Club was pleased to welcome Lyme Regis photographer Si Emmett, to give a talk on his work, inspiration and techniques.  Simon spoke for the best part of two hours, discussing his wedding, landscape, celebrity, model and food photography, giving an insight into his motivation and passion for a hobby in which he is entirely self-taught.  He showcased 50 of his digital images, which just seemed to get better and better as the night went on, leaving his audience completely inspired by the end, and as one member ( amongst many compliments ) commented : "THAT was the best money this club has ever spent on a guest speaker". You can see a selection of Si's images at :



Images show latest end of season  images from Chard Camera Club members now on show in the Chard library.

Images by Dick Moon CCC

Chard Camera Club exists to foster enjoyment, appreciation and learning the art and techniques of photography. We are affiliated to the Western Counties Photographic Federation, we welcome members of all abilities. We offer a mixture of tuition and competition. Our work is regularly exhibited in the Chard Library, Chard Guildhall and images are permanent loan to the Chard Tawstock Health Centre.

The club holds meetings for ten months of the year in the Baptist Church Hall Holyrood Street from April to March with a break in July and August. During the club's calendar we hold competition evenings which consist of special subjects and open prints and Digital Projected Images (DPI's). Each member is free to enter one subject print, one open print and for DPi's, one subject DPI and one open DPI. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays in the month, during which times we have competitions, presentations, talks and instructional evenings. We also have inter club competitions and annual outings such as our Mystery, Walking and Roving Trips. The club is involved in a variety of WCPF (Western Counties Photographic Federation) competitions. Other seasonal events also occur.

Anyone wishing to show interest in  joining the club can do so by turning up on one of the evenings where they will be made most welcome and will be invited to attend a further evening before being asked to join the other members fully. Contact with the club can be made via our website or by ringing the members secretary Mr Peter Partridge on 01460 66885.

Member's Exhibition
Alan Williams, a Chard local photographer and member of the Chard Camera Club, is exhibiting photographic images at the Divas Cafe at the Black Swan, Frome from Thursday 18th February until Thursday 31st March. 
Alan is a photographer originally from Wiltshire and now of Chard and is a keen active member of the thriving Chard Camera Club.
Alan's photography captures the unique aspect of special locations in the South West, some of which are easily recognised and some more personal in nature.
New Year
Our club's first meeting of the new year saw members spending an evening
at the Baptist Church Hall where we spent the night trying to perfect our use
of Macro lenses in a session of 'Macro photography. The evening
was well attended and many tips and hints on the subject was given by those
members more knowledgeable on the subject.
The next meeting of the club will be on Thursday  21st January and will be an
interclub competition against Wellington Camera Club at their club venue.
We are always on the look out for new members and people
wishing to show interest in the club can always attend our meetings on the
first and third Thursdays of the month a 7.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall.
They are made most welcome and can visit on two occasions before they
are invited to join as members. All necessary details can be found on our
website of by personally giving the Members
Secretary Mr Peter Partridge a call on 01460 66885

Image: Peter O'Shea Jnr


Chard Camera Club member's image to appear on OS Landranger Maps.

Chard member Jeffrey Hutson entered the photo competition run by Ordinance Survey Maps in order to find