Day Trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyards

A small group of Club members had a really good day out on Sunday 9th June 2019 at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyards. They went aboard HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and HMS 33 and also saw HMS Queen Elizabeth docked nearby. Some members went on a boat trip and saw many more naval vessels – all inclusive in the price and they can also go back again in the next 12 months on the same ticket. Very good value. The weather was perfect, all the volunteers were very informative, interesting to listen to and dressed in period costumes which added to the atmosphere of visiting these old ships. A big thank you to Brian and Maggie for organising the day out.

AGM and Prize Giving

Denise Phillips, William Bonett, Catherine Dashwood and Mark Janicki (l to r)

Lymington Camera Club wrapped up the 2018-19 season with its Annual General Meeting and prize giving. The Club had a good year financially and in terms of new members and performed well in league matches and external competitions. For our internal competitions it was close but the following members walked away with the trophies

Winner of Intermediate Class – Denise Phillips

Winner of Advanced Class – Catherine Dashwood

Winner PDI of the Year – William Bonett ‘2084’

Winner Print of the Year – Mark Janicki ‘White Lilly’

Congratulations to all of our winners and to all club members who took part this season. We look forward to seeing everyone again over the summer walks and at the start of the new season on 12th September 2019.

Summer Day Trips off to a flying start

The Summer Programme kicked off with a trip to Blashford Lakes and Sue Baker captured this Woodpecker having lunch. The weather was kind for a change and members saw a variety of birds including Jays and others.

The next trip is a visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyards on Sunday 9th June. Meet at the Visitors Centre, Victory Gate at 10 am.

Paul Berkeley awarded CPAGB

Paul receiving his CPAGB certificate

Paul Berkeley was presented his Credit from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain last night at the Club. Paul adds this CPAGB to his existing LRPS award and has his sights set on even greater goals this season.

Paul and his wife Sue have been members of the Club for over seven years and Paul’s photographic interests range from stunning wildlife macro photography to urban portraiture.

Huge congratulations to Paul on his achievement.

Top recognition for Club member Catherine Dashwood

Lymington Times 22nd February 2019

Club member Catherine Dashwood has been awarded membership of the Photographers’ Bar by the Guild of Photographers. This is limited to 200 photographers and is a major achievement; so huge congratulations to her.

If you want to see examples of her work visit or follow her on Instagram at

Moving to Elmer’s Court

The day of the big move arrived, Saturday 8th December 2018 and about a quarter of the Club turned up to move us across the river from the Lymington Community Centre to MacDonald Elmer’s Court hotel. Paul’s neighbour Des was available with his flatbed to move the ‘cupboard of doom’ our sturdy storage cupboard which Keith and I still wonder how we moved in the first place.

The advanced party took the contents and the heavy crew got the cabinet and print frames onto the DesMobile and after much grunting installed in our shed at the hotel. 

Maria took various images to commemorate the move plus some shots of the room, our terrace and the twentieth century loos !! Which are even heated. Who’s says the club doesn’t spoil you. 

We then went too the Ferryman for a coffee which could become our new local.

Huge thanks to everyone who helped.

Lymington Camera Club moving to a new home

After many years at the Phoenix Room at the Lymington Community Centre we’re moving to a new home. With our membership growing we need more space and have found a perfect venue at MacDonald Elmers Court Hotel.

We will begin our new life at Elmer’s Court on December 13th for our Christmas Party. We will be using the Ballroom which has space for over 100 people and features a magnificent fireplace and a foyer with its own bar. Handy to drown your sorrows if the judge is unkind to your images.

We look forward to welcoming both members and visitors to our new home on January 10th for our talk by leading landscape photographer Rachael Talibart.

Maggie (and Pat) scoop local awards

As you may know, Maggie takes out a couple of kids who are interested in photography and because there are no Clubs for them to be able to get feedback on their photographs, she looks for local competitions as a way of encouragement and fun.

This year her granddaughter entered the Everton Village photo competition (judged by Club member Louis Rumis) and she came first in her age section and won a beautiful glass trophy.   Maggie also entered them and herself into the Bashley Village and Bransgore Horticultural shows which happened to be on the same day but was great fun rushing back and forward between the two.  They did very well in each competition and Maggie came away with a cup from both! (both were very badly tarnished but fun to receive). Pat won the mono competition

Maggie’s reason for entering these competitions is for fun and to encourage the kids to improve their photography skills by getting an independent comment from the judges.  They are now planning for next year and so far they have taken some cracking photos in Bournemouth Gardens of buskers, squirrels etc. 

Congratulations to Maggie and Pat. Here are some of Maggie’s winning images