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Our first competition with Trowbridge was held as a zoom meeting on 14 November, 2023. It was judged by Harry Gardiner who is not only a very experienced judge, but also an accomplished artist. His scoring and helpful comments were spot on.  The competition was won by Hay with a score of 454 against 440. Congratulations to our entrants who scored four of the five twenties in the results. The score sheet is reproduced below and the top images ( both clubs) are shown in the glleries section.


The annual  competition with Marlborough Club, New Zealand on the theme of "Lines" was held on 23 September and resulted in a win for Hay with a score of 331.5 to 319. The competition was judged vary ably by Ashley Franklin of Derby CC.  A copy of the score sheet is shown below and some of the images are shown in the galleries section.



This year the competition returned to prints and took place on 10th June, judging was conducted by Dennis Russ LRPS, AFIAP, AWPF, CPAGB, BPE1*



98 - Monmouth

97 - Thornbury

95 - Gwynfa

95 - Neath


92 - Hay CC (8th Overall out of 17)


Congratulations to Peter Corbett who's image Sawtooth Beach scored 20



This is an annual competition with Abergavenny CC, Cwmbran PS, Monmouth PC.  It would normally also include Caerphilly CC but they were unable to attend this time.


Hay won the event and the overall scores were:


178 - Cwmbran PS

185 - Monmouth PC

185 - Abergavenny CC

190 - Hay CC


Congratulations to the following members who were awarded 20 marks:



Waterbuck - Peter Wyles

Fading Sunflower - Hazel Price



Bude Sea Pool - Hazel Price

Smoke Alien - Angela Bonner


Viewing has been enabled on PhotoEntry and the competition can be found under "Interclub Competitions '23"



Held on 19th May, a handful of members ventured over to Breinton Village Hall for our annual battle with Hereford PS


As hosts for this year, Hereford chose to run the competition in a manner not familiar to us but it proved to be an interesting format. The subject had been set as 'Water' and the images from both clubs were scored prior to the evening by 5 judges from Beacon Club and Ian Thompson ARPS, attended to critique the images. Following the critique, the scores, from a maximum of 200, were then advised.


With Hereford obtaining two first awards and the overall score Hay 2474, Hereford 2459, the battle was declared a draw.


Hay’s top images were:



2nd - Bude Sea Pool, Hazel Price

3rd - A Big Roller, Peter Seaman

HC - In the Red, Angela Bonner



3rd - Bude Sea Pool, Hazel Price

C - Inle Lake, Peter Wyles.


All the images can be seen by clicking on the following link:

Hay Battle 2023 - Herefordshire Photogr...



Congratulations to Lin and Peter Wyles for achieving, respectively, PAGB Gold and SPS Siver medals in the recent Smethwick International Exhibition.


The results of this competition were as follows:


          First - Angela Bonner - Dancing Lillies

          Second - Colin Lawrence - Do Not Enter

          Third - Angela Bonner - Flower Twirl


          First - Angela Bonner - Light Display

          Second - Angela Bonner - Smoke Alien

          Third -  Christine Starnes - War and Peace

The images are shown in the galleries section


Open Competition January 2023

The Club's first competition in 2023 was an open and it was judged by three members - Gary Darby, Chris Norton and Christine Starnes. Thanks to them for their efforts. The results were:

           First - Peter Wyles - Albatross Pair

           Second - Lin Wyles - Leopard Stare

           Third - Peter Wyles - Buffalos and Lions


These images ar shown in the galleries section  

Tom Crowe Challenge  '22

Congratulations to Club Members for achieving joint first in this annual competition. Individual scores are shown below:

         18 points  Peter Wyles - Buffalo and Oxpeckers

         17 points  Peter Corbett - Sawtooth Beach

         17 points  Tony Blaiklock - Heavens Above

         17 points  Lin Wyles - Metropol Parasol

         17 points  David Bull - Breakfast Anyone

         17 points  Christine Starnes - Viking Stare

         15 points  Tony Bennett - Lichfield 11

         14 points  Angela Bonnar - Pencil Reflections

The images can be seen in the galleries section


Message from Chairman - Peter Seaman

Hay Camera Club will move to a new venue for its weekly Tuesday meeting as from 10th January (See Home Page). We have an exciting programme of talks, member events, trips and some competitions. We are also busy preparing for an exhibition of members’ photographs to take place at the ‘Oil & Oak’ gallery starting on Thursday 2nd March (See Events Page)


The Club held a Christmas social evening with nibbles and also a lighthearted competition entitled Cheesy Christmas Image. This was won by Ros Coles with Yawning Christmas.  A late entry after the judging finished was Annie Rudolf by Chris Norton which  would have run it close!

The images are shown in the galleries section.


The Picture of the Year Competition was judged by Leigh Woolford who is one of the most experienced  judges on the circuit. His comments were spot on and he has a very positive and supportive style . He was very complimentary about the standard of the images and eventually produced a final shortlist of eight from which he chose Janette Hill's image of Mating Magellanic Oystercatchers as Picture of the Year. Congratulations to Janette and to the other finalists and thank you to all those who entered.

Copies of the images are shown in the galleries section.

       Mating Magellanic Oystercatchers - Janette Hill - 20 and Print of the Year

       Wading Wildebeest - Lin Wyles - 20

       Bude Sea Pool - Hazel Price - 20

       Sidecar 77 - Mark Thomas - 20

       King Penguins at Dusk - Janette Hill - 19

       Bull Elephant - Peter Wyles - 19

       Cloudburst, Wye Valley - Peter Corbett - 19

       Buffalos in the Dust - Lin Wyles - 19


The top three in this competition were:

       Peter Wyles - Bull Elephant - 20 points

       Lin Wyles - Hands of Faith - 19.5 points

       Mark Thomas - Sidecar 77 - 19 points

Copies if these images are shown in the gallery section

Cwm Rhondda 2022     

This competition was held in November.  We came joint 21st out of 23. One to forget!


October saw our annual Club of Clubs competition. The results were:

        Borders 348

        Builth Wells 365

        Hay 377

Congratulations to all our members whose images were selected for this competition and in particular the seven members who achieved the maximum score of 20 points:

        David Bull

        Peter Corbett

        Janette Hill

        Gill Perkins

        Peter Seaman

        Lin Wyles

        Peter Wyles

Their images are shown in the galleries section.



24 July saw our annual battle with this New Zealand Club. Hay won the competition, "Around the Home/Backyard", by 354 to 337. Congratulations to all those who entered and in particular the seven members who scored 20's:

     Angela Bonner (2)

     Tony Bennett

     Tony Blakelock

     Guy Perkins

     Hazel Price (2)

     Lin Wyles

     Peter Wyles

Extra congratulations to Angela whose image "Red and Gold" was selected as the judges favourite of the event.  


All these  images are shown in the galleries section  

Fourteen clubs compete for this trophy each year.  The 2022 round was won by Gwynfa with 94 points. Hay came a creditable joint fourth with 90 points. Our top two scores of 19 points came from Lin Wyles with A Dogs Day Out and Hazel Price with Poppies Arrangement.

barrian cup 2022


The Jubilee Cup is an annual competition between Hay, Maescwmmer, Cwmbran and  Abergavenny Clubs. This year the competition was won by Hay although unfortunately none of our members were able to attend. Special congratulations to Lin Wyles and Christine Starnes who scored 20 with A Dog's Day Out and Viking Stare and Angela Bonnar and Tony Blakelock  who scored 19 with Flower Twirl and Calanish.


Club Members visited Herefordshire Photographic Society on 17 May, 2022, for our annual battle judged by Ian Ledgard. We won the battle with a score of 345 to 330. Congratulations to those who entered and in particular, Christine Starnes, Angela Bonner and Colin Howard who all scored 20's.  Copies of some of our most successful images are shown in the gallery.

ArcHitecture competition 2022

In April, the Club had its first externally judged competition on site for two years, judged by Peter Young. The theme was Architecture and included prints for the first time in two years - and very good they were too! The DPI section was won by Club Chairman, Colin Lawrence with a very gritty image of an old factory. The print section was won by Peter Corbett with one of his excellent images of an old building in the Namibian desert. Copies of the successful images are shown in the gallery section.

hay camera club makes optimistic start to 2022

On the 18th January Hay Camera Club held its first internal competition of the year, the Open Competition, with no specific theme and again held online because of the continuing health restrictions. However, despite this over 60 entries were submitted by members and the three volunteer judges - all Club members - spent a great deal of time explaining the reasons for their judgements and giving useful feedback.

In the event it was difficult to split the top-scoring six entries, all of which are shown below, but the top honours finally went to Tony Blaiklock for his magnificent image of the Brecon Beacons. There have been some wonderful sunrises and sunsets so far this year, haven't there?

There are more friendly competitions planned for the rest of the year, but there is more to the Club than that. Please be sure to check details of all our events regularly. We hope we see you in 2022.

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hay camera club ladies show how it should be done

In one of its last meetings before Christmas, The Club held its traditional Picture of the Year competition at the beginning of December, which was again held online because of continuing Covid-19 fears. This year's contest was ably judged by Bill Hall from Cornwall, who talked us through the nearly 60 entries before announcing the winners His favourite image of all was the beautiful study of a tulip (below) by Hazel. His two runners-up were Christine and Lin.

You can also view the Commended and Highly Commended entries in the Gallery. Thank you to Bill and to all the members who entered for making this such an entertaining evening.

If you would like to join the Club or at least watch one of our interesting and varied presentations, then please check our planned events and contact us. Depending on official advice, we are hoping to resume more regular face-to-face meetings in 2022, so watch this space. Until then, we wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

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hay camera club visits derbyshire

Sixteen members and partners of Hay Camera Club had a two-to-three day trip away at the end of October 2021 to Derbyshire to photograph the beautiful scenery of the Derbyshire Peak District

Lumsdale (in the rain!) was high on the wish list, as were Padley Gorge (better weather) and the area to the north towards Higger Tor. Other locations of interest included The Crich Tramway Museum, Eyam - the so-called Plague Village, and Monsall Dale viaduct.

Chesterfield is renowned for the twisted church spire and some of us learned of the real reason for this: green timber having been used in its construction, as well as another version that cannot be printed!. One of our number managed to capture the spire with a rainbow, set against dark clouds.

Apart from the photography, it was a great social occasion. We stayed in the Ibis Chesterfield Central Hotel, where the manager was most accommodating in providing a group buffet meal on the Sunday evening, followed by the use of a meeting room where local photographer, Robert Falconer, gave an excellent after-dinner illustrated presentation of the local area and answered numerous questions about the locality.

Everyone came away feeling that the photographic possibilities had been no more than just sampled.

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message from the chair september 2021 - a promising start to a new club year

The Club has now started its autumn programme of events and meetings. We have a varied programme which will appeal to all interested in photography, whatever your level of expertise. The summer break gave us an opportunity to hold two garden social events – both in lovely weather. Following very successful club trips to Croft Castle, Witley Court, Brecon canal and an old watermill, we are planning a three-day/two-night trip to the Derbyshire Peak District in October.

The Club has also had success in a recent photo competition, beating our friends in the Border Monochrome Camera Club, based in Kington. Well done to all those members who entered and especially to member Mark Thomas, who came first with his haunting image "Despair" (below). Also shown below are entries by Janette, Lin and Dainis, which each scored 20/20 marks. You can see all of the Hay entries in the Gallery.

The Club membership currently stands at forty-two and is made up of experienced photographers and beginners. We pride ourselves on our informality and friendliness and we are definitely not a club where competitions dominate our activities. We are a club for all.

Covid has impacted on us, as it has all community and social organisations. We are currently meeting online, but over the coming months we will be blending in some in-person meetings back in our hall in Brecon Road, Hay. We will be operating strict Covid measures but meeting together will enable us to break the barriers that online computer monitors can impose.

Peter Seaman - Chair

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hay camera club gets a taste of normal life again

Several hardy members of Hay Camera Club braved the searing heat on the 20th July and enjoyed the fine garden and hospitality of Chairman Peter Seaman and his wife Margaret near Brecon. As Peter reminded us, this was the first opportunity for some members to meet others other than through the medium of online conferencing in over 18 months. Hopefully things will start to settle down soon and Club meetings in Hay will be able to resume before too long. 

Please continue to check our Events page for details of the Club's forthcoming programme.

It was all about keeping cool this week
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Hay Camera club continues its winning streak

In its last friendly "battle" before the 2021 Summer break, Hay Camera Club again won its annual contest against Marlborough Camera Club in New Zealand. Responsible for organising this year's event, Hay asked well-known photographer, speaker and judge Leigh Woolford to consider the twenty entries from each club on the theme of "Patterns". Leigh then showed the images, gave feedback and awarded the marks during an online session attended by members of each club on the 15th June (16th June in the case of Marlborough because of the 11 hour time difference!)

All of the Hay Camera Club entries can be viewed in the Gallery. The two magnificent images by Gill Perkins and Peter Wyles were each awarded a maximum 20 points. Despite losing the contest, Marlborough did take the honour for the best image overall, which was awarded to Rachel Marfell for her beautiful monochrome study of a leaf (below). The observant among you will have noticed that all three images feature leaves, but this illustrates pretty convincingly that some of the most dramatic and beautiful symmetry can be found in the natural world..

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more success for hay camera club in the cwmbran jubilee cup

On the 9th June 2021 our friends at Cwmbran Photographic Society hosted a five-way competition that also included Monmouth Photographic Club, Abergavenny Camera Club and Maesycwmmer Camera Club. Because of Covid-19 regulations the competition was held online, when the entries were judged and critiqued by Harry Gardiner AWPF. This year Hay improved on their second placing in 2020 and came first, with all ten entries scoring strongly. Of particular note were the two entries by members Gill Perkins and Sharon Kilyon below, which were each awarded a well-deserved maximum of 20 points:

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Hay camera club wins in annual contest against herefordshire rivals

Hay Camera Club were the undisputed winners in a regular, annual contest against neighbouring Herefordshire Photographic Society (HPS). This year's event was organised and hosted by HPS and streamed online to members of both clubs on the 21st. May. You can see all twenty of Hay's entries in the Gallery, together with an explanation of the judging system employed by HPS.


The overall winner of the contest was Angela Bonner of Hay with her stunning Dancing Lillies. In a very clean sweep Hay Camera Club members Peter Wyles, Terry Moore and Gill Perkins also came second, third and fourth respectively.

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hay camera club reflects on the end of lock-down with a competition

Despite the differing lock-down regulations set by the Welsh and English administrations on either side of the border running through Hay, by the end of April all Club members were finally able to lawfully get out in the fine weather and enjoy the fresh air and wonderful scenery freely available in and around the beautiful Wye Valley and Black Mountains.  We also decided to celebrate by holding another internal competition, this time on the subject of "Reflections".

Instead of calling on the services of a professional judge, it was also agreed that all the entries would be judged by three experienced, female members. Because of the continuing restrictions on internal meetings, the results of their deliberations and the entries themselves were presented to other members in an online session when the three judges were gracious enough to offer comments and advice on all of the entries.

In an incredibly tight finish the overall winner was Lin Wyles with her lovely image of "Whitby" (below). Colin Lawrence came second with his well-seen "Train on the next platform", and two superb wildlife images by Lin's husband Peter couldn't be separated and came equal third.

"Mirrored" by new member Sharon Kilyon was highly commended, as was "Photographer Reflected" by David Bull CBE and "Whitby Abbey" by Tony Bennett. You can view these and all of the remaining entries in our Gallery.

Peter Seaman, Chair of Hay Camera Club. said "I am especially pleased that one of our newest members, Sharon Kilyon, was highly commended by the judges. Our next competition is against Herefordshire Photographic Society on 21st May and then on 15th June we look forward to our international event against Marlborough Camera Club of New Zealand which will hopefully be ‘live’ for both clubs with the benefit of online conferencing." 

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