Madagascar with Ray Cotterell

Situated 250 miles off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world and must be one of the most diverse in flora and fauna, more than double the size of the UK and only one third of UK population.


Ray’s talk started with the history of the island when it broke away from India and became isolated, 88 million years ago, and the evolution of its wildlife, filling every niche and adapting to the unique conditions.

Continue reading “Madagascar with Ray Cotterell”

Taking Better Wildlife Photos with Sandie Cox

Sandie showed us her wildlife photographs from many places in the world, Antarctica to the Isle of Mull. The evening was interactive and we were encouraged to ask questions at any time.


Most important is to try and catch movement or purpose in the subject and to do this the photographer must have their camera prepared and ready for immediate use.

Continue reading “Taking Better Wildlife Photos with Sandie Cox”

The Cotswold Lad Returns

A firm favourite with the club, Martin Fry did indeed return to make his captivating AV presentation “From Artist To Excellence” We started with some stunning pictures of the Cotswolds, Laurie Lee’s home and the area around Slad Valley and Stroud and continued to some spectacular rough weather scenes in Cornwall. Martin’s skills were also highlighted with┬ásome period pieces including Wartime and Old Gloucester Market.

Until recently Martin was Head Teacher of the VA. C of E Primary School in the village of Horsley, near Stroud, Gloucestershire. The Nave of the nearby Church of St Martin has been modified, making space for the children, on occasion, to assemble and entertain the community, which was hardly possible before in the small school hall.

GWR Badminton line

Our first speaker this year was Alan Freke from The Frenchay Village Museum who gave an amusing and, considering the title, a surprisingly interesting presentation of the story of The GWR Badminton Line, which ran between Wootton Bassett and Patchway from 1903 until 1968, illustrated with photographs from the whole period and up to the present day.


Continue reading “GWR Badminton line”

SYPC Programme 2016

4th January No meeting
11th January Your new Committee
Entries for bi-monthly round 1
18th January Alan Freke
The Badminton branch line
25th January Bob Ryan
Leave the tripod at home
1st February Bi-monthly competition – round 1
8th February Martin Fry
The Cotswold lad returns
15th February Sandie Cox
Taking better wildlife photos
22nd February Evening photoshoot
Yate/Chipping Sodbury
26th February (Friday) Club dinner
(Venue to be confirmed)
29th February Ray Cotterell
Entries for bi-monthly round 2
3rd March (Thursday) Visit to North Bristol Camera Club
7th March Eddy & Pam Lane
New Zealand
14th March Bi-monthly competition – round 2
20th March (Sunday) Day out – Ebbw Vale owl sanctuary
21st March Dave Gray
28th March No meeting
Easter bank holiday
4th April Stephen McGrath
11th April Members evening – Trios
Bring 3 images that work together
Entries for bi-monthly round 3
18th April Club exhibition at
Yate library
25th April The Winkworths
Home and away
2nd May Bank Holiday – No Meeting
9th May Bi-monthly competition – round 3
15th May (Sun) 3-way battle
16th May John Chamberlain
Digital images from around
the world
23rd May Andy Beel
Ethiopia in prints
30th May Bank holiday – no meeting
6th June Members evening
13th June Rich McD
The life of a pro photographer
19th June Wiltshire day out
(From 2015)
20th June Simon Caplan
Extraordinary ordinary
27th June Gordon Thomas
My photographic journey
Entries for bi-monthly round 4
4th July BBQ
11th July Sheila Haycox
An evening with…
18th July Bi-monthly competition round 4
25th July Adrian & Vanessa Herring
Eastern Europe
1st August Bob Bishop
First time for everything
8th August Ray Grace
More hints & tips
14th August (Sunday) Day out at Tewkesbury
15th August Les Loosemore
Unique print show
Entries for bi-monthly round 5
22nd August WCPF portfolio
29th August Bank holiday – no meeting
5th September Bi-monthly competition round 5
12th September Town hall
Colin Varndell
The art of capturing nature
Dorset landscapes & wildlife
19th September Jessops
Print and product reviews/demos
26th September Clive Andrew trophy for
audio visual annual competition
and Poetry with images competition
3rd October President’s evening
Entries for bi-monthly round 6
10th October Evening photography at
Arnos Vale cemetary
17th October Dave Mason
Street photographer
24th October SYPC Annual General Meeting
31st October Paul Jones
Macro evening (hands on, bring cameras)
7th November Bi-monthly competition round 6
14th November Peter Weaver
I have seen the light
21st November George Reekie
An evening with George Reekie
Entries for annual competitions
28th November Linda & Edgar Gibbs
A seasonal interlude and other AVs
5th December Annual competitions
12th December Viewing our DPIC selection
Club visits gallery for 2016
19th December American Supper and Presentations
26th December Christmas break – No Meeting

SYPC Programme 2015

5th January Costa Rica – Stuart Miller
12th January It’s not what you think
Tony Tanner
19th January Photoshop Clinic – Ray Grace ARPS DPAGB
Entries for bi-monthly round 1
26th January Evening out – Clifton
2nd February Rise & Decline of a photographer
Graham Reeves
9th February Down Under
Clive Rushton
16th February Bi-monthly competition
Round 1
23rd February Creating A/Vs – Tony Byram ARPS DPAGB EFIAP
and Jenny Byram DPAGB EFIAP BPE1
27th February (Friday) Club dinner
(Venue to be confirmed)
2nd March Thailand update – Paul Kessler
Entries for bi-monthly round 2
9th March Visit from Tyndale club
16th March Ethiopia – Tony Marriott
23rd March Bi-monthly competition
Round 2
30th March Members evening
Musicians – Portrait session
6th April Easter Bank Holiday (No meeting)
12th April (Sunday) Algars Manor, Iron Acton
2:30pm – 4:00pm
13th April Club exhibition at
Yate Heritage centre
20th April Oh yeah!
Robin Gregory
27th April Members Evening
Entries for bi-monthly round 3
4th May Bank Holiday – No Meeting
11th May Photographers at war
Jim Elsworth
17th May (Sun) Kilve and west Somerset
Day out
18th May Bi-monthly competition
Round 3
25th May Bank holiday – no meeting
31st May (Sunday) 3 way battle
Venue to be confirmed
1st June Members evening
8th June Thornbury Castle
Evening out
15th June My photography
David Gamm
22nd June Annual Summer BBQ
29th June My photography
Philip Hodge AFIAP CPAGB
6th July Evening out
Bitton railway (TBC)
13th July Landscapes for all seasons – Robert Harvey
Entries for bi-monthly round 4
19th July (Sunday) Day out in Gloucester
20th July Photography for fun
27th July Bi-monthly competition
Round 4
3rd August Action photography
9th August (Sunday) Day out
Caen locks, Devizes and beyond
10th August Members evening
Entries for 3 way battle
12th August (Wednesday) Evening out
Sports photography
17th August Travels with my camera – Mike Ogbourne
Entries for bi-monthly round 5
24th August WCPF portfolio
31st August Bank holiday – no meeting
7th September To be confirmed
14th September Town hall – Retrospective print show
21st September 3 way battle results
Hosted by SYPC
28th September Audio Visual Annual Competition
Entries for Challenge competition
5th October Members evening
The naughty boys
12th October Challenge Competition
19th October President’s evening
Entries for bi-monthly round 6
26th October SYPC Annual General Meeting
2nd November A passion for wildlife
Shaun Boycott-Taylor ARPS AFIAP
9th November Bi-monthly competition round 6
16th November Members evening – Tim and Eric
Entries for annual competitions
23rd November Club visits
30th November DPIC entry selection
7th December Annual competitions
14th December Pinhole camera photography
Justin Quinnell
21st December American Supper and Presentations
28th December Christmas break – No Meeting