The Italian job!

A rare Friday evening outing on the 24th of February saw a good number of club members turn out for a very enjoyable meal at the Italian restaurant La Passione in Chipping Sodbury. The food was wonderful, and the company made the evening a true delight, and a good time was had by all. Mike Wescott, the New Members Host, organised the evening – many thanks Mike!

Quiz Night!

A break from the usual displays of images and talks from guest speakers, the 20th of February saw club members enjoy a fun evening with a general knowledge quiz in the first half of the evening, and a photography and astro-photography themed identification quiz in the second half. An enjoyable evening was had by all, and thanks go to John Scantlebury for organising and running the evening so successfully.

Adventures of a wildlife photographer

Peter Basterfield ARPS, DPAGB, gave an outstanding talk to club members on the 30th of January 2012. There were many fantastic pictures, the majority of which were birds. Peter started off showing pictures of wildlife that can be found in your back garden, and progressed to travelling all over the world and showing a huge variety of wildlife, as well as telling tales behind many of the images.

For more information about Peter, and to see some of his wonderful images, please visit Peter’s website.

Steam in the UK Landscape

This week Don Bishop ARPS gave a talk to club members, the subject of which was Steam in the UK Landscape. Starting in the highlands of Scotland and moving gradually down to the south coast, we were treated to some fascinating pictures of locomotives, carriages, rolling stock and stations, taken at various times over the past few years.

For further information about Don Bishop, head over to his website at


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2012 Timetable



2nd January
Bank Holiday – No meeting
9th January

Using plugins in Photoshop


16th January

Members Presentations

Betty Billingham FDPS ARPS EFIAP & Pete Alford

Open Bi-Monthly Competition Entries Round 1

23rd January

Steam in the UK Landscape

Don Bishop ARPS

30th January

Adventures of a Wildlife Photographer

Peter Basterfield ARPS DPAGB



6th February
Open Bi-Monthly Competition Round 1
13th February

Demonstration of Digital System Cameras

Simon Radburn

20th February

Photography and General Knowledge Quiz Evening

John Scantlebury LRPS CPAGB

24th February (Fri) Club dinner (venue TBA)
27th February

Retrospective – bring along slides for an evening of nostalgia

Open Bi-Monthly Competition Entries Round 2



5th March

Discussion Evening

The top three prints from each of 2011 six Bi-Monthly competitions

10th March (Sat)

Day out

Birds of Prey Centre, Newant

12th March

Evening out

A local church (TBA)

19th March
Open Bi-Monthly Competition Round 2
26th March

Hands-on A/V – Tutorial





2nd April

Critique Evening

Bring digital images and prints for discussion

9th April
Easter – No meeting
11th April (Wed) SYPC visit to Lincombe Barn Camera Club
16th April

Annual Exhibition Opening

Yate Heritage Centre

23rd April

Discussion evening

Lenses and their effects

John Scantlebury LRPS CPAGB

30th April


David Bathard

Open Bi-Monthly Competition Entries Round 3



7th May
Bank Holiday – No Meeting
13th May (Sun)

Three Way Battle

Day out taking pictures with Crossbow CC and Thornbury CC

Venue TBA

14th May

Members Presentations

Hugh Jones and Derek Simmons

19th May (Sat)

Day Out

West Somerset Railway

21st May
Open Bi-Monthly Competition Round 3
28th May

Studio Evening – Film Noir

Steve Cox



4th June
Spring Bank Holiday – No Meeting
11th June

Evening out in Chipping Sodbury

Take images to set subjects

18th June

Lincombe Barn Camera Club

Return visit to show their work

25th June
Annual barbeque


2nd July

The World of a Wildlife Photographer

David Boag

Open Bi-Monthly Competition Entries Round 4

9th July

Images of Chipping Sodbury

From evening out on 11th June

16th July

By the Sea

Robert Harvey BA ARPS

23rd July
Open Bi-Monthly Competition Round 4
30th July
President’s Evening


6th August

Every Picture Tells a Story

Peter Preece

13th August

Presentation of this years Salon images

Betty Billingham FDPS ARPS EFIAP

20th August

Preparing work for Exhibitions and Competitions

John Tilsley ARPS DPAGB

Open Bi-Monthly Competition Entries Round 5

27th August
August Bank Holiday – No Meeting


3rd Sepetember
WCPF Travelling Critique
8th September (Sat) Day out – Swindon Steam Museum
10th September
Three Way Battle – Judging
17th September
Open Bi-Monthly Competition Round 5
24th September

Evening Out

Night photography – Cumberland Basin



1st October
A/V Competition
8th October

Members Presentations

Eric D’Costa CPAGB and Ray Grace ARPS DPAGB

15th October

Challenge Competition

Digital Images (Rules to be announced)

Open Bi-Monthly Competition Entries Round 6

22nd October

Masai Mara Trek

Pam Lane ARPS DPAGB and Eddy Lane ARPS DPAGB

29th October
Annual General Meeting


5th November

Open Bi-Monthly Competition Round 6

Annual Competition Entries

12th November

An Evenings Entertainment of Digital Sequences

Roger Malison

19th November


Prints from the Darkroom

26th November
Annual Competitions


3rd December

Studio Workshop

Theme TBA

10th December

Pictures of Skye

Lynne Smithson LRPS, Adrian Smithson LRPS,
Ray Grace ARPS DPAGB and Helen Heyes

17th December
Annual Supper and Presentation of Awards
24th December
Christmas Eve – No Meeting
31st December
New Years Eve – No Meeting

Welcome to Sodbury and Yate Photographic Club!

About the club

We are a group of enthusiastic photographers of all abilities, and encompassing film, digital and slide photography. Our Monday evening meetings often consist of talks from guest speakers, club competitions, and organised trips out. If you are interested, feel free to pop along on a Monday evening (click here for times and a map to find us), however do check our Programme to ensure we will be meeting in the regular place! We welcome anyone who would like to find out more to contact the club secretary