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June winning photo

April winning photo
May winning photo
Christine with the Pattison Trophy

BEWI PHOTO COMPETITION – You have to be in it, to win it.

For a number of months now we’ve met via Zoom.

We’re still not back in our meeting room

And so, we were asked for a different submission

Instead of the table-based competition.

Committee came up with a clever new scheme:

A photo or two on a given theme.

We’ve had trees, Christmas baubles and cute baby birds

Beautiful, personal, winsome, absurd.

I’ve entered – and while it was only for fun

I’m amused once or twice when I’ve found that I’ve won!

But now I’ve discovered a sad reason why.

Some of our members are too camera-shy!

I’ve heard that some members have sent nothing in

As they think the same people are going to win.

That’s quite disappointing, to tell you the truth,

Please send in your entries: a photo to Ruth.

My knowledge of cameras won’t go very far.

I thought an F stop was the size of my bra!

And as for getting a picture in focus

All talk of apertures is just hocus-pocus.

When shielding at home with my husband Mike

And watching Covid figures continue to spike

I ventured no further than my own Hill Lane.

My garden the place to keep fit and stay sane.

All I did was click photos outside on my iPad

Yet to me the results were really not that bad.

New technology’s easy and all automatic

So, you don’t need to be a camera fanatic.

Remember when film was very expensive?

Now our photo collections can be quite extensive.

So surely dear members, you’ve something to show?

But if you don’t enter, then we’ll never we know…

by Jacqueline Wiltshire

Sara with the Button Cup
Sara with the Button Cup

Annual Competitions

  • Button Cup
  • Pattison competition
  • Photo competition

2023 Congratulations for winning

Congratulations to Christine Butcher for her winning Carrot Cake.


Monthly Competitions

Every entry gains a point for the Button Cup.

February – Favourite cake recipe

March – Amusing or different story on any exercise no more than 100 words

April – Bring a picture or article 1900-1930.

June – Your favourite picture or photo of the local area.

September – Holidays that have not turned out as expected in no more than 100 words

October –Small Autumnal display (Collage, painting to represent Autumn)

November – Picture or photo of Ship, Boat small, medium or large.

Special Photography Competitions – Monthly

Email 2 of your favourite photos to Ruth Dennison by the last day of the month to be entered into the competition.  All entries are judged by professional photographer Jonathan Ellis.

January 2024 

Theme: Cheers

February 2024
Theme: Black and White

March 2024
Theme: Man and Beast

April 2024
Theme: Cars

May 2024
Theme: Fabulous Flowers

June 2024
Theme: Silhouettes or Shadows

July 2024
Theme: So hot

August 2024
Theme: Arches

September 2024
Theme: Markets

October 2024
Theme: Autumn Colours

November 2024

Theme: Generations

December 2024

Theme: Hobbies

Competition winners

January 2024 – Christine Butcher 1st and 2nd, Pat Gibbs

February 2024 – Anita Connor 1st an 3rd, Pat Linney

March 2024 –  Ruth Dennison (first and third), Sandie Middleton, Jan Sutherland (joint second)

April 2024  – Anita Connor, Jan Sutherland, Sandie Middleton

May 2024 – Alison Kitchener, Christine Butcher, Chris Hocking

June 2024 – Sandie Middleton, Ruth Dennison, Ann Hayden, Jan Ilot

July 2023 – Anne Plummer, Carole Huxley,  Anita Connor

August 2023 – Ruth Dennison, Anita Connor, Joy England

September 2023 – Ro Emerton, Irene Saunders, Anita Connor

October 2023 – Sandie Middleton (first and second), Joy England

November 2023 –  Pat Gibs,  Anita Connor, Sue Parker

December 2023 – Ruth Dennison, Christine Butcher, Christine Eeles

Winning photos for 2023 below

Remember: If you enter the BEWI competitions you gain a point towards the Button Cup or Photo Trophy with the winners gaining 5 points. Runners up receive 3 or 2 points and entrants 1 point.

Hampshire County Federation WI organises competitions, please see their website
HCFWI Competitions (