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Months of planning finally came to fruition on Saturday 25th April at just after 9am when the members of other clubs in the Grampian area started arriving at the St Mary’s Church Hall, Banff for the 2015 Grampian Eye Competition.

Club members were welcomed with tea and coffee along with pancakes and scones.  Many taking to opportunity to meet with friends and we hope make some new ones before the judging started.

The turnout was excellent with over 120 club members from throughout the Grampian region making the trip to Banff. Our judge, Al Buntin ARPS MPAGB, was excellent and we would like to thank him and his lovely wife for agreeing to make the trip north.  His judgements into the images were insightful and certainly gave us something to think about – remember to crop that sky.  He selected 9 images to receive a Commended award and 7 for a highly commended.

Our scorers worked very hard throughout the day.  They checked and triple checked the scores and were pleased to announce the final scores for the Grampian Eye Competition 2015.

Grampian Eye 2015 Winning Club

Bon Accord Camera Club with a total of 251 Points

Grampian Eye 2015 runner Up Club

Moray Camera Club with a total of 248 points

Grampian Eye 2015 Top Image

Bow Fiddle Aurora by Damien Connel of Moray Camera Club

Grampian Eye 2015 Runner Up Image

Turnstone by Chris Briggs of Donside Camera Club.

Congratulations to you all, and especially to Bon Accord Camera Club for winning this year’s title.

Thank You

A special mention must be made to the lovely ladies who provided our catering on the day.  They provided us with the most wonderful buffet lunch with options for everyone, as well as pancakes and scones in the morning and fancy pieces and cake at our tea break time.  We received many lovely comments regarding the food, and it was very well deserved.

We would also like to thank Tom MacLennan who guided us through the hire of the hall, and worked like a trojan all day yesterday making sure everything was just perfect – and it was.

Our sponsors have exceeded our expectations with their generosity and we cannot thank them enough. AD Walker of Banff, Echomaster Marine Ltd, Macduff, Portsoy Ice Cream Shop, Macduff Dental Practice and Ffords of Beauty for the wonderful prizes for our raffle.

The committee members of Deveron Camera club have been fantastic without them the day would not have been the success if undoubtably was.  Their organisation and guidance has been second to none and ensured that everything ran smoothly.  Also to the members of the club (and their families) who assisted on the day we are very grateful.

We enjoyed organising the event and wish Criagewan Photographic Group all the very best with the 2016 event.

Grampian Eye : 25th April 2015

Deveron Camera Club are honoured to host the 2015 Grampian Eye competition. The competition will be held on Saturday 25th April 2015 in St Mary’s Church Hall, Banff Parish Church, Banff. The competition will be held from 10am to 5pm.

Update: Wednesday 15th September

All the tickets have now been posted to the clubs and have hopefully been received.  We still have some allocation left, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require any additional tickets or have any queries.

See you all a week on Saturday.

Grampian Eye Competition 2015

The Grampian Eye is a regional competition between clubs from all over the Grampian area from Forres to Stonehaven.  The competitions was first held in 2008/09 by Forres Camera Club and is hosted by a different club each year. It is the turn of Deveron this year.

We are very pleased to advise that Al Buntin ARPS MPAGB has kindly agreed to be our judge for this year’s competition.  Al is a photographer of some renown and his ability to turn his photographs into works of art is second to none.  As Al himself says on his website ‘all you need is a little bit of imagination’. You can see some of Al’s work for yourself at

Yet again there is a very strong lineup for the 2015 competition. The clubs competing are:

  • Aberdeen CC
  • Bon AccordCC
  • Craigewan PG
  • Deeside CC
  • Deveron CC
  • Donside CC
  • Ellon PG 
  • Forres CC 
  • Fraserburgh PS 
  • Mearns CC
  • Moray CC
  • Moravia PS
  • Peterhead CC 

The venue is very easy to find being located at the eastern end of the high street in Banff and will be signposted on the day.  There is a large car park (St Mary’s) next to the venue with 45 free car parking spaces (near the back of the car park – green bays), 78 pay and display & 3 disabled spaces.  The charge (if the free spaces are full) is £5.00 for full day Saturday. The machines accept Cash or cards.

Banff is very well seved by a regular bus service from Aberdeen or Elgin – 35/X35 Bus Timetable

Previous Winners 

  • 2009 Moray CC
  • 2010 Bon Accord CC
  • 2011 Peterhead CC
  • 2012 Bon Accord CC
  • 2013 Mearns CC
  • 2014 Mearns CC

We will be in touch with all clubs in the New Year with submission information.  In the meantime if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We are very excited about the 2015 competition and cannot wait to welcome you all to Banff.

Image: Banff Parish Church by Andy Taylor

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