An award winning photographer was recently presented with a variety of styles and subjects when he judged a picture competition.

Landscape and travel photographer David Clapp judged Bridport Camera Club's travel competition at their meeting on Wednesday, March 21.

A spokesman for the club said: "Travel photography, in most peoples' perception, involves making journeys to far flung places and capturing exotic landscapes and cultures, but this is a misconception according to the Royal Photographic Society.

"While that is definitely part of the genre, you can just as well create travel photographs on your own doorstep, with added benefit of being able to visit the location as many times as it takes to get the best picture.

"Travel photography, above all, captures a sense of place, a location or an event.

"It can be defined as images that express a feeling of time and place, or portray a land, its people or its culture in its natural state."

Members of the club took this advice to heart.

Entries from Bridport Market, Lyme Regis and Portland, as well as elsewhere in the UK stood up well against images from more exotic locations from Iceland to Australia.

On show for David to judge were landscapes, architecture, abstracts, street photographs and the odd bit of humour.

Technical and aesthetic issues aside, David's judgement came down to whether the photographer had captured the all important sense of place.

In Group B, Margaret Preuss-Higham almost swept the board, with an impressive first and second in prints and first, third and highly commended in projected images.

All of Margaret's pictures were taken in the south west of England and south Wales.

Joy Uglow also did well, coming third in prints and second in projected images.

In Group A, the prints category saw Alison Weber come first with 'Punch and Judy' taken on Weymouth beach, while Chris Hilton's quirky take on the travel theme, 'Rain', came second.

Cathy Warne's lakes image came third.

In the digital category, Alison Weber came top again, while Rob Reek's Ice Berg came second and Carol Tritton came third.

The competition highlighted to the group that there is no need to book flights far away, just explore your own area.