The Two Hemispheres Challenge Competition

“Modern technology has brought photographers from across the world together in a friendly competition which will see an improvement in the quality of the photography produced by our two clubs, LBPC in the UK and Camberwell Camera Club in Melbourne, Australia.”

Established in 2009, The Two Hemisphere competition is an annual bilateral photographic competition between LBPC in the UK and Camberwell Camera Club in Melbourne, Australia.

Leighton Buzzard


The competition takes place in November each year, with each club entering 30 PDIs which are judged both in the UK and in Australia.  Each entry is scored out of twenty and the scores from both the UK and the Australia judges are aggregated to determine the winning club.

In LBPC, the organiser draws images from the previous season’s competition entries, together with any additional entries submitted by members. These are whittled down to a final 30 by external NONE camera club photographers, where care is taken to involve as many members as possible. Ideally, one image from 30 different authors, giving many their first chance to enter an International competition.

Peter Brady of the Camberwell Camera Club wrote:

The experts tell us that we are living in the digital age. An age where parameters such as speed, precision, ease of doing and efficiency will lead us to better and more productive lives. Some industries and activities are affected more than others and photography is high on the list. Changes to cameras, computers and available computer software packages have been profound and the whole photographic scene has evolved into a new art form.

It is against this background that Ruth Goldwasser of Camberwell (Australia) Camera Club set off to a Royal Photographic Society Audio Visual Conference in the UK in 2008, where she made friends with Dave Gillow of Leighton Buzzard (UK) Photographic Club.

From this chance encounter a new type of activity has evolved – International Club competitions.

The Two Hemisphere Challenge is a still photography contest between the two clubs using digital techniques. The contest is held annually and is based on the quality of work as assessed by two photographic judges, one from each country, as judged from 2×30 images.

Each year the challenge is hotly contested and has matured to the extent that, Dave Gillow’s son Martin, has designed and produced a Virtual Trophy as a record of success. Modern technology has brought photographers from across the world together in a friendly competition which will see an improvement in the quality of the photography produced from our two clubs.

When all the judging has been completed, the results, together with all the scores and the comments of the two judges, are published HERE

The winners of the competition since its creation are as follows:

Year Winning Club
2021 Camberwell Camera Club
2020 [No competition]
2019 Camberwell Camera Club
2018 Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club
2017 Camberwell Camera Club
2016 Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club
2015 Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club
2014 Camberwell Camera Club
2013 Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club
2012 Camberwell Camera Club
2011 Camberwell Camera Club
2010 Dead Heat
2009 Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club
903, 2021

Two Hemispheres: 2021 Results

9 March 2021|0 Comments

Each club enters 30 PDIs and these are judged both in the UK and in Australia.  Each entry is scored out of twenty and all the scores (from both the UK and the [...]

611, 2019

Two Hemispheres: 2019 Results

6 November 2019|0 Comments

The UK judge for the 2019 Two Hemispheres competition was Jonathan Vaines LRPS CPAGB AFAIP. Jonathan is an experienced photographer and judge who has judged and critiqued at LBPC on several occasions. He [...]

711, 2018

Two Hemispheres: 2018 Results

7 November 2018|0 Comments

The UK judge for the 2018 Two Hemispheres competition was Colin Southgate FRPS from Barton-le-Clay. Colin is a member of Harpenden Photographic Society and is a regular visitor to LBPC. Having been involved [...]

811, 2017

Two Hemispheres: 2017 Results

8 November 2017|0 Comments

Details of the UK judge for the 2017 Two Hemispheres competition appear to have disappeared down a black hole. We do have the comments made by both judges, however. Each entry was [...]

911, 2016

Two Hemispheres: 2016 Results

9 November 2016|0 Comments

The UK judge for the 2016 Two Hemispheres competition was Alan Taberer. Alan is one of the founders of the Imagez Camera Club in Weston Turville. Each entry was marked out of [...]

1111, 2015

Two Hemispheres: 2015 Results

11 November 2015|0 Comments

Sadly, the information for the UK judge presiding over the 2015 Two Hemispheres competition has been lost in the mists of time. We do have most of the comments from both judges, though. [...]