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First Print Competition of 2015

The President of the L&CPU, John Smith, came to judge our first print competition of 2015 on 19th February. He was confronted by a substantial entry but took things in his stride to give helpful comments as well scores. In addition to the useful suggestions about post processing of prints John also put himself in the position of the photographer in the field, making suggestions about moving around to obtain better viewpoints and using different lenses. The evening was good natured and enjoyed by all. The images below are representative of the top scoring entries.
Barn Owl Barn Owl by Peter Thomasson
Speedy Sanderling Speedy Sanderling by Richard Towell
The River Esk Cumbria River Esk, Cumbria by Judy Bell

Geoff Davies

It is with sadness that we record the death of our Honorary Member, Geoff Davies, on 17th February 2015. Geoff had been a long standing member of the Bolton Camera Club serving in various capacities, including President. His street and candid photography was of the highest standard and much admired. Geoff held successful exhibitions in Yorkshire and Bolton, the latter being opened in January 2014 by ex-Guardian photographer Denis Thorpe, who is also an admirer of Geoff's work.

The pictures below show Geoff at the opening of his Bolton exhibition and also some examples of his work.

A video showing some of Geoff's work can also be viewed on You Tube at the following link:-



Geoff Davies-9 Geoff Davies-8
Geoff Davies-2 Geoff Davies-3
Geoff Davies-4 Geoff Davies-7

The First Competition of 2015

The new Club year started well on Thursday 22nd January 2015 with the first competition for digital projected images. We were delighted to welcome David Bibby back as our judge. He did a sterling job in spite of being on a peak in the Lake District only that morning. As expected, David gave constructive advice to members and was appreciative of members' efforts. There was a good crop of high scoring images, the ones scoring 20 points being illustrated below.


A Stones Throw

A stone's throw

by Keith Atkinson

A Street Time Forgot

A street time forgot

by Phil Durkin

Bride Eyes

Bride eyes

by Paul Longden

Circling The Food

Circling the food

by Patrick Berry

Red boat house

Red boat house

by David Hawkins

Top of the World

Top of the world

by Karen Raffe


Days Out Competition held

On Thursday 8th January 2015 the Club held its last competition of the 2014 club year. This was the Days Out competition - open to both prints and digital projected images taken on one of the Club's outings during the year. A good selection of images was presented to our judge for the evening - Mike Stanley from Blackburn. As on previous visits to the Club, Mike gave good feedback and suggestions to members submitting work. One interesting aspect was the ability to compare images of very similar subjects taken by different members.

The competition has determined the final trophy winner of the 2014 season, with the photograph 'Blackpool Central Pier' being determined as the best image overall for the evening. Well done Alan Bromiley.

Alan Bromiley Blackpool Central Pier

Blackpool Central Pier

by Alan Bromiley,

the winner of the

David Farrell trophy 

 Peter Thomasson Barn Owl

 Barn Owl

by Peter Thomasson

 Jeff Griffiths John Rylands Library Reading Room

 John Rylands Library

Reading Room

by Jeff Griffiths

 Jane Quarmby Manchester Streetlife

 Manchester Streetlife

by Jane Quarmby

 Mike Hesp Study time at John Rylands Library

 Study Time at John

Rylands Library

by Mike Hesp

 Phil Durkin Running Late

 Running Late

by Phil Durkin


Bolton Camera Club exhibits at Bolton Art Gallery

On December 20th 2014 the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Martin Donaghy, opened this year's exhibition in the Bolton Art Gallery (above the Central Library) showing work by the Bolton Camera Club, the Bolton Digital Photographic Society and the Bolton Art Circle. John Smith, President of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union, attended and spoke elegantly about the photographic elements to the show. The exhibition is open until Sunday 1st March 2015.


Bolton Art Gallery Exhibition-003 Camera Club President, Keith Atkinson, views the club's photographs with the Mayor of Bolton
Bolton Art Gallery Exhibition-030 President of the L&CPU, John Smith APAGB CPAGB, gives his view on the images in the exhibition.
Bolton Art Gallery Exhibition-005 One feature of the show is a small display of images brought along by visitors to the gallery which were printed and framed by Camera Club members.
Bolton Art Gallery Exhibition-037 John and Keith enjoying the exhibition.

2014 Quiz Night

Thursday 18th December 2014 saw our annual Quiz Night take place, which was very well attended by members and their partners. Our own Gordon and Pat Hartley set the 72 questions, which were both fun and challenging, mostly being in the category of  “I should know that.”  We were assembled in random teams of four, which gives us a change to talk to and make friends with other members we might not chat to on regular club nights.

At half time all the questions had been read out, and we enjoyed a pie and peas supper, after which the answers were read out and sheets scored. At the end there was a winning team and everyone else was proclaimed runner up. A wonderful prize was presented to each member of the winning team, “Girls Allowed” comprising Ann, Dorothy, Liz and Joan. The runner up team with the lowest score was also awarded a much sought after prize “Team P.E.T.E “ made up of Phil, Eileen, Tom, and Eric.

Our thanks go to Gordon and Pat for setting the questions, and for providing us with another night of fun and laughter. They were presented with a present each for their hard work, and we all look forward to another quiz next year. 


Camera Club Book

Bolton Through TimeFor the last twelve months, Camera Club members have been working on a book titled 'Bolton Through Time'. Published by Amberley Books it is available at Waterstones, local bookshops, and online at Amazon.

The book shows old images of Bolton and the equivalent shots today, taken by Camera Club members, and showing how the borough has changed over the years. To celebrate the publication, Club members Ray Jefferson and Tony Watts recently gave an illustrated public lecture in the Basement Lecture Theatre of Bolton Central Library. It was very well received by the audience of over 130 people, and we sold many copies after the presentation.

Our thanks to the staff at the Library and everybody involved in helping us publish this book. 



New Venture - Drop In Centre

The Council members of this camera club have decided to run a “drop in centre” which will take place from 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of every month. The location will be the “Toby Carvery” Bolton on Crompton Way (formally known as 'The Watermillock').

The idea is to try and resurrect our “Buddy System” in a different way and two or three experienced members will be presen tto  answer questions that members raise. Prospective new members are also welcome to drop in for a chat.

If you have any particular questions you would like to ask in an informal setting this is the place to be. If you don't have any questions to ask, then just come along for the social side of the evening.

We hope to seeing you there from 7.30pm onwards, and we look forward to having a chat to discuss anything that takes your fancy.


Admire the display of our Prints at Mathers

We are delighted to continue our relationship with Mathers Photography shop in Bolton, where we have a display of twelve of our best prints.

Mathers, situated in Market Street in the centre of Bolton, is the North West’s number one independent photographic store, selling a wide range of cameras, equipment and accessories. They also offer a professional quality printing service, Digital SLR sensor cleaning, memory card image recovery and a camera repair service.

We thank the Manager and staff for their continued support, and we hope you will pop in to discuss your photographic needs or just to admire the display of our prints.


We enjoy digital, film and audio visual photography

For more than 110 years the Bolton Camera Club has been bringing enthusiasts together who enjoy their photography but this does not mean that we are stuck in the past. Most of our members enjoy digital photography today, although we still value film. We also take an active interest in audio-visual productions with two AV competitions each year.

Our monthly competitions cover prints of course, but also include our members' digital projected images. We have themed competitions several times a year to encourage our members to develop particular skills. Open evenings and informal workshops also help members upgrade their knowledge and abilities in the latest techniques.

Our ground floor meeting room at the Trinity Methodist Church, Tonge Fold has full access on the level and enables us to welcome people whatever their mobility.

Our emphasis is on bringing people together in a friendly atmosphere to find out more about their field of interest by sharing techniques, submitting images to critical assessment by experts, looking at the work of others and enjoying photographic assignments together.

Have a look round our website to see something of our activities and work, although the best way to discover what we are about would be to drop into one of our meetings on a Thursday evening and meet us (see under 'About Us' above). You would be made very welcome.

There is a members' area to the website of course, where we share our thoughts and have access to material about the running of the Club. Who knows, you may be able to help us with that before long.

We are also present on Facebook.  Meanwhile, enjoy your visit, and if you have any comments or questions please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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L&CPU Competition 2015

To see who scored the max 15 points and all the results of all our entries please click here

Trophy Presentations

To find out who won which trophy, please click here.

Charity Donation

Our annual Auction raised funds for the Botlon Hospice. Please click here to read the review.

Days Out

To read about our future and past Days Out please click here.

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Bolton Camera Club, established in 1897, is a Member of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union and Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.