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First Theme Competition of the Year

On 27th March 2014 Tony Duffy came to judge our first theme competition for 2014. The subject was 'monochrome' - not just black and white, but any photograph consisting of a single colour with white. There was a large entry of images, which Tony took in his stride during a full evening. Pictures were evaluated and appreciated for their strong points, although areas for improvement were identified too, such as the need to avoid obvious pixilation after processing, better cropping, and the care needed to achieve an acceptable exposure value. A selection of the images judged the best is set out below.

Victorian Goth Victorian Goth by Richard Towell
Geoff Geoff by Phil Durkin
Anna Anna by Gordon Hartley
Bar humbug Bar Humbug by Jeff Griffiths
Norber Erratics Clapham Norber Erratics by Mike Williamson
Lorenzo Kick Boxer Lorenzo Kick Boxer by Adrian Drummond-Hill

Monthly Digital Projected Open Competition for March 2014

Colin Douglas came to the Club on Thursday 20th March 2014 to judge our monthly competition. The result was a plethora of high scoring images, reflecting the strong entry put in by Club members. Colin shared a lot of advice and tips with members covering such topics as cropping, the importance of skies, the treatment of backgrounds and the role of monochrome treatments. The images that scored 20 points are featured below.

Owl Butterfly 'Owl Butterfly' by Nina Thomasson
Power Lines 'Power Lines' by Phil Durkin
Male stonechat 'Male Stonechat' by Adrian Drummond-Hill
Hover Fly on Poppy 'Hover Fly on Poppy' by Jeff Layer
Lioness in  Early Morning Light - Umfolozi - South Africa 'Lioness in Early Morning Light' by Brian White
Kitesurfer 'Kitesurfer' by Richard Towell
Sunset Snipe 'Sunset Snipe' by Richard Towell
Looking Out 'Looking Out' by Karen Raffe
Mans Best Friend 'Man's Best Friend' by Ian Walker
Rings of Fire 'Rings of Fire' by Judy Bell

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 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. 

Copies may be bought from local stores, or online from Amazon.


First Monthly Print Competition of 2014

Thursday evening, 20th February 2014, saw the first of the new Club year's print competitions. In our new arrangements, members submitted images in an open section only, although divided according to beginner or advanced worker status.

In the beginners' class, 20 prints were submitted, and the judge, Tom Gerrard, held back five prints for further viewing. In the end he awarded top marks to 'Watching' by Alan Bromiley with its perfect exposure. Prints scoring 19 points were 'Early Morning, Cubbins Farm' by Don Isherwood and 'Steel and Glass' by Emma Durkin. The  winning image can be viewed below, and the score sheet for the evening is available as a pdf download.

In the advanced class Tom held back no less than 14 images for further viewing which attests to the high quality of the prints submitted. In the end he awarded top marks to two images - 'Gannets, Star Crossed Lovers' by Richard Towell and 'Rachel' by Gorden Hartley. Again, these images can be viewed below. Other prints scoring 19 on the night were 'St Mary's Lighthouse' by Nina Thomasson, 'European Reed Warbler' by Adrian Drummond-Hill, 'Red Throated Pipets' again by Adrian Drummond-Hill, and 'Shooting the Rapids' by MIck Stone'. A pdf of the results is again available as a download.

Alan Bromiley - Watching - small 'Watching' by Alan Bromiley
Rachel - small 'Rachel' by Gordon Hartley
Richard Towell - Gannets - Star Crossed Lovers - small 'Gannets - Star Crossed Lovers' by Richard Towell





January 2014 Open Competition for digital projected images

Adrian Lines MPAGB FBPE EFIAP ARPS judged our open competition on 16th January and had some good advice for members. Adrian explained that he judges images on three criteria - technical skill, creativity and the 'interestingness' of subject matter. (It doesn't matter if that word isn't in the dictionary - we know what he means!)

Looking through the photographs, Adrian's advice included looking for opportunities to find unusual or different viewpoints, visiting locations when the light is impressive or unusual, placing or arranging subjects so that there is an interesting foreground, and avoiding distractions in the background. Finding the right crop on a photograph can help improve it by concentrating on the parts that matter - although too tight a crop can be wrong on images containing fast moving objects or small animals.

Adrian outlined some of the technical considerations, including the choice of the right ISO values, as well as attention being given to the point of focus and depth of field.

Here are the six images which each scored 20 points:



by Ian Walker

Beginner's Class

Three Buds

Three Buds

by Don Isherwood

Beginner's Class

Eveyone Has A Mum

Everyone Has A Mum

by Ian Walker

Beginner's Class

Garden Spider with Prey

Garden Spider with Prey

by Brian White

Advanced Class


Storm Force

by Kevin Shipley

Advanced Class

The Alien Queen

The Alien Queen

by Rob Wigley

Advanced Class








Days Out 2013

In 2013 this Club arranged 12 Days Out and one Weekend Away for the benefit of our members. Our Annual Competition of prints and PDI taken during a Club Day Out in 2013 was held on Thursday 2nd January with guest judge Mike Davies, the current President of Rochdale PS.

To read the review and Mike's comments, find out who won, and see the list of our Days Out venues, please  click here.


The Best of the Best PDI in 2013

All the PDI images that had scored 6, 8 and 10 club points – that is all the images that came first, second and third in our monthly PDI competitions – were loaded onto a CD and given to Tony Redford to judge and pick what he considered to be the best image.

Our scoring system in 2013 meant that on occasions several images achieved these positions as we are not restricted by having one image in each position. There were 94 PDI in total, and as an aid Tony was given a list of all the images by title only.

He was very impressed with the overall quality of the images, and admitted he had “a very difficult task” to pick out just one image.

To read Tony's comments on several of the images and to find out which one he selected as the overall winner, please click here.


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 an AV competition each year.

Our monthly competitions cover prints of course, but also include our members' digital projected images. We also have themed competitions several times a year to encourage our members to develop particular skills. We are currently developing a 'buddy' scheme where more knowledgable members can transfer their skills to others, thereby developing members' interests and building fellowship. 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. 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 .


News Flash

South Manchester Battle

Nina scored 20 points, Richard scored 19 and Peter 18. To read the full review and see how we faired, please click here.

Trophy Presentations

We were honoured to welcome  the Town Mayor of Blackrod to present our Trophies. To see who won which trophy please click here

NCPS Print Comp

To see how we scored in the Print Comp in Poynton, despite gale force winds, 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.