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Results of the Open Print Competition - 21st August 2014

Pamela Vose from the Leigh Club came to visit the Bolton Camera Club on 21st August and took on the challenging task of judging approximately 60 images submitted by members of the Club. Pamela gave some good tips as she viewed the images, including ideas for cropping, balancing colours in images an enhancing black and white prints. It was pleasing to see many members achieving high scores and producing a high standard of work. The pictures below are representative of those achieving top marks.

Don Isherwood - Out of Petrol

Out of petrol

by Don Isherwood

p.maddock Lakeland Retreat

Lakeland Retreat

by Peter Maddock

Phil Durkin - Running Late

Running late

by Phil Durkin

Thomasson P - Reading


by Peter Thomasson

Morning paper at the Sage

Morning paper at the Sage

by David Hawkins

Altar and part of chancel St Canice Cathedral

Altar and part of the chancel

at St Canice Cathedral

by David Hawkins


Open Digital Projected Competition - July 2014

Cy Newton came to the Club on 17th July 2014 to judge the latest round in our open digital projected competitions. There was a healthy entry, including several welcome submissions from new members. Cy took care to assess the images and gave good pointers for improvement. There were a number of high scoring images, including a couple of 18's for our newcomers. Well done! Below are the ones that scored 20, and the score sheets will follow shortly.

Breaking Cover

Breaking Cover

by Richard Towell

Ethiopian Herdsman

Ethiopian Herdsman

by Chris Evans

Pied Woodpecker

Pied Woodpecker

by David Hawkins

Roof Light

Roof Light

by Jeff Layer

White-tailed eagle in flight

White-Tailed Eagle in Flight

by Blake Wardle

Mad bubbles 2

Mad Bubbles 2

by Tracy Calderbank

Mathematical Bridge - Queens College Cambridge

Mathematical Bridge - Queen's College Cambridge

by Diane Ronson

Ringtailed Lemur

Ringtailed Lemur

by Karen Raffe


Architecture - the topic for our second theme competition of the year

Thursday 26th June 2014 saw the second of our theme competitions being held in the Club. This time the topic was 'Architecture'. We were lucky to secure the services of a judge, Bernard O'Sullivan, who is a long experienced professional photographer in the field and is currently the proprietor of Inside Out Photography based in Manchester and Tideswell. Bernard was impressed with the standard of the images he saw from members and was able to give many practical hints about photographing both external and internal views of buildings. A particular feature was the use of multiple exposures to overcome problems of uneven lighting or high dynamic range in the subject matter. Examples of the high scoring photographs are shown below.


Museum of Liverpool

'Museum of Liverpool'

by Mike Williamson

Stairway to the sky

'Stairway to the Sky'

by David Hawkins

Photographer at The Shard

'Photographer at the Shard'

by Nina Thomasson

Lantern Tower Ely Cathedral

Lantern Tower, Ely Cathedral

by Richard Towell


Monthly Open Print Competition - June 2014

On Thursday 19th June 2014 Ian Whiston of the Mid-Cheshire Camera Club came to judge the third round of the Club's open print competition for 2014. Ian is well placed to judge prints, being a medal winner himself with the PAGB. Ian gave valuable feedback to the entrants with useful suggestions to build on the high standard of the members' prints on show. Some examples of the high scoring images are presented below, as are the score sheets for the evening.

Waiting Girl

'Waiting Girl'

Phil Durkin

Heading for the Kill

'Heading for the kill'

David Hawkins


'Bath time'

Alan Bromiley

Leaping Squirrel

'Leaping Squirrel'

Richard Towell


Summer Exhibition at Waterstones

Our Summer exhibition of prints has now finished its very successful time in Waterstones bookshop in Bolton. There were 42 prints from many of our members and we thank the public who took the opportunity to vote for their favourite image.

Two prints shared the top spot from the public vote, "Buachaille Etive Mor" by Peter Maddock and "Puffinin FLight" by Brian White both received 24 votes, just one more than "Train Drivers Last Shift" by David Hawkins. Our congratulations to these members and our thanks ot the public for taking time to vote. Overall there were 190 votes, making this exhibition our most popular one to date.

Please open the pdf file below to see a list of titles and authors of all the prints in this exhibition, with the votes received.

We thank the management and staff at Waterstones for allowing us the space to put on our exhibition, and look forward to the launch of our autumn exhibition in October

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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 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 .


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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.