Penrith & District Camera Club

social photography group for enthusiasts in Penrith & Eden

PAGB Masters of Print 2018

The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) hold an annual, nationwide photographic competition called Masters of Print.  The competition is open to individual photographers who enter under their own steam, though they must be affiliated to a Club which is a member of the PAGB.  The purpose of the competition is to find photographic prints of the highest quality for a prestigious Print Exhibition, celebrating the best of PAGB Photography for the Year.

Our congratulations go to Jo Knight for being one of only 60 photographers accepted into the Masters of Print 2018.  The Exhibition of accepted works will take place in the RK Burt Gallery in London’s Southbank from Tuesday 4th December to Friday 14th December, with the official opening ceremony on Friday 7th December, though other dates and venues around the country are under discussion for those who can’t get to the Capital.

Evacuee by Jo Knight

Unlike many other competitions which are often won by the same photographers with the same images used over and over again, the Masters of Print seeks out new and emerging talent and works which haven’t previously been shown.  Only one image per photographer is allowed to be selected for the Exhibition.  This gives all Club photographers an equal chance of success, so is well worth an entry!

Western Area Battle 2018

This year’s Western Area Battle was hosted by West Cumbria Photo Group and took place on Saturday 27th October at Distington Community Centre.  The Battle is an annual competition between Penrith, Dumfries, Carlisle, Keswick, Morton, Copeland, West Cumbria and Workington Camera Clubs, who together form the Western Area of the Northern Counties Photographic Federation.  Six mounted prints and six projected digital images were submitted by each club and had to include a minimum of 1 Landscape, 1 Portrait, 1 Creative and I Nature.

The event commenced at 2.30pm when we were honoured with a talk by Elena McTighe, FPSA, MPSA, President of the Photographic Society of America who showed us wildlife images taken in Florida, followed by the presentation of PSA awards obtained by photographers from our area.  We were then treated to a buffet before the Battle began, with images judged by Elena who started with the PDI section.

Penrith & District’s PDI Entries

Several PDI images from across the Clubs were awarded 20 points and Elena chose a photograph of a flower from Dumfries Camera Club as her overall favourite shot.  After adding all the scores together, the top three Clubs in the PDI category were:

  • 1st: Workington
  • 2nd: Copeland
  • 3rd: Keswick
  • with Penrith coming a respectable 4th just 1 point behind.

Penrith & District’s Print Entries

In the print section again Elena awarded more than one top mark of 20 points, including to our very own Les Ayres, and her overall favourite image of a Fox in snow was taken by a member of Keswick Camera Club.  After adding all the scores together, the top three Clubs in the Print category were:

  • 1st: Keswick
  • 2nd: Penrith
  • 3rd: Carlisle

Scores for both sections were then added together and the final result of the Battle was:

  • Winner: Keswick (212 points)
  • Runner-up: Penrith (207 points – our best result for some considerable time!)

Individual scores for each of our Club’s entries are available on the Inter-Club Competition Results page in the Member’s section of our website.

Competition: PDI 1 2018/19 Advanced Class

Wednesday 10th October: PDI competition no.1 – the first digital image competition of the season was judged by Mavis McCormack ARPS of Hexham PS.

Top marked entries in the Advanced Class.


Competition: PDI 1 2018/19 Club Class

Wednesday 10th October: PDI competition no.1 – the first digital image competition of the season was judged by Mavis McCormack ARPS of Hexham PS.

Top marked entries in the Club Class.


Tuesday Club Opening Night

Tuesday 9th October saw the first night of this season’s Tuesday Club, a series of beginners workshops for anyone interested in amateur photography.  As always the course is fully booked and there were 18 people in attendance, made up of both existing members of PDCC and the public.

The workshop took place from 7.30pm-9pm and included information on:

  • Different types of cameras (bridge, mirrorless, crop-sensor & full frame).
  • What to look for when buying a lens.
  • Protecting & cleaning our camera.
  • RAW v JPEG file formats.
  • Things to think about before taking a picture.
  • How to hold a camera.
  • Functions of the main buttons & dials.

This was followed by a brief over-view of the subjects we will be covering during the rest of the course.

Thanks go to John Tillotson, Les Ayres & Jo Knight for organizing and running the workshops and Dave Robinson for his help on the night.

Summer Challenge 2018

The competition season kicked off this week with our Summer Challenge, judged by Club member Jo Knight.  Photographs had to have been taken during our summer break and there was a set theme of Motion.

The top marked entries were:

It’s not Aira Force, 18 marks, John Williams
Speedy Commuter, 18 marks, Russell  Bulman
Whorled Wire, 18 marks, Chris Cox
Arctic Tern, 19 marks, Damian May
Busy Square, 19 marks, Les Ayres
Ambulance Chasing, 19 marks, Mike Wheelan
And congratulations to Steve McLellan who scored 20 marks with the winning image Swoop.

A full list of scores is available in the Member’s Section of our website.


Summer 2018

It’s been a cracking summer weather-wise for photography and during our Camera Club’s annual break Members have continued to meet up at various interesting events around the country and enjoyed a photography holiday on the Cowel Peninsular up in bonny Scotland.  Members are reminded to send photos of ‘things you have done over the summer’ to Janet who will be showing a selection of the most incriminating on our first night of the new Season!

There are still a couple of events taking place before Club starts again in September, most notably Edinburgh Fringe this weekend (18th August) and a social gathering in Appleby on 29th August.

Christine Hurford is continuing to show work in Greystoke Church alongside Janis Young, Thora Talling, Daphne and Jeremy Honey and Keith Spence until 20th August, and in addition Christine and Jane Peet are having their 4th summer Exhibition for Penrith Arts Festival from Wednesday 29th August until Sunday 2nd September above Eden Taxis in Friargate (look out for the signs).  Christine will be showing sketches and drawings as well as photographs of Langstrath and Jane will be showing derelict buildings and places.  The Exhibition is on daily from 10am to 4pm and all are welcome anytime for a chat and a drink.

Bookings for our Tuesday Club beginner’s workshops starting in October are now open and available to both Club Members and the public.  Seats are going quickly so please use the Contact Form on our website to reserve a place if you are interested in coming along.

Camera Club starts its new season on Wednesday 5th September at 7.30pm in the Quaker Meeting House, Penrith.  Anyone can attend as a guest for the evening to see what we’re all about and we welcome new members.  A reminder to existing members there is a hand in for the Summer Challenge, which is a PDI competition with the set theme of ‘motion’.  Look forward to seeing you all next month!