Penrith & District Camera Club

social photography group for enthusiasts in Penrith & Eden

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!



New Programmes

Our Annual Dinner & Awards Presentation took place on Friday 27th April and it was great to see so many Club members in attendance.  Huge thanks go to the organizers and I hope you’ll all agree the food was delicious and the venue well chosen.

The Dinner marked the end of the current Camera Club season, however we have a full programme of summer outings planned for members, a list of which can be found on our website alongside other events Club members may be interested in.  Details are now available for the Garden of Cosmic Speculation and final arrangements for other outings will be available on the website as they become available.  Non-members who would like to come along to any of the summer outings with a view to joining the Camera Club please contact us.

The Main Club Programme for the 2018/2019 season starting in September has now been finalized.  We welcome new members so if anyone would like to come along as a guest to see what we’re all about we would be happy to see you.  If you have any questions please see our About the Club section, FAQs or Contact Us.

Our Tuesday Club, which is a series of photography workshops aimed at beginners, also starts again in October.  The programme, dates and times have been revamped for the 2018/2019 season, details of which can be found on our website.

The Northern Photography & Video Show at Rheged Discovery Centre takes place during the weekend of 12th & 13th May.  Penrith & District Camera Club, alongside other Camera Clubs from around Cumbria, will be exhibiting a selection of members’ photographs during the event.  Do come along and say hello!





NCPF Annual 2018

The long awaited results from the Northern Counties Photographic Federation Annual Competition are now available on their website.   We have had a brilliant year as a Club, with Highly Commended awards in both Colour Print, PDI and Beginners Print alongside several portfolio and alliance selections.  Special congratulations to John Williams and Jo Knight who have both won Trophies.  Awards are as follows:


Federation Challenge Cup: Best Monochrome print
John Williams ‘Laid Up’

Ken Henderson Trophy: Best Human Portrait
Jo Knight ‘Ruby’


Colour Prints:
John Williams ‘Soft Light On Ullswater’
Jo Knight ‘Red Queen’

Dawn Stobbart ‘Grounded Plane’

Beginners Print:
Janet Fielden ‘Forest Nightmares’

“Pictures which, although they may not be competition winners, are interesting as images and which are representative of the kind of work being produced by the clubs of the Federation”. These images will appear on the CD produced of the Annual competition.

Mono Print:
Jo Knight ‘The Stag’s Head’

Colour Print:
John Williams ‘Trees and Mist Yellowstone’
Jane Peet ‘Alone’ & ‘Staring Down Both Barrels’
Linda Farquhar ‘Three Tulips’
Dave Connell ‘Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’

John Tillotson ‘A Rock and a Hard Place’ & ‘Bottled Water’
John Williams ‘Red Grouse Ruffling Feathers’
Jo Knight ‘Silent Spectre’

These images will represent the NCPF in the national inter-federation competitions.

Mono print:
Jo Knight ‘Evening Rain’

Colour Print:
Jo Knight ‘Beneath The Waves’

John Tillotson ‘From the Garden of Pleasant Flowers’


Scores for all our club entries can be found in the Member’s Area of our website.


Image of the Year Competition 2017-18

An excellent season of events, competitions, speakers and contributions from members drew to a close with our AGM on Wednesday evening (11th April), and the Image of the Year Competition.

Congratulations to the winners – voted for by the attending members:

Advanced – PDI

3 Drops, Jane Peet (winner)

The Storr, John Williams (runner up)

Advanced – Print

Red Grouse in Breeding Plumage, John Williams (winner)

Cheval Blanc, Mike Hughes and Old Pier, Lytham, Nicky Robley (Joint Runner Up)

Intermediate – PDI

An Eden Sunset, Mike Whelan (winner)

Hot Coffee, Linda Farquhar (runner up)

Intermediate – Print

Winter Sunset, Linda Farquhar (winner)

Abstract, King’s Cross, Kath Brown (runner up)

Club – PDI

Landing Pad, Karen Mclellan (winner)

Edinburgh Invitation!, Janet Fielden and Painted Lady, Jane Wise (joint runner up)

Club – Print

Woodpecker, Ian Cassely (winner)

Under the Stars, Karen Mclellan (runner-up)

Competition: PDI 3 2017/18 Advanced Class

Wednesday 28th March 2018: PDI Competition no.3 – the final digital image competition of the season was judged by Tom Stenhouse of Keswick Photographic Society.

Top marked entries in the Advanced Class.

Competition: PDI 3 2017/18 Intermediate Class

Wednesday 28th March 2018: PDI Competition no.3 – the final digital image competition of the season was judged by Tom Stenhouse of Keswick Photographic Society.

Top marked entries in the Intermediate Class.