The Bolton Camera Club meets weekly throughout most of the year and gives a very warm welcome to visitors and new members. We have been sharing a passion for photography since 1884 and are more than happy to share with you, whether your interest is in film or digital, audio visual or more technical aspects of photography. 

Our Syllabus continues to reflect the wishes of our members by being a mix of informative lectures, internal competitions, and external competitions with other local camera clubs, all with the aim of developing photographic skills while having fun.

We hold an Open Night on the first Thursday of most months where we hope these evenings will be a great opportunity for members to learn and develop new skills shown to them by our more experienced members. The topics are selected from ideas put forward by our members.

Our monthly Open Competitions are held on the third Thursday of each month, and are for the fun and enjoyment of our members, and all members are welcome to submit images. Judges from other local clubs give their constructive comments from which we can all learn and improve.

Our Themed Competitions are held on different nights to the Open Competition, so please check the syllabus for the dates and topics.

We also arrange Days Out for our members to a wide variety of locations during the year. Our more experienced members pass on help and advice to  members who are new to photography, and we hold a competition at the end of the year for prints and projected images taken  on these days out.

All our meetings are conducted in a very friendly atmosphere, and both visitors and potential new members are always welcome. 

Meetings are on Thursdays. All meetings will start at 7.30pm prompt.






























12  September






 Toni Pioli "Photographic Composition"

How we arrange the available elements in a photograph determines how well the image will be received by a wider audience. This illustrated lecture examines the various ways of composing photographs in order to produce the most appealing images.

19  September



 PDI     Competition   No 5         Open

       The Judge is Daryl Giles

26  September

       Theme   Competition   No 4        


This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "Food"

 The Judge is Keith Barber


3        October



 Open   Evening



 Members are invited to bring in some prints or pdi to present and comment on, ideally on the theme of "photos I like but judges might not like."

    10      October

       Geoff   Davies   Competition      


This competition is in memory of Bolton photographer and past president of this club Geoff Davies

 For the purposes of this competition, Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is   photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unrelated chance encounters and random incidents   within public places. Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban   environment. Though people usually feature directly, street photography might be absent of people and can   be of an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or   aesthetic.

 The judge is Craig Philip Szlatoszlavek


   17      October



 Print     Competition   No 5       Open

       The Judge is Jeremy Malley Smith

   24      October



 Inter Club   Competition



 We host the second round of this year's competition against Bury Photographic Society.

The Judge is Adrian Lines

   31      October





       Stephen Lewis "Time Lapse Photography"

7    November



 Open   Evening


       Tonight will be a mock judging evening. Several anonymous images will be projected and members asked to judge and comment on the them.

14  November



 Brian White " Wild Britain"

This illustrated lecture contains images taken by Brian of British wildlife often in wild areas, including birds,   mammals, flora, butterflies and various insects in their natural habitats. The superb images will be   accompanied by Brian’s narrative and stories of his recent journeys from various locations around the UK.


21  November



 Audio Visual   Competition


       The Judge is Mike Lawrence

28  November

       Theme   Competition   No 5        


 This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "Water"

 The Judge is Tillman Kleinhans


5    December



 Open   Evening


      This meeting will be a constructive critique evening conducted with small groups of images which members bring in on the night. These can be prints of any size or PDIs. We wil have several computers able to show and edit images, as well as tables on which to place prints. Our more experienced members will offer constructive comments and advice.

12  December



 Inter Club   Battle



 We host this competition against two local camera clubs, the like of which you have not seen.

 The Judge is Jeremy Malley-Smith 

19  December



Quiz Night



Our Annual Quiz night for our members and their partners.

 This quiz is lighthearted and fun, and  is not just about photography!

26  December



No meeting


      We wish our members and readers a Merry Christmas and a very Happpy New Year
 2  January 2020      






We look forward to another full year of photographic fun and enjoyment.

Our Syllabus for 2020 will be published here nearer the time



A photograph taken by one of our members

News Flash

Three Way Comp

To read the review and see who won, please click here

Bury Battle March 2018

To read the review and see the scores of this inter club battle please click here.

NCPS Competition

To read about our best ever result please click here.

Trophy Presentations

Our Trophies for 2017 competitions were presented by Garth Tigue, L&CPU President. To see who won which trophy, please click here.

AV Comp November 17

To read the review and see the scores, please click here

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