Syllabus

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.

 

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                                                  Speaker

 

     

                 

 

 

 

 

14  November

Lecture

 

Gerry Crowther: “The Picture Behind The Story”.

Bolton based  Gerry Crowther has spent his life as a press photographer, working for most of  the national daily newspapers, but mainly for the Daily Mirror.

This talk is illustrated with Gerry's prints to reveal “The Picture Behind The Story”.

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!

Please bring your wife / husband/ partner to join in the fun

 

26  December

No meeting

 

 

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

 

 

 2    January 2020

 No meeting.

 

 

Happy New Year to our members and readers

 

 

 9   January

Days Out Competition

 

Our annual competition for images taken on a Club Day Out in 2019

The Judge is Harry Emmett

 

 

 16 January

 

Annual General Meeting

 

 Please support the Club and hear what we achieved last year and our plans for 2020. 

 23 January

 

Open PDI Competition No 1

 

The Judge is Will Stead

 30 January

 

Trophy Presentation Night

 

Ian Aldcroft, President of the L&CPU presides over our annual presentation night to award all our winners from 2019.

 6 February

Open Night

 

Learn and develop new skills from other Club members 

 

13  February 

Lecture

 

Jemery Malley-Smith delivers his illustrated lecture "Scottish Wildlife"

Jeremy is also a photographic judge within the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) for quite a number of years, bringing his own distinct style of judging, constructive critique and humour to each event judged. As a judge, he is now an accredited judge within the L&CPU and also currently hold three photographic distinctions: LRPS (Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society), DPAGB (Distinction of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) and BPE2* (British Photographic Exhibition awards)

Jeremy is a member of Blackburn Camera Club, and the prestigious and very successful Wigan 10 Foto-Club

 

 20 February

Open Print Competition No 1

 

The Judge is Gordon Bartley

 

 

27 February 

 

Portrait Session

 

Graham Currey shows us how to take portrait photographs.

Not only is Graham a qualified L&CPU Judge and Lecturer, but he is a Professional Photographer, Model, Web Designer, and Actor.

Graham will be modelling in the style of "Film Noir"  while teaching us portrait photography skills.

 

  5     March

 

Open Night

 

 

Learn and develop new skills from other Club members 

 

 

   12     March

 

Lecture

 

Audio Visual Evening

John Smith and Jill Bunting return to give us advice on creating an audio Visual sequence

 

19   March 

 

Open PDI Competition No 2 

 

The Judge is Brian Dunseath

26    March

 

Theme Competition No 1 

 

The Theme is "The Colour White"

The Judge is Simon Ray

    2      April 

 

Open Night

 

 

Learn and develop new skills from other Club members 

 

 

     9    April

 

Bury Battle

 

 

Bury host the first of two rounds of the competition between our two clubs.

For this competition both clubs enter 10 PDI and 10 prints, all by different members 

 

  16     April

 

Open Print Competition No 2

 

The Judge is Alfred Brown
    23      April

 

Lecture

 

 

Andrew Brooks gives us his illustrated lecture "The Constructed Image"

Andrew Brooks is a Manchester based photographer who has worked with many clients over the past fifteen years in the UK and beyond. He has wide experience across many types of photography with a focus on landscapes, interiors, people photography and creative retouching.

 

    30      April

Lecture

 

 

Gary Gough presents his illustrated lecture "Regurgitated Photography Nonsense on YouTube, and Photography Myths".

Gary is a profeessional photographer who also has a very popular YouTube channel.

His love for photography continues to grow and that at the end of the day is why he does what he does.

His clients like the uncomplicated approach to his photography. He likes to keep things simple and let the clients tell the story to the camera.

His mission statement is: to create beautiful timeless images that reflect the meaning of everyday life. Photography should be special pieces of fine art to dress your walls.

 

       7         May

 

Open Night

 

 

Learn and develop new skills from other Club members 

 

 

      14         May 

 

Audio Visual Competition No 1

The Judge is Sheila Giles

     21       May

 

Open PDI Competition No 3 

 

The Judge is James Hardy

      28         May

 

Theme Competition No 2  

 

The Theme is "Abstract"

The Judge is Mike Lawrence

       4        June

 

Open Night 

 

Learn and develop new skills from other Club members  

      11       June 

Lecture 

 

Gisela and Craig Philip Szlatoszlovek give us their lecture on "Street Photography" 

 

     18       June 

 

Open Print Competition No 3

The Judge is Bob Robinson

    25       June 

Lecture 

 

Melvin Nicholson presents his new lecture "Captures Curated" 

 

Melvin lives, breathes and sleeps landscape photography and to be able to share his passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge with others is for him, a dream come true.

Since turning professional in early 2014, he has been very fortunate to mix landscape photography with another of his passions, travel.

 

      2        July

Open Night 

 

Learn and develop new skills from other Club members  

 

      9       July

Lecture 

 

Alison Taylor presents her lecture "My Monochrome World" 

Alison's passion is for coastal photography, and she loves exploring the Yorkshire National Parks, Lake District, and Scotland. She is comfortable working in colour and monochrome as the situation suits, although this talk will showcase her monochrome photographs and the stories behind them.

 

      16       July

Open PDI Competition No 4 

 

The Judge is Wendy Stowell

 

      23       July

Swinton  Inter Club Competition

 

We host this years annual competition between our two clubs

The Judge is Nick Hilton

 

       30        July

Theme Competition No 3 

 

The Theme is "Candid"

The Judge is Joan Gauld

 

   6    August

Open Night 

 

 

Learn and develop new skills from other Club members

 

 13  August

Charity Auction Evening 

 

Our Annual Auction to raise funds for our President's Charity, which this year is the Bolton Hospice.

Please bring in items for sale on the night.  They do not have to be of a photographic nature.

This is a fun evening to raise funds for a worthy cause 

 

 20  August

Open Print Competition No 4 

 

The Judge is Keith Barber

 

27   August

Inter club    3-way competition 

 

 

We host this competition between Wigan PS, Bolton Digital PS, and ourselves

The Judge is Christine Widdall

 

 3 September

 Open Night

 

 

Learn and develop new skills from other Club members 

 

10  September Lecture 

 

 

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown give us their lecture on "Underwater Photography" 

Nick and Caroline are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers, photo-journalists and authors.  They both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and has a DipEd in teaching.  Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour. 

They are multiple award winning photographers and along with 3 books published, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press, as well as being the Underwater Photography Editors at Scubaverse.

 

 17   September Open PDI Competition No 5 

 

The Judge is Jane Lines

 

 24 September Theme Competition No 4 

 

The Theme is "Song Titles" 

We will also need the name of the artist / group who sung the song

 

The Judge is Alf Myers

 

   1    October

Open Night 

 

Learn and develop new skills from other Club members  

 

  8    October

Geoff Davies Competition 

 

This competition is for mono prints on the subject of Street Photography.

The Judges are Gisela and Craig Philip Szlatoszlovek

 

 15 October

Open Print Competition No 5

 

The Judge is Nick Berentzen

 

 22 October

Bury Battle

 

We host the second of two rounds of the competition between our two clubs.

For this competition both clubs enter 10 PDI and 10 prints, all by different members.

The Judge is Rob Hockney 

 

 29 October

Lecture 

 

Mike Oates gives us his lecture on "Astrophotography"

 

Mike’s interest in astronomy stems from his childhood when he was very interested in the Apollo program. He only got actively involved with astronomy in 1985 with the return of Halley' Comet. As Mike was already very interested in photography, to the extent of processing his own photographs, he instinctively turned his camera to the sky. His first astro photographs were of the comet, even they were not much more than faint smudges on the negatives they meant a lot to him. In Jan 2000 he turned his attention to discovering comets, and so far Mike has discovered 144 comets!

 

 5  November

Open Night

 

Learn and develop new skills from other Club members  

 

12 November

Lecture 

 

Brian White entertains us with his lillustrated lecture "Wildlife Journeys"

 

 

 19 November

Audio Visual Competition No 2 

 

The Judge is Sheila Giles

 

 26 November 

Theme Competition No 5 

 

The Theme is "Trees"

The Judge is Adrian Lines

 

 

3 December 

Open Night

 

Learn and develop new skills from other Club members 

 

10 December 

 Inter Club   Battle 

 

We host this annual fun competiton of "Matching Images" with two local clubs

 

17 December 

Annual Quiz 

Our Annual Quiz night for our members and their partners.

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

Please bring your wife / husband/ partner to join in the fun

24 December 

No Meeting

  

 

We wish our members and readers a Merry Christmas.

 

 

 31 December 

No Meeting 

 

We wish our members and readers a very Happy New Year.

 

 

 

 

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

Our Syllabus for 2021 will be published here nearer the time

 

A photograph taken by one of our members

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Don Isherwood Images

In memory of Don Isherwood many of his PDI can be viewed on this Flickr page. Click this link to view them:   https://www.flickr.com/photos/185386260@N06/

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