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.






























14 June        Lecture      


 Darrell Oakden: "Composite Images" 

Darrell's lecture will cover how to take picture for composites, choosing elements for composites and techniques for putting them together such as making selections, cutting out, shadowing, lighting and blending.   He will deconstruct some of his images, some of which have received national and international awards, and discuss the techniques he has used.


21 June        Print     Competition   No 3    Open        


 Judge: Diane Magor


28 June        Lecture      


 Adrian Almond: “A Man for all Seasons”.

Adrian has always enjoyed getting involved in a wide range of photographic genres and this has allowed him to actively involved with his camera all through the year. Part 1 of this talk will involve an instructive discussion of some of his landscape and seascape images, taken across 5 continents. Part 2, in contrast, will involve military aircraft, steam locomotives, British superbikes, nature, detail and travel imagery.


5 July        Open   Evening      


 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

This evening will be a single activity, and we will be looking at and discussing compositional techniques to help improve your images.


12 July        Inter Club Competition      


We welcome back our friends from Swinton Photographic Society as we host this annual competition between our two clubs.

Judge: Jane Lines


19 July         PDI   Competition   No 4    Open      


Judge: Adrian Hendley


26 July         Theme     Competition   No 3        


This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "Portraiture"

 The judge is Nick Hilton


2 August        Open   Evening      


Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

This will be a multi activity evening and will include a discussion on Night Time Photography and Audio Visual techniques. 


9 August        Auction   Evening      


Our annual auction to raise funds for our President's Charity.

Bring items in on the night to be sold as any item will help raise funds for this worthy cause.

Any item is acceptable, not just those of a photgoraphic nature.


16 August        Print     Competition   No 4    Open      


Judge: Rob Hockney


23 August        Lecture      


 Ian Whiston: The National Parks of East Africa"


30 August        Lecture      


 Gerry Crowther: Fifty Years on the Road

Gerry is a former national newspaper photographer and he will tell of his experiences of working for the national newspapers from the 1950s. He will show prints of the photographs and explain the stories behind the pictures.


6    September        Open   Evening      


 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

We will be holding an evening of photgraphic panels, where some members submit a panel of 5 prints harmoniously linked in some way, for example by a story,


13  September        Lecture      


Neil Hulme "Moments in Mono"

Based in the north west of England, Neil Hulme is a self-taught black and white photographer often using long exposures to focus on the essential elements of the scene before him. There is a beautiful simplicity in the minimalist approach to his work which produces an air of calm and serenity, allowing the viewer to feel the sense of solitude he is attempting to convey. The subtle and perfectly balanced use of monochrome tones and contrast add much to an other-worldly mood and sense of abstraction in his interpretation of the landscape.


20  September         PDI   Competition   No 5    Open      


 Judge: Mike Lawrence


27     September           Theme   Competition   No 4        

 This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "Sports"

 Judge: Alfred Brown


    4       October        Open   Evening      


 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

We will be discussing mono conversions with presentations from three experts to show different techniques.


   11     October        Geoff Davis Competrition        

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

 This competition is in fond memory of Geoff Davies, who was a former President of this camera club and a highly regarded photographer from Bolton. He specialised in black and white prints on street photography.

 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.

Judge: Alf Myers


18     October        Print     Competition   No 5    Open      


 Judge: Brian Law


25     October        Inter Club Competition      


 We host the second round of this year of the  inter club competition with Bury Photographic Society

 The judge is Christine Widdall


1     November        Open   Evening      


 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

Wwe will be discussing the various points that judges often look for, with a view to further improve the quality of your images.


8     November        Lecture      


 Dave Mason: "Windows of Opportunity"


15    November      


Audio Visual Competition No 2


       Judge: Bernard Longley and Keith Fisher
22   November        Lecture      


 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.


29   November         Theme   Competition   No 5        


 This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "After Dark"

 The judge is Colin Douglas


6     December        Open   Evening      


 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

Critique Evening: A single activity evening .

 Members are invited to bring in some of their prints or PDIs for critique by fellow members, in small groups led by some of our more advanced members.


13    December        Festive Fun      


 A Fun Evening with Tony Redford


20   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!


27    December        No Meeting      


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



       3          January



Welook forward to another full year of photographic fun and enjoyment.

Our Syllabus for 2019 will be published here nearer the time


A photograph taken by one of our members

News Flash

Bury Battle March 2018

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

NCPS Competition

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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

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Bury battle October 2017

To read the review and see all the titles and scores of the latest battle please click here.

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