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Next Meeting:

Monday 21st January 2019: Richard Spiers will be judging our annual 'Set Subject' competition, which this year is Movement.



Photography Talk

An Evening with acclaimed photographer Terry Abraham on 28/03/2019 Full details are available on the attached image.

T Abrahams Flyer  NS


Framing Courses

Framing your Images: Nick Caldwell from the UK School of Framing will be holding courses this year. January in Southport and March in Penrith. Full details are available on the attached file. FRAMING COURSES


Retired Trophies

At our last awards presentation evening. Some new trophies were presented replacing ones that were either full (of winners' names) or damaged. As it would be a shame if the names of those recipients engraved on the trophies were to be lost. They have been photographed, annotated and they appear as a final entry in the GALLERY section of this site. Just click on GALLERY and go to the bottom.


Competition Results Table

This is a new feature which will update throughout the year. All the competitions that contribute to the Print or PDI of the year trophy receive scores that are totalled so that the highest scorer can easily be established. We have preserved your anonymity by just using Competitor Number as the identifier!

Competition results after 3-12-2018

Photographic Exhibition at the Beacon

Hot off the press, the Beacon Museum welcomes the latest edition of the world famous photography competition, with the winners being revealed in October 2018.

This is one of the first touring stops in the UK for Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 and is one not to miss for residents and visitors in the North West.

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will be available to see at the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven from Saturday 10 November to Sunday 13th January 2019. The exhibition features exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives over 45,000 entries from 95 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that will allow them to be seen by over a million people.

Copeland residents can access this wonderful exhibition for free using the Copeland Pass. Bring proof of address to obtain your pass.

Standard admission otherwise applies.

Open 10:00 - 16:30 Tuesdays to Saturdays

Open 11:00 - 16:00 Sundays

visit www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk for more information



A brief log of the meetings held so far this season.



Monday 14th January 2019:Mark Gilligan returned to the club (is it really 4 years since his last visit!) to talk on Wastwater Photography. Mark runs courses for photographers in the Wastwater area and his talk was all about 'knowing what you want, studying the frame of the shot and getting the best out of the situation'.




Monday 7th January 2019: To lead us into the New Year gently, we chose to have a 'minimal' table top exercise session. An enjoyable chance to chat amongst ourselves.



Monday 17th December 2018: Our Christmas Bash! A great turnout and equally great fun. Rob and Linda Duncalf had put in a lot of work and hosted a fun quiz that was 'mostly' photography related. Thanks also go to Sue who had collated a collection of images that each depicted 'a Christmas Carol'.

Winning Christmas Card

This was followed by a vote to find the favourite.










This image by Chris Wood

All this was topped off with a smörgåsbord donated by ourselves. A good night - Happy Christmas everyone!


Monday 10th December 2018: The first meeting back in our old haunt, the Crossfield Community Centre, Cleator Moor. A short programme this evening. members showed the images they had taken at our practical evenings this season, typically the macro session and the bonfire night special. Authors had the opportunity to explain the techniques used and everyone joined in with questions and suggestions. After the break Chris Wood showed a selection of images taken at 'Out of Hours' meets over the summer. The images had been edited into video presentations with music accompaniment - well done Chris!

Monday 3rd December 2018: This week we held our Open Mono Image Competition. The judge, Gerald Chamberlain is a regular and welcome visitor to our club and despite being asked to 'crack on a bit', he gave a full and fair assessment of his view of each image.

Monday 26th November 2018. A really enjoyable evening! We had a return visit from Clive Gidney (our compsec Adrian's brother), he spoke about purchasing a place on photographic holidays - either workshops or just trips facilitating your own photography. He illustrated his talk with some glorious images of building designed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona as well as other scenes from that exciting city. Also some great images from a trip he made to Portugal featuring live models. In the second half Adrian gave an illustrated talk on wild camping and the advantages it presents for getting great shots.


Monday 19th November. Our MACRO practical evening. Most members brought their cameras and other equipment and together with a wide variety of 'things to photograph, we had half a dozen tables for members to circulate around.It was a chance to help each other gain experience and expertise and a good productive evening.


Monday 12th November Our 2nd Open Competition was judged by John Tillotson who gave us an entertaining and perceptive march through 65 entries - and still stayed within our time limits. Well done JT


Monday 5th November There was a practical session to try photographing fireworks (or lights). Well, in the event, we did both. Ian Cutts provided the sparklers and Adrian and I twirled lights around. Adrian later moved up to ignited steel wool for a bit more drama!


Monday 27th OctoberAn excellent and enjoyable presentation from Cain Scrimgeour. Cain is a young man fairly newly established in his profession as a film and still nature photographer. He kindly showed some of his images and films and explained the techniques involved in obtaining his shots.


Monday 22nd OctoberA 'Double Bill' in the form of the Hendren Trophy for 'best PDI of a Lake District landscape' and its print counterpart the Harry Bowness trophy 'for best print of a landscape'.

Monday 15th OctoberA nightmare for all those who hate creepy crawlies, but joking aside, an amazing presentation of the techniques and examples of Macro Photography by local photographer Alf Branch.


Monday 8th October We had a Lightroom presentation by Adrian Gidney, of possibilities and options to consider when planning for the Set Subject competition in the new year. The after the tea break there was an opportunity to try taking some shots of moving light patterns.


1st October 2018 Very kindly, Keith Snell returned this week to judge the PDI entries for our 1st Open Competition. Thanks to all members who contributed by submitting entries and congratulation to those who were awarded places.


24th September 2018 Our 1st Open Competition was severely hampered by good old Microsoft insisting on performing a protracted update on the club's computer. This prevented images from being shown on screen. Our visiting judge, Keith Snell rose above this problem and treated us to a detailed scrutiny of the high number of prints that members had submitted. It did mean that the PDI section had to be postponed until next week.


10th September 2018 Presenting images for competitions is in two flavours: print and projected digital image (PDI). Prints need to be mounted on a card matte and techniques for doing that process were explained at this meeting and there was an opportunity to put the techniques into practice.


3rd September 2018 The opening meeting is traditionally an opportunity to meet up after the break and to welcome new members. Additionally a short talk was given by Adrian Gidney on sizing images for submission to our competitions