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3 Way Battle Results 2020

The annual 3 way battle between Keswick, Carlisle and Penrith Clubs was held on Tuesday 25th February. Club results are as Follows:

  • Keswick Photo Society = 356
  • Penrith and District Camera Club = 341
  • Carlisle Camera = 318

Individual Members Scores can be seen here 3 way Battle 2020

NCPF Annual Competition

NCPF Ann Comp FINAL Results April 2019

We are pleased to report that the NCPF Annuals Competition 2019 Results are now available and a copy has been attached to this e-mail. The results have also been added to the NCPF web site where they can be downloaded, and also show a gallery of the successful images from the competition click here to view.


Special mention for several of our members at this year’s annuals competition – including Jo Knight, John Williams, and Mike Hughes!

3 Way Battle 2019

On Wednesday 20th February, Crosthwaite Parish Rooms in Keswick hosted the annual 3 Way Battle between Penrith, Carlisle and Keswick Camera Clubs.  It’s a friendly annual contest, full of good-natured banter, and consists of 15 PDI images from each Club, which this year was judged by Richard Speirs DPAGB, BPE2* of Morton CC.

Penrith have always felt it’s important to enter images from a wide range of members, including beginners, and we only allow 1 image per author.  A small committee then chooses which photographs will represent our Club and this year’s entries can be seen below:


And the winners were:

  • 1st Keswick with 266 points.
  • 2nd Penrith with 254 points.
  • 3rd Carlisle with 246 points.

The Judge’s favourite image of the evening was ‘The Aracari and The Fly’, by a member of Keswick PS.

Our very own JDT won the raffle, bringing home a small book of Ansel Adams pictures, and a good night was had by all!

For those club members chosen to take part in the Battle your image scores can be found in the Members’ Section of our website.

PAGB Masters of Print 2018

The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) hold an annual, nationwide photographic competition called Masters of Print.  The competition is open to individual photographers who enter under their own steam, though they must be affiliated to a Club which is a member of the PAGB.  The purpose of the competition is to find photographic prints of the highest quality for a prestigious Print Exhibition, celebrating the best of PAGB Photography for the Year.

Our congratulations go to Jo Knight for being one of only 60 photographers accepted into the Masters of Print 2018.  The Exhibition of accepted works will take place in the RK Burt Gallery in London’s Southbank from Tuesday 4th December to Friday 14th December, with the official opening ceremony on Friday 7th December, though other dates and venues around the country are under discussion for those who can’t get to the Capital.

Evacuee by Jo Knight

Unlike many other competitions which are often won by the same photographers with the same images used over and over again, the Masters of Print seeks out new and emerging talent and works which haven’t previously been shown.  Only one image per photographer is allowed to be selected for the Exhibition.  This gives all Club photographers an equal chance of success, so is well worth an entry!

Western Area Battle 2018

This year’s Western Area Battle was hosted by West Cumbria Photo Group and took place on Saturday 27th October at Distington Community Centre.  The Battle is an annual competition between Penrith, Dumfries, Carlisle, Keswick, Morton, Copeland, West Cumbria and Workington Camera Clubs, who together form the Western Area of the Northern Counties Photographic Federation.  Six mounted prints and six projected digital images were submitted by each club and had to include a minimum of 1 Landscape, 1 Portrait, 1 Creative and I Nature.

The event commenced at 2.30pm when we were honoured with a talk by Elena McTighe, FPSA, MPSA, President of the Photographic Society of America who showed us wildlife images taken in Florida, followed by the presentation of PSA awards obtained by photographers from our area.  We were then treated to a buffet before the Battle began, with images judged by Elena who started with the PDI section.

Penrith & District’s PDI Entries

Several PDI images from across the Clubs were awarded 20 points and Elena chose a photograph of a flower from Dumfries Camera Club as her overall favourite shot.  After adding all the scores together, the top three Clubs in the PDI category were:

  • 1st: Workington
  • 2nd: Copeland
  • 3rd: Keswick
  • with Penrith coming a respectable 4th just 1 point behind.

Penrith & District’s Print Entries

In the print section again Elena awarded more than one top mark of 20 points, including to our very own Les Ayres, and her overall favourite image of a Fox in snow was taken by a member of Keswick Camera Club.  After adding all the scores together, the top three Clubs in the Print category were:

  • 1st: Keswick
  • 2nd: Penrith
  • 3rd: Carlisle

Scores for both sections were then added together and the final result of the Battle was:

  • Winner: Keswick (212 points)
  • Runner-up: Penrith (207 points – our best result for some considerable time!)

Individual scores for each of our Club’s entries are available on the Inter-Club Competition Results page in the Member’s section of our website.

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.


Western Area Battle 2014 – John Williams best print

The Western Area battle was fought at Cleator Moor in November 2014. The opposing forces were the 8 camera clubs forming the Western Area of the Northern Counties Photographic Federation; that is: Dumfries, Carlisle, Morton, Workington, Copeland, West Cumbria Photo Group, Keswick and Penrith

The Battle is an annual contest, with each club marshaling 6 prints and 6 digital images. The arbiter for the 2014 event was judge Adrian Lines MPAGB EFIAP ARPS FBPE from North Wales. Adrian is a highly experienced international judge and competitor and before the competition gave a very impressive lecture on his work.

The collective scores from each club decide the winning club with Dumfries coming top in both sections and winning overall and similarly Keswick coming second. Penrith came 5th in both the print and digital sections. There is an award for both the top print and digital image: our own John Williams won the crystal decanter for the best print in the battle “Snow on the Pier”

by John Williams

by John Williams