Penrith & District Camera Club

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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.

Distinction Success

Twice a year, in April and November, the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) hold Adjudication days for photographic merit at various locations around the country.  This weekend the awards were held in Pontefract and two members of our Club were successful in gaining PAGB distinctions.

Huge congratulations to Dave Connell who achieved CPAGB.  A small selection of Dave’s images are below and you can see the rest of his ten images on our website.


Congratulations also to Jo Knight who achieved DPAGB.  Again, a small selection of Jo’s images are below and you can see the rest of her fifteen images on our website.

We’re hoping to find time at an upcoming Club meeting for Dave and Jo to show their images and talk about how they found the process of preparing for their distinctions.  General information on PAGB distinctions can be found here.

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!

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.


Opportunity: Dawn Photo Cruise

Ullswater Steamers have put on a Dawn Photography Cruise with Mark Littlejohn – Thursday Nov 2nd 2017

“A unique opportunity to join local award winning photographer Mark Littlejohn on-board a private charter at dawn. Capture the dawn through the lens with an expert on hand for advice on how to get the best pictures.”

Ticket price £45 per person includes cruise, a complimentary tea/coffee & croissant on-board, places are limited and must be booked in advance, wear suitable clothing. Please note dogs are not permitted at this event. Cruise departs Glenridding at 6.30am, returning at 9.30am.

Book via Ullswater Steamers Website

Northern Counties 37th International Salon



 PRINT SECTIONS   –  Monochrome and Colour

  1. Prints can be mounted
  2. Prints to be delivered to Jane Black and will be returned at no cost.
  3. The entry form must be completed on line
  4. Payment can be made by PayPal on line OR
  5. Payment can be by cheque or cash delivered with the prints.

  DIGITAL IMAGE SECTIONS  –  Open Colour  Open Momochrome Nature Travel

  1. The entry form must be completed on line with the images.
  2. Payment can be by PayPal on line OR
  3. Payment can be cheque sent to Jane Black with a copy of the entry form

 Full details and the entry form can be found on the Salon web site at AD Press -Advert #2

Chris Hurford: Dates and Exhibitions 2015

Dereliction  – a photographic  exhibition

by Chris Hurford

by Chris Hurford

Chris Hurford and Jane  Peet
The  Old  Fire  Station, Bridge Lane, Penrith
25 June – 9 July 2015
Weekdays only: 10am – 4pm

Hutton-in-the-Forest work as artist-in-residence
Dragonflies in the Long Gallery and an outdoor installation on cones possibly from mid June onwards.  Grounds open every day except Saturdays, 10.30am-5pm.  House open, Wed, Thurs and Sundays and bank holidays.

Greystoke  Artspace,   exhibition  with  Thora Talling  and  Heather  Young  and  secondly  with  Janis  Young  and  Caroline  Dalton. 
25 June – 26 August.  Ceramic  installations  on  caddis  flies,  also  spiders  and  later  skin.   Church  is  open  from  10am  until   about  5pm  every  day.  There  will  be  an  open  evening  on  Friday  7th  August  with  drinks,  eats  and  lights,  6pm – 8pm,  all  welcome.

Wray  Castle  National  Trust.  High  Wray  Windermere.   Work  involving  the  Freshwater  Biological  Assoc  and  with  help  from  Sight  Eden  for  visually  impaired  people,  a  plaster  installation  of  algae  with  graphite  drawings  and  photographs  of  water.  10 Sept  until  16 Oct  open  every  day,  National  Trust  charges  for  entry  to  the  castle.  I  will be  there every  Friday  11am – 3pm

C-Art Installation: Carlisle  Cathedral,  a  long  installation  of  ceramic  dead  flies  and  butterflies.   11 Sept until  27 Sept,  the  cathedral  is  open  every  day.  I  will  be  there  each  Monday  and  Tuesday,  sketching – and  chatting.