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21st December 2017

The club held a very successful Christmas Party and Awards Ceremony. Images from the evening can be viewed here 


2nd November 2017

Many congratulations to our Vice President Howard Tate MA (Phot), ARPS, AFIAP who was awarded the APAGB for his Meritorious Service to the PAGB. Howard received his award from Alan Stopher CPAGB President of the YPU.

Howard Award

Change of Programme 19th September 2017 

For those who were not present at last week's Camera Club meeting, sadly our booked speaker has had to pull out at quite late notice. However this gives us a good opportunity to tailor the night to something that we can all enjoy, I think as we are a camera club, it would be great to get 'out and about' and do something with the night light. I'm happy to do a night photography session focussing on buildings, perhaps locally or somewhere like Leeds which has a vast amount of potential. There has also been mention of a wire wool session, similar to the one we did earlier in the year, which would add a further aspect to the art of night/long exposure photography which many of you have shown an interest in. The basic message is bring your cameras, bring your tripods and cable releases if you have them and I'm sure you will get something you are satisfied with. For those who would prefer to stay at the centre, the room will still be open and available for you to socialise, and of course the bar will be open. If you have any questions please ask, although the above is what has been arranged at present. Any updates will be reported via e-mail  and on the Facebook page for those new members who's email details we don't yet have.

Medley Prizewinners with President Andy Brown

Prize Winners


2016 Prize Winners

Annual DPI                           

                1st Neil Margetson       Deer In Blizzard, Lotherton Hall                        

                2nd Mike Wilstrop              High Tide                        

                3rd= Barbara Pollard         The Beach                        

                3rd= Alan Bodker               The Willis & Lioyds Buildings London

Annual Print Monochrome        

                1st Keaton Roebuck     Dai Evans

                2nd Dave Steels                 The Modern Office

                3rd Bill Mahoney                Staci

Annual Print Colour

                1st Dave Burgess          Impressionist Coast And Rider

                2nd John Ellis                     Looking For A Job

                3rd Alan Bodker                 A Place To Sit

Medley Competition Prints

                1st Bill Mahoney

                2nd Alan Bodker 

                3rd Bradley Bailey

Medley Competition DPI        

                 1st Miles Hand

                 2nd Bradley Bailey  

                3rd Lawrence Burrow

23rd November 2016

Following the visit of Ernie Howard recently Harvey Nock contacted him for some more information about photographing the Yorkshire Wolds. Ernie has a section of his Flickr site of just Wolds pictures  here.

Some of the photos have been titled but many are not. In Ernie's opinion, the best scenery is around the Yorkshire Wolds Way long distance footpath, between Market Weighton and Sherburn. Villages like Fridaythorpe, Huggate, Millington and especially Thixendale offer many circular walks of verying lengths to discover the beauty of this less frequented landscape. You really need to get the boots on and walk it to appreciate the landscape.

There are a couple of web sites which have walks in this area. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Leisure Services have a large number of walks at their Walking the Riding site. This can be found here.  It also includes cycling and horse riding routes.

A photographic friend of Ernie's  Arnold Underwood (who writes regularly for Country Walking) has a good selection of walks on his Dales Trails site here.  It seems to have lost a number of specific walks but is still good.

More extensive Yorkshire Walks can be found here and is very comprehensive. The search facility works well if you put in a specific village such as Thixendale. It has a lot of photos to shows the landscape and route.

Finally, the best photographer of the Yorkshire Wolds in all its moods is Paul Moon. He is an amateur who lives at Nunburnholme between Market Weighton and Millington. His site is here and has some remarkably moody shots of all the seasons of the Wolds.

He does walking photo tours of the wolds on an irregular basis, usually for the council as part of their countryside events or walking festival.   The year's brochure can be downloaded from here.

Maybe we could organise a group to go with him as an amateur, he is not outrageously expensive.

27th May 2016

4 Clubs Competition

Castleford                 179 points

Wakefield                  174 points

Pontefract                 170 points

Normanton                168 points

Well done to Stephen Dean and Alan Bodker for attaining 19 the highest mark on the night.

Stephen's 'Walking The Dog' was judged to be the best print in the competition - Well Done.

Our entries were:

Cheetah Brothers                                   Bill Mahoney               16

Stacie                                                       Dave Steels                 17

I'm Not Saying Sorry First                      Bill Mahoney              15

Watching                                                  Mike Blackman          17

Walking The Dog                                     Stephen Dean            19

Office Block Canary Wharf                    Alan Bodker                19

Modern Girl                                              Dave Burgess             16

The Underground Earl's Court              Alan Bodker                19

Buttermere At Water's Edge                 Dave Steels                 15

Mist-Ical                                                   Keaton Roebuck         17

7 May 2016

YPU 2016

Congratulations to all club members who entered this year's YPU.

Special congratulations to Bradley Bailey and Miles Hand who both won awards.

Miles won the Warren Jepson Trophy for the best Print  in the Young Photographer category

Bradley won the W A Johnson Trophy for the best Digital  Projected image in the Young Photographer category.

The accepted entries were : ((A) =Award (C) =Certificate)


Dave Burgess                          The Taylor and his Daughter

Dave Burgess                          Roadside Halt

Stephen Dean                         Achgarve Shore Wester Ross

Stephen Dean                         St Annes Pier

Stephen Dean                        Whoosh

Kevan Hand                           Light Beam                            

Miles Hand                            Waiting At Platform 4 (A)

Miles Hand                           Waiting Again    

Miles Hand                           The Void

Bill Mahoney                         Female Kingfisher

Howard Tate                         Lunch at the British (C)

Digital Projected Images

Bradley Bailey                       Closing In (A)

Bradley Bailey                       Never Ending

Alan Bodker                          Pritzker Pavillion Chicago

Alan Bodker                          The Willis and Lloyds Buildings

Stephen Dean                       End of the Shift

Kevan Hand                          Art Deco Metroland

Miles Hand                           Paddy's Wig-Wam (C)

Bill Mahoney                        Gannet Landing Approach

Bill Mahoney                        Red Kite Milvus Milvus (C)

Bill Mahoney                        Rhiain

Alison Roberts                    Between the Lines

Keaton Roebuck                 Mist-Ical (C)

Keaton Roebuck                 Mute Swan on Take Off

Keaton Roebuck                 Whitby by Night

Steve Scholey                     Scramble Jumbers

The following images were accepted for the PAGB Annual Exhibition

Monochrome Prints

Dave Burgess                          The Taylor and his Daughter

Dave Burgess                          Roadside Halt

Lawrence Burrow                   Angel of the North

Colour Prints

John Ellis                                Looking for a Job

Howard Tate                          Light Reading

PDI - Nature

Bill Mahoney                        Gannet Landing Approach

Congratulations to everyone.

Pontefract beat Leeds Co-op and Garforth Camera Club see the winning images here

23 July 2015 - bring your cameras to capture images of Kira's Birds of Prey from KLFalconry, an opportunity not to be missed.

11 May 2015  Pontefract Win 4 Clubs Competition

Castleford           163

Normanton         167

Pontefract           176

Wakefield             173

Art At The Railway Museum York           Frank Waude                      15

Broadcasting House, Leeds                    Alan Bodker                        16

I'm Coming For You                                  Bill Mahoney                      20

John Betjemen - Time Traveller             Dave Steels                         17

Nobody Home                                           Howard Tate                       19

Rainbow Man                                            Howard Tate                       20

Red Kite                                                     Bill Mahoney                        18

Reminiscing                                              Lawrence Burrow                15

Six Kids                                                     Howard Tate                         20

The Kelpies                                              Andy Brown                           16

Congratulations to Howard whose 'Rainbow Man' was the best image of the evening.

09 May 2015  YPU Exhibition

Congratulations to Miles Hand who had all 3 of his prints accepted in the Young Photographer category.

He received the Warren Jepson Trophy for his print 'Saltburn Pier'

His  'Infinity Bridge'  won a Certificate and his third accepted  print was 'Lights on at Stansted'

Congratulations also to Howard Tate who received The Jim Barker Trophy for his print 

'Playing all my Favourite Memories' and also received a Certificate for his 'Langangarbh'

Dave Burgess had his 'Contemplation' selected to go forward to the PAGB

Congratulations to the following who also had prints Accepted

Mike Blackman                                      'Watching'

Kevan Hand                                            'Architecture in Oak'

Alison Roberts                                       'Washed by the Tide'

2 prints were Reserved for inclusion in the exhibition when prints are removed for the PAGB

Stephen Dean                                        'Bait Diggers, Marazion'

John Ellis                                                'Door Detail'

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