ICPA 19 Results

Results are just in from the annual ICPA competitions.
We have managed a creditable 5th place in the Arthur Clayton Rosebowl but slipped to 9th in the Toulmin Shield and Frank Sellars Trophy, this is a slight improvement from last year. As the competition features two print sections we are somewhat limited by the number of members entering prints these days so please consider entering a few more prints this year. The tables are shown below…

Torrevieja and Tri-Club Battles Agreed

We are pleased to announce that the annual battles with our friends in Spain and more locally in Blackburn and Darwen have been diarised again for this season. These have been well supported in terms of images and also in attendance both home and away and we hope this continues. We are responsible for hosting both of these events, please see the club programme for dates.

There are a number of changes to the battles as follows:

Torrevieja will now compromise of 25 images per club rather than the 20 used previously. This will create opportunity for more members to represent the club.

Blackburn and Darwen will now include prints for the first time to allow members to have their work seen how they want it. We have agreed this in principle and will allow up to 10 prints to be entered without setting a lower limit on the number as we don’t want to force this on anybody.

Website Update – July 2019

Welcome to the new look club website. We have made a few cosmetic changes to give the pages a fresh new look and have made some changes to the way the website works. Hopefully you will find this fairly intuitive. The links to what we believe are the most important and most visited areas are now featured on buttons at the bottom of the home page. We have also begun to add events to the calendar and these will include the club programme and other items associated with the L&CPU, ICPA plus some photographic opportunities.
Please have a look and let us know what you think and how it can be improved. Enjoy.

Guest Presentation – Florida Birdlife – CAT 16-01-18

Kitty and Geoff Walsh - Florida Birdlife

It was probably a lot warmer in Florida than in Grindleton on Tuesday night, but nature photographers  Kitty and Geoff Walsh brought their own warmth with them. Members of the Chorley Club, their photography was of the highest quality, National Geographic magazine having publishing a number of their photographs.

They were a little reluctant to visit Florida at first but are now regular commuters. The best time is December and January for the arrival of the migrating birds; April and May are the months for nesting.  However the otters, crocodiles, racoons and many other animals are around at all times. However, the sun is too hot in the summer months for comfort.

Extraordinary photographs by Geoff settled a controversy which had been around for many years. There were reports of otters successfully attacking crocodiles, but most people did not believe it was possible. Geoff was in the right place at the right time and his photograph has been used by National Geographic no less than five times. Amusingly, a visitor with his family was noisily dismissive of the possibility and finally said he would like to meet the man who took the picture. Kitty, who was standing nearby, said quietly. “He’s over there, why not speak to him!”

February starts with folios from the Inter-Club Photographic Alliance and the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union. The club meets at 7:30 on Tuesdays at the Grindleton Pavilion. Photographic enthusiasts are invited to come and see what the club does before deciding to join.

Camera Club’s new format for competition entries – CAT 07-12-2017

Dance Trio by Clare Drew.

Dance Trio by Clare Drew CPAGB.

Competitions at Ribblesdale Camera Club were felt to be victims of their own success as the high standard of many competition entries were a bit daunting for new members and the inexperienced, writes Ken Geddes.

The club decided to divide their projected images into two groups, “A” and “B” – the “A” for those who took their competitions very seriously and the “B” for those who just wanted to show the club what they do and get a few useful tips from the judge.

Cold at New Brighton by Garry Williamson.

Cold at New Brighton by Garry Williamson.

The two classes have self selection and there is no promotion or relegation. Just different approaches. This new format was judged by Dave Bibby from Cleveleys. The prints section was won by chairman Steve Proctor with Boatman and the Navvy with Clare Drew’s Dance Trio in second place. Group A of the Projected Digital Images (PDI’s for short!) was won by Gary Williamson’s witty Cold at New Brighton, while Lesley Marklew’s remarkable shot of a space age window cleaner – Reaching Out was a very worthy winner of Group B.

The club meets at The Pavilion, Grindleton, on Tuesday nights at 7-30pm.

Reaching Out by Lesley Marklew.

Reaching Out by Lesley Marklew.

On December 12th, the Lancashire and Cheshire Union’s Folio of the best prints from their 2017 competition will be shown.

Triptych Evening 26.09.2017

Three female members of Ribblesdale and District Camera Club swept the board at the competition evening held on Tuesday 26 September.

This was the first of the new season’s competitions and members had to enter a panel of 3 images which, in some respects, should complement each other. There was a difference this year since not only could 3 prints be entered but also 3 digital images which would be shown together. 

All of those members who had not attempted this before expressed their satisfaction in having developed their skills to achieve that.

The winners were all digital images and the overall winner was the youngest member of the club, Laura Nutter.

Laura's three, very emotive, black and white images were based on the song The Sound of Silence and her locations ranged from Downham to Liverpool.

In second place was Denise Sanderson’s ‘Bunny Hop’; 3 images of a cyclist performing a particularly tricky manoeuvre.

Third place was taken by Francine Critchley with 3 very colourful images of young Esme in a red gingham dress against a backdrop of solid yellow flowers.

The Sound of Silence

Bunny Hop


Camera Club Plans for New Season

Ribblesdale Camera Club’s plans for the winter season were discussed by members of the clubs committee and it was decided to introduce several new ideas, writes Ken Geddes.

The programme will be a mixture of talks, folios of the best competition entries in the area, club competitions and practical evenings, including portraiture and still life.

Competitions for prints and digital projections in both colour and black and white will be considered by judges from the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Unions list - but as an experiment, possibly one competition will be assessed by a professional photographer or journalist.

Many people like competitions as they like to see their images discussed and graded by experts as well as compete for annual trophies.

However, others would prefer just to hear the opinions on their work and tips for improvement, without the competitive element. This will encourage new members as well as imaginative or experimental images, not normal competition material. There is room for both groups on the same evening. Other evenings will feature guest expert photographers showing their work, as well as members giving shorter contributions.

The club meets at 7-30pm in the Pavilion at Grindleton every Tuesday evening (except Halloween) from September 12th to May 8th.

New members will be made very welcome, whatever their cameras or abilities.


We won this years ICPA Annual PDI Competition with 70 points, receiving The Frank Sellers Trophy, the following images were used for our entry.

ICPA Colour Print 2017

We came 7th in this years ICPA Annual Colour Print Competition with 54 points, the winners, Chorley Photographic Society, receiving 72 points, the following images were used for our entry.