Programme 2019/20


September 3rd

Simon Roy

  • ‘Adventures of a Wildlife Photographer’ – Images and stories from some of my best wildlife encounters and some missed opportunities

Simon is an award-winning wildlife photographer based in Yorkshire, through his images he hopes to expose the beautiful, fragile, yet enduring nature of our British wildlife. Simon’s work is widely published and has been highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards, International Garden Photographer of the Year, and Bird Photographer of the Year competitions

Entries for the Flower Festival – “Enjoying Masham”  – this is a print competition , the usual rules apply. The guest judge will be Susan Cunliffe-Lister

September 17th

Leo  Palmer

  •  “Concepts & Themes”.

Leo will show a range of his photography, which has always been project based…..long before projects were popular, starting with a couple from the early days leading to today’s work. The concept being the idea and the theme a development into a project.

Although Leo  classes himself as, primarily, a Travel photographer he photographs anything and everything, from people and places to landscape, nature. He also enjoys producing abstract or altered images.

Leo’s main “buzz” is the taking and making of pictures, especially printing and passing on knowledge to others. He has been  programme organiser for Hexham PS for over 25 years and find it a very creative exercise. Finding new lectures and creative ideas to involve club members in photography gives me a lot of satisfaction.

Results of the “Enjoying Masham” print competition.


October 1st

Annual General Meeting


October 15th

Simon Hill

Simon is a professional photographer living in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, specialising in editorial, documentary (reportage) and heritage photography.  In 2017, he became the first British photographer to win the prestigious Longford International Art Portrait Award and in 2019 was named BIPP Professional Photographer of the Year.

Over the past 30 years, Simon has worked with over 350 museums, galleries, historic sites, attractions and cultural events in over 50 countries.  His work has been published in numerous books , magazines  and used by national broadcasters and  online media channels.

Simon’s fourth photographic book The 160th Great Yorkshire Show: A Photographer’s View, with a Foreword by HRH The Princess Royal and a Preface by The Duke of Devonshire, was published in November 2018.

Results of the competition – “Waterfalls”


November 5th

Mike Kipling

Award winning Mike Kipling is one of the North of England’s most successful and well-known photographers. Originally from Scarborough  he is now based at Guisborough  on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, his favourite location for photography. His distinctive style is regularly seen in a number of monthly periodicals, calendars and book illustrations. For two years running Mike took top honours in the Epson Digital Vision Competition. Mike’s picture of heather burners on the Yorkshire Moors was awarded first place in the competition. In the following year Mike won the UK professional category with his picture of Limestone Paving at Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.

Mike is equally comfortable creating striking landscape and townscape shots of the beautiful scenery and historic towns of Northern England as he is photographing the activity in a busy factory or office environment.


November 19th – at Masham Town Hall

Members Night

Len Shepherd

  • “Pictures on and off our wall”

Len will show a selection of some of his favourite prints – those that make it on to his living room wall !



December 3rd – at Masham Town Hall

Keith Moss

 “Photography is life…it gives me the ability to express my every thought and emotion, it’s my way of communicating. It gives me fulfilment and above all, photography gives me peace.”

Keith’s inspiration comes from the photographers Jeanloup Sieff, Robert Doisneau, Clyde Butcher and the main man Ansel Adams. He is self-taught and passionate about black and white photography, specifically film. He has worked with Leica UK, Phase One and is an Official Ilford Artisan Partner

He is author of the acclaimed book Urban Portraits (Coffee Stop Publishing, 2017) which contains images of the people Keith has met during his travels, as well as hints and tips about street portraiture. He regularly contributes to photography magazines and during his successful thirty-year career he has worked as an advertising photographer for Blue-Chip companies, photographing members of the royal family and numerous celebrities

Results of the competition – “Doors, Gates and Fences”


December 17th

Christmas Party/Quiz  at the KingsHead.


January 7th

Members Night

Andrew Stockham

  • Impressions of Sri Lanka and India – the views of a novice !

After enjoying a holiday in Sri Lanka in 2018, Andrew and Julia decided  in 2019 to see how India compared. Although in the case of both countries they barely scratched the surface , it has certainly wetted their appetite to return .

Results of the competition –  “Bikes”


January 21st

Ray Etchells

  • Ray will  talk about his work and the good and bad points of printing very large images.

Ray was born and raised in Manchester, UK. before moving to Durham in 1996. He is self taught and have been taking photographs since 2005, with a passion for Landscapes. He now uses Hasselblad digital cameras and enjoy the difference in the tonality and sharpness that medium format photography brings

Ray owns a HP 24 inch printer using only HP inks. He captures, prints, mounts and frames all his own images.

February 4th

Members Night

John Cole

  • “My Love Affair !”

Results of the competition – “Energy”


February 18th

Alan & Julie Walker

  •  ‘What makes a Successful image….depends upon which judge you ask !’
This talk incorporates a successful MPAGB (Master Award of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain)  panel, it will analyses what turns judges on and….off ! Alan and Julie will look at and discuss together successful and (not so successful) RPS, PAGB, and Camera Club images and try to discover what makes that illusive winning image.
During his photographic career Alan has had photos exhibited all over the world and had a number of exhibitions . Alan  also taught photography at adult education colleges. He has belonged to photographic clubs and societies in Hampshire and Surrey and now in Cumbria where he retired to. Alan is currently Chairman of The South Lakes Photo Group & Programme Secretary for Keswick Photographic Society.

Julie has  enjoyed photography for over 20 years, but it is only since she retired at the end of 2006 that she has had sufficient time to develop her skills.Julie particularly enjoys landscape, nature and travel photography. She also has a special interest in infra red photography.

Julie is currently Secretary of Keswick Photographic Society where she enjoys competing in the club and interclub competitions.

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March 3rd

Members Night

  •  Red Spot Night

Another fun evening, when Members bring along up to three prints and we all vote for our favourite.

Results of the competition – “Decorations”

All future meetings are cancelled until further notice as a result of the Coronavirus.

March 17th

Graeme Rowatt

Graeme is an award-winning commercial photographer, based in the North East specialising in quality, bespoke commercial, editorial, corporate and advertising photography. His clients include local, national and multinational blue chip companies, design and advertising agencies and publishers

UK Commercial Photographer
of the Year 2007
British Professional
Photography Awards 2007

North East Commercial
Photographer of the Year 2008
British Institute of
Professional Photographers


April 7th

Emma Littlefair

Emma has been photographer for over 20 years and uses that time and experience to develop her own unique style and take on life.

 Emma likes to push the boundaries of true photography into a form of Art.  She uses real brushes, inks, water colours acrylics, and everyday stuff to create textures which are then photographed or digitally scanned to use in Photoshop.

Emma’s unique and inspiring work can be seen on her website –


Results of the competition – “Blot on the Landscape”


April 21st

Members Night

  • Mounting and displaying Images

Bill Tetlow and Gordon Wilson will lead the evening and give a practical demonstration on the various ways that images can be presented for display, either in our home or for exhibitions. The evening will include – Mount Cutting, Foamboard mounting and mounting of canvas prints.


May 5th

David Keep

Sports Images with Impact

Sports images are very successful on the competition circuit & there’s no surprise why… they almost guarantee an image with impact.  In this talk David will share his approach to gaining access, technical challenges on the day & post-processing.  Sports covered include; athletics, squash, tennis, weightlifting, speed skating, high board diving & many more.

Results of the competition – “Emotions”


May 19th

Members Night

  • How to Make a Photobook – David Mason

Photobooks are quickly becoming today’s equivalent of the photo album and can be used for a whole variety of purposes from Weddings to holiday snaps. They come in a whole variety of shapes and sizes and tonight David Mason will show us how to go about making a phonebook and thereby de-mystify the whole process.



June 2nd

Members Night

  • Images from the walls of Members

Members are invited to bring along an image or images that they have chosen to display in their homes/offices and tell us something about the image and why it has a special meaning to them.

June 16th

Members Night

  • Photography and Art

The renowned Yorkshire artist David Hockney has used photography extensively in his work. In this film we hear about his approach and how it has developed.

Results the competition – ” 3 of a kind”



Summer Celebration BBQ


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