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2017 Annual Photographic Exhibition

It is that time of the year again for our annual exhibition. it will be held at The Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough, OL15 9AE, from Saturday 2nd September to Sunday 17th September 2017. The opening times are Mondays to Saturdays - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sundays 12:00 pm to 3.00 pm.

The Official Opening by the Worshipful The Mayor and The Mayoress of Rochdale, Councillor Ian Duckworth and Mrs Christine Duckworth, will take place at 12:00 noon on Saturday 2nd September 2017. A PDF "flyer" for the event can be downloaded from the Syllabus page by clicking on the link here. You can also navigate to the page via the website menus. Once on the Syllabus page, select the file in the "Available Downloads" list with the name "2017 Annual Photographic Exhibition".

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Mini Print Competition 21st June 2017

There were a good number of entries for this competition and by a process of elimination, once again Pat Hartley was pronounced the worthy winner.  Congratulations to Pat, who is making a habit of winning this competition!

Vintage Bike Shoot 14th June 2017

Once again we met up with riders from the Vintage Motorcycle Club, this time on Blackstone Edge Old Road, Littleborough.  The weather was kind to us and the motorcyclists ensured that we had plenty of photographic opportunities.  As a measure of our thanks to the riders, our photographs will be presented to them in due course. 

Annual Dinner 26th April 2017

This was held at Madisons Restaurant, Rochdale.  The winners, and those awarded recognition from the Annual Exhibition Competitions, were presented with trophies and certificates from our President, Mick Tilley.  An enjoyable evening was had by all who attended. 

The Annual Exhibition Competitions 29th March and 5th April 2017

The Print and PDI competitions were held on two consecutive evenings, judged by Colin Douglas and Tillman Kleinhans.  The results and images can be found under Galleries - Competition Images.

Presentations by members of the Society at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, on Saturday 25th March 2017 from 12:00 to 15:00

*** UPDATE *** See the post event comments and images under "Galleries > Society Activities"

We have an Exhibition celebrating our 125th Anniversary at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad Lane, Rochdale OL12 0NU running until the 27th May 2017.

On Saturday 25th March from 12:00 until 3:00pm our members Mike Davis and Brennan Nield will be giving talks entitled ‘A Brief History of Photography’ and ‘The River Roch’. This is a free event and for more information and how to get tickets visit If you are unable to be in Rochdale in person, this event will be live streamed on the day, via the museum’s Facebook page and Periscope @pioneersmuseum.

An example of the Museum's live streaming can be viewed here:- 

The "Busy Bee" event held recently was streamed live, but is still availble for viewing. Anyone who has a Facebook account can view this. (Just scroll down the page until you see the Busy Bee video frame, and hit the PLAY button).

The other form of streaming mentioned, is "Periscope". Periscope is a live streaming facility owned by Twitter. If the Periscope App is downloaded to a device from the relevant App Store, the watcher can sign in using their Twitter account credentials and search for the Pioneers Museum in the search bar. The watcher can elect to "Follow" the Museum if they wish. Usually, notifications are sent to tell people when the Museum is "Live".

Posted February 2017 (updated 2nd March)

New Standard Resolution Sizes for Digital Images

The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) have decided to adopt a new standard resolution of 1600 pixels x 1200 pixels for images entered into competitions, replacing the 1400 x 1050 size.   This standard has also been adopted by the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU).  As members of these organisations we are eligible to enter their competitions to represent our Society, therefore we must comply with the new resolution rules.  Our Competition Rules have been amended to reflect the new sizes to be used when entering your next competition. 

Posted January 2017

President's Cup 14th December 2016

The competition was won by Mike Heaton with his image "Moaning Lisa" which can be viewed, along with all the entries, in the Galleries section. 

Centenary Cup Competition 26th October 2016

This year's competition, themed 'Energy' was judged by Graham Curry who selected five entries for the final round.  These depicted fire, lightning, sunset and wind turbines, the power of Red Bull and hydraulic lifts!  Congratulations to Babs Cook who was awarded the Centenary Cup as the winner of the competition.

Monochrome Print Competition 13th October 2016

We entered this competition along with eight other clubs, hosted by Oldham Camera Club.  Each club entered seven prints, scores were out of 20, and the judge was Jane Lines.   We came joint sixth, just eleven points behind the winner which was South Manchester Camera Club, with a score of 125.

Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 5th October 2016

The meeting was well attended and our new President for 2016/17, Mick Tilley, was installed.  The meeting was followed by an excellent supper according to our choice of potato pie, buffet or vegetarian.

The Peter Lord Memorial Competition 28th September 2016

Congratulations to Tony Green for his winning image 'Glencoe Cottages' and for his 2nd placed image 'Evening Moorings' and also to Ian Nield for his 3rd place image Black Rock, as voted for by members.

2016 Annual Exhibition

The Exhibition was held at the Coach House in Littleborough from the 27th August until the 11th September.  The Mayor of Rochdale, Cllr. Raymond Dutton, and the Mayoress Elaine Dutton, kindly officially opened the Exhibition at 12 noon on the 26th August.  The event was well attended by members and their families. 

Prints and digital images were selected from our Annual Exhibition competition held earlier this year which were judged by Adrian and Jane Lines. 

We invited visitors to vote for their favourite print image and one hundred votes were cast. Congratulations to the  winner which was  The Jacobite Train photographed by Ruth Green.  The print will be on dispaly at the Coach House from 15th September for about a month.   

We managed to have a member present at all of the morning and afternoon sessions to encourage the visitors to vote, and many left very favourable  comments when signing in as a visitor.  Thanks to to all who volunterred to attend the sessions, and  helped in the setting up and dismantling of the Exhibition.