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Centenary Cup 17th October 2018

This year's chosen theme was Occupations and our own member, Mike Davis, very kindly judged the competition.  Pat Noon took first and third places with her well thought out images of The Boutique Owner and The Florists, and Mike Heaton came second with the aptly named The Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick Maker!  Congratulations to both.  

Annual General Meeting 3rd October 2018

The meeting was well attended this year and following the formal reports and installation of the new committee, John Steel handed over to Ed Whitaker who was welcomed as our President for 2018/2019. It was only realised in the week of the AGM, that Ed just happens to be the 100th President of the society. The meeting was followed by the usual excellent buffet, to finish off the evening. 

Memorial 'Scapes' Competition 26th September 2018

There were 36 entries for this competition and once again all members in attendance awarded points from 1 to 5 to find the winner.  Thank you to Ian Nield for the use of the scoring system, and for his and Brennan's contributuion on the evening (especially dealing with some tricky situations!).  Congratulations to the winner Mike Davis with his image 'Winterscape'.  A sign of things to come no doubt as we approach the winter season.  

Digital Knockout Competition 5th September 2018

Sixty-six images were entered in the competition, judged by Nick Hilton.  After six rounds the winner was declared and John Steel won with his image 'Heritage' which you can see along with the other entries under our Galleries section.  Congratulations to John.  

Annual Exhibition 1st September to 16th September 2018

The Mayor of Rochdale, Cllr. Mohammed Zaman kindly opened the event on the 1st September and also in attendance were our M.P. Mr. Tony Lloyd,  and local Cllrs. Janet Emsley and Ann Stott.    Once again we invited the public to vote for their favourite image and from the 143 votes cast, 'Heroes' by Lynda Redfern received 13 votes, closely followed by Autumn Collie by Babs Cook and Inside St. Pauls, Outside the Walls by Mike Davis, with 11 votes each.  The winning image will be on display at the Coach House for a couple of weeks.  Many thanks to those members who were able to attend the Exhibition to greet and engage with visitors, and for setting up and taking down the Exhibition.  Well over seventy visitors added their names and, thankfully, positive comments!  

Events and Activities

We have enjoyed guest speakers Sue Berry with her AV entitled 'Capturing the Feelings that Lie Beneath the Surface' and Maurice Wilson with his talk entitled 'Can't Stop Cheating'.  Also our member Steven Rittey's presentation on ' Journey Through Concrete and Glass'

Practical evenings have taken place on portrait photography with Graham Currey, a talk entitled the 'the Collabrative Approach' by Natasha J Bella followed by a practical portrait session with her, a visit to St.Edmund's Church, Rochdale which the volunteers opened for us and were most informative on the history of the church, and a visit to Animals in Distress Field of Dreams, Littleborough, hosted by our members Steve and Mel.  

Recent 'Battles' against Padiham, Swinton, Prestwich and Oldham photographic clubs have taken place, with mixed fortunes!  

Mini Print Competition 20th June 2018

This competition was judged by our members, again by a process of elimination, and again won by Part Hartley who appears to be making this competition her own!  Congratulations to Pat!

Creative A4 Competition 16th May 2018

This competition was judged by Ian Greenhalgh who declared Pat Noon the winner after several eliminating rounds.  Congratulations to Pat on her creative talents! 

Annual Dinner 18th April 2018

This was held at Madisons Restaurant, Rochdale.  The winners, and those awarded recognition from the Annual Exhibition Competitions, were presented with trophies and certificates by our President, John Steel.  An enjoyable evening was had by all who attended. A Gallery page has been created with further information of the event and a number of photographs taken by one of our members, Bob Srinivas. To see the Gallery page CLICK HERE! Alternatively, the Gallery page can be found in the "Galleries" main menu under "Society Activities".

President's Cup 13th December 2017

The theme for this year's competition was "Dance" and was judged by our President John Steel.  Congratulations to Mel Dunn for her winning image of Grand Jetes, to Ken Hibbert for Living Flame in second place, and once again to Mel for These Boots are Made for Dance in third place.  All the images can be viewed in the Galleries section of the website. 

Centenary Cup 18th October 2017

"Vintage" was the theme for this year's competition, which was judged by John Riley. Once again Sandra Walker AFIAP, came first, this time with her evocative images from a Second World War re-enactment weekend. Congratulations Sandra!

Annual General Meeting 4th October 2017

The meeting was well attended and following the formal reports and installation of the new committee, once again John Steel was welcomed as our President for 2017/18, taking over from Mick Tilley.  The meeting was followed by an excellent buffet. 

Memorial Competition 27th September 2017

The theme for this year's competition was 'Scapes' and all members attending were asked to award points from one to five for each image.  The overall winner was Sandra Walker AFIAP so congratulations to Sandra for her winning image entitled  'Talacre Beach'.

Digital Knockout Competition 6th September 2017

Over seventy entries were judged by Si Newton and at the end of Round 6 Mike Davis was announced the winner with his lovely image entitled 'Happiness'.  Congratulations to Mike. 

2017 Annual Photographic Exhibition

Photos from the official opening can be seen in "Society Activities" under the "Galleries" menu.

The Exhibition was held at The Coach House, Littleborough, from 2nd - 17th September.  The Mayor of Rochdale Cllr. Ian Duckworth and the Mayoress Christine Duckworth kindly opened the event on the 2nd September. 

The prints and digital images were selected from our Annual Exhibition competition held earlier this year, and were very well received by the visitors.  It was interesting to chat and listen to their comments, and they were invited to vote for their favourite photograph.    Congratulations to Mike Davis for his winning print, Fallow Deer in Autumn, which is a suitable title for this time of year!  It will be on display at The Coach House for around four weeks. 

Thank you to all who helped by being in attendance during opening hours, and for setting up and dismanlting the Exhibition.   

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.