Photography ArticlesThis is Bradford Photographic Society website's teaching and activities section, where you can find advice and stories from members.

Along with reports of our meetings.

We hope to eventually have a good collection of interesting and entertaining articles on different aspects of photography.

'Bamburgh Dawn' by Gareth Nolan (20)

Congratulations to the winners of our trophies on 1 February - Gareth Nolan for the Bronze Statuette Novice competition and Andrew Holland for the D Bates All-Rounder competition.

In the Novice, 2nd place went to Bev Keighley and 3rd place jointly to Gareth Nolan and Mike Barrett. Gareth Nolan and Bev Keighley scored 20.

'Working Man's Hands' by Bev Keighley (20)

Our meeting on 25 January consisted of the presentation of sets of six images on a theme chosen by the author. The choices of theme varied widely from 'The Lakes' to 'Wickets'. With eleven members submitting sets of images we had a varied and interesting evening. Here is only a tiny selection of the 66 images we saw.

'Baby Fingers' by Melissa Harper from the theme Children

 18 January saw a hybrid training evening. The first half was a talk by David Hopkinson on Architectural Record photography. The winner of the YPU's Mabel Bruce Trophy for the best Architecture or General Record Print in 2107, David knows a thing or two about this topic.


He doesn't look old enough to have been a professional photographer for 38 years but our speaker on 11 January, Giles Rocholl, gave himself a head start by being taken on as an apprentice photographer by a Harrogate newspaper when he was sixteen.

Did you know that Gareth Nolan won the July-August section of the YPU on-line competition? His image, 'Best Foot Forward', see below, goes into the final competition for the best on-line image of the year. You can vote at

Obviously you will vote for the image you like best but don't forget that Gareth belongs to OUR CLUB!


Critique Evening

'Coniston Blue' by Gareth Nolan

We started 2018 on 3 January with a Critique Evening. For the first time we imposed our new rule to use only the first four images from each person so restricting the total to a reasonable number and allowing a good discussion of each image without over-extending the evening.

In spite of appearances, our photographic quiz night on 15 December did not include charades. Rais was demonstrating yoga - don't ask. John J won the quiz with 35 out of 48, finally admitting that he had not just chosen option (d) for every answer as he originally claimed.

Bingley hosted this year's battle on 11th December.


As per last year battle was totally DPI images with there being no print entries. The judge was Colin Williams and was very fair giving some excellent comments..

The night was both disappointing and elating all in one evening.

Disappointment  - To say we were outnumbered in membership turnout is a little understated - their 40+ to our 2 members.

At the half time tea break Bingley were slightly ahead 259 points to our 240.

Elated – well you can guess this bit – by the end of the evening we had pulled ahead and the final score was

               Bingley – 492   Bradford PS – 512 - we won.

What a competition evening - it even snowed! The last day of November saw our first print trophy night of the 2017-8 session and it was very well supported. There were 43 entries for the WH Hammond portrait trophy and 44 for the JH Leighton open pictorial trophy. This produced a prodigious workload for our judge, Andrew Rothery, which he tackled with gusto and without skimping on the useful advice or the witty asides.

With Bradford PS as hosts, the second round of this year's Interclub competition took place in St James' Church Hall off Bolton Road on Saturday 25 November.

The judge was Geoff France from Holmfirth whose voice carried well so that everyone could hear his comments without the microphon.

Thursday 23rd. November’s meeting was mysteriously entitled “Art of Metamorphosis”.

The session featured a presentation and demonstration of the work of award winning Pontefract photographer Andrea Hargreaves. As many may be aware Andrea was the most lauded entrant in last year’ YPU Exhibition with 11 Acceptances, 2 Awards and 5 Certificates of Merit.

Our first Critique evening of the year on 23 November was well supported with 75 images submitted by 16 members. It was well attended too. Although one members could not be present to hear the comments on his pictures, the views expressed were still constructive and helpful to everyone else.

'Norfolk Old Grocery Store' by Graeme Mitchell

The reports of the meetings held by Bradford Photographic Society

Reports of BPS Exhibitions and talks held by others

Articles on the history of Bradford Photographic Society

Reports about Bradford Photographic Society photowalks and shoots

Articles on how to improve photographic techniques

Other articles about Bradford Photographic Society or photography in general

Reports on the various competitions in which BPS is involved

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