St Ives
Carole Marshall
Tuscan view
Bryan Torrington
White Cat
David Williamson
Oli Brown
David Kessel
Flight Over The Wolds
David Williamson
Hetty Feather
David Kessel
Six Windows
David Kessel
John Saunders
Helen Jones
Bullfinch in snow
Helen Jones
Golden Eagle
David Bradley
Approaching Symmetry
David Kessel
Sunset Stag
Helen Jones
David Kessel
The quarter miler
Bryan Torrington
Love Life
David Kessel
John Saunders
Sue Hoggett
Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South
David Beverley
Fjord reflection
Roger Walton
Dandelion Seeds
Iain Stuart
John Saunders
Helen Jones
Whitby Smile
David Williamson
John Lewis Leeds
Julia Walton
Edward Allington sculpture revisited
Sue Hoggett
Morning mists
Bryan Torrington
Perspex haze
Julia Walton
Run to the sun
Roger Walton
Louis Vuitton
Julia Walton
Wallpaper fragment
Sue Hoggett
Salford Quays
Julia Walton
Over the edge
Sue Hoggett
David Williamson

Welcome to Bishopthorpe Camera Club


There has never been a more exciting time to take photographs. In the digital era more people than ever enjoy taking and sharing their pictures.

Whether you use a mobile phone, digital or film camera for your photography, we provide a friendly, supportive environment where you will find inspiration as well as good company. We welcome photographers of all ages and experience, from beginners to experienced amateurs. Visitors and potential new members may attend any of our Activities and can be sure of a warm reception.

Throughout the pandemic, we held virtual meetings on Zoom and ran Challenges and other activities to keep us in touch and enjoying our photography together. As soon as possible, we re-introduced opportunities for meeting up with other members, including Cuppa & Capture and Photo Walks, and the 2022/23 programme included some in-person meetings in the Studio at York Theatre Royal, as well as continuing with meetings on Zoom.  We have been delighted to receive so much positive feedback, both for our external speakers and also for our ‘in house’ presenters. Zoom has allowed us to expand our horizons and benefit from hearing talks from exciting, talented and prestigious photographers from all over the world, whilst our in-person meetings have also reminded us of the enjoyment we get from meeting up with other like-minded members. We have been treated to some truly memorable evenings.


2023/24 season

In the 2023/24 season, we are increasing the number of in-person meetings within the fortnightly programme, whilst also continuing to run virtual meetings. We are grateful to York Theatre Royal for continuing to allow us to use the ‘Studio Theatre’ to run some of these in-person meetings, providing an excellent space for hosting visiting speakers in a central location. And we’ll be back in Bishopthorpe Village Hall for our first in-person Critique meeting. We will continue to run all our usual other activities, including Cuppa & Capture, Photo Walks, Challenges, Outings and Social Events. Please keep an eye on ‘What’s On‘ for information about talks and other activities. Please contact Julia at for more information.

Renewing your membership or joining the Club

Current members are invited to renew their annual subscriptions, and new members are very welcome to join.  For more information about the various types of membership, including reduced rates for couples, Zoom-only and those in full time education, and to sign up, please click on the purple ‘Renew or Join the Club’ button below (please also see and follow the helpful information about ‘How to renew or join the Club‘). Any queries about membership should be sent to



Monday 22 April 2024: Cuppa and Capture: Broken

Broken conjures up images of objects that no longer function but could equally refer to rules, hearts or lives so there should be plenty of scope around town.

Full details here.

Tuesday 30 April: Joss Barratt: Behind the Scenes

We are delighted to be joined by Joss Barratt, whose work will be immediately recognisable to cinema goers and TV viewers. Joss is a Somerset-based photographer who started his career as a photojournalist but now captures the still images used in film, TV and documentary production.

Amongst many others, Joss has worked on the films ‘I, Daniel Blake’ and Far from the Madding Crowd’ and on television dramas including ‘The Good Karma Hospital’, National Treasure, and ‘Downton Abbey’.

Expect to see some beautiful and powerful images. Not to be missed!

Visitors are welcome (£5) and should contact Julia for more information or to book a place.

Tuesday 4 June 2024: Joanne Coates: Liznojan – a personal journey, the highs and lows of a working class photographer

‘To learn’ links back etymologically to proto-Germanic ‘liznojan, meaning ‘to follow or to find a track’.

Joanne Coates is an award-winning working-class photographer. She was born and is based in North Yorkshire, and works across the North of England, exploring rurality, social histories of class and inequalities relating to low income through photography, installations, and audio. Her work involves participation and working with communities, questioning stories around power, identity, wealth, and poverty.

This is an in person meeting in the Studio at the York Theatre Royal. Full details here.

Visitors are welcome (£5) and should contact Julia for more information or to book a place.

Tuesday 18 June 2024: AGM and Review of the Club Constitution

Following discussion at last year’s AGM the Committee are undertaking a review of the constitution. This aims bring it up to date and better reflect the Club. The revised document will be circulated for review by the membership well in advance of this year’s AGM.


Submission deadlines

We have had a great suggestion from one of our members, Mike Fidkin. Keep a folder on your desktop and whenever you find an image that you think may be a candidate for the Annual Exhibition or a Competition file it there for future reference. You can even have sub folders with different categories. It should spare you from that last minute scramble to find something suitable to submit.


Saturday 20 – Friday 26 April: 2024 Digital Image Showcase ‘Competition’

Our digital image showcase ‘competition’ will be held on Zoom over two sessions on Tuesday 14 and Tuesday 28 May so it’s time to start looking for images to submit. This year we are continuing with a similar format to recent years, a celebration of the wide range of subjects and styles of members’ photographs. Our six categories for entry (Landscape; The Living World; Architecture and Objects; Portraiture; Street; Abstract and Creative) makes the unenviable job of choosing favourite images a little less challenging.

You may submit a maximum of two images per category and enter as many categories as you like. If you choose to submit two images in each category, you will submit a total of 12 images.

Please read the full details and instructions for submitting images and pay particular attention to the window for entry, file naming, metadata. An entry form can be downloaded here. Entries should be submitted using WeTransfer and sent to

Submissions must be in the correct format and accompanied by a completed entry form. Entries will only be accepted between Saturday 20 April and the deadline at midnight on Friday 26 April 2024. Without prior arrangement*, images submitted outside this window may not be received. Late entries will not be accepted.

* If for any reason you are unable to submit your entry within this window, but might be able to submit in advance, please contact to discuss.

Tuesday 30 April: Comments on proposed changes to the club constitution

Please submit comments on the revised draft constitution to Julia by Tuesday 30 April.

The committee will consider these comments and suggestions, and discuss them with the relevant member before incorporating them, if appropriate, into a revised draft.

A final draft will be circulated 6 weeks before the AGM (Tuesday 7 May). Any final comments from members must be received no later than 4 weeks before the AGM (Tuesday 21 May).


Cuppa and Capture and Photo Walks

Don’t forget to check the What’s On page for upcoming C&C themes and Photo Walk locations.

Don’t forget the social side of Cuppa & Capture too. If you can, do come along and have a cuppa and a chat with fellow members, meeting at 12 noon on the first floor at York Theatre Royal. It’s great to catch up with everyone and the more the merrier. Hopefully the holidays will allow some folk who cannot usually make it to attend too.


Joining the Club and visitors

New members and visitors are welcome, whether for individual meetings (contact Julia, our secretary) or to join us for a whole season (contact or click on the purple ‘Renew or Join the Club’ button above).


New Galleries added:

Please see the the Galleries page for the most recent images:

Christmas Knockout Competition 2023: Monochrome and Colour.

Annual Digital Image Competition 2023: Man-made; Abstract and Creative; Landscape; Living World; Street; Portraiture

Annual Exhibition: Annual Exhibition 2024.

Cuppa & Capture: Silhouettes; B is for….; In Uniform; Simplicity; Rusty; Somewhere to sit; Odd one out; S is for….; The Devil is in the Detail; Covered; Modern or contemporary:

Photo Walks: Thorpe Perrow; Pickering; Skipton; Howden; Paddy’s Hole; York Unlocked; Ripley Show; Yorkshire Sculpture Park; York Viking Festival, Whitby Goth Festival, and Knaresborough.

Outings: Deck the hallsBishopthorpe PalaceChristmas Songs and Sayings

MIG (Monochrome Interest Group): Shadows; Music; Trees; Cities; Pathways

Challenges: Challenge #19: Scenes within a scene; Challenge #18: Telling a story in five images; Challenge #17: Nifty Fifty and Fancy Footwork; Challenge #16: An exhibition of images inspired by York Theatre Royal’s community production, The Coppergate WomanChallenge #15 Creating a 2022 Photo CalendarChallenge #14: Shapes, shadows and surfaces (inspired by Serge Najjar’s talk); Challenge #13: Reinventing the Holiday Poster. And for a look back at all ten Challenges of 2020, please see this audio-visual extravaganza, showcasing the amazing images submitted by members in our ‘Challenges #1-10 Review, 2020’.