Kendal Photography Club was formed as Kendal Photographic Society in 1910. It was a member of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union, (L&CPU) by 1927 and remains so today. It is also affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, PGAB.
The recent move to change the name from ‘PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY’ to ‘PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB’ is intended to avoid any misconceptions that the club is overly technical or only for experienced and knowledgeable photographers.
The club has members of various ages, experience and photographic styles, and we are always eager to welcome visitors or new members. So whatever your area of photographic interest, experience or level of skill, we are sure the club will provide a great focus for your photography.
We meet every Wednesday at 19.30 from September through until April in the Castle Street Community Centre (LA9 7AD).
It is situated on the east side of the River Kent almost opposite Saint Georges Church. Google it and you will see a map.
Please feel free to simply come along and attend an evening or two as a visitor. There is no need to commit to becoming a member, as you can just ‘pay-as-you go’, and any visitors fees you pay are deducted off the annual fee should you choose to join us.
Our programme is a mixture of visiting speakers giving presentations on different aspects of photography, talks by our own members, and monthly ‘Members Evening’ competitions.
Entry into these in-house and also inter-club competitions gives members the opportunity to measure their work against others, and importantly receive valuable critique, which they can hopefully use to improve their images.
Although not compulsory, each month members are encouraged to enter 2 colour and/or 2 monochrome prints plus 2 digital images for projection into our members evening competitions.
We arrange for experienced judges to examine the images, which are then each awarded points which are totalled-up at the end of each ‘season’ when awards and trophies are presented for the winners of each category.
The club also participates in ‘battles’ with other photo clubs in the South Lakeland region. Images submitted by each club are appraised and awarded points by external judges, with the club achieving the highest cumulative score being declared the winner. These battles culminate each season with the ‘South Lakes Knock Out’ competition involving several different clubs from throughout the region.
Our own annual competition takes place towards the end of March or the beginning of April and is also scored by an external adjudicator. Awards are given to the best image in each class.