2019 Annual Exhibition

L-R, Nigel Plant (Club President), Carol Stow (Mayor), Jennifer Hartshorn (Exhibition Secretary) at the 2018 Exhibition

Our annual exhibition will be opening on Saturday 24th April at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall and runs until the 31st. The exhibition will be open daily from 10am until 4pm (except on Bank Holiday Monday (26th) where unfortunately the Town Hall is closed). Entry is free.

We encourage members of the public to vote for their favourite images while looking at the exhibition, the winners of which will be announced in September. Two or more members from the club will generally be present to answer any questions you might have about the exhibition or the club itself, for the duration of the exhibition. We look forward to seeing you!

The exhibition also marks your first opportunity to see and buy our Hebden Bridge 2020 Calendar. It will be on sale at just £5 a copy, a slight discount over the regular retail price.

In addition to the calendar, a limited number of copies of the second edition of the club’s magazine ‘Narratives’ will also be available, priced at £5.

Hebden Bridge Celebrates 10th Consecutive Battle Win

Hebden Bridge Camera Club once again retained the Gavel Trophy in their annual photographic battle with Todmorden Photographic Society on March 6th. This marks the 10th consecutive year that Hebden has been victorious in the competition. Due to unforeseen circumstances Todmorden were unable to host the battle this year, so the win was also on home ground for Hebden Bridge.

Both clubs produced some excellent images, but a string of 20s in the projected images helped to give Hebden a convincing lead. The overall scores were 169 points to Hebden Bridge and 148 to Todmorden.

LR; Judge Christine Hodgson, Nigel Plant of HBCC and Ian Wright of Todmorden PS

Judge Christine Hodgson awarding the Gavel Trophy to Nigel Plant.


Images were judged by Christine Hodgson BA (Phot), ARPS, CPAGB.

Hebden Bridge 2019 Calendar

Our annual calendar featuring images by members of the Club showing Hebden Bridge and the surrounding villages is currently on sale. Most newsagents and Post Offices in the area are carrying it; including the Mytholmroyd, Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge Post Offices and Hebden Bridge Tourist Information Centre. The calendar has a RRP of £5.25. If you live outside the area and would like a copy please get in touch and we can arrange to send one to you.

Profits from the calendar play an important role in keeping the Club running.

John Woodhead’s Gallery

This is a memorial gallery to celebrate the work of John Woodhead, one of the founding members of the Club. John sadly passed away on the 31st of July 2018, aged 88.

While he wasn’t very active in submitting images to competitions or exhibitions more recently, from the 1950s through early 2000s he used to regularly enter prints to both internal and external competitions. In particular to the Yorkshire Photographic Union’s Annual Exhibition where he had a number of prints accepted over the years.

John shot a variety of subjects, with local scenes, portraiture and record shots of churches and cathedrals (and their interior detailing) making up the bulk of his portfolio.

John was adept in the darkroom making prints using a variety of papers, toners and techniques including bromoil. He skilfully dodged, burned and retouched with a pencil in some cases, to create the effect he desired.

The works presented here are digitisations of some of John’s many home made darkroom prints.

2018 Exhibition Winners

We’d like to thank all members of the public who placed their votes at our exhibition this year. The three images which received the most votes are:

“Snow Patrol” by Steph Penny
“Nightfall on the Canal” by Martin Whittell
“Early Morning Mist Above Todmorden” by Bill Pilkington

2018 Annual Exhibition

L-R, Nigel Plant (Club President), Carol Stow (Hebden Royd Mayor), Jennifer Hartshorn (Exhibition Secretary)

On Saturday 25th August Hebden Royd mayor Carol Stow opened our 2018 annual exhibition at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall. The club would like to extend its thanks to the mayor for her kind words at the opening.

The exhibition is open free of charge to the public between the hours of 10am and 4pm. After Saturday 25th, it will run from Monday 27th of August to the 1st of September. It is closed on Sunday 26th. We will have stewards from the club available each day to answer any questions you may have about the club or the images.

We encourage members of the public to vote for their three favourite photographs. You can see last year’s top three images hanging in the Town Hall Café. We also publish the top three images here on the website.

Our club’s 2019 calendar of local photographs will be on sale during the week priced at £5. We also have a limited number of copies of the club’s first Narratives zine available for sale, also at £5.

Special thanks from all our members go to Jennifer Hartshorn who was this years’ Exhibition Secretary, organising and overseeing the event from start to finish.

Hebden Victorious in 2018 Photographic Battle

Hebden Bridge Camera Club retained the Gavel Trophy in their annual photographic battle with Todmorden Photographic Society on March 7th. Hebden Bridge has had quite a long winning streak, having retained the trophy since 2009, but came close to losing in 2017. This year the club opened a much wider margin against Todmorden, scoring 356 points to their 310. Both clubs got some good scores, but a series of 20s awarded to Hebden pushed them to a convincing victory.

2018 Todmorden Battle Trophy

Club president Nigel Plant accepts the Gavel Trophy from judge Graham Currey.

The competition was judged by Graham Currey of South Manchester Camera Club. The Club would like to thank Graham and Todmorden PS for a good evening and fair judging.

AV Competition 2018


1st place: “Leaving a Mark” by Rory Prior with 96 points
2nd place: “Potteries” by Nigel Plant with 93 points
3rd place: “One Night in Bangkok” by Mike Turner with 88 points

AVs are scored by all members who give marks from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) for each work. These marks are then totalled to give each entry its overall score.