The club has, with breaks during WWII, met continuously since its inauguration in 1933 and our members enjoy a dynamic programme with an interesting and varied series of events each season. Every evening is a pleasant social occasion, at which members can share tips and experiences on all aspects of photography.
We meet in the Methodist Church Hall at Brompton near Northallerton, where we enjoy excellent facilities for our members. We only ask that members, arriving in their cars park with consideration for local residents, as we are located in the middle of the village. Please DO NOT park on the grass, this is an offence.
Members of the club provide up to three evening’s entertainment each year to help raise funds for the church. The club has made a practice of assembling slide shows from contributions by its members, which we then take out and show to local groups and organisations. Our most recent offering was entitled “A to Z Around North Yorkshire” and became available in 2008, during our “75th Anniversary” year.
We also enjoy friendly relationships with neighbouring clubs; enjoying joint meetings, as well as competing with some of them, either individually or collectively at regional events.
Our club logo does attract curiosity. Comprising of a graphic of a lens, the central image is from a medieval drawing of the "Standards" and arises from Northallerton's history; 1138AD to be precise. The Battle of the Standards was fought near the town, when Archbishop Thurston, leading the English, rallied his troops around the "Standards" leading them to victory over the Scots. For a 17th century reproduction of the drawing "Click Here"
The club was a founder member of the NYSD (North Yorkshire & South Durham Photographic Association) in 1952 and is still active in the organisation. We have competed in their Annual Competitions and have met with considerable success, winning both the Prints and Slides Sections (now replaced by Projected Digital Images) on a number of occasions and we have been declared the Overall Winners on numerous occasions over the years.
In 1993 we joined the NCPF (Northern Counties Photographic Federation) and became affiliated to the PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain). In the Federation’s Annual Competitions we have enjoyed considerable success with the club winning the “Galloway Rose Bowl” for the best club entry of Slides on no less than ten occasions, the last being in 2011. In 2008, for the first time we won the “Bewick Trophy” for the best club entry of Colour Prints; we also won it again in both 2012 and 2013. In 2009 we came joint first in the Myles Audas Trophy(PDI) competition, held for the first time that year and since then we have won it outright a further four times. Currently we are the joint holders of the trophy.
In the NCPF’s Club Championships we won the Slide Trophy on 6 occasions up to 2008 after which Projected Digital Images replaced Slides. Since 2009 it has been known as the PDI Trophy and we have continued to to be successful, winning the trophy, 7 times. The clubs placed first and second in these competitions represent the NCPF at the PAGB National Club PDI Championships (formerly the Slide Championships), each year. We have competed there 18 times out of the last 20 years, reaching the finals on 6 occasions. 2019 will make the 19th time, as once again Northallerton are to represent the federation at this event.
In the Prints, we have won the trophy 3 times and been placed second four times, and as a result have also represented NCPF on those occasions at the PAGB National Club Print Championships. This means that as well as competing at Warwick, we have also and have been to the Print Championships 7 times in the last 14 years, a proud record for any club.