Focusing on 30 years of Chapel Camera Club

Mrs Bellhouse by Derek Alsop.
Mrs Bellhouse by Derek Alsop.

Chapel Camera Club will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an extensive exhibition of over 100 photographs by club members at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Bill Weston MBE, leader of The Billerettes, 2012 Olympic torchbearer and Buxton Town Crier, will officially open the exhibition on Saturday September 13, at 2pm.

Early one morning by Helena Jones.

Early one morning by Helena Jones.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a talk at the Pavilion Arts Centre on September 26 by Chris Weston, the celebrated wildlife photographer and co-founder of the charity Animals on the Edge. Chris was named by Outdoor Photography magazine as one of the world’s 40 most influential wildlife photographers.

A portion of the evening’s takings will be donated to Animals on the Edge, which supports endangered species and their habitats.

The celebrations continue at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery from September 13 until November 22 and will also include a series of workshops and competitions. Through the Pinhole will look at how to convert a digital SLR into a pinhole camera and experience photography as the Victorians did.

There will also be several drop-in photo clinics for members of the public to find out how to get more from their cameras.

On September 20, club member Karl Wood will run his Buxton Photo Challenge 2, a follow-up to the very successful Buxton Photo Challenge which took place during the 2012 Buxton Festival.

This promises to be a fun day of photography, so register early on the day at the gallery and photograph the themes presented to you for a chance to win your print framed and exhibited at the gallery during October and November.

Schools in Buxton and Chapel-en-le Frith will be participating in the club’s first ever Mobileography competition. Pupils will be asked to photograph several challenging themes on their mobile devices, phones and tablets, and the winners’ work will also be exhibited at the gallery.


Chapel Camera Club was founded by members of Buxton Field Club, photographing local natural history.

From those small beginnings it has grown into a successful and thriving club with around 80 members, meeting weekly in Chapel-en-le-Frith between September and April.

The season consists of lectures, competitions, workshops and trips.

Chapel Camera Club is affiliated to the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) and to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).

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