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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Exhibition explores link between Dales landscape and its people

The people and places of the Dales are spotlighted in an exhibition in Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's Yoredale offices in Bainbridge from next Monday (18 July).

Capturing a way of life ... the work of Guy Carpenter.

Photographer Guy Carpenter is showing images that highlight the link between the landscape and the people who live and work in it.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Top shots give the Dales big picture

An image of a lone sheep in the snow by Les Fitton beat off 500 other entries in this year's photography contest run by conservation and environment charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and Yorkshire Cottages.
Winter Sheep by Les Fitton.

This is the fourth year of the Facebook competition which brings together a variety of images that showcase the region’s unique character and landscape.

Les. from Bolton, took the winning shot entitled Winter Sheep 'on a claggy day' in Ingleborough.

Settle-based photographer Steve Finch judged the contest. He said: "This shot stood out for me because it perfectly captures living and working in the Dales in winter’s a good, honest photo.”

Remco Rog from the Netherlands scooped second place with his unusual image of an erratic taken at Twistleton Scar. Remco said: “I am absolutely delighted. It is especially an honour because I am Dutch, but I’ve been coming to the Dales each year for more than 12 years now. Always new things to discover, new hills to climb. It is my second home.”

Remco Rog's picture of an erratic at Twistleton Scar took second place.
Other scenes that caught the eye of the judges include the Scots Guardsman steaming across Dent Head viaduct which was captured on camera by Andrew Thrippleton from Pudsey, a paraglider soaring over Ingleborough by Nigel Hunter from Littleborough in Lancashire, and a photo of Winskill by Kristel Laurijssens from Belgium.

These and other favourite images will be brought together in the trust's 2017 charity calendar which will celebrate the Yorkshire Dales throughout the seasons.

Yorkshire Cottages has donated more than £16,000 to the conservation organisation over the past few years.

Yorkshire Cottages director Drew Dunn said: “Once again we have been blown away by the quality and variety of the entries, and I’d like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all the photographers that took part. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s finished calendar.”

The finished Yorkshire Dales calendar will be on sale from August at All money raised will help to support the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust's work caring for the landscape, environment, communities and economy of the Yorkshire Dales.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Dales photo contest clicks off

What's your favourite view of the Dales? That's the question as a conservation charity launches a new photography competition to find images that showcase the landscape, wildlife and communities of the area throughout the seasons.

A stunning image of Scale Haw Force by Alan Owens.
The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has teamed up with holiday cottage specialist Yorkshire Cottages for the fourth year running to find photographs that celebrate the beauty and character of the area.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Camera courses ensure train photographers get the big picture

A series of one-day workshops has been organised for photographers wanting to learn how to use their digital cameras more creatively while grabbing shots of trains, stations, people and landscapes along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The workshops are designed for photographers of all abilities and led by professional landscape photographer, author and teacher John Potter.

Further information is available at

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Photo of the Month

Essence of Richmondshire ... Dales, Sheep and Barns by Paul Hunter.

Dales, Sheep and Barns, taken by freelance photographer Paul Hunter between Aysgarth and Hawes, captures a quintessential Richmondshire scene and we're delighted to feature it as our Photo of the Month.

Stokesley-based Paul operates almost exclusively in North Yorkshire and, during the past six years, has been building a portfolio of his favourite Yorkshire scenes several of which have been published in local and national magazines.

He told "Photographing Yorkshire is a labour of love. I've recently spent a lot of time in the Dales as the landscape fascinates me. I have been told that my feelings for the views that I photograph are expressed through my images. I really hope that my images do speak to people and give them some pleasure."

Paul is a contributing photographer to Northern Soul webzine and other recent images have appeared in Yorkshire Life, Delicious Food and Amateur Photographer magazines as well as a few publications closer to home.

You can see more of his work on Flickr by clicking here.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Water cracker! Alan takes top spot in Dales beauty photo contest

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust contest
This striking image of Scale Haw Force has taken the top spot in a Yorkshire Dales photography competition. Alan Owens from Bentham, fought off stiff competition from 150 other entries in the Yorkshire Cottages Facebook competition, run with local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, to win a hamper of local produce supplied by Hunters of Helmsley.
 Judge and acclaimed photographer Stephen Garnett said:"It’s a magnificent image with almost an ethereal quality. The picture shows ghostly perpendicular streaks of water, drawing the viewer to interact with the scene.”
Together with some other favourite competition entries, Alan’s photo will feature in the trust's 2016 calendar which will capture the beauty and character of the Yorkshire Dales throughout the seasons.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Photographic exhibition puts visitors in the picture of theatre's diamond years

Peter Laird and Martin Freeman in The Woman In Black
 (1997). Photo by Adrian Gatie
A photographic exhibition at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre celebrates the history of the the company from the mid 1950s until today.

The First 60 Years is a two-part exhibition at the theatre gallery until 3 October and which features a single photo from each year. A second selection will go on display in the autumn season.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Steve and George's photographs tell the story above and below

Filey Brigg by George Stoyle.
Photography of the wildlife and landscapes of the local moors from above and below the waterline form the first summer exhibition at North Yorkshire’s Inspired by… gallery.

Images by the award-winning Steve Race and George Stoyle can be seen at the gallery, at The Moors National Park Centre at Danby, from 18 June to 6 July.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

This woodland competition will make photographers snappy

Photo by Des Lloyd.
The county's budding photographers are urged to get out into their local woods and capture those magical family moments as the Woodland Trust launches a photo competition.

The charity has teamed up with Yorkshire Tea to launch the Say trees! photography competition, and is encouraging families to visit their nearest wood and get snapping over the next few weeks.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Photo competition will focus on landscape of our national parks

The UK's national parks ― and North Yorkshire has two of them ― are celebrating Britain's landscapes with a photography contest and the chance of winning a pair of boots.

The Britain's Landscapes of Plenty contest runs until 31 May. Photographers of all ages and skill level are encouraged to get snapping in any one of the 15 UK national parks, capturing some of the diverse landscapes and communities that make the nation's breathing spaces so special.

Further information:

Monday, 13 April 2015

Harrogate stages Twin Towers photographer's first-hand account

Paul Berrif at Ground Zero. Paul will give his witness account
during a presentation in Harrogate.
Harrogate's Crown Hotel hosts a presentation this month by Paul Berrif, one of Britain's most accomplished photographers and Bafta award-winning documentary film maker, who will give a first-hand account of New York's Twin Towers tragedy.

His presentation 9/11 – Me, My Wife, and Muffin the Cat is being held on Thursday 23 April at 5.30pm.          

Paul, form Yorkshire, had been in New York for several months, living two blocks from the Twin Towers with his wife and adopted street cat, Muffin, filming a documentary, when all hell broke loose. He found himself at the base of the Towers, just minutes before they collapsed. He had his camera and he had his film crew.        

Paul began his career at the Yorkshire Evening Post in the mid 1960s, and went on to become the youngest ever cameraman for the BBC, aged 21. His early camera was a 5x4 Speed Graphic, with glass plates. His recently rediscovered collection of 38 previously unseen black and white photographs of The Beatles, taken in 1963/64, have been been exhibited internationally to great acclaim.

Further information about he Crown Hotel talk:

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Photography competition focuses on the glorious Dales

A photography competition is under way to find great images that showcase the landscape, wildlife and communities of the Yorkshire Dales.

Local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has teamed up with holiday cottage specialist Yorkshire Cottages for the third year running to seek out stunning images to feature in its official 2016 calendar.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

It's all there in black and white: photo exhibition marks gallery opening

Wreck, Black Nab by Alan Clark.
A new gallery has opened in Wrelton, Ryedale, and its first exhibition is welcoming its visitors.

Belmont Studios Gallery is featuring photographs by Brawby based photographer Alan Clark in an exhibition entitled Light on the Land: North Yorkshire in Black and White.

The photographs are from two of Alan's ongoing projects – one photographing the landscape of the region and the other a project documenting farming life in Ryedale.

The new gallery is owned by B&B proprietor and photographer Anthony Miller. The venue has a gallery/studio, craft workshop and darkroom and is based in the renovated farm outbuildings at the rear of Belmont B&B on Main Street.

Opening times are Thursday to Saturday 2pm - 7pm and Sunday 2pm - 5pm

Further information: 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Call goes out for seaside 'poster girl'

Images from Seaside Snaps
 including the exhibition’s
‘poster girl.’
Staff at Scarborough Art Gallery are keen to track down their ‘poster girl’ for a new exhibition tracing the town’s history as a holiday resort through vintage photographs.

Seaside Snaps from 28 March to 21 June features photographs of the town’s holiday industry dating back to around the 1860s,

Collections manager Jennifer Dunne and collections assistant Julie Baxter, selected a black and white image for the publicity leaflets and poster of a small girl holding aloft a beach ball on the beach near the Grand Hotel on the South Bay.

Photographer Tony spreads a little snappiness with seaside talk

All decked out ... Scarborough.
Local photographer Tony Bartholomew looks at the history of the seaside snap in the next of Scarborough Art Gallery’s series of lunchtime talks.

The talk, on Thursday 26 March, explores the history of the holiday picture, and some of the cameras used by holiday-makers over the years.

Tony has more than 25 years' experience working for leading news and media organisations. He regularly works for national and regional newspapers and magazines, as well as PR agencies, government departments, and environmental and arts groups.

Further information is available by phoning the gallery on 01723 374753.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Railway photo courses put camera lovers on the right lines

One-day workshops have been lined up for those keen to learn to use their digital cameras more creatively, while capturing trains, stations, people and landscapes along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The workshops are designed for all abilities and led by professional landscape photographer, author and teacher John Potter.

On each course, which is limited to six participants, the morning is spent at Pickering Station, working in the training room and on the station platforms. Beginners courses are being held: 10 April, 15 May, 17 July, 21 August, 11 September and 9 October while improvers and intermediate courses are being held 22 May, 10 July, 14 August, 4 September, 18 September and 23 October. Cost is £95 per person. Further information:

Thursday, 30 October 2014

What a picture! Daniel helps his Dad with a photo show stopper

It's for ewe ... Grant's
 winning shot of Daniel.
North Yorkshire's Grant Nersessian found the winning combination for a photograph when his two-year-old son Daniel climbed onto a gate to watch the sheep pen action at the Farndale Show.

His picture won him the Country Land and Business Association North photography competition.

Grant, of Newton-on-Rawcliffe near Pickering, bagged the shot on his smart phone. It was one of 40 displayed by the association and voted for by visitors to the Great Yorkshire, Driffield and Westmorland shows. The theme was young people at work and play in the countryside.

His efforts earned him a bottle of Champagne and £50 of gift vouchers which he and his wife Rachel are planning to spend on baby clothes in expectation of the arrival of their second child early next year.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Theatre's photography exhibition focuses on writers' homes

George Bernard Shaw’s hat stand.
Dylan Thomas’s writing hut, Lord Byron’s bed and Scarborough’s Woodend, the home of the Sitwell family, feature in an exhibition of photographs which runs at the Stephen Joseph Theatre from today until 30 August.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Picture this! Bike competition gets under way for photographers

Richmondshire District Council is launching a photography competition to capture images of people having fun with a bike whether of the Tour de France, before, after or even at home.

Winning entries from the adult professional, adult amateur, young person (11-18) and young person (11 and under) will go on show at the council offices and online. Local artist Mackenzie Thorpe, who designed the council's boundary banners for the world cycling spectacle, will be one of the judges.

Entrants can simply send their photo to  or upload to stating the category, name, age, address and contact details, before  Friday 18 July 2014.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Photographers urged to capture image of young rural life

The deadline has been extended for amateur snappers to capture a prize-winning photograph of young people at work and play in the rural North.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) says its new deadline for entries has been put back a week to Friday 27 June, giving hopefuls more time to get out and about in the countryside.

The association wants to display a collection of images on its stand at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, between 8 and 10 July, which illustrate young people at work and play in the countryside.

Visitors to the show will be asked to vote for their favourite photograph and the winning photographer will be given a £50 Marks & Spencer voucher and a bottle of Champagne. The top ten most popular images will also be displayed on the North page of the CLA website.
To take part, email a maximum of two jpeg images of no more than two meg size to: or send a print to: CLA North, Aske Stables, Aske, Richmond, DL10 5HG.