About Our Club

Who are we?

Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club (LBPC) is a friendly and supportive group of people with a common interest in photography.  We range from enthusiastic beginners to experienced and knowledgeable photographers (and everything in between).

LBPC is the only camera club in Leighton Buzzard and has been going in its present form for over 60 years.  It has approximately 50 members and has a record of success in inter-club competitions.  Each year we compete in the Chilterns Association of Camera Clubs Rosebowl Competition for projected digital images.  (The CACC covers 39 clubs.)

We have a broad-based approach to photography which covers digital photography, computer processing of images, projected digital images, printed images, and audio-visual presentations.  There are even some members exploring the traditional skills of film photography and darkroom printing.

We are not snobbish about equipment. We have many members who use Mobile Phones and/or Point and Shoot cameras as their main camera. Whether you are a beginner,  just getting into photography as a hobby, or an advanced photographer a warm friendly welcome always awaits!

How To Join Our Club

If you are thinking of joining us at Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club, you are welcome to come along to three of our meetings free of charge. Just contact our Club Secretary for details via the Contact Us page.

Membership of the club is charged per Season starting from September to June (pro rata). Reduced rates are available for Concession:

  • Standard (single person) £60 full season £35 half
  • Concession Those in receipt of benefit £50 full season £30 half
  • Young those aged 16 to 25 £30 full season £15 half

Fees are to be paid via bank transfer (stating your surname as a reference) to:

  • Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club
  • Account number: 16068868
  • Sort code: 30-14-71
  • Reference: Surname

Please Note: This is our preferred method of payment, this is a Business account if your bank payment system asks. If you cannot pay via bank transfer or have questions regarding subscriptions please contact the club secretary at lbpcsec@btinternet.com.

Members joining partway through the season will be charged pro rata. Please contact the Club Secretary for details at lbpcsec@btinternet.com   

Membership fees are payable by the first meeting of the season in September, which is usually in the second week of the month. Members are not eligible to enter club competitions until their full membership fees are paid. 

What we do?

We provide a varied programme of activities running weekly through the photographic season (from September through to the following June).  See our Club Programme Here.  The programme is designed to appeal both to those who are new to photography and to the more established photographer seeking an outlet for their creativity.  During the year we try to cater to as many members as possible and no two weeks are the same.  Events range from practical workshop evenings and competitions to lectures and presentations from members or guest speakers.  We also have some social evenings.

Our overall aim is to help everyone get the most out of their photography.  The various activities we offer enable members to:

  • Expand their knowledge and experience,
  • Develop their skills,
  • Try new things,
  • Improve their photography, and
  • Have fun.

Practical workshop evenings may take the form of demonstrations (eg, of an off-camera flash or computer processing), opportunities to try different types of photography (eg, still life or portraiture in a studio setting), roundtable discussions of prints or digital images, or Q&A sessions.  We even have the occasional photographic outing (eg, night photography in Milton Keynes).  We also organise groups to go on external courses.  They all offer opportunities for members to share their knowledge and experience, so all can learn new techniques and/or skills.

Competitions (both internal and inter-club) offer members the chance to compare their images with those of other photographers, take in the critique and commentary of judges, and get objective feedback on their work.  SEE HEREfor more about competitions.

Lectures and presentations may be either members showing photographs from trips and experiences or expert guest speakers talking about their genre of photography, their latest adventure, or explaining techniques.  Again, they provide members with opportunities to learn and improve.

We are always looking for new members of all ages.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re a complete beginner, an enthusiast, or even a professional photographer (of which we already have one or two).  You will always be made welcome.  And we don’t obsess about our equipment.  So don’t feel you need to have an expensive camera to join.

LBPC is a great place to broaden your photographic horizons with a group of like-minded people and, most of all, have fun!

What We Get Up To



Challenge yourself by entering our competitions and receive valuable guidance and feedback to help you develop your photography


Many competitions (both internal to LBPC and external) are held throughout the year. Experienced judges provide feedback on images and other valuable guidance to help you learn and develop your skills.


Enjoy illustrated talks by accomplished photographers and other guest speakers about a variety of topics to be inspired or learn something new


Guest speakers, covering a wide range of photography-related topics, will expand your knowledge, open your mind to new possibilities, and inspire your creativity

Practical Evenings

Enjoy the experience of participating in a supportive environment, where members share their knowledge to encourage and develop your skills.


Practical evenings enable members to help each other to learn more about their cameras, how to improve their photographs, and many other aspects of photography, in a fun environment.


Experience hands-on practical workshops, covering many different styles and genres, to help you improve your skills as a photographer


Workshops, in which small groups of members can learn more about lighting, shooting and many other aspects of photography, offer great hands-on opportunities to tap into the extensive skills of our more experienced members and professional photographers.


Get some fresh air! Walks are organised throughout the year for members to bring their cameras and shoot varying subjects.


Walks organised throughout the year (both within the club and externally) to explore a range of different photo opportunities and provide opportunities to enjoy shooting in a supportive and sociable environment.

Knowledge Sharing

All our activities provide the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques and ask the questions you need answering


Whether it’s camera technicalities, shooting techniques, organising and editing images, mounting prints, expanding your range of skills, or whatever, there is usually a more experienced member who can help you out.


Meet socially to talk and share ideas and images


The Club holds a Christmas Party (with entertainment), a Summer Social when the club trophies and certificates are presented to competition winners and a coffee morning for members at ‘The Picture House’ in Leighton Buzzard every Monday morning from 10 am.

Audio Visual

Get Creative with AV

The Club has a small but passionate group of Audio Visual enthusiasts.

Learn from our enthusiasts how to create whole sequences of images presented against the background of a soundtrack