The Society meets at 7.30pm on Monday evenings at the St Joseph's R.C. Church Hall, Babworth Road , Retford, Notts DN22 7BP from the beginning of September to the end of April.

The church and hall are situated just to the northeast of the railway bridge on Babworth road, which is the road out to Worksop from Retford.

Our Society provides a warm welcome to anyone interested in photography, for all ages and levels of experience, from outright beginners to very experienced members of the Royal Photographic Society! Photographers using both film and digital photography are catered for and we all feel that we have a lot more to learn!

The programme of meetings is packed with exciting photographic lectures, competitions (both between members and between photographic societies), demonstrations and practical sessions on photographic techniques and computer digital enhancement.

As all of us are keen to learn we have regular sessions where our most experienced members help us to improve our photography and image enhancement.

For a copy of the Society's Rules, click on the 'Downloads' link at the side of the page.

We are also able to provide a stand with a selection of images for local shows and events.

If you would like to visit us, just turn up on the night,send a message to us via this website, or email secretary@retford-photographic.co.uk

Retford and District Photographic Society was formed by a group of enthusiastic photographers in March 1951.

Being members of the North and East Midlands Photographic Federation and affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, members have the opportunity to participate in regional and national exhibitions and have access to high quality lecturers and judges.

Over the years Friendships have been made with members from other photographic clubs and societies, ( including Worksop, Warsop, Isle of Axeholme, Doncaster, Lincoln, Ashby and further afield in Bolsover and Ripon ), through inter-club competitions and portfolio exchanges.

For over 20 years meetings were held in the Denman Libary after which we moved into the Old Fire Station with the Retford Arts Society. From 1989 our meetings were held in the Village Hall in Sutton-cum Lound until 1997 when we moved yet again to Ordsall Church Hall. Meetings are now held at the St Joseph's RC Church Hall.

The annual exhibition was held for many years in the Denman Libary but is now held every September at Retford Town Hall. This gives the members the opportunity to show their work to the general public and visitors to the town.

Many actives take place such as practical sessions in portraiture, still life, landscape, natural history and digital imaging. Outings have also taken place to the National Museum of Photography in Bradford and outings to other locations so members can use their cameras.

There have also been one day photographic schools where we have enjoyed the company of many notable photographers including Charlie Waite, Jim Joyce and Robert Scott (an editor of the Practical Photography magazine.)

A visitor to the Society wrote to this website after attending her first meeting last year and said "..just to say thank you for the presentations that you held tonight and to thank Gee and friends for welcoming me. I learnt more tonight than I have in years and I haven't even subscribed yet! What a fab ,interesting, informative, inspiring evening all for a pound! bargain! I will be coming again next week to watch how you do the competition etc..don't think I will be entering for some time yet, got so much to learn, but if I can absorb even a shred of the education I got tonight then I reckon in a few years I may be somewhere where I would like to be with photography, at the moment I am more than happy to turn up and learn from such great photographers. STUNNING pictures this evening and extremely lively and well presented. Thank you and looking forward to next week".

A new member who joined this season wrote "...just a quick note to say how enjoyable the club has been so far. It is quite brilliant to learn from all the members work, and from the guest speakers. The club has a lovely atmosphere, and is well organised. I'm looking forwards to contributing over the next year, and have enjoyed and learned a great deal so far. Many thanks"


The Society has an active committee who help organise meetings, competitions, practical sessions and photo-shoots and also respond to members needs. Please feel free to contact them if you need any help or have new ideas on how we can improve the Society.