For Yorkshire Folk

What we do

YPU organises a number of events each year:

The Yorkshire International Salon,, which has become a regular annual event on the International Salon calendar. The salon benefits from the patronage of FIAP and the PSA and is popular as it includes A4 print sections as well as projected image sections. Closing date for entries is in December each year.

Our Advancing Photography initiative has inreased the proportion of members holding recognized awards and qualifications in photography. This is supplemented by a mentoring system to encourage members to work towards PAGB awards. Mentoring is being provided by those who already hold such awards and are currently active in national and international salons & competitions. Some of you may be unaware that there are many members of the YPU who are producing work that is winning awards at various salons and events throughout the UK and the rest of the world. Please peruse the website and look out for events that have been organized to help members apply for awards.   The efforts have also helped to improve the success of the YPU and clubs that represent the YPU in PAGB events.

We are actively recruiting and training new judges. In recent years we have had some success in increasing the number of judges on the list of PAGB Approved Judges.

We welcome giving the opportunity for the YPU’s best of photographers to become speakers on the club circuit. 

As well as this website, regular e-mailings to Club Secretaries keep them abreast of photographic events in our county. You may wish to subscribe to the YPU Facebook presence or subscribe to the PAGB e-news.

The do our best to maintain club subscriptions continue at their present level and the YPU continue to bear the cost of Trustee Liability Insurance for all clubs.

For those club members who desire to move their photography to the next level, we run events that provide expert advice and insights from well-respected photographers from throughout the UK, many of them as Keighley Days in memory of Yorkshire’s most celebrated club photographer.

The YPU is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.

YPU has a good standing on the PAGB Executive and extremely good relations with the other 14 Federations that constitute the PAGB. These relationships are very important and have been nurtured by Howard Tate who starts his 2 year term as PAGB President this year and Stephanie Cook LRPS DPAGB EFIAP who has been our representative on the PAGB Executive for a number of years. Most recently we have hosted the PAGB Awards weekend.

If you have any ideas, comments or complaints concerning the running of the YPU please feel free to contact me directly at

Above all, enjoy your photography and enjoy being a member of a club affiliated to the YPU and the PAGB.

Alan Stopher CPAGB

Past President – Yorkshire Photographic Union

April 2019