Now, to honour his memory, a photography competition is underway in search of new images that might define this coastal town's spirit and charm.
From Whitby's sea views to its moorlands and people, the John Tindale Photography Competition is seeking submissions for the Vision of Whitby prize 2022.
The new competition, inspired by his work and legacy, has already seen a large number of entries from across the North, with a winners' exhibition planned at Pannett Art Gallery through April.
Mr Tindale's son David said: "Taking beautiful photographs is so much easier now than it was in my father’s day, when it was all chemicals and darkrooms.
"But the art of taking a great photo remains the same - seeing something beautiful or unexpected that makes the viewer stop and enjoy the image.
"We know there are many people out there who have that great eye for a picture and we’d love to see their Whitby photos in our competition."
Entries are free and online at johntindale.org/competition. The last day for entry is March 26.
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