Walthamstow & District Photographic Society Currently we are meeting weekly on Zoom. Join us.

We are a very welcoming and diverse photographic society based in central Walthamstow.

Members enjoy all aspects of photography through talks, practical evenings and competitions.

New members welcome!




Where and when do we meet?

We meet most Monday evenings throughout the year from 8pm to 10pm, upstairs at the Quaker Meeting House, Jewel Road, Walthamstow (near The Rose and Crown pub).

We don’t meet on Bank Holidays.

Check out the Programme section below for full details.

Programme 2021


11th Members evening – Photos on the theme of winter

18th Chasing the Light – a talk by Kieran Metcalfe

25th Walker Trophy Round 1 (digital images)


1st Members evening – interesting software

8th An evening with Lee Robinson

15th Projected Images competition with Chingford Photo Society

22nd Walker Trophy Round 2 (digital images)


1st East Anglia – a talk by Steve Hedges

8th Walker Trophy Round 3 (digital images)

15th Basildon Trophy competition

22nd Elements – a talk by Ken Payne

29th Members evening – editing each other’s photos


5th Easter Bank Holiday

12th An evening with Ivan Finch

19th Members evening – Tell a Story

26th David Smith – Olympus ambassador


3rd Early May bank holiday

10th Goddard Trophy (a panel of 4 images)

17th Members evening

24th Portraiture – a talk by Tom Peck

31st Spring Bank Holiday


7th 1 in 60 Competition

14th Albert Bale Trophy (portraits)

21st Evening outing

28th Summer Photography Course starts


Summer Photography Course continues


2nd, 9th, 16th Summer Photography Course continues

23rd Annual Exhibition opening

30th Summer Bank Holiday


6th Annual Exhibition awards

13th Walker Trophy Round 1 (prints)

20th A Passion for Wildlife by Ron and Maggie Tear

27th Members evening – Portrait lighting


4th Walker Trophy Round 2 (prints)

11th An evening with John Cross

18th 8-Way competition

25th Walker Trophy Round 3 (prints)


1st Bert Whittern Trophy

8th Members Evening

15th Centenary Trophy – AV

22nd Print battle with Chingford

29th An evening with Sean Pines


6th Annual General Meeting

13th Christmas Party

What do we do?

At each meeting there will be typically between 20 and 30 members attending.

Meetings tend to fall into one of three categories:

  • talks
  • competitions
  • members’ evenings

There is a social aspect too, and members will be able to chat to each other before the meetings and at the break; some will go on to nearby pub The Rose and Crown afterwards.

We also hold regular exhibitions of our work. You may have seen us at Winns Gallery in Lloyd Park; we have also shown at Vestry House, and during the E17 Arts Trail.


Each year we have up to a dozen external speakers visiting the Society.

The subects of the talks vary, reflecting the different interests of members, and might include wildlife, press and sports photography, travel, portraiture or something technical.


There are various competitions spread throughout the year. These are:

  • internal competitions for Society members only
  • competitions against other local photographic societies and camera clubs

The internal competitions are generally open in terms of subject matter, but we also have a Portrait competition, plus an AV (audio visual) competition.

Some competitions are for projected digital images, others are for prints.

They are judged by an external person who isn’t associated with the Society.
Members find that receiving critique from someone who isn’t a friend or family can greatly improve their photography. 

Members’ evenings

Throughout the year we have various informal members’ evenings (see the Programme for details).

They typically allow members to practice or discuss various aspects of photography.

Example evenings include

  • practical portraiture – using off-camera flash and studio lighting
  • Photoshop or Lightroom sessions
  • Light painting

These evenings will also include some fun competitions voted for by members.


We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive group of individuals which greatly adds to the interest and strength of the group.

Our club is a fairly even mix of men and women. Anyone can join us regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or gender identity; everyone is made to feel welcome.

Membership and Visiting

Annual membership of the Society currently costs £70 per year which is payable in October.

People joining the Society mid way through the year will pay a pro-rata rate.

Membership entitles you to:

  • attend all meetings throughout the year
  • enter all the competitions
  • enter work in our exhibitions

Should you wish to visit us prior to joining, then please get in touch.

Guests may visit up to three times free of charge before committing to membership.

Summer Photography Course

Our Summer Photography Course runs once a year for 8 weeks during June, July and August, and is aimed at beginners and those wishing to brush up on their skills.

Booking in advance is strongly recommended to ensure a place.

The course covers the practical aspects of using your camera with a strong creative element alongside guidance on how to take better photos across a range of subjects.

Check out our dedicated page for further information.