Walthamstow & District Photographic Society

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


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


New members welcome!

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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 2020


13th Members’ Evening – Theme ‘Winter’ – a fun projected competition

20th Mike Seaborne – Landscape in Transition

27th Walker Trophy Print Competition (Round One). Judge: Robyn Claydon.


3rd Members Evening – Light Painting

10th Bob Johnson – The Kingdom of the Ice Bear

17th Walker Trophy Print Competition (Round Two). Judge: John Woolliams.

24th Projected Image Competition at Chingford. Judge: Ron Tear.


2nd John Mannell – A Portrait a Day

9th Walker Trophy Print Competition (Round Three) – Landscape
In memory of John Parish. Judge: Mark Buckley-Sharp.

16th Members’ Evening –
Stock, Atkinson and Waterman

23rd Ken Payne – Elements

30th Members’ Evening – Practical Portrait Lighting


6th Ivan Finch – Weddings, portraits and personal work.

13th Easter Bank Holiday – No meeting

20th Members’ Evening – Six-pic challenge

27th Piotr Plaskon – Olympus Camera Ambassador


4th: Janey Devine FRPS – a talk on Documentary Photography (via Zoom).

11th: Goddard Trophy Competition – A panel of four DIGITAL images. Judge will be Robyn Clayden (via Zoom).

18th: Chris Shepherd – London Light, London Life (TBC)

25th: Spring Bank Holiday – No meeting


NOTE: All programme events will be confirmed nearer the time.

1st Members’ Evening Q&A (TBC)
– Members’ tech questions answered

8th Albert Bale Trophy – Portrait DIGITAL competition. Judge: Amanda Wright (via Zoom).

15th Treasure Hunt at The Bell Pub (cancelled, but see newsletter for alternative programme)

22nd City Walk (cancelled, but see newsletter for alternative programme)

29th Summer Photography Course – week one (TBC)


6th, 13th, 20th and 27th – Summer Photography Course (TBC)


3rd, 10th and 17th – Summer Photography Course (TBC)

24th to 31st Annual Exhibition and New Members’ Evening at
Winns Gallery, Lloyd Park (TBC, but see newsletter for alternative arrangements)



NOTE: All programme events will be confirmed nearer the time.

7th Annual Exhibition Awards (TBC, but see newsletter for alternative programme)

14th Walker Trophy Projected Competition (Round One) – TBC

21st An Evening with Tony Kaye – TBC

28th Members’ Evening –
B/W conversions & software for A/V (TBC)


NOTE: All programme events will be confirmed nearer the time.

5th Walker Projected Competition (Round Two)

12th An Evening with Paul Radden

19th An Evening with John Cross

26th Walker Projected Competition (Round Three)


NOTE: All programme events will be confirmed nearer the time.

2nd Bert Whittern Trophy – Print competition (with Muswell Hill and Dunmow at Walthamstow)

9th Annual General Meeting

16th Centenary Trophy – A/V competition

23rd An Evening with Sean Pines

30th Print Battle with Chingford (at Walthamstow)



NOTE: All programme events will be confirmed nearer the time.

7th EAF DVD and WDPS review of the year

14th Christmas Party

21st & 28th No meetings. Happy Christmas

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.