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 2019


7th – Members Evening – Theme ‘Winter’ – a fun projected competition

14th – Tom Peck – The Photographic Sublime

21st – James McCauley – Press Photography

28th – Walker Trophy – Print competition (Round 1)


4th – Members’ Evening

11th – Paula Siquiero – How to Photograph Children and Families, Adding Flair But Keeping It Natural

18th – Walker Trophy (prints) – Round 2

25th – Projected Images Competition versus Chingford (held at Chingford)


4th – An Evening with Penny Dampier

11th – Members’ Evening – Looking at Lightroom and Adobe Portfolio

18th – Walker Trophy (prints) – Round 3

25th – Basildon Trophy – Black and white print competition held between several societies (this year held at Walthamstow)


1st – Members’ Evening – ‘Print walk’ – members show and talk about their prints

8th – Colin Bristow – Essential Photo Ambassador & author visits the Society

15th – Centenary Trophy – our annual Audio/Visual competition

22nd – Easter Monday (no meeting)

29th – Peter Warne – Photographing at Night


6th – Bank Holiday (no meeting)

13th – Goddard Trophy – a panel of four print competition

20th – Members’ Evening – practical portrait

27th – Bank Holiday (no meeting)


3rd – Andy Sands – Photographing British Wildlife

10th – Albert Bale Trophy – Portrait print competition

17th – City Walk – an evening out with cameras

24th – Summer Photography Course – Week 1


1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th – Summer Photography Course


5th & 12th – Summer Photography Course

19th – New Members’ Evening

26th – Bank Holiday (no meeting)


2nd – Annual Exhibition Awards

9th – Walker Trophy (projected) – Round 1

16th – John Gooday – Nature Photography at Night

23rd – Walker Trophy (projected) – Round 2

30th – Vanda Ralevska – Landscape Photography


7th – Walker Trophy – Projected Competition (Round 3)

14th – Mike Fuller – Layers, Layers, Layers!

21st – Bert Whittern Trophy – print competition at Walthamstow versus Dunmow and Muswell Hill

28th – Travels with our very own John Cross


4th – Annual General Meeting

11th – Ron and Maggie Tear – The Big Picture Show

18th – Members’ Evening – Photoshop demonstrations

25th – Print Competition versus Chingford (held at Walthamstow)


2nd – EAF DVD and our Review of the Year

9th – Christmas Party

16th – No meeting, but informal drinks at The Rose and Crown or The Bell

23rd & 30th – Christmas and New Year  – No meetings

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.