wdps anniversary

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 2023

9th Members evening – Fun competition on the theme of Winter 2022
16th Richard O’Brien – Architecture: Exposure to Edit
23rd Walker Trophy for Prints – Round 1
30th Members evening – Getting the Shot
6th John & Anne Wallington – Bulgaria
13th Walker Trophy for Prints – Round 2
20th Projected  images compotition versus Chingford (at Chingford)
27th Graham Caile – An evening with
6th Walker Trophy for Prints – Round 3
Incorporating the John Parish Memorial Trophy for landscape prints
13th Member’s evening – Mobile phone and Instagram
20th John Cross – 2022 travels
21st Members evening – Practical lighting
3rd Jake Green  – An evening with
10th Easter Monday Holiday – no meeting
17th Member’s evening – Assignment night
24th Linda Bembridge – Abstract & Landscape
1st May Day Holiday – no meeting
8th Coronation Bank Holiday – no meeting
15th Goddard Trophy – Panel of 4 prints competition
22nd Paul Radden – Yosemite in Winter
29th Bank Holiday – no meeting
5th Member’s evening
12th Albert Bale Trophy – Portrait competition (prints)
19th City Walk – Club outing
26th Member’s evening – Photo treasure hunt

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st Summer Photography Course

7th Summer Photography Course
14th Summer holiday – no meeting
21st Summer holiday – no meeting
25th to 29th Annual Exhibition at Winn’s Gallery
4th Member’s evening –  Exhibition appraisal
11th Walker Trophy for Projected Images – Round 1
18th External speaker – TBC
25th Members evening – In the style of……
2nd Walker Trophy for Projected Images – Round 2
9th Tracey Lund – Wildlife
16th Member’s evening – TBC
23th Walker Trophy for Projected Images – Round 3
30th Bert Whittern Trophy – WDPS v Muswell Hill v Dunmow
6th James Burns – From the Rooftops
13th Print Competition versus Chingford. (at Walthamstow)
20th Centenary Trophy – Audiovisual competition
27th Member’s evening – Favourites of the year
4th Annual General Meeting
11th Christmas Party and awards

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 £75 per calendar year.

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.