Society

Members

Meetings

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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 2022

January
10th Members evening – Fun comp on Winter theme
 
17th Keith Snell – My Restless Lens
 
24th Walker Trophy for Prints 1
 
31st Members evening – Getting the Shot
February
7th An Evening with Tony Kaye
 
14th Walker Trophy for Prints 2
 
21st Projected  images battle v Chingford
 
28th Jawad Saleem – Astrophotography and more
March
7th Walker Trophy for Prints 3
 
14th John Cross – Travels
 
21st Roger Hance – Switching to Micro Four Thirds
 
28th Members evening – Prime Challenge
April
4th Dave Wilcox – San Francisco to Las Vegas Road Trip
 
11th Members evening – Set theme
 
18th Easter Monday Holiday – no meeting
 
25th Alison Jenkins – Photography: work and hobby
May
2nd May Day Holiday – no meeting
 
9th Goddard Trophy – Panel of 4 prints
 
16th Mikael Eliasson – Portraiture
 
23rd Members evening – Portrait Lighting
 
30th Members evening 
June
6th 1 in 60 competition
 
13th Albert Bale Trophy – Prints of Portraits
 
20th Club outing
 
27th Summer Quiz Night
July

4th, 11th, 18th & 25th Summer Photography Course

August
1st & 8th Summer Photography Course
 
15th Summer holiday – no meeting
 
22nd Summer holiday – no meeting
 
29th Annual Exhibition at Winns Gallery
September
5th Exhibition appraisal
 
12th Walker Trophy for Projected Images 1
 
19th Robin Lowry – Wildlife
 
26th Members evening – In the Style Of
October
3rd Walker Trophy for Projected Images 2
 
10th An evening with Lloyd Ramos
 
17th Martin Patten – How to Critique Your Own Images
 
24th Walker Trophy for Projected Images 3
 
31st Bert Whittern Trophy
November
7th Members evening
 
14th Print battle v Chingford
 
21st Andrew Walller – Football and more
 
28th Centenary Trophy – Audiovisual competition
December
5th EAF and WDPS Review of the Year
 
12th 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.

Talks

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.

Competitions

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.

Diversity

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.