Cambridge Camera Club


  1. Introduction

    Our club was established in 1902 and is one of the larger clubs within the EAF and the UK.  We are a membership of around 200 enthusiastic amateur photographers.  Our club is based on education and much of our activity is within our Specialist Interest Groups with Practical Workshops, Critique evenings, Technical sessions and we give help and guidance to those working towards photographic distinctions and much more.  These activities are underpinned with weekly meetings of photographic talks and competitions.  The season culminates in an Annual Exhibition of Prints and PDI’s, which runs for 1 week at the end of April, with awards presented by the Mayor and our sponsors, to whom we are extremely grateful.

    Our Sponsors:  The Cambridge Independent, Campkins Cameras, Domino, John Lewis, Olympus, Richer Sounds, Samsung, and Scotsdales.  Read more about our Sponsors.

    Membership: We are an energetic forward-looking club with a vibrant membership. If you would like to join us, please fill in a Membership Application.


  2. Happy New Year!

    Club Meetings Continue Online 2022

    Our Roadmap Sub-committee continue to meet monthly to assess the Covid situation and to plan our way back to f2f meetings.  For now our full and varied programme continues online, including talks, tutorials and competitions. We thank all the speakers and judges who have adapted to this medium. We continue with this format until further notice.


  3. Inter-Club Digital Competition

    On Saturday 15th January this year, we hosted an on-line version of the regular Cambridge Inter-Club Digital Competition (More usually referred to as "Whittlesford"). Last year we decided to cancel the competition due to the Pandemic situation as we were not able to meet in-person for such a large gathering. This year's event was hosted despite the Virus and made use of the new facilities offered by our recently re-vamped website and the now familiar Zoom to enable us to enjoy some good-natured rivalry - albeit without the customary tea and cakes!

    A total of 25 Clubs contested the John Lewis Trophy - which was eventually won by Ampthill and District Camera Club after a three-way tie break with Norwich and District Photographic Society and Shillington and District Camera Club. It was a very close fought contest, with only two points separating the top seven clubs before the tie-break. Very well done Ampthill! All of the clubs who entered gave our Judge, David Lowe ARPS DPAGB a real challenge to sort out the top images.

    Hopefully Ampthill will want to return to defend their Title next year - with everyone else lining up to challenge them! The date for next year's competition is set for Saturday 21st January - and we are planning for this to be a return to the normal In-Person battle at Whittlesford Memorial Hall.

    Watch this space for details!

    Subjects and image technical details will not be changed from recent years (these are detailed in the Competition Rules which can be found here).

    Registration will open later this year - in May - via the Cambridge Camera Club Website. This will be back to the original system where Clubs will need to register to take part and apply for tickets for the event itself, which will be rationed between participating Clubs to suit the capacity of the hall.

    We will send out further details and advice on how to register and obtain tickets nearer the time.

    • Please make sure that you keep us updated about any Club contact email address changes, or we might be unable to contact you now or in the future.

    • If you are the club representative and did not receive an initial invite for the competition - or have any other queries - please feel free to contact the Inter-Club Competition Coordinator.

    Results from the latest competition - on 15th January 2022 - can be found here


 

Featured Items


  1. Annual Exhibition 2021

    An exceptional year needs an exceptional exhibition!

    Enjoy this interactive experience.   Explore over 400 members' images, deciding what you want to view and how you view it.   Enter the exhibition by clicking anywhere on the slideshow below, or simply follow the link here.

    Disclaimer: The Exhibition includes some images of an adult nature.


    Award Winning Images from the 2021 Annual Exhibition


  2. Serial PDI Competition II (21/22)

    We had hoped that by January 2022, we would be able to hold print competitions in person.  Sadly, we are still not there yet, and so our print competitions for this season have reverted to a second 'Serial PDI Competition II' of 3 rounds.  The first round was judged w/b 10th January, 2022, by Linda Woodward, DPAGB.  Linda acknowledged the frustration felt by those who see the print as the true finished image, but also observed that once again, the members had excelled themselves submitting some outstanding images. We congratulate the following authors who scored the ultimate 20/20 : 

    Colour:  Peter Baker, Keith Gypps, Nick Bowman, John Hunting.  Monochrome:  Philip Earl, Malcolm Brown. 
    Click on the image above to see the full sets of all the images scoring 18 and above.  


  3. Polina Plotnikova FRPS EFIAP - Starting with a Blank Canvas

    Polina is well-known for her distinctive flower portraits and still life imagery.  The many club members who attended this week's meeting were treated to a complete MASTERCLASS.  Polina was very generous and open, sharing her knowledge and tips, starting with the artists who inspired her, through her kit and how to appreciate flowers in all their forms - from the pristine, to the dying, dried and even dancing!  The talk was extremely well structured and delivered with clear technical detail and good humour, covering her flower portraits and still lives, created using surprisingly simple props and processes. A strong message from Polina was to try to envisage the image you want to create and pay attention to every detail - leave nothing to chance. 

    Apart from her photographic distinctions, Polina has received numerous awards including eight Gold and Silver Gilt medals in the RHS photography competitions and various distinctions at each of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competitions.  She also runs creative flower photography workshops on behalf of the RPS and is an Ambassador for Lensbaby.  Enjoy her images at her website:

    https://www.polinaplotnikova.com/


  4. Photography and the Sublime - Dr Thomas Peck LRPS CPAGB

    Lower Antelope Canyon

    This week, we had high attendance for Dr Thomas Peck, who gave a wide ranging talk on the 'sublime'.  He expertly demonstrated how the traditions of the Sublime have influenced early landscape photographers through to the modern day.  Taking examples from the work of 18th and 19th century artists through to the photographs of Carleton E Watkins, Sebastião Saldago, Ansel Adams and Hiroshi Sugimoto, as well as his own images, he demonstrates a fascinating insight into a cultural trend.

    Tom has been taking photographs for many years and is a regular contributor to B&W Photography and onlandscape.co.uk.  Accomplished in other genres his first love is landscape photography and with Colin Westgate runs workshops at Quest Photography.  Enjoy Dr Peck's photography and the Quest Photography workshops via the links below:

    https://www.thomaspeckphotography.com

    https://www.questphoto.co.uk/2022photographyworkshops


  5. Serial PDI - Round 3 - FINAL

    The final round of our Serial PDI competition for this season.  Another very good entry of 94 images, colour and black and white.  Excellently judged by Dave Hipperson who left us in no doubt what impressed, or disappointed him, and what might have improved the shot.  Click on the image above to see a gallery of the high-scoring images.

    This being the FINAL round, we now know the winners of the overall competition, so congratulations go to John McDowall and Martin Parratt - joint 1st in Colour, and Allan Hale and John Bulpitt - joint 1st in Monochrome.


  6. Calling Young Photographers!

    Entry Now Open

    Once again, we are pleased to be collaborating with Cambridge Rotary Club to encourage the next generation of photographers. The theme this year is 'Colours of Nature' and just a single image required from those under 7 yrs, 7-10yrs, 11-15yrs, 16-18yrs.  With prizes for the Winners, plus entry into the District and possibly the National competitions, there is everything to go for.  So have a go and encourage your younger brothers and sisters.  Click the link for the full details on the Rotary Club site.   Entry closes 31st January 2022. 

    Thanks to fellow sponsors - Campkins Cameras and The Cambridge Independant.


  7. Young Photographers 2021 go even further

    Two of our 2021 Young Photographers Competition winners from Cambridge, have gained awards in the RIBI National Competition.

    Dan Starling Senior category 1st with 'Puffin Landing' and 
    Robin Pringpuangkeo Junior Category 3rd with 'Grass Snake'.  
    Congratulations to Dan and Robin.  Read all about our local competition
     here.


News and Information


  1. Nick Bowman Awarded ARPS in Natural History

    Congratulations to Nick Bowman ARPS, who was recently successful with his panel of East of England Wildlife. Click on the image to see his gallery and all the images in greater detail.


  2. FRPS Distinctions for Two Members

    Many congratulations to David Townshend and Martin Parratt who both gained their FRPS Distinctions at a recent Visual Art assessment.  Clicking on the images below will take you to David's and Martin's FRPS Galleries.


 

Members' Websites


A number of CCC Members have their own websites, and a list of these can be found here. Shown below is a small selection of Member sites (CCC is not responsible for the external links).