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. Video about the Club

    A video, made by Tim Marchant and originally shown at the opening of the 2022 Annual Exhibition, gives an excellent overview of the club and its activities.

  3. Inter-Club Digital Competition

    Cambridge Digital Inter-Club Competition (Whittlesford) is back! We are planning to hold this anual event In-Person again at Whittlesford Memorial Hall on Saturday 21st January 2023. It will be great to have the chance to meet up again for a "proper" competition together with tea, cake and renewal of old friendships. Make sure you put the date in the diary.

    Our judge for the contest will be Ralph Duckett MPAGB EFIAP APAGB

    Hopefully Ampthill and District Camera Club - last year's winners - will want to return to defend their title, with the rest of us determined to make it as difficult as possible!

    Watch this space for details!

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

    Registration is now open and Clubs will receive an official invitation email shortly. Image entry will be via the Cambridge Camera Club Website as last year. The Closing date for entries is Sunday 11th December 2022.

    The cost for entry is £25.00 per Club and entry is limited to the first 35 Clubs who register, so make sure you get your request in early. Once your request for entry has been confirmed you will be able to upload your Club's images.

    Audience tickets will also be available at a cost of £8.00 each - as usual these will include entry to watch the competition on the day as well as tea and cakes during the break. Details of how to apply for tickets will be made available nearer the time - watch this space!

    • 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.

  4. 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 for the remainder of the season.  However, this Summer, we are planning multiple events, some of which will be designed to test our plans to return to f2f meetings for the 2022/23 Season. 


Featured Items

  1. 2022-2023 Club Programme Published

    The club programme for the 2022-2023 season has now been published, and can be found here.

  2. Annual Exhibition 2022 is OPEN

    Our interactive online Exhibition is now open and available to view at your leisure.  A permanent Private View. Take the plunge and dive in!  Click on the carousel to enter the gallery and pick your room - will it be Monochrome, Nature, Colour or the whole collection?  Or pick out your favourite genre, subject, author or the awarded images and more, using the many filters available.  With settings details included, all club exhibitions back to the 2016-2017 season are now available online, so please take time to explore this great resource.

    A recording of the Opening Night on April 25th, with all the awards and comments from our sponsors and selectors, is now available to watch.

    With thanks to our generous sponsors and the Camera Club team who made this event such a success. 

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

  3. Young Photographer - Winners 2022

    Congratulations to the 2022 Winners of the Rotary Young Photographer Competition. Once again, Cambridge Camera Club collaborated with the Rotary Club of Cambridge and the sponsors to encourage the next generation. There is an announcement in The Cambridge Independant on 2nd March. 
    Winners: Under 7yrs : Maria Seega; 7-10yrs : Horatio Martin; 11-13yrs : Madeleine Haley; 14-18yrs : Daisy Dickenson.

    Click on the above image to see all the awarded images. Or use this link to see the whole entry: YPC Exhibition 2022.  

    The Rotary Club of Cambridge and Cambridge Camera Club presented the Awards and John Lewis Gift Vouchers to the  Cambridge Competition Winners last Saturday, 23rd April at 10am outside Campkins Cameras, Kings Parade. 

    With grateful thanks to all the sponsors:

  4. Young Photographer - National Success!

    Horatio Martin and his image, pictured with Jenny Chapman-Hay, President of Cambridge Rotary Club, outside Campkins Cameras

    Image courtesy of Jane Moore, CCC

    Horatio Martin, was the Winner of the Cambridge Junior (7-10 yrs) Young Photographer competition 2022.  As such, he went through to the East Anglia District Competition, where his image 'Purple Elegance' was again awareded 1st prize.  As a result, he went forward for the National competition, and he is now the National Winner of the Junior Rotary Young Photographer 2022 and we offer our hearty congratulations to him.  It is the fourth year running that Rotary Club Cambridge in collaboration with Cambridge Camera Club, have had a national winner. There is a national trophy on its way, which will be presented to Horatio at a date and time to be confirmed. Thanks go to all the sponsors:

  5. Ramblings of a So-called Street Photographer - David Cantor

    This week, we welcomed David Cantor for a rare insight into the mind and technique of a passionate street-photographer.  

    David has felt a strong affinity for the East End of London from an early age and street portraiture in the area around Brick Lane and Spitalfields is his focus.  He enjoys the interaction with people from all walks of life, ethnicity and backgrounds, and many of his photographs come about as a result of approaching complete strangers. When asked if he takes portraits, David says, “I photograph people, the portrait is the outcome”.  He says he enjoys 'getting under the skin of the place.' 

    He has successfully published 2 books 'Brick Lane Life (Sold Out) and 'Conversations' (On Sale) with an upcoming exhibition from 2-29 May. His photograph of ‘Abdel’ was selected to promote the exhibition of the winners of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery, and was shortlisted for the British Photography Awards 2021 in the Portrait category.  He regularly supports Tower Hamlets Black History Month, and his work has been featured in Black + White Magazine, as recently as February 2022.

    In summary, he advised: 'Talk to people you don't know.; Find a place that makes you happy and where you have a connection.; Stray outisde your comfort/compliance zone.; Consider your carbon foot-print.'

  6. Thoresby - The end of the Mine - Chris Upton ARPS

    Chris made a welcome return to Cambridge Camera Club and presented on his major social documentary project recording the closure of Thoresby Colliery, then Nottinghamshire’s last coal mine, which had opened on the outskirts of Edwinstowe village in 1925. Initially, he was invited to 'take a few photos, before the mine closed', but the more time Chris spent in the location and with the miners as they worked, the more involved he became and the project developed.  He admitted that this was a project that was outside his comfort zone initially, but it was clear from Chris' masterful delivery, that he became totally involved with the place and the people and this historic event.  In 2015 spent over 9 months documenting the site, the buildings and the people and created an archive of images recording the pit in its final days.  Realising the importance to the people of Nottinghamshire, Chris self-published a book of the images, with words from the miners themselves, and held two exhibitions.  Two issues of the book have sold out.

    It was a rare opportunity to enjoy social documentary photography and Chris' professional delivery made for a totally engaging evening.  His wonderful images depicted not only the characters he had come to know, their roles, their working environment, but their emotions as they approached a life-changing event for them and their community.  He was also as generous as usual, with detail of how to shoot a project and technical detail of his image capture process.

  7. The Joy of Seeing - Photography my Way - Viveca Koh FRPS

    Viveca took us on an extraordinary tour on the other side of life, to a land that time forgot'. Described as 'UrbEx' (Urban Exploration), Viveca took our members to explore many derelict buidlings through her photography. Where others see rubbish and detritus, Viveca sees stories, remnants of past lives amidst interesting textures, angles, colours, and time-worn interiors. All exposed by shafts of light through leaking roofs and broken windows. Her images exude atmosphere and generate intrigue.  Viveca began visiting derelict and abandoned buildings in 2009 and has taken hundreds of photographs. She enhances much of her work with texture overlays and uses double exposure to add extra dimension to her work.

    Viveca also introduced us to the Miksang form of contemplative photography, and to her more recent iPhoneography images and project around cafe lives.   She is a self-taught, fine art photographer who was awarded an FRPS in 2014 and, as a LRPS Panel Member of the Royal Photographic Society, is part of the team involved in awarding Licentiate distinctions. Find her fascinating photographs via this link.

  8. Me and my Mono - Alan Frost ARPS

    Our latest presenter gave a 'mono masterclass'!  Alan Frost ARPS who has produced some stunning fine art images in black and white of seascapes, buildings and people, achieved his ARPS in 2017 with a panel of images depicting countryside churches. In the first half of his talk, he presented monochrome images taken from a variety of genres. The second half of his talk is about his approach to photographic projects - Country churches inspired by a book "Betjeman’s Best British Churches’' first published in 1958 listing the 'best country churches'.  He finds these spaces spiritual and that feeling certainly came across in his images.  Another project was images from around Chichester Harbour and finally, a project featuring a furniture maker at work.  He easily conveyed the satisfaction that can be enjoyed by making bodies of work.  Use the following link to view his website where he shares his images and offers technical insights.

  9. Serial PDI Competition II - FINAL

    This week it was the FINAL round of our second Serial PDI Compeitition of the season.  It was externally judged by Chris Forster DPAGB FBPE MFIAP.  Chris had submitted his comments and scores for each image, which were presented by Chris Fell, with additional commentary by our own internal judge - Sarah Kellman.  It was a tough competition and the standard was high.  As it was the Final round, we can now congratulate the winners here:  Colour: Peter Baker and Monochrome: Andrew Colgan and Ann Miles (Joint Winners).  Click on the image above to see a gallery of all images scoring 18+.

News and Information

  1. Richard Bircham ARPS in Visual Arts

    Richard Bircham ARPS

    Congratulations to Richard Bircham for his panel that gained him an ARPS in Visual Arts at June's assessment.

  2. Three Members gain their ARPS in Natural History Photography

    Keith Gypps ARPS

    Mike Harris ARPS

    John Harvey ARPS

    Three club members, Keith Gypps, Mike Harris and John Harvey, are to be congratulated on gaining their ARPS distinction in Natural History at June's assessment.

  3. Jenny Collier gains her LRPS Distinction

    Congratulations to Jenny Collier who achieved here LRPS Distinction at the first attempt. The panel she presented is below, but click on the image above to view her gallery. We wish her continued success with her photography.

  4. Success for Cambridge Young Photographers at District Level

    Two of the Rotary Young Photographer Competition Winners in Cambridge, have found success at the District level as well.

    Congratulations to 

    District Senior Competition Winner: Daisy Dickinson (Landscape)

    District Junior Competition Winner:  Horatio Martin (Nature – Plant)

    The Rotary Club of Cambridge and Cambridge Camera Club are presenting the Awards and John Lewis Gift Vouchers to the  Cambridge Competition Winners this Saturday, 23rd April at 10am outside Campkins Cameras, Kings Parade.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  Jane Moore will be representing our club.

  5. Cambridge Clear Winner in St Ives Interprint

    Cambridge CC took part in the annual St Ives Interprint Competition on February 26th, and managed to win by a clear margin scoring 113 (out of 120).  PICO came 2nd with 108 points.

    Special congratulations to Stacey Purkiss for his image which gained a PAGB ribbon, to John McDowall who got at Bronze Medal and to John Bullpitt who gained a Silver medal.

    Please click here, or on the picture above, to see all six winning images.

  6. Cambridge 3rd Place in EAF PDI Championships 2022

    Cambridge were very happy to have tied third (300 points) in the recent 2022 EAF Championship for Digital images. The Beyond Group was first (318) and PICO second (308). Well done and thanks to those members whose images formed our entry.  Click on the image above to see the Gallery of the Cambridge entries.

  7. Cambridge Achieves Success in the GB Cup

    Cambridge competed in the recent GB competitions and achieved some very commendable results:

    GB Cup Open - 5th out of 87 clubs
    GB Nature Cup Open - 16th out 77 clubs
    GB Trophy Open - 10th out of 24 clubs
    GB Trophy Nature - 7th out of 22 clubs

    We congratulate all those whose images contributed to the final placing.  Follow this link GB Cup Galleries to see the galleries for the top 12 scores in each compeition (including all images with the same score as the top 12). 

  8. 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.

  9. 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).