Cambridge Camera Club is one of the oldest clubs in East Anglia. It was founded in 1902, when photography had become more accessible, with the launch of the Box Brownie (1900). Hence, the club is almost 120 years old with a long history of success. Active in external competitions the club is the only club within the East Anglian Federation to win the PAGB Print Championship with many individual members, past and present, who regularly achieve awards and distinctions with recognised photographic bodies. We are also current holders of The Inter-Club Digital Competition 2020.
How do we operate: The club season runs from August to May. We offer a full and varied programme of weekly meetings structured around talks, competitions and members evenings. We also encourage members to develop their photography skills, through the Special Interest Groups held monthly. These offer sessions on Portrait, Digital Techniques, practical workshops and opportunities to gain feedback on your photography and advice on working towards a distinction as well as critique on good club photography. These meetings are informal, informative and fun. The Members' website provides a Lightbox for Members to share images with comments, a Forum for wide-ranging discussions and two on-line Members' 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 thankful.
Our Sponsors: The Cambridge Independent, John Lewis, Samsung, Domino, Campkins Cameras, Olympus, Scotsdales and Richer Sounds.
Membership: With such a long, rich history and continuing success, it is no surprise that the club has a full and active membership, capped at 200. We operate a waiting list, so if you would like to know more and possibly apply to join, please go here and complete our form.
When the virus arrived in the UK last year, we feared the Club would have to abandon the 2020 programme, but it is testament to the strength of the club, that all meetings (weekly and monthly) moved seamlessly online and continue to be very well attended. We praise the efforts of the Club Council members who have worked to make this possible and thank all the speakers who have adapted their delivery for Zoom and stayed with us.
We meet at Cambridge Rugby Football Club, Volac Park, Grantchester Road, Cambridge, CB3 9ED.
A number of CCC Members have their own websites - a list of these can be found here and below are a selection of Member sites (CCC is not responsible for the external links).
Inter-Club Digital Competition
In January, we host a digital competition among 36 East Anglian clubs. The competition normally opens in May of the previous year, although in view of the current coronavirus pandemic we have cancelled the 2021 competition. We are very much hoping that the following competition will proceed as normal, and the provisional date has been set for Saturday 15th January 2022. The Inter-Club Digital Competition Co-ordinator will contact clubs as soon as further details are known.
More information about the competition, including results from January 2020, can be found here.
Club Meetings Continue Online 2020/21
Since the COVID-19 restrictions came in in 2020, the club has put together a full programme of talks, tutorials, competitions and even coffee mornings for the members, which are now presented online. These have proven to be very successful, with good attendance and we thank all the speakers and judges who have adapted to this medium. We continue with this format until further notice - whilst it has been very successful, we cannot wait to be able to meet once again.
Young Photographers Competition 2021
For the second year, CCC are working with these partners to encourage the next generation of young photographers.
ENTER BY 8th March 2021. If you have a young person in the family showing interest in photography, please encourage them to enter. The details are on the Cambridge Rotary site here.
Annual Exhibition 2021
Sadly, the ongoing COVID-19 situation makes it impossible to hold our CCC Annual Exhibition of prints. However, undeterred, we are turning our efforts to designing a PDI Exhibition to be launched online at the end of April 2021.
As in previous years, this will be externally selected and will showcase the best quality of images from our members. Watch this space for further updates in April as we give more detail about the launch event and how you can view the CCC Annual Exhibition ongoing.