Epsom Camera Club caters for photographers of all standards working in film or digital media. Those just starting out in photography are very welcome. The Club is friendly and informal, aiming to encourage members to improve and expand their photographic horizons by sharing skills, ideas and knowledge. Members are encouraged to seek distinctions of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).
The Club meets on Monday evenings at 7.45 for 8.00pm in the Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom KT19 9HG. Meetings are planned from September to June and fall into a number of categories:
Members’ competitions are held regularly, allowing members to enter their own work anonymously, for the judge's comments and marks (top marks are announced to the club). Prints and Projected Digital Images (PDI) competitions are judged in 3 sections, Advanced, Intermediate and Club. Entries may be home or trade processed or digitally produced. There are cumulative trophies for the main competitions through the year.
This is pre-judged and then commented on at a club evening. It is then usually displayed for a week at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village.
The Club competes in the Surrey Photographic Association Inter-Club Competitions. Epsom Camera Club won the Slide Section (now replaced by the PDI section) in 1993-4, 1994-5, 1996-7, 2000-1 and 2001-2, 2004-5, 2005-6, and reached the semi-final, Print Section in 1996-97 and the final in 2008-9. Epsom Camera Club won the PDI competition in 2010 – 11. There are separate competitions held on one day in November for projected digital images and one day in April/May for prints. Silent judging is used with a panel of three judges awarding marks out of 5. Clubs can submit up to 20 images with a maximum of 2 images by a single photographer. This competition offers an excellent opportunity to see what other clubs are producing, providing ideas and hints on improving our own work.
Both Surrey Photographic Association (SPA) and other friendly inter-club competitions are entered. In 1996 and 1997 the Club won the SPA Silverwood Competition for a Creative Print Panel and in 1999 the SPA Silverwood Competition for a Traditional Print Panel. In 2003 and 2006 the Club represented the SPA in the PAGB Club Slide Championship. The club also takes part in the local Concorde Trophy competition.
Both members and visiting speakers show their work; these talks provide an opportunity to see some top quality work or specifically to learn more about a particular aspect of photography and/or techniques.
These may be discussions or workshops, usually led by experienced club members. Topics can depend on the needs of members and for some workshops members may be asked to bring their cameras and have the opportunity to take some pictures.
These are arranged periodically throughout the year to enable members to visit galleries and exhibitions as a group, whilst photographic field trips/outings to places of interest focus on capturing images of interest to members. During the summer, these often focus on aspects of nature or outdoor photography.
To aid communication between club members we have an email discussion list. So if you have a photographic problem you can post a request for help and invariably someone will have the solution. It is also a great way of arranging ad hoc field trips etc.
Prospective members are welcome to attend as visitors for two or three weeks before joining. You can turn up at any meeting during the year, but would you please make yourself known to one of the committee members when you arrive so that we can welcome you and introduce you to other members.
Annual subscriptions are payable by 1st October.
• Individual £60
• Family £110 (full membership for 2 members of a single family)
• Student /Junior £30*
• Out of Town £20
* Full membership for members aged 13 - 18 years and full-time students up to age 25, with a discounted subscription. The Child Protection Policy applies to members aged 13 - 17 years. See the Epsom Camera Club Child Protection Policy click here
Prospective members with Special Needs may qualify for a discounted subscription at the discretion of the committee.