Epsom Camera Club – For Prospective New Members

1               Introduction

Welcome to the Epsom Camera Club prospective new members page.  Our club caters for photographers of all standards and ages.  We welcome people with different levels of experience and actively encourage those new to photography to join us, we recognise that everyone of us started as a beginner.  We like to think that our Club is inclusive, friendly and informal, aiming to encourage members to improve and expand their photographic horizons by sharing skills, ideas and knowledge.  But don’t take our word for it, come along and enjoy a few evenings free of any commitment prior to making your mind up.   We have 60-70 members made up of both women and men and we have teenagers through to people who have retired.  Our Club enters competitions and both the Club and individuals have had many successes over recent years. Members are encouraged to seek distinctions from the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) and our more experienced members are only too willing to help others in achieving these awards. 

2               Meetings

Our 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

Competitions are held regularly during the year and to make it fair we have three levels or classes, club, intermediate and advanced.  All images are entered anonymously for the judge's critique and score. Images are scored out of 10 and only those who score 9 and above are named.  Our members have found that entering these competitions helps them learn and develop their photographic skills. Our competitions cover both prints and Projected Digital Images (PDI). We have 5 print and 5 PDI  competitions in which you can enter any subject you like. We additionally have themed competitions such as wildlife, monochrome, and “three of a kind” where your creativity is tested to produce three images that have a link between them.  On joining we like to place people in the most appropriate class, whilst experienced photographers can join the advanced class straight away most people start in club and move forward as they gain more skills and experience.  All entries must be taken and processed by the photographer, but prints may be home or commercially printed. There are trophies for the main competitions through the year and these are presented at our annual exhibition held at Bourne Hall in Ewell.

Talks

During the year we have a number of visiting speakers who talk about their speciality and show their work. These talks provide an opportunity to see some top-quality images and to learn more about a particular aspect of photography and/or techniques. The talks cover areas as diverse as landscape photography, astro/night photography and infrared photography.   

Members’ evenings

These may be discussions or workshops, usually led by experienced club members. Topics 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.

Other Competitions:

We enter a number of inter-club competitions each year providing an excellent opportunity for our members to see images from some of the best clubs in the south-east; a non-Advanced PDI competition provides less experienced members to see how their images are viewed against two other clubs. The Club takes part in the Concorde Trophy competition, with 9 local clubs hosting on rotation. The Club won the trophy in both 2015 and 2016.

Annual Exhibition

This is an opportunity for all members of the club to publicly show their work, usually for two weeks at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Village in June. Both prints and PDIs may be entered. Some members have sold some of their images as a result of public viewing.

3               Other Activities

Small Group Meetings:

These are held on an ad hoc basis. Topics may be based on: camera craft; post-processing, preparing images for competition, advice on printing at home or commercial printing. More advanced sessions may relate to image critique or advice on applications for photographic distinctions of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).

External Competitions:

The Club competes in the Surrey Photographic Association (SPA) Inter-Club Competitions. Epsom Camera Club were runners up in the 2017 print competition, we won the PDI competition in 2010-11 and again in 2015-16 resulting in the Club being one of two representing the SPA in the National Inter-Club Championships. This competition offers an excellent opportunity to see what other clubs are producing and providing ideas and hints on improving our own work. We were runners up in the 2018 Surrey Advertiser Rosebowl competition.

Field Trips/Outings

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.

Summer Meetings

During the summer months, many members organise both social and photographic events which are well attended. These include, meals, street photography and wildlife photography.

 

4               Email List

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.

5               How to Join

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.

Please contact Dawn, our Membership Secretary at membership@epsomcc.org.uk

 

Subscriptions

Annual subscriptions are payable by 1st October.

•             Individual                            £65

•             Family                                  £120 (full membership for 2 members of a single family)

                                                             £88 (one adult and one junior)

•             Student /Junior                  £33*

•             Out of Town                       £25

*       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 circumstances may qualify for a discounted subscription at the discretion of the committee.