So, what's it all about?
The weekly meetings on Thursdays include a mix of talks and demonstrations by visiting lecturers and fellow club members on the practical and creative aspects of photography.
In addition, there are regular projected digital, print and slide competitions throughout the season, when an experienced judge comments on members' work. The advice is always offered in a friendly and constructive manner and this proves to be an effective way to improve your photography. There are also one off set subject competitions devoted to Nature and Record Photography, Portraiture, Slide sequences and Panels of Prints.
Images may be submitted for comment only, by the competition judges. Some members do not wish to enter the competitive aspect of the club.
In addition to the Thursday meetings, there are a number of subgroups which meet monthly on Tuesday evenings. These provide a forum for members to exchange information on specific aspects of photography.
From time to time, special courses of instruction are arranged on aspects of practical photography. These courses offer a wealth of information, hints and tips.
The club is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Kent County Photographic Association. This permits members to enter images for regional, national and international competitions.
There is no doubt that Tonbridge Camera Club is successful - the club was founded in 1966 and, with approximately 100 members, is today one of the largest photographic societies in Kent. Members regularly have photographs accepted in major international exhibitions and several members have gained the Associateship and Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society. The club often wins area and national cups and awards. All this proves that the club achieves its purpose in stimulating photographic interest and providing the exchange of expertise necessary to produce the pictures.
However, don't think that you have to be an expert photographer to join us. Beginners are more than welcome, part of our function is to convert beginners into experts!
Other events include...
The Annual Exhibition where work from all members is shown. The exhibition, which includes prints, slides and digital images, runs for a week in the spring at Tonbridge Castle and is open to the public.
Each summer the club arranges a coach outing to a city or place of interest. At the start of the following season there is a friendly competition dedicated to photographs taken on the outing. Members also organise 'mini-outings' by arranging to meet at specific locations and times to take photgraphs during the summer period.
There is a circulating portfolio for prints and one for projected images.
The Club produces a free magazine "Grain", written by Club members, it is always entertaining and informative.
Annual Subscription Fees
Joint Membership £74.50
Fulltime Student/Unemployed £16.00
Full Country Membership £30.00
Ordinary Country Membership £16.00
Junior ( under 18 ) £7.00
Plus a weekly Entrance Fee of £1.00 for Thursday meetings or £2.00 for Tuesday subgroup meetings.
Club Resources include...
The club possesses first class 35mm and medium format slide projectors.
Digital images are shown using the club's laptop computer and digital projector.
Frames, lightbox and projector screen ensure that members images are shown at their best.
The club also has its own exhibition screens to display members prints to the best advantage.