Typical Activities

What the club does…

A typical annual season consists of several types of event:
1. Internal club competitions amongst members for print, digital projected image, and audio-visual.
2. Guest presenters who talk about their own photographic work and technique.
3. External club competitions between WCCC and other local camera clubs.
4. Members’ images displayed at local fetes and events.
5. Summer day-time and evening events.
6. Christmas and other social get-togethers.

Club competitions, speakers and technical presentations are held at Deepcut on a  Wednesday evening. A typical season consists of 35  evening events from September to May.

The inter-club competitions, member’s image display at fetes, and summer day and evening events take place on a more ad-hoc basis at other locations.

See below for more details of each type of event.

Internal Competitions
Each season includes 4 rounds of print league competition and 5 rounds of digital projected image league competition. There are also other special trophy competitions for e.g. a panel of printed images or best-print-on-the-night, set subject or genre as well as one audio-visual competition. Any club member can enter into any of the competitions. The images are openly critiqued and scored by a visiting judge, and each member’s scores over the year are totalled and the members ranked at the end of the season. At least one of the print or digital projected image evenings is devoted to a special set-subject where members are invited to submit an image on a theme chosen each year by the committee from amongst members’ own suggestions.

Members are grouped into two divisions for projected digital image (pdi) competitions with division one being for the more experienced members. Division two is for newer and less-experienced members (as well as members who have been demoted from division one due to achieving lower scores during the previous season; this keeps everyone on their toes!). Division one images are also critiqued against a slightly higher standard. There are trophies awarded for the highest scoring members, and those in division two with the highest scores move up into division one for the following year.

One event per year is a dedicated to audio-visual submissions from members, combining still and moving images, with a sound (musical and/or audio narration) into a short film-like clip.

Based on total scores achieved, the club awards trophies for Photographer Of The Year, as well as divisional trophies for highest scores for print and digital projected images. Members loan each physical trophy for a period of one year.

Guest presentations on photographic work and technique
Throughout the season there are regular presentations from guest presenters who (for example) may persue a particular genre of photography (wildlife, landscapes, night-time, street, etc.,), or a particular technique (macro, high-speed flash, HDR, compositing, etc.,). The presenters share both their images as well as anecdotal comments from their photographic endeavours. Occasionally, one of the club’s own members may be the one making the presentation.

External Competitions
Throughout the season, the club particpates in a number of external competitions for  print or projected image competitions. Images are selected from members own entries in the previous season’s internal competition events by the External competition secretary. Club members are encouraged to attend and cheer the club along.

The recent successes page highlights how we have been getting on of late.

The current season’s full programme can be seen here: Season Programme

Membership of the club provides multiple opportunities to develop your photography skills and learn new techniques from members and visiting speakers.