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Welcome to Cheltenham Camera Club!
The Club meets on Thursday evenings from September to May for a varied programme of high quality presentations and competitions.

Visitors, potential new members, photographers of all ages, interests and abilities are always welcome!

We are friendly and supportive and, as one of the oldest photographic clubs in the country, continue to encourage our many members to develop and improve their photography.

If you are interested in finding out what we are about, simply turn up at Holy Apostles Church Hall at 7:30pm on any Thursday
– there is just a £2 visitor’s fee – you will be made most welcome.

(Click on 'About Us' link above for more details and 'Programme' for what's on.)

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150 +1! Years of Photography in Cheltenham

Published by Cheltenham Camera Club
Capturing the Moment Year And A Day
Cheltenham was one of the first towns in the country to establish a professional photographic studio and has one of the oldest camera clubs. The book, marking the 150th anniversary of Cheltenham Camera Club, looks at how the nature of Cheltenham society influenced this development. We look at the history of photography in the town and its leading figures. The book outlines technological developments in photography and sets the photographic scene in Cheltenham into the wider social context, ending with a summary of photography in Cheltenham today.

Illustrated, 76 pages. 210 x 148 mm
ISBN: 978-0-9931482-0-0

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This is our second book celebrating our 150th Anniversary.

It is a collection of photographs taken in and around the town between 1st September 2013 and 1st September 2014 - ‘A Year and a Day’.

There are 356 photographs taken by 49 members of Cheltenham Camera Club and the assembled collection reflects the interests of our photographers in capturing the essence of Cheltenham throughout the year.

Illustrated, 82 pages. 250 x 200 mm
ISBN: 978-0-9931482-1-7

£14 (to include postage and packing in UK)     

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Selection of our award winning images

<b>DOROTHY</b><br>David Ross
<br><br>22 International Acceptances(FIAP) to 12 November 09
<br>FIAP Gold Medal
<br>FIAP Bronze Medal
<br>Austrian Super Circuit Bronze Medal
<br>FIAP Hon Mention
<br>FIAP Hon Mention
<br>Photographic Society of Singapore Merit Medal
<br>Midphot Best MONO Trophy 2006
<br>Judges Award (PSA) Pallyup; Washington State USA
<br>Exhibited RPS International Print Exhibition by des <b>Green Veined White Butterflies</b> by David Adamson<br>BPE1-acceptance at Great Barr by David Adamson Still Dreaming Of Better Days-David Adamson BPE2*- accepted at LaGacilly International Salon by David Adamson Planet Shredder - by Aleks Gjika -  3 x FIAP Acceptances by aleks <b>Hill Shepherd</b> by David Adamson<br>Acceptance at Great Barr by David Adamson <b>The Last Rose</b> by Barry Roberts<br>Acceptance at Beyond Group. by Barry Roberts <b>Snakeshead Fritillaries</b> by Michael Krier<br>RPS Gold Smethwick International 2014<br>CCC Natural History Medal Cheltenham International 2014. by Michael Krier Paddle Steamer Waverley passing the Needles by Richard Giles.  Winner 0f Isle of Wight Holiday News publication 2014 photographic competition.  by richard giles Marbled White by Aleks Gjika - 2 x FIAP Acceptances by aleks
Lightbox of recently uploaded images

Wren's Dawn Chorus by David Adamson. Accepted at Smethwick by David Adamson Commended - Rusty Chains – <b>Richard Giles</b> by admin Commended - The Jaws of Borrowdale – <b>Barry Roberts</b> by admin Commended - A Sunlit Padley Gorge – <b>Andrew Buckley</b> by admin Highly commended - Contemplation – <b>Caroline Marsh</b> by admin Highly commended - Harbour Walls – <b>Barry Nash</b> by admin Highly commended - Fading Out – <b>William Cormack</b> by admin Low Tide – <b>Brian Bates</b> by admin Leading Light – <b>Pauline Rumsey</b> by admin
Norwegian exhibition - Judged by Cheltenham Camera Club

Please find below the links to the sections of the Norwegian exhibition that were judged by four of club members, Michael Krier, Martin Fry, Graham Hodgkiss and Colin Harrison (judged in this country unfortunately)






What is I think unique about this National exhibition is that all the award winning projected images have been commented on, and I hope this will give an insight to the way judges think.

You can see more information on the exhibition on the public front page and the members news page (along with photo!)

Best Wishes


Norwegian Championship!


Colin,Martin,Graham,Michael-CCCNorwayJudges x400.jpg


At the beginning of July Des was contacted by Jan Frode Aase, competition chairman of the NSFF - The Norwegian Society of Photography, requiring a jury for their digital classes in the autumn round of the Norwegian Championship 2015/2016. Jan had entered our last Salon so that was the reason for him contacting us.

Our club judges were then asked if they were interested and Michael Krier, Graham Hodgkiss, Martin Fry, Brian Swinyard and Colin Harrison volunteered. Unfortunately Brian could not make the judging due to ill health.

The judging took place at Michael Krier's home yesterday (25th Oct) and we would like to thank him for his hospitality.


The digital classes and the approx. number of images that were judged were as follows:


"Open Monochrome" 900 images

"Open Colour" 1000 images

"Nature" 700 images

"Creative" 500 images

"Youth - under 25!" 50 images


We were asked to select between 15 and 25% of the images, award Gold, Silver, Bronze and HCs for all sections and provide a write up on all these images.

Michael had previously blacked out a room in his house and the day started at 9.00 with Phil setting up his software and we finished, over 3000 images later, at 7 pm. Although all the judges were in theory scoring in a very relaxed atmosphere, they showed utter professionalism not only during selecting the accepted images but took great care in selecting the award winning images.

The selected images would fit well into many International exhibitions, and this made the task more enjoyable to the judges.

Phil's superb software meant the Norwegians had the results within hours.

We now have a very good contact in Norway and maybe we could organize an international battle in the future.

Once again many thanks to all those concerned and remember Martin and Michael had been working hard the previous day at the Bacon Theatre.


Colin Harrison


From Jan Froda Aase:

On behalf of the Norwegian Society of Photograpy, I would like to thank all the 4 judges and technical manager Phil Stapleton for an excellent job carried out with judging the PI classes in Norwegian Championship. It has been a great pleasure to cooperate with you and thanks to you we have also published the results to our members earlier than ever before. Thank you :-)


I would also like to thank all concerned, they've done a superb job and it can only raise the profile of our club internationally so very well done.

Des :-)


Linda Kirkhope awarded Joyner Cup by Cheltenham Arts Council

We nominated Linda Kirkhope for an Arts Council award for her huge contribution to the success of the club.

Not only did the Arts Council agree to an award, but have decided to award Linda the Joyner Cup.

According to their website:

Since 1992 the Cheltenham Arts Council annual awards have recognised outstanding contributions to the arts in Cheltenham made by members of affiliated societies. These take the form of citations, with the Joyner Cup awarded to the most outstanding candidate.


Here is our nomination:


Linda Kirkhope

Linda has made a significant contribution to the cultural life of the town through her role as secretary of Cheltenham Camera Club over the last 6 years. She has been a member of the club since 2004 fully participating in the normal life of the club by taking, showing and successfully competing with her photography. However, it is her role as secretary as well as taking on numerous other responsibilities that has enabled the club to go from strength to strength as it moved towards its 150th anniversary this year. 

 As secretary Linda has expertly provided continuity as Chairmen come and go in maximum 2 year terms. As my predecessor said: "Without Linda Kirkhope's efficiency and hard work as Secretary, the Committee could not function, nor could the annual exhibition, the international salon or the Gloucestershire Young Photographer’s competition." In particular Linda just gets on and solves issues as they arise.

Linda has been instrumental in ensuring the success of our first three International Salons and many more Annual Exhibitions. Linda has successfully arranged the judging of these complex events – the International Salon judging had 10 judges plus committee members and technicians and takes place over 4 consecutive days. This has involved such things as securing a suitable venue, ensuring it is effectively blacked out, arranging accommodation and in some cases travel for the judges, cooking and serving lunches for all, organising evening meals, and the all-important job of keeping the tea and coffee flowing every day.

The Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year competition organised by CCC sees over 500 pupils from Gloucestershire’s Schools entering prints in this annual exhibition. Since 2008 Linda has co-ordinated the entries, organised the judging, collated the results, invited the award winners and then mounted more than 100 accepted works for showing at our Annual Exhibition. This enormous amount of work enables this to be such a success.

Over many years Linda has made a huge contribution to the success of the club.  We would therefore like to nominate her for the award feeling that she would be a worthy recipient for this accolade.


Des Ward

Chairman of Cheltenham Camera Club



Many Congratulations and Thanks Linda! 

CCC visit to Edinburgh

When plans for a year of events were being formulated a weekend excursion was suggested. It is some years since the club held one; probably not since Jean Bint and her late husband Cyril organised camping and caravan trips in the seventies and eighties. A few venues were suggested but suddenly Edinburgh was proposed, not just because it is an exciting, photogenic city, but also because it is the home of another one hundred and fifty year old club, the Edinburgh Photographic Society, (EPS) founded four years before us in 1861.


Why not go there and invite ourselves to their premises, unique among photographic societies? The opportunity to attend extended to all members of the club.


And so at the end of May a party of members and spouses ventured to Edinburgh for a special weekend. The group included the Chairman and 150 Chairman, two other Past Chairmen, the recently retired Secretary, the Treasurer, the new CISP Chairman and the Editors of our two books, Capturing the Moment and A Year and a Day.


Arriving independently, the group gathered informally on Friday evening and enjoyed a Japanese influenced meal while planning the morrow. Saturday saw most of the group on top of an open tour bus while the guide described the sights. Heavy traffic meant the tour took longer than scheduled which was to our benefit as he managed to keep talking and we were able to take photographs of the busy streets and historic buildings with the bus stationary. Back at the starting point, it was time to dash back to a favourite location. 


Around 4.00 pm we began to gather at the home of the EPS, 68 Great King Street which is unique. Yes, a few other clubs have their own premises but is there another that owns its own city centre premises of this stature? Located in an Georgian house in the ‘new town‘ area of the city, this is an incredible material and members’ asset providing every facility a photographer requires. For those who know Parmoor House, Cheltenham, home of our Civic Society, the EPS premises are considerably larger with a wide hallway furnished with interesting relics. On arrival we were welcomed with refreshments in the large ground floor room which serves as the meeting room and exhibition space for their annual members’ exhibition and particularly for their annual International Print Exhibition which is displayed during the period of the Edinburgh International Festival attracting thousands of visitors. Unlike our CISP which is three years old, EPS has held its print exhibition for 150 years! Attracting some 3000 prints from around the world only 202 are exhibited so it is said that “Getting an acceptance at Edinburgh is like getting a medal at other salons.”   The logistics of handling all those prints are mind boggling, but fortunately they have the space, the systems and the supportive membership, currently about 200, who pay a subscription a bit more than twice ours.


Following refreshments we were shown around the premises in groups. The first floor hosts a large studio with high ceilings and dressing room. An extensive ceiling track electronic lighting system enables any mode of lighting to be achieved without floor stands and there is an extensive collection of backgrounds. All members have an electronic key to the premises and can use the studio at any time, subject to booking in advance and for an additional subscription. On the same floor is the digital suite, the library and also an administrative office.


In the basement there is a large darkroom with various size of enlarger, wet benches and a cascade print washer. For some of us the first smell of hypo we have had in many years brought a whiff of nostalgia. Apparently they still have around ten members using this facility, because it is there.


Also in the cellar is a small gallery devoted to showing internal exhibitions by members — one man shows and groups, including the Phoenix Group, a forum for constructive criticism and analysis. Like us they have a nature group and organise excursions, while the studio hosts regular portrait group sessions.


After the tour of this exciting building we regathered in the lecture room which is equipped with a ceiling mounted projector and electrically operated screen, where we were formally welcomed by Society president, Stephen Meek. Our chairman, Des Ward thanked him for their hospitality and introduced Martin Fry who gave a brief synopsis of our beginnings and Dr Wilson, and then showed his spectacular AV, Capturing the Moment which was very well received. And so to serious business!


A battle between the two clubs had been proposed with twenty-five digital images from each and an independent judge. Our entries were self selected by members of the party submitting two images each and submitted in advance so the judge could make his assessment in advance of the presentation. The judge was Hunter Kennedy MPAGB, EFIAP, ARPS from Carluke Camera Club and he gave well reasoned comments on all the entries, marking each out of twenty, the range being 14-20. Five images received the latter, two of ours, but we beat them on 19s, six to one, probably crucial in the final score where we won 434 to 431 out of a total of 500.


It was enjoyed by both sides and Stephen even suggested we might have a league among   the six 150 clubs! Events concluded with the exchange of gifts, a copy of our two books for their library, a book of EPS members’ photographs and a framed print of Edinburgh for our . . .  chairman?


The proceedings were followed by one of their members taking a photograph of our group on  the steps of No 68, looking like George Osborne and gang on Budget Day, after which our group accompanied by some of the EPS members repaired to a nearby Italian restaurant.


The visit was organised by Graham Wakefield working with EPS Secretary Jan Jerome and we owe our gratitude to both. Unfortunately Graham was unable to take the trip for personal reasons, but his arrangements were first class, not only for his liaison with the Society but also for booking accommodation for some who stayed in the University’s Pollock Halls. Any misgivings any might have had about staying in student accommodation were instantly dispelled by the very efficient and friendly reception on arrival and the excellent rooms. And as for breakfast, it is unlikely that even the five star city hotels provided anything like the choice and variety offered. Coupled with the close proximity of The Salisbury Arms which served first class food and the easy bus access into the centre of the city, Pollock Halls can be highly recommended.


It was Harry Sedgwick’s dream that CCC might one day have its own permanent abode, and he left his bequest with this hope in mind. Sadly it was not to be and the interest on his ever depreciating legacy buys less and less as the years go by. But at least we managed to prove that on 30th May 2015 at least, we were the winning group — just! 


Len Shood


CCC 150th Captures the Moment

There is an article and video on the first event of our 150th celebrations 'Capturing the Moment' on the BBC Gloucestershire website, please follow the link: BBC Gloucestershire

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10th September 2015 The Deviant Mind — Ian Monroe
3rd September 2015 First meeting of a new season, Welcome Evening
30th May 2015 CCC visit to Edinburgh
9th May 2015 Annual Exhibition and 150th Anniversary Lecture
30th April 2015 Final Round Aggregate — Open PDIs judged by Peter Clark
18th April 2015 Club celebratory outing to Raglan Castle
16th April 2015 City Light, a talk illustrated with prints by Dave Butcher
9th April 2015 Aggregate Competition Heat 4, Open Prints judged by Chris Palmer
26th March 2015 Mike Lane’s Latest Wildlife Images
19th March 2015 Children in Fashion and Advertising with Fiona Senior
12th March 2015 The Eric Franks and Jean Krier Competitions
5th March 2015 Interclub Battle, Cheltenham v Cheltenham
26th February 2015 Print Appreciation Evening
19th February 2015 Aggregate Round 3 Print 'Feathers' - Judged by Ralph Snook
12th February 2015 Bryn Griffiths, Hasselblad Master Photographer
5th February 2015 Aggregate Round 3 PDI 'Reflections' - Judged by Pete McCloskey
29th January 2015 Harry Sedgwick Memorial Competition 'Architecture' - Judged by Dave Johnston
22nd January 2015 Showing of CISP 2014 images
15th January 2015 Travel Photography by Michael Freeman
8th January 2015 'Capturing the Moment' at the Parabola Arts Centre

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InFocus Newsletter Archive

Issue 137: 1865 January The Photographic Society; Making a Photograph; Purchasing a Camera; A Method for Photomicrographs by Dr E. T. Wilson; Letters
Issue 136: 2014 October Godfrey Outram, 1934-2014; External Competitions; Update on Plug-Ins; Are you a Constable or a Turner?; Rule Changes
Issue 135: 2014 April OnOne & Adobe Creative Suite, Histograms and RAW files, What makes Colin Harrison Click, Breaking the Rule - thoughts on Composition
Issue 134: 2014 January Honorary Life Membership - Martin Fry, Olympus day with Gifford's Circus, Sandy Fothergill, John Cook, Corrupted memory card?, Focus stacking with a tablet
Issue 133: 2013 September 1st CISP, Competition Software, Ewa & Peter Makas and Richard Cherry, Honorary Life Membership - Martin Fry, Life in a Competitive World by Ian Gee
Issue 132: 2013 April Adding a Keyline, Soft Proofing, Jane Borland and Graham Hodgkiss, Private Lives, Ghosts and Shadows, Morgan Outing
Issue 131: 2012 December Tewkesbury School, Janice Clark, Archie Douglas, Creative Course, Topaz & Nik, Photoshop in the 1850's?
Issue 130: 2012 September Cheltenham International Salon, Chairman's Medal, Liverpool Cathedral, Making Cards, New Logo, Lightroom
Issue 129: 2012 April Founder E.T. Wilson; My Journey; Making 'The Mystic'; Nature Photography; Depth of Field; CCC at the Mayor's Parlour
Issue 128: 2012 January Brain Swinyard Award; Layers; Adding Text; Guy Edwardes Review
Issue 127: 2011 September Lundy Trip; Digital Dabblings - HDR; Micro Adjustment; The wider world
Issue 126: 2011 April Street Photography; Royal Visit; Showing Off; Copyright
Issue 125: 2011 January 150th Anniversary plans; Photography and the law; Keywords; David Christie tribute
Issue 124: September 2010 Preserving the past; Our Archivist; Using the Web Galleries; Clogged Nozzles
Issue 123: 2010 April Converting to Infra Red; Fred Wall tribute; Colour Management; Fibonacci deconstructed; The way we were.
Issue 122: 2009 December Cyril Bint tribute; Calibration and colour management; iPhone apps; Club competitions precis
Issue 121: 2009 September Lightroom 2, CS4 and Elements 7; Back Button Focusing, New FIAP rules
Issue 120: 2009 April Memory test; Jack Stephens tribute; Competition changes; Raw files
Issue 119: 2008 December Image Stabilisation; Public photography and the police; Updating your camera?; Black and White Printing
Issue 118: 2008 September Profile converting; Digital projection; Making the print; Dynamic range explained
Issue 117: 2008 April Annual Exhibition report; Scanning; Letters and distinctions explained; Canon 40D - worth it?
Issue 116: 2007 December The lighthouse of Cordouan; Wendy and Godfrey Outram Arts Council Award; CS3
Issue 115: 2007 August Backups; Exhibition move; Sikkim & Bhutan; DIG info
Issue 114: 2007 April Judges; Selective focus; Photomatix;
Issue 113: 2006 December Woodchester Mansion; Looking towards 2015;

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