Club

Who are we? Gosforth Camera Club was founded in 1949 and is currently one of the biggest clubs in the region with over 70 paid-up members. We are affiliated to the Northern Counties Photographic Federation (NCPF) and through that group to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB). The club is run by an elected committee of members who give their time voluntarily.

Why do we meet? The ethos of the club is that regardless of anyone’s experience, we can all learn from each other. We all have the chance to show our photographs on members’ nights and/or in competitions but there is no compulsion to do so if all you want to do is come and see what other members have been up to with their cameras and to enjoy socialising with like-minded folk. Whilst there is naturally a healthy and friendly rivalry on competition nights, members are always happy to share their expertise and techniques with each other and particularly with those who are newer to photography. Our members have a wide range of interests in different genres of photography.

What goes on? In normal times, the club meets at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings from September to April in the Duke of Wellington Pub, Kenton Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3BQ. Meetings usually last until about 8.45-9.15 and are followed by a chance for informal chats over coffee and biscuits and/or over a drink in the pub. The programme has a mix of presentations by members or external speakers, competitions (print and digital), members’ nights and occasional social occasions. In addition there are organised outings, either locally or at a distance and during the summer recess we hold training courses in various aspects of photography (eg portraits, flash photography, etc).

What about Covid19?  In the current “New Normal” we have had to suspend meeting in the pub and are running weekly meetings (also on Tuesdays at 7.30pm) over Zoom: it now seems that this will be necessary at least until Christmas 2020. These Zoom meetings are proving very successful with at least 40 members “attending” each week. (NB Please Note: The Zoom meetings should not be recorded, even with screen capture software, without prior arrangement with the Committee, to assure the copyright of those presenting.) Outings with social distancing may be arranged at times over the coming months, depending on the status of Covid regulations at the time.

How much does it cost? The current membership fee is £30 for a year but prospective members are very welcome to attend 3 meetings without joining. Paid-up members have access to the members-only area of this website in addition to all club activities. (Note: owing to the increased costs of dealing with Covid19, including those of Zoom meetings, we may need to ask for a small additional one-off subscription later in the 2020-21 season.)

How do I find out more? For more information please explore the rest of this website, and/or email our friendly club secretary at gcc1photo@gmail.com.