About Us

Cirencester Camera Club was founded in 1939, and has been an active and vibrant club ever since. Many of the members have a wide range of photographic interests and experience, so there is always someone on hand to help with advice, on technique, equipment or processing.

Whatever your age, skill level, or particular interest in photography, there is always a warm welcome at Cirencester Camera Club. The Club meets every Monday evening between September and May, from 19.30 – 21.30 at the Parish Hall, Watermoor, Cirencester GL7 1NE. 

If you would like to contact us about joining or just visiting us for an evening, please email us on info@cirencestercameraclub.org.

Membership runs from September for 12 months. For details on how to become a member click here.

A series of illustrated talks take place throughout the year given by highly regarded external speakers on wide ranging subjects including abstract and creative techniques (Andy Page), the relationship between autism and photography (Alison Webber), a review of Fellowship panels (Steven Le Prevost), what makes a successful image (Aleks Gjika), still life in natural light (Andy Philips) and landscapes (Robert Harvey). Member presentations will cover a range of subjects, such as mono photography, high key and low key images, travel stories, and recent developments in AI.Have a look at the Events calendar to check out the wide rage of subjects covered throughout the season.

In addition, members can take part in Competitions, both within the Club and against other Clubs in the area (Inter-Club Battles). These provide an excellent opportunity to submit images and receive constructive feedback on your work from qualified judges – this is a great way to learn how to improve your imagery and processing. We’ll also be making a return visit to Cirencester College for a critique evening, where a judge will give feedback on a range of images from both the club and the college.

There are also practical evenings, where members can try out techniques and learn more about various aspects of photography such as portrait photography as well as social evenings with a visit to The Mop Fair, our regular Christmas quiz, and a photographic treasure hunt.

Members are kept informed of the latest news and events with a weekly newsletter, known as Vignettes. 

The Club is affiliated to the WCPF (Western Counties Photographic Federation), an organisation which provides the opportunities for gaining nationally recognised qualifications – see Info for more details.


Committee members – the Club is run by a committee who organise all the events, speakers, competitions etc, and any of them will be pleased to answer any questions you may have about the Club.
Please contact us with your query and we will reply as soon as we can,  or you can send the relevant committee member an email by clicking on the links below.

President – John Hankin
Chairman – David Wallis
Programme Secretary – Dave Cahill
Secretary – Stephen Chapman
Treasurer – Jean Thirkettle
Competitions Secretary – Findlay Simpson
Battle Secretary – Paul Norris
Publicity – Puri Montanez Carmona

Honorary Life Members

Since 1939, Cirencester Camera Club has been a successful and enduring club solely because of the quality and commitment of its members. Through their hard work and dedication they ensure that each season is as good as, if not better, than the previous one, and the growing number of members in 2022/3 season is a testament to this energy.

Occasionally there are members who give so much more to the organisation, and members benefit greatly from their extra efforts. The Club recognises this outstanding contribution by making them an Honorary Life Member.

At present  our Honorary Life members are:

Mike Curtis

Syd Mathews

We offer our sincere thanks to them for everything they have done to help make Cirencester Camera Club the vibrant and successful club it is today.

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate,
I shall be content with silence.

Ansel Adams

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