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EXHIBITIONS AND DISPLAYS

The primary objective of most photographers is to exhibit their work although there is no compulsion if members are uncomfortable about this. We have two main exhibitions each year, the first being a display of our annual competition images and the second is an opportunity for each member to display a ‘panel’ of their images which reflect their current approach to photography. We are constantly exploring new ways to exhibit our work and currently these include public areas of business premises, shop windows, a local health centre and, of course, this web site. More ideas are welcomed.

WHAT WE ARE

Bacup Camera Club is a charity (HMRC Ref: XT33069). Its aims are to expand photographic knowledge and skills of the local community through a mixture of lectures, competitions, tuition and other activities within a social environment and by outreach working with other local charities and schools. For a full version of the constitution please see the Documents page. Because we are a charity we encourage members who are tax payers to pay their subs by Gift Aid.

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WHERE WE MEET

From September to May we meet every Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. at St Mary’s Parish Hall, Dale Street, Bacup, OL13 8AP where we have facilities for our lectures, competitions and a small studio setup.The best access for cars is via Bankside Lane, just off Market Street near the town centre roundabout. Free parking is available on Dale Street, (but very restricted), off Bankside Lane at the lower end of Dale Street, off Bank Street opposite the old market building and off Fern Street.

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PORTFOLIOS

We receive portfolios of images from regional bodies such as the ICPA and L&CPU which are compiled  Click for more …….

APPRAISALS

A few sessions each year involve members bringing images that they may be working on to get constructive   Click for more …….

LECTURES

From the basics of how to use a camera and editing software to higher level techniques  for more  Click for more …….

WORKSHOPS

Possibly the most popular sessions, these have developed into a ‘doctor’s surgery’ approach , whereby  Click for more …….

TRAVELOGUES

In recent years we have had talks and audio visual presentations from independent traveller photographers    Click for more …….

COMPETITIONS

We have a variety of external competitions, both regionally and locally. Some of our members choose not to compete   Click for more …….

HOW WE WORK

From September to May we have a programme of Wednesday evening meetings. These take the form of  Click for more …….

OUR ETHOS

We encourage members to follow their own photographic style. Whilst competition can be an enjoyable diversion   Click for more …….

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OUR ETHOS

We encourage members to follow their own photographic style. Whilst competition can be an enjoyable diversion, judges, particularly external judges, tend to work to a formula which, if followed, can inhibit the developing style of club photographers. What really matters is what you like, not anybody else, and we can help you to find your style and develop your techniques accordingly.

HOW WE WORK

From September to May we have a programme of Wednesday evening meetings. These take the form of internal and external competitions, lectures on photographic techniques, travelogues from around the world, workshops, appraisals and portfolios of images circulated by regional organisations. During the summer months we meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings for an informal programme of outings or workshops, depending on the weather. There are also at least 2 weekend day trips.

COMPETITIONS

We have a variety of external competitions, both regionally and locally. Some of our members choose not to compete and others thrive on the challenge. Subjects are generally open and involve a mix of colour and mono prints and digitally projected images (DPIs). We also have 2 or 3 internal ‘Merit’ competitions each year, with subjects being agreed at the preceding AGM. We mark each others images and calculate an average score. Our main internal competition, marked by an external judge, is held annually and is the basis of many of our trophies and awards, (see the Documents page for competition rules and the Trophies page.

TRAVELOGUES

In recent years we have had talks and audio visual presentations from independent traveller photographers on destinations including Iceland, South India, Cuba, the Himalayas, Antarctica, South America and South Africa. Not only giving an insight into independent travel, these presentations offer inspirational images and tips on how to manage camera equipment in challenging conditions.

WORKSHOPS

Possibly the most popular sessions, these have developed into a ‘doctor’s surgery’ approach, whereby members can receive one to one tuition on specific problems or techniques. There is no better way to learn than to see a demonstration and then to actually follow it under guidance.

LECTURES

From the basics of how to use a camera and editing software to higher level techniques for more advanced members. Speakers are prominent experts in their fields.

APPRAISALS

A few sessions each year involve members bringing images that they may be working on to get constructive comments on how they might be further improved. We also meet with other clubs to appraise each other’s images, sometimes led by an external facilitator. There is no judging or scoring for appraisals.

PORTFOLIOS

We receive portfolios of images from regional bodies such as the ICPA and L&CPU (see the Photographic Organisations page) which are compiled from the highest scoring images from the regional competitions. These can be invaluable for developing ideas and styles.