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Alnwick and District Camera Club was originally formed in 1901 by a group of chemists and their friends. All, of course, used film and printed their pictures in the darkroom. No digital cameras then!

The Club closed during the two great wars and then was reconstituted in 1952. It has met continuously every Wednesday from September to April ever since and for the last 25 years or so in the Mechanics' Institute in Percy Street, Alnwick.

There are over 60 members from all walks of life and with many different approaches to photography.

Where the founder members used film and printed and developed their photographs in the darkroom, most Club members, though not all, now photograph and print digitally. The Programme, over a 33 week season, is designed to support, teach and develop members' skills and to show, by inviting experienced photographers to show their work, the best of slide and print photography. There is, also, a variety of competitions through which members can test their progress.

The Club is affiliated to the Northern Counties Photographic Federation, a group of about 50 clubs in northern England. This NCPF offers opportunities for Club members to meet and compete over a wider range than they would if they met only within the context of their own club.

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Alnwick Garden

A range of fantastic images taken in The Alnwick Garden by members of Alnwick and District Camera Club are on display this week. It is the club's second exhibition at the Garden and the pictures show an imaginative range of styles, taken in day and night-time. Prints are available to purchase with 40% of all profits going towards the Roots and Shoots Community Project.

Trevor Jones, head of operations at the Alnwick Garden said ' It is a pleasure to host this exhibition, the artistic abilities of the club members always amaze me and the images give great inspiration.'

From the Northumberland Gazette


Alastair Cochrane FRPS

Congratulations to club member Alastair Cochrane, who has has achieved the distinction of FRPS from the Royal Photographic Society (the first FRPS in Scotland in 2 years).

Alastair's panel of 20 images featured the work of the architect Frank Gehry

Gehry Reconstructed

Los Angeles-based architect Frank Gehry is recognised as one of the leading architects of the last fifty years, noted for creating innovative and inventive forms utilising sophisticated purpose-created software to produce drawings which refine the design and enable construction.

I have used my original photographs of Gehry’s ‘Experience Music Project’ building in Seattle to produce new abstract images which comment on the realisation of this structure, exploring its curving, multi-coloured metal planes, which in turn are influenced by guitars deconstructed by the musician Jimi Hendrix.

Each final image has been created by merging individual photographs of this highly complex building. Colour shifts emerge serendipitously through the process of layering, mirroring the way that the building morphs and changes with each different viewpoint. I have deliberately used a square format to communicate the formalism of architecture contrasting with the energy and free flowing forms constrained within its boundaries.


Interclub Mono & Colour Print Competition

These images were the club's successful entry for the interclub print competition at Amble on Thursday 27th October 2016.


Congratulations To Micheal Mundy

A photograph by Camera Club member Micheal Mundy features in the British Journal of Photography's Portrait of Britain exhibition.

Envisaged as an exhibition by the people, of the people and for the people, Portrait of Britain was initiated as an open call for photographs that celebrate this country’s unique heritage and diversity.

Selected from nearly 4000 entries, the 100 winning portraits capture young and old, reflecting not just the multiformity of British people, but also the myriad of styles and approaches to contemporary photographic portraiture.

Micheal's portrait Ossie can be seen on a digital network of screens in railway stations, shopping centres (such as Eldon Square seen here), high streets and bus stops around the UK.

Many congratulations to Micheal for having an image included in such a prestigious exhibition.


Presentation Evening 2016

Alnwick and District Camera Club held their annual presentation evening in the Mechanics Institue where the trophy winners were ( back from left) Andrew Mackie, David Burn, Peter Downs, Richard Stent, (front) Dennis Hall, president John Thompson, Laine Baker and vice-president Ken Shawcross who presented the awards.


Pat Wood LRPS

Congratulations to Pat Wood for being awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society.

Her panel of 10 images is shown below:

 


John Thompson ARPS;EFIAP;CPAGB

Congratulations to John Thompson, who has been awarded "Excellence" by the International Federation of Photographic Art.


Micheal Mundy LRPS

Congratulations to Micheal Mundy for being awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society.

His panel of 10 images is shown below:

'Korean Drummer Preparing' by Micheal Mundy LRPS 'All American 9.11.13' by Micheal Mundy LRPS 'After Sanding (Admiration)' by Micheal Mundy LRPS 'Engine 188' by Micheal Mundy LRPS 'Modern Art Man' by Micheal Mundy LRPS
'Paris' by Micheal Mundy LRPS 'The Family' by Micheal Mundy LRPS 'Old Boy' by Micheal Mundy LRPS 'Broken Man JHP' by Micheal Mundy LRPS 'Everyday Robots' by Micheal Mundy LRPS

 


Jane Coltman - Playhouse Exhibition

Jane’s previous editor Andrew Smith, the Duchess of Northumberland and Jane Coltman at her exhibition in The Playhouse:


Congratulations To...

John Thompson

Congratulations to John Thompson on gaining his AFIAP as well as a gold medal and two silver medals from international salons this summer.

Peter Downs

Congratulations to Peter Downs who has achieved the distinction of Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society at a recent assessment.


Presentation Evening, 30th April 2014


Congratulations To Peter Downs

Congratulations to Peter Downs who has achieved the distinction of Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society at a recent assessment.

Peter's successful panel of images was presented as prints

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Peter Downs

Congratulations to Peter Downs on winning the "Through the Lens" competitions organised by Amble P.S.


Presentation Evening - 1st May 2013

Alnwick and District Camera Club trophy winners Jane Coltman, Paul Penman, Gordon Charlton, Kevin Murray, Jean Findlay, Nick Johnson, Judith Snaith, Gerry Simpson and (front right) club president John Thompson who also presented the awards.


Alan Ainsworth

Click here for details of a new book featuring photography by club member Alan Ainsworth.


Club President

John Thompson was invited to become the new president of the club.

The committee decided to ask John as he has given so much to the club over years, from serving on the committee in varied roles, being the leading light behind the Playhouse event and perhaps most importantly offering support and advice to members on all things photographic - I'm sure most of us have asked John for his help or opinion at one time or another!

The club means a lot to him and he does to us so I'm delighted to say that although struck dumb with surprise (for a few moments!) he agreed to accept the role.


Warkworth Flower Show

Congratulations to Dawn Groves who has won the OPEN section of the Warkworth Flower Show Photography Competition.


Awards Night 2012

At the Alnwick & District Camera Club Awards Evening the guests of honour were Ken and Margaret Moore (front left and right) from the Mechanics' Institute where the club meets. They are to be seen with prize winners (back) Sue Baker, Margaret Whittaker LRPS, John Whittaker, Barry Robertson LRPS, Dawn Groves, Jane Coltman CPAGB, John Thompson ARPS, (front) Gerry Simpson LRPS and Ken Shawcross.

 


Festival Of Alnwick Medal

Jean Findlay has won the Festival of Alnwick medal for the print competition in the Playhouse. Here she is presented with her award by the Duchess of Northumberland.

The subject of the competition was SPORT, so it was appropriate that Olympic swimming medalist Nick Gillingham was also at the presentation.

   


Ken Shawcross

Ken Shawcross has been made an honorary life member of Alnwick Camera Club in recognition of his long service and support of the club.

Ken (left), who joined the group in the 1970's was presented with the award by club chairman David Carter.


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