Tonbridge Camera Club has a membership of about 80 people of all ages with a wide range of photographic skills. We offer an informal, friendly, welcoming and supportive environment for photographers at all levels of experience.
Our Main Thursday evening programme includes:
Talks and Presentations from guest speakers who will talk about their pictures and photographic interests
Competitions for both Prints and projected digital images (i.e., ordinary images but projected onto our huge screen)
Members' Evenings where members can talk about some of their images and/or videos and give the story behind them
Practical sessions on photographic techniques and camera use. The pictures below were taken by member Colin Hurley at our recent "Macro Photography" night.
There is an Annual Exhibition which is held at the Tunbridge Wells Art Society Gallery in the Pantiles. This is an opportunity for you to show your pictures to the general public. This year, we opened from 10-4 on Sunday 23rd, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October. There were markets open on the Pantiles on all these days which guaranteed plenty of appreciative visitors. We will repeat the event next year.
Our Subgroups take place via Zoom on most Tuesdays between 8.00 – 10.00 p.m. and include:
An Image Discussion Group which takes place on the third Tuesday of each month. You can have your images critiqued and join in the discussion.
Audio-visual (AV) presentations. AVs are combinations of pictures/videos with music/commentary/sound effects. You can also learn about the software. These take place on the first Tuesday of the month.
Mini-outings: these are informal visits to places of photographic interest. In the past, we've visited (for example) Battersea Power Station, the London Underground (much more fun than it sounds), Strawberry Hill House, the Hawk Conservancy near Andover, Biggin Hill Air Show, Aylesford Priory and Rochester Dickens Festival. These outings provide an ideal opportunity to socialise and learn new techniques. There will always be experienced members on hands to help you.
You can attend two Thursday meetings and two Tuesday subgroup meetings completely free of charge before committing to joining the Club.
This photograph was taken in June 2019 on our outing to Arundel.
How to find us:
Meetings take place at Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge, TN9 2JP. When you arrive at the school, head for the main entrance and follows the signs to the Main Hall where the club normally meets. You will be met by Cathie Agates (pictured below). There will always be a friendly welcome waiting for you.
Weald of Kent Grammar School,
What do I get as a member?
Membership entitles you to attend all our meetings and social events during the year and to enter our club competitions. We hold an annual exhibition in Tonbridge which is open to the public and every member is guaranteed to have at least one image displayed there. Our fees cover, amongst other things, the cost of hiring our meeting rooms and expenses for our visiting speakers and judges.
How do I join?
Use the "Contact Us" form below the footer or alternatively leave a message on our Facebook page (link above)
Are there are restrictions?
No – but if you are under 16 years of age you must be accompanied by an adult to our meetings.
Can I just try out a meeting?
Yes of course. If you are interested in joining the club, you may attend two main meetings and two subgroups before signing up for the whole year.
£65 for one person for a full year with discounts for two people at the same address, job-seekers and under 18s.
Who's Who on the Committee?
Joint Print Secretary