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Camberwell Camera Club

Overview 2013 - 2023

Camberwell Camera Club Inc. was established as a community organisation in 1953. Local residents including John Kinnear, a solicitor and former Mayor of the City of Camberwell, Wilf Broadhead, manager and part-owner of York Camera Centre and Howard Joyce, who had an interest in community activities, conducted an informal meeting, after which an advertisement was placed in the local newspaper inviting residents to a meeting on 23 November 1953. Ten people attended the meeting, and the Club was founded. Under the guidance of John Kinnear, Wilf Broadhead (also President of Melbourne Camera Club and foundation president of VAPS), and Don lnchley, the new club quickly evolved, with a constitution and officers elected. John Kinnear was elected President, Wilf Broadhead, Vice-President, Frank Nestor Secretary and Don Inchley Treasurer. After three months, the membership had risen to 27 and by the Annual Meeting in November 1954 there were 39 members.
In 1954, the Club became a member of VAPS and was well represented at the first VAPS Convention in Healesville in that year.

Meetings

The Club holds a meeting each Monday night which are attended by members in the club room and/or via zoom. Each Monday has a generic theme e.g. workshop, guest speakers, special interest group or competition (with a guest judged). Details of each Monday activity is provided to members on a yearly planner and is also available on the club’s Members Hub.
The Club has a series of active interest groups - Portrait, Nature, Audio-Visual, and Discussion group. It also runs regular informal Projected Image Night, in which members present a body of their personal work. Mentoring is also offered to members wishing specific assistance with their photography.
Twice each month, members are invited to attend mid-week outings to interesting exhibitions and locations. In addition the club also organises regular weekend’s away which has always been extremely popular with members.
The Club used a room at the Camberwell Branch of the RSL for its meetings from 1985 -2014. In 2015, the Club moved to St John's Anglican Church at 552 Burke Rd, Camberwell for its meetings, which remains our current meeting venue.

Membership

From a first- y e a r membership of 39, the Club's membership gradually increased to a total of 106 in 1958. Over the following few years it gradually decreased, falling alarmingly to 33 in 2003. The increased popularity of digital photography saw this number quickly rise again to 72 in 2007 and around 110 in 2018 and by 2023 it had increase to 155.
Competitions
As noted above, the Club holds monthly competitions for its members. Our final meeting each year sees members vying for a series of Memorial and Perpetual Trophies.
The Club hosts an interclub competition each year, in which invited clubs participate. It also participates as an invited guest in interclub competitions hosted by other clubs and has an annual competition with an English photographic club (Leighton Buzzard), as well as actively competing in the VAPS interclub competition.

Office Bearers

The Club has a strong and active Committee that meets six times each year. Office bearers during the period 2009-2018 are shown below:

Year

President

Vice-President

Secretary

Treasurer

2009

Don Weston

Peter Brady
Bert Hoveling

Edith Conway

Lorraine
Holden

2010

Don Weston

Peter Brady
Bert Hoveling

Edith Conway

Lorraine
Holden

2011

Rebecca
Nicolandos

Peter Brady
Deborah
Mullins

Edith Conway

Lorraine
Holden

2012

Rebecca
Nicolandos

Peter Brady
Ken Spence

Edi'th Conway

Lorraine
Holden

2013

Rebecca
Nicolandos

Ken Spence

Wolf Marx

Don Weston

2014

Ken Spence

Wolf Marx

Wolf Marx

Don Weston

2015

Ken Spence

Wolf Marx

Wolf Marx

Don Weston

2016

Ken Spence

Wolf Marx

Wolf Marx

Don Weston

2017

Jim Love

Wolf Marx

Fiona  Anderson

Don Weston

2018

Jim Love

Wolf Marx

Fiona Anderson

Don Weston

 

Other Notable Activities and Milestones

70th anniversary: In 2023, the Club celebrated its 70th anniversary.  To mark the occasion, the Club organised an exhibition of member images in the Hathorn Town Hall.  The exhibition was called “Light Years” and featured 31 members who captured a series of images taken over 12 months depicting a specific theme.

Newsletter: In 1970 the Club started publishing a monthly newsletter “Shutterbugs” which was produced both in hard copy and available digitally on the Club’s website.  In 2020, Shutterbugs was replaced with a weekly newsletter to members detailing upcoming events, a precis of Monday night’s meeting and other contributions made from members.

Annual Feature Speaker: In 2015, the Club initiated an annual feature speaker presentation night.  The initial speaker was renowned landscape  photographer Peter Eastway.   In 2016, award winning architectural photographer John Gollings was our annual speaker, while in

2017, Master photographer Tony Hewitt presented.

Shutterbugs: Since 1970, the Club has published a monthly newsletter which is now produced both as a published version and available digitally on the  Club's website.  The current editor is Phil Hankin, who took over from Matt Moore at the end of 2014.