Alton Camera Club
Established 1957: celebrating 60 years
Alton Camera Club
Club News
Workshop: Tues 30th January, 8pm
We are holding an extra and interactive meeting for newer members to help you be more aware of your camera's abilities and let you be in control. There will be plenty of advice and tips to improve your confidence as a photographer.
In the second half of the evening we will indulge in some experimental photography. Seasoned members will be on hand to provide gentle assistance.
All are welcome, including members' friends. Cost is £5, purely to cover room hire and tea/coffee.
Membership fees
New members joining now can take advantage of the half-season fee of just £21 (students £10.50).
Upcoming Field Trips
27th/28th January (TBC) Candid/Street Photography in London Travel up by car together to Westfield, Shepherd's Bush and go on by tube. Camera with simple single focal length lens preferred.
Also planning a midweek trip to FAST (Farnborough Air Sciences Trust) in February for a small group. More details coming soon.
Pre-cut Print Window Mounts
Pre-cut print mounts at the regulation 500mm by 400mm dimensions, white and black, A4 and A3 are available at club meetings. These are very popular; price is just £2.50 each.
EGM - 27th September 2017
The chairman thanked the outgoing treasurer and the accounts were approved.
The following His & Hers proposals, deferred from the AGM were discussed. The results were as follows:

Due to the imbalance in membership numbers it is proposed that the His 'n' Hers cup is replaced by a similar competition between two teams with selection criteria agreed by the committee by Christmas of the current season to give a fairer balance of numbers, for example those who live in Alton vs those who live in the surrounding areas, or those who shoot primarily with a particular camera brand vs those who do not, etc.

Proposer: Phil Thomas, Seconder: Kelvin Perry

Unanimous against

For the His & Hers; The Ladies must supply between 15(?) and 30 images. The Gents submit the remaining images to make up a total of 60 images. (Or some other count of images based on the number of members of each gender.) The winner to be concluded using the higher average score. This is to equalise the emphasis on quality of work to differentiate between the two teams instead of the number of members.

Proposer: Steve Kirkby, Seconder: Mark Fly


For the His & Hers; each competing member, or member who submits work specifically for this competition, must have at least one piece of work selected. For the Gents only, no member may be represented by more than one piece of work more than any other member. This is to ensure fairness in the representation of members work.

Proposer: Steve Kirkby, Seconder: Mark Fly

In favour

Alton Camera Club has signed up to the easyfundraising site. This means that if you go via our page on their site when you are shopping online the club will be able to receive a donation, at no cost to you. As we're approaching Christmas you may well be thinking about buying presents online, but the site also works the rest of the year, from your weekly grocery shop, to holidays, insurance, and utilities, and each time the club could benefit with the money being used for guest speakers, equipment replacement, etc.
There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's - it doesn't cost you a penny extra!
  1. Head to easyfundraising and join for free.
  2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
  3. After you've checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and the club will be really grateful for your donations. If you have any questions please drop me a line, or ask me on a Wednesday evening.
Phil Thomas
We've moved
After 5 years in various rooms at Alton College the time has come for us to relocate to a new venue. For the 2017/18 season we are meeting on Wednesdays at:
Holybourne Village Hall , Church Lane, Holybourne GU34 4HD
The venue is a little more cosy than we're used to but offers most of the same facilities and will allow us to operate the evenings more flexibly.
Steve Gregory completes the Journey
Steve Gregory
The epic Grumps Life Journey cycle ride covered 623 miles over the last three weeks and ended exploring my home town of Leighton Buzzard and finished aptly at Leighton Lock on the Grand Union Canal. Sponsorship has reached nearly £2000 (excluding gift-aid) which is 4 times my original target - and thank you for those in the Camera Club who have helped achieve this so far.
If you would like to contribute: MyDonate: Steve Gregory60
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What's on elsewhere?
SCPF Exhibition 2018
at Salisbury Library, SP1 1BL;
6th-27th January (not Sundays) Admission free (catalogue £1)
Landscape Photographer of the Year
at Waterloo station, London;
until 4th February
Admission free
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
at Natural History Museum, London;
until 28th May
Adult: £12.50