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When was the club founded?

In 2004, it was a merger of two clubs – Hud­der­s­field Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety and Hud­der­s­field Cam­era Cir­cle.

What does your club of­fer new mem­bers?

We wel­come new mem­bers of all skill lev­els. Our syl­labus in­cludes op­por­tu­ni­ties for club mem­bers to show their work, as well as work­shops on learn­ing tech­niques. We of­fer men­tor­ing on a one-to- one ba­sis on spe­cific top­ics if re­quired. Back-to-ba­sics ses­sions are run as needed.

De­scribe a typ­i­cal club meet­ing

We as­sem­ble from 7.30pm and set out the room for a prompt start. Some mem­bers go to the li­censed bar down­stairs to get a drink. Mem­bers tick an at­ten­dance sheet on the way in so we can keep tabs on who’s at­tend­ing. Com­mit­tee mem­bers look out for any­one ap­pear­ing for the first time to en­sure that they are in­tro­duced to the pres­i­dent and made to feel wel­come. The meet­ing starts promptly at 8pm usu­ally with a brief set of rel­e­vant no­tices. Any new vis­i­tors are wel­comed. The sub­ject mat­ter for the evening is in­tro­duced, and if a guest speaker or judge is in at­ten­dance then they will be in­tro­duced. At around half­way through the meet­ing there is a cof­fee/tea break and an op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise. The meet­ings con­clude around 10pm with thanks for all who have con­trib­uted to the evening.

Do you in­vite guest speak­ers?

Yes – this is a reg­u­lar event. We in­vite good pho­tog­ra­phers in their field to show their work and ex­plain their tech­niques. We have had Paul Ber­riff, Tony Woro­biec, and KT Allen.

What are the most pop­u­lar pho­to­graphic gen­res among your mem­bers?

Our mem­bers pho­to­graph a wide range of sub­jects. We have a strength in im­ages in­volv­ing peo­ple.

Do mem­bers com­pete in re­gional or na­tional com­pe­ti­tions?

Yes. We en­cour­age (and sub­sidise) en­try to the re­gional an­nual com­pe­ti­tion run by the York­shire Pho­to­graphic Union, take part in the West York­shire dig­i­tal im­age in­ter­club group, and en­cour­age mem­bers to en­ter sa­lons in the re­gion and na­tion­ally such as the Bri­tish Pho­to­graphic Ex­hi­bi­tion and FIAP or PSA sa­lons.

How many mem­bers do you have?

Around 50- 60.

Are any res­i­den­tial out­ings planned?

We or­gan­ise evening and day out­ings, as well as stu­dio ses­sions.

Do you have any funny sto­ries about the club?

The con­stituent clubs that merged in 2004 were a re­sult of a split which oc­curred in 1938. At the time the club was called the Hud­der­s­field Nat­u­ral­ist Pho­to­graphic and An­ti­quar­ian So­ci­ety that had the nick­name ‘Ants and Nats’.

What are the club’s goals for the fu­ture?

In gen­eral, we would like to re­main rel­e­vant and keep a lively mem­ber­ship by con­stantly teach­ing and learn­ing new pho­to­graphic tech­niques. Specif­i­cally, we would like to see an in­crease in the num­ber of mem­bers achiev­ing pho­to­graphic merit awards.

Har­vest Mouse by Su­san Gib­son

Kuang Si Falls, Laos, by Carla Lloyd

Stal­lion at Lib­erty (Atkin­son Ac­tion Horses) by James Gib­son

Sun­rise over Win­der­mere by Duke Gled­hill

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