Maidstone Camera Club has served photographers in and around Maidstone Kent since 1902. It currently has a membership in excess of 100 with a wide range of interests and abilities including monochrome and colour printing, audio-visual and projected images.
The club is affiliated to the Kent County Photographic Association (KCPA), and, through them, the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).
Weekly meetings from September to June offer members informative lectures, practical demonstrations and competitions. Full details can be found on the programme page.
The club has long been known for it’s innovative and forward looking approach to all aspects of photography. The advent of digital imaging at the beginning of this century brought about one of the biggest changes in the way that we and most other clubs adapted to the new medium. Roy Moore, a long time member wrote the code for the ImageCompPro software that would enable us to run competitions with digitally projected images instead of the slide competitions that we were all so used to. Following our lead other programmes have been developed over time and are now widely used. Unfortunately it proved impractical to run both digital and slide competitions, so slide workers started scanning their slides to obtain digital images.
Members who use film cameras and darkrooms or photo laboratories to produce prints can of course compete in print competitions with silver based prints without any problem.
We are also very competitive and have achieved many notable successes both as individuals and as a club in local and national exhibitions and inter-club competitions (known as ‘battles’). There is no obligation to enter competitions but they are a good way to have your efforts seen by other members and appraised by experienced judges.
We normally hold our meetings at:
Civil Service Social Club (CSSC)
Recreation Close (off Wheeler Street)
At present we have the hall available to us for 3 Tuesdays out of 4 each month as the hall has a previous booking for one Tuesday each month to honour. Details of when we will be meeting in the hall and when meetings will be from home only will be given to members in advance.
The evening starts at 7.30pm and finishes around 10pm.
Besides the regular programme of events the club holds informal special interest group meetings including:- Digital Imaging, Nature and Portraiture.