About The Club

Bookham Camera Club is for everyone interested in photography - whether it be enjoying taking photographs, learning about photographers or techniques, improving ones skill, or entering competitions.

We welcome everyone whatever their level of skill or amount of equipment.

Every year in our programme you will find:
  • External speakers on a wide range of topics and techniques
  • A themed programme of educational sessions by skilled coaches
  • Internal competitions - a chance to have your images critiqued by trained judges
  • A chance to enter regional and national competitions
  • Exhibitions
  • Photographic trips - for a day or a weekend
  • Social events
We meet in Bookham in the Bookham United Reformed Church hall on Thursdays at 7:45pm. Annual membership fee for 2012/13 is:
  • Full - £45
  • Under 25 - £30
  • Student - £15
Find out how to find us, write to us, or contact us on the contact page.
See our rules and constitution etc. on the documents page.

We are affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Surrey Photographic Association.

History
Bookham Camera Club was founded on 5th April 1946 by Mrs. E.M.Stephens, who was an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Eleven people were present and they became the club's first members, paying a subscription of 10/6d (52½p) per half year.

It is interesting to note that the inaugural meeting was held at Bookham Congregational Church Hall, which subsequently became the United Reformed Church Hall where the club now meets every Thursday evening, from September through to the following May. In between, meetings have taken place in a variety of venues, such as 'The Croft', Church Road, the Co-op Hall, which was near to what is now the Jet Garage on the Guildford Road, the County Junior School, which is now the Library, the Barn Hall and the Baptist Hall.

Our first exhibition was held in October 1946 and the first judge set the tone for the high standard that we strive to maintain to this day, as he was none other than Percy Harris, FRPS who was at one time a respected Editor of the journal 'Amateur Photographer'.

Today
Our club now boasts an enthusiastic membership of over 50 members, but at one stage that enthusiasm was not so evident, with at times only 6-8 members attending and in fact one meeting had to be abandoned when only 4 members turned up! By the early sixties however, attendance had risen to 15-16 people and now, thanks to the hard work of our Committee and an attractive programme, we can now reckon on at least 30-35 members being present each week. Indeed these days more than 6-8 members decamp to a nearby pub after each meeting to chat about things photographic and otherwise (and to cry into our beer about how poorly our competition images scored!).

Sadly our founder members are no longer with us, although the names of three of them live on through the cups they generously donated to the Club, namely The Gordon Stephens Cup, The Percy Ball Trophy and the George Goodwin Trophy. We are sure they would be delighted if they knew of the fierce competition that is generated amongst our members when trying to win these each year.

Please enjoy our website and visit us again. If you have any questions please contact our Membership Secretary, fill out a contact sheet on the contact page, or email the club for further information. Or better still come along to one of our meetings and meet us all. We would be happy to see you.