A1 Camera Club
In the current crisis the club is not gather to hold its usual meetings, but is meeting online each week. Members are making presentations and resources such as PowerPoints and PDF documents are made available to members to follow up the these.
Please use the contact form to enquire about joining in with these sessions.
Normally meetings are held every Tuesday evening at St Georges Community Centre (BS22 7XF), September to May. The A1 Camera Club is a friendly group of photographers who enjoy photography and are both keen to learn and willing to share expertise. Whatever kind of photography you enjoy or want to explore there will be someone in the club willing to work with you. With regular meetings throughout the year, in the Summer months we leave the hall and go outside to enjoy a rich variety of photographic opportunities across our region.
Our members are very active with local organisations providing photography for events - including with Weston Hospicecare.
Our club is affiliated to the Western Counties Photographic Federation.
Our constitution can be viewed here.
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A1 Camera Club was formed at the beginning of the 1980’s by a group of photographers who had just completed a photographic course at Weston College. They named the club after one of the most popular cameras of that time the Canon A1.
They began meeting twice a month in pubs but when the possibility of meeting at Westland’s Sports and Social Club became available, the club grew in size and weekly meetings were started.
The club became members of the Western Counties Photographic Federation giving access to a wealth of speakers and judges for competitions. Exhibitions were staged at the Passey and Porter car showrooms and support from local professional photographers gave great variety to the club’s year.
During the 90s, members of the RAF Locking Camera Club joined and meetings were moved to their facilities where studio and darkrooms were available. When the RAF left the Club moved to Worle Community Centre, then in 2004, when St Georges Community Centre was built, the members of the club decided to relocate to these facilities.
New members have always been attracted by the help provided by the club to improve their photographic knowledge and confidence. In 2011 a successful exhibition was presented at Weston-super-Mare Town Museum and this was repeated in 2012 and 2013. This led to the club being asked to become involved in recording the inventory and refurbishment of the museum and in providing images for several of the displays in the new museum. Subsequently the club has held a further exhibition at the museum in 2018 after completion of the refurbishment project.
Club members have supported several charities and projects over the years including North Somerset Council Millennium Holiday Guide for Weston-super-Mare, The RNLI, The RNIB, St Georges Community Centre Charity, Charity book covers and many members are now registered as volunteers with Weston-super-Mare Town Council and Museum.
The increased popularity of digital photography has seen an influx of new members. Combine this with the established organisation of the club and the members’ knowledge of traditional photography, A1 Camera Club provides a unique combination to improve your photography in a social atmosphere.