Welcome to the Brighton and Hove Camera Club, based in East Sussex in the UK.
The BHCC is a thriving photographic society with over 100 members of all ages and from all walks of life, interested in all aspects of photography – from film to digital, from traditional landscapes to contemporary images. Members’ photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Our aim is to help photographers improve their image-making, both in terms of art and technique.
New members and visitors are very welcome. You can come and be our guests for a week or two, free of charge, to see if you’d like to join. (N.b. If you come on an evening when there is a charge on the door, you will have to pay though – See the Club Programme for details).
We are a large but friendly club that welcomes all photographers, whatever their interests and level of experience. Our aim is to encourage every member to develop his or her full photographic potential though our activities, in terms of both art and technique. Despite our name, we rarely talk about cameras – it’s the photograph that count! Members’ interests cover all photographic genres, from landscape and nature to photojournalism and contemporary photography. The Club also has an active social life.
The BHCC meets on Tuesday evenings (7.30–9.45 pm) between September and May, as well as additional sessions on some Thursdays: this is our ‘winter season’. Our programme includes talks, workshops and competitions – all aimed at improving your photography. If you are already more experienced, perhaps wishing to gain a Royal Photographic Society qualification, we have Club members willing to offer support and advice, and we also hold specific workshops for members wishing to pursue this. We hold occasional events and outings during the winter programme and have a full “summer programme” where various trips and activities keep members in touch during the four month break.
New members, regardless of their photographic skills, are encouraged to join the Entry Group. The Entry Group aims to develop your photographic skills and familiarise you with the Club, and lets you meet and get to know other members – many of whom will be new to the Club like yourself. The Entry Group has members with widely different levels of photographic ability, from beginners through to some people who are happy just to attend this group. For many new members, the Entry Group will be their first opportunity of being able to comment on others’ work and having their own work discussed – but you don’t have to show your photographs until you feel ready to do so. These sessions are friendly and supportive. All members are welcome at our Tuesday meetings, but some of the Thursday sessions are specifically for Entry Group members, although we also hold workshops on a Thursday, which all members can attend
We suggest that new members attend Entry Group meetings for at least their first year, but ultimately this is up to you.
We encourage members to enter images on competition evenings, to have their work assessed by expert commentators from both outside and within the club. Each photograph is critiqued on its own merits and is not compared with other entries: to develop our skills, we need friendly, constructive feedback about the images we create – which the Club aims to provide. Members are also encouraged to submit entries to external competitions and exhibitions – as well as to Club exhibitions, held in public venues.
Owing to our high profile we are able to attract visiting speakers from around the country to give illustrated talks on all aspects of photography. Speakers have included Magnum photographers Martin Parr and Mark Power, war photographer Tom Stoddart, and award winning Sports photographers, Marc Aspland and Eamonn McCabe.
By joining and attending our meetings you will soon learn the aspects that make a great photograph!
If you are ready to join the club or renew your membership then visit this page and continue from there.
We look forward to seeing you!