The Orange Camera Club was formed in 1957 as a predominantly slide (transparency) club. This was some years after a previous B&W print club had closed.
As in any organization that exists for a long time there are periods of great achievement as well as periods of struggle. After being recognized in the 1960's as one of the strongest clubs, the Orange Camera Club went into decline both in numbers and standard of photography. Through the 1980's the club gradually recovered to its previous standards and gained a stronger membership.
Originally the club was recognized for its Pictorial and Experimental photography, with Nature somewhat secondary, even though Ron Warnock was active in the Nature field. In the late 1990's the club had a reputation for Natural History and Pictorial photography, with the Experimental in the hands of one photographer. Whilst slides remained strong, small commercial prints were popular, as were Monochrome and Color prints.
The club is active in the promotion of photography, each year they conduct the Photography section of the Orange Show.
Towards the end of 1996, the Club took part in the 150 year Celebration of Orange by mounting an exhibition of Monochrome and Color prints entitled "Orange, Our City" in the Orange Regional Gallery.
Close links are maintained with the Western Districts Association of Camera Clubs and the Robert Parkes Interclub Competition which is between the Orange Camera Club, Bathurst Camera Club and the Blayney Camera Club.
In 1997 the Orange Camera Club celebrated their 40th Anniversary by holding a weekend seminar. The lecturers were Mr Ian Bock and Mr Peter Hunter both from Melbourne VIC, the third lecturer was Ms Jennifer Horsnell from Wagga Wagga NSW, who is a very successful International exhibitor in the Nature and Open categories.
The Orange Camera Club provides a friendly place for both young & old, beginners & veterans, to learn, share & extend their skills in photography.
We also provide expert guest speakers, fun excursions, critique & teaching nights as well as regular photographic competitions for members to display their photographic skills.
Come along to our next meeting & get to know us - it may be the beginning of new friendships as well as interesting new insights into the wonderful world of modern photography.
We meet the first and third Tuesday of each month, at the Senior Citizen's Centre, just off the Woolworths Carpark.
The first Tuesday meeting is our competition night where we have a guest speaker who judges the images for the large and small print section, and the digital section. Our guest speakers are usually Professional Photographers or work in the field of photography.
The third Tuesday meeting consists of critique nights, tutorials or workshops. These nights are a hands on experience where you can learn more about your camera and ask questions.
If you are interested in learning more, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to our next meeting.