Information about our club

Members, prospective members and visitors meet at  Castleton Methodist Church at 7:30pm every second Thursday of  the month . 

Castleton & Hope Valley Photographic Society (C&HVPS) is a small club: 35-40 members. If you are interested in photography, no matter what your level of competence you’ll find like minded people. Over the years we have justifiably acquired the reputation of being a friendly and supportive club, with the emphasis on making photography fun. Those who would like to  improve their skills have the opportunity to learn from experienced enthusiasts or those who have been recognised for their technical and artistic skills (two of our members have received coveted silver medals from the Royal Society of Photography.) We sometimes hold workshops giving technical tips such as advice on using photography related software e.g. Photoshop and Lightroom.

Our monthly meetings regularly feature photographers with a regional or national reputation (e.g. the renowned and highly respected but now retired photo journalist Denis Thorpe, has made three presentations to our club.). In addition we regularly hold outdoor meetings, taking photographs and then socialise over a drink &/or a meal afterwards. From time to time we hold purely social (including others from member’s families) family meetings, with hardly a camera in sight.

Rather than having regular printed image or DPI competitions, we limit ourselves to an annual competition – called our  Annual Members’ Exhibition. This Exhibition covers: general topics; themed topics; monochrome images (with or without a theme). These Exhibition images are then exhibited locally (called our Annual General Exhibition), often at local churches during their Wakes Weeks.

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One thought on “Information about our club

  • May 15, 2023 at 9:50 am

    Do you do any competitions for the local schools to get the next generation of keen photographers interested? If so could you give me some information to share with our pupils? Thanks either way


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