ABOUT the WHAKATANE CAMERA CLUB
The Whakatāne Camera Club welcomes enquiries from photographers of all levels.
We have an active Club with members who range in ability from beginners to experienced enthusiasts and professionals with a wealth of photographic knowledge. The aim of the club is to promote photography and to improve the photographic skills of its members in a friendly and supportive environment. We hold monthly competitions which are critiqued by qualified judges from our parent body the Photographic Society of New Zealand.
We enjoy social outings and hold a biannual show in the Whakatane Exhibition Centre. The Whakatāne Camera Club meet on the first Monday of every month at the Fletcher Cole Hall at 15 McGarvey Rd, Whakatāne.
THE HISTORY OF THE WHAKATANE CAMERA CLUB
Officially registered as an Incorporated Society in 1956, it is believed that The Whakatāne and District Camera Club started after the end of the Second World War, probably using cameras brought back by ex-servicemen. In 1953, club member Doctor Cole offered land and building materials for the erection of a clubroom. This came to fruition over the next few years with the Car Club and Cine Club coming on board. In 1959 a trust was established for the administration of the property and hall with four trustees representing; The Whakatāne and District Camera Club, the Philatelic Society, the Car Club and the Cine Club.
Today the Fletcher Cole Hall on McGarvey Road remains the clubrooms for the Camera Club and Philatelic Society. The clubrooms have seen great changes in technology over the years, from a darkroom with enlargers and developing tanks to digital images processed on computers, and printed offsite. However photography remains a challenging medium with opportunities for creativity.
NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. JOIN US ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH* OR EMAIL US FOR MORE INFORMATION AT
*Our meeting will be deferred to the following Monday if it falls on a public holiday.