Towcester Camera Club Programme

Towcester Camera Club meets on alternate Wednesday evenings at the St Michael’s Church Rooms in Silverstone from 19:30 ~ 10:00pm. We warmly welcome anybody who enjoys photography as a hobby.
Our members have a very wide range of photographic interests and ability and most find that they thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to share ideas and to learn techniques from each other and from visiting speakers, either before the formal session starts, during the midway break, or at the end of the session.
The Club updates its programme twice a year and aims to cater to a spread of interests, mixing external speakers with informal, participative member sssions.
We are always keen to hear from people keen to show their work or demonstrate new techniques.

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Programme of Events ~ 2019 - 2020


Wednesday 4th September

Print selection for the Terry Chapman competition. Each member to enter up to a maximum of 4 digital images, these will be critiqued by Chris Baldwin who will then select the 9 images to be printed and entered into the Terry Chapman competition at Rushden Camera Club on Saturday 16th November.


Wednesday 18th September

Members Evening - 5 images all beginning with the same letter


Wednesday 2nd October

A talk by Graham Heywood entitled  “Fresh Imaginations”  “Fresh Imaginations” is the latest club talk using images from the last few years. It is so fresh, it was completed in 2018. There is the usual eclectic mix of Sports, Creative and Travel photographs. Graham’s ideas and techniques should inspire amateur photographers to get out and use their cameras. Included in the presentation is a look at  self-publishing photographic books.


Wednesday 16th October

A talk by Nigel Spencer entitled “British Wildlife In Macro” Not all wildlife revolves around animals and bids, there are simply millions of smaller subjects to be found.  Many of these make great species to photograph, indeed to photograph many of them you don't need a long lens, or specialist macro equipment. 


Wednesday 23rd October - SPECIAL TICKETED EVENT

TCC presents Peter Cairns @ Towcester Rugby Club, Greens Norton Rd, Towcester. What Peter says about himself:-

The professional stuff... I've been a freelance nature and conservation photographer since 1998 and am a founding director of The Wild Media Foundation, the Social Enterprise behind projects such as Tooth & Claw, Highland Tiger and 2020VISION. I was a co-founder and Business Director of the pan-European photography initiative Wild Wonders of Europe and in 2015 I founded SCOTLAND: The Big Picture. As part of a dedicated team, we produce compelling visual media that amplifies the case for a wilder Scotland. In parallel with my work in conservation media, I have run a photographic tour company for 20 years and have long been an advocate for sustainable nature-based tourism as a mechanism for giving wild nature an economic value. I’m a serving Board Member of Scottish rewilding charity Trees for Life, and a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

The personal stuff... I’ve never considered myself a proper photographer, not really. Now don’t get me wrong, I love working in wild places and I love close encounters with wild animals, but photography itself - all the geeky stuff – it leaves me a bit cold. What I’m really passionate about is what photography can do. And what it can do is make you think and make you feel. It's that potential for informing and inspiring people about the role of wild nature in our lives, through visual storytelling, that gets me out of bed in the morning. I live in the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands and am ably assisted by my lovely wife Amanda, kept in check by our son Sam and find perspective in our bumbling Labrador, Finn. Over the years I’ve travelled quite a bit but these days I work much closer to home - taking pictures, writing text, making films, delivering talks and running photographic retreats. A friend once told me: Work hard. Have fun. Do good. I try to do all three.


Wednesday 30th October

The annual Versatility Challenge, subjects this year are Reflections, Symmetrical, As Different as Chalk & Cheese, Shadows, A Great Picture with Everything out of Focus, Something Black Against a Black Background


Wednesday 13th November

Joint meeting with Northampton Natural History Society @ Silverstone.  This will be an evening of members from both clubs showing up to 5 images of their recent work in ether print or digital format.


Saturday 16th November

Terry Chapman Competition @ Irchester Village Hall. Doors open for viewing at 6 o’clock judging to start at 7 o’clock.


Wednesday 27th November

A talk by  Roland Puleston Jones from Daventry Camera Club about Under Water Photography.


Wednesday 11th December

An evening of reflection of the passed year and have some Christmas nibbles and drink.


2020 Programme

8th January 2020

Members Evening

Anne & Maggie talking about their Holidays

22nd January 2020

Members Evening

Table Top / Macro Photography

5th February 2020

Essential Composition

Chris Upton

19th February 2020

An evening of Fire with Ben Bucklow

Meet at the mount in Towcester for an evening of fire.

4th March 2020

A Year On The Coast

Justin Minns

18th March 2020

Composition for the Viewer

John Lewis

1st April 2020

How I go about my work'

Julia Cleaver

15th April 2020

Print Selection for Olney Competition

10 Prints and 10 Digital images (Still waiting for Olney to confirm)

29th April 2020

Studio Evening

Using the clubs studio lights with a model.

13th May 2020

Olney Competition @ Towcester

Judge Chris Baldwin

27th May 2020


Come and have your say

10th June 2020



24th June 2020

An evening exploring a local wood/site/location


8th July 2020

Members showing images from the previous meeting





2nd September 2020

Terry Chapman Print Selection


16th September 2020

Members Evening


30th September 2020



14th October 2020

Versatility Challenge

Shoot something using each letter in your Christian name up to a maximum of 6

28th October 2020

Talk T.B.C.

Bob Brind-Surch

4th November 2020

An Evening with Charlie Waite

@ Towcester Rugby Club

11th November 2020

Members Evening

Informal Critique (Show images before and after processing).

25th November 2020


Danny Green

9th December 2020

Christmas Nibbles & Photo Debate

Review of the Year