Final scores in the “When I’m 64” competition.  (We came second.)

 Complete When I’m 64 MASTER Score Sheet

Gosport 500.0  Haddington 494.0  Bridgenorth 492.5  Carshalton 475.5  York 473.5

Not a lot in it. Congratulations to all the entrants.


05 April 2016. The club’s AGM and last meeting of the winter season.Various pieces of (probably) silverware were handed out to the deserving winners  and immediately taken back to be repawned. Retiring treasurer and president Mike Shakespeare (whose herculean labours over the last three years are truly appreciated) stated that the club is in solid  shape both in members and moneys. Requests to buy a club drone were , nonetheless,  again rejected – even one without missile carrying capability- so it’s feet back on the ground this summer and get photographing for next season, when Sue Kempson and Bob King will be cracking the new whip.

15 March 2016. This week we had the “When I’m 64” competition, judged by Ian Fullerton. Haddington entries scored well on the night . In the Tully Jackson AV competition, also judged by Ian Fullerton, , the winner was Colin Legg, with his impressions of a coastal walk from Brora to Golspie.


6 March 2016.   The inaugural evening of the Fiona Govan Memorial competition for nature photography confirmed that there is strong interest in that area of photography among  many club members- which should be no surprise, living in an area as scenic and rural as East Lothian. As this was the first time for this event, the rules about number and type of images were deliberately slackened, which revealed that the standard of nature photography in the club is pretty high. The winner was Alison Cameron’s owl and  other  (short eared) owls featured prominently- a taste of things to come in local competitions this year very likely. No cuckoos.


The very best lectures are funny, informative and thought provoking at the same time. It’s a hard act to manage. We had a masterclass in how to do it  from Colin Legg on 1st March, comparing and contrasting the techniques of painting and photography and giving us all some great ideas on how to improve the way we “make” pictures by drawing inspiration from great art. Links to some of Colin’s source material can be found on the “Photo Tips” tab at the top of the page.http://haddingtoncameraclub.org.uk/photo-tips/painting-and-photography/

Some of Colin’s pictures can be seen in his gallery. (WARNING! Creepy-crawlies!) http://haddingtoncameraclub.org.uk/colin-legg/

Given the increasing cost of external guest speakers, it would be great if more members could give talks sharing their thoughts and experiences in photography. Our new president elect has a large and empty syllabus to fill in for 2016-17. Do you have something to tell us? Give it some thought. We are not all experienced lecturers, but that’s not a problem among friends. If presentation technique is a problem, others can assist with that. It’s fine to do short talks too- we could have two  or more speakers on the same night. There’s a huge amount of experience in the club- in both digital and pre-digital photography. Let’s share it.


March 8th will be the first Fiona Govan Nature Photography competition. (See events calendar).http://haddingtoncameraclub.org.uk/event/8-mar-to-be-arranged-h-for-annual-comp/ It is also hand in night for the annual club competition. There is potential here for images to end up in the wrong place.

It’s possible you may enter the same images for both competitions- if so, make sure the competition secretaries, or anyone who looks vaguely competent, knows what’s going where.

As this is our first go at the Nature competition, here’s a quick summary of the rules and procedures:- Any image, DPI or print, with a nature theme is acceptable: Wildlife of course, but also landscape, seascapes, storms, plants, fungi, spiders  etc. Any number of images (within reason) and of any date. Next year we will probably restrict entries to images from 2016-17. Please send DPI to the competition secretary, whose email address is in the “Members only” page, or bring them on a USB or SD card on the night. Judging will be by popular vote. There will be no judge except the club members. Some minor chaos may be expected, but we’ll work it out on the night.

If you have entries for both competitions, please personally ensure they are placed accordingly- ie don’t just give someone a memory stick and expect them to sort it out, especially me.


Haddington Camera Club in East Lothian aims to provide a friendly and supportive forum for everybody interested in photography, whether they are beginners, experienced photographers, or somewhere in between.  By joining the club, you have access to a wide-ranging programme of events between September and April every year with summer outings after the season finishes.

Advice is readily available on most aspects of photography, including camera handling, composition and digital photography.  For those interested in film our darkroom has enlargers and associated equipment.  We also have printers and computers for producing digital images.

Among our weekly programme you will find practical activities, talks, visits, and opportunities to view the best work from photographers throughout the UK.  If you are competitive by nature, you can enter not only our regular club competitions, but also inter-club, regional, national and international competitions.  The club also holds several exhibitions, the main one being in May, as part of the Haddington Festival.  See this year’s Calendar on the right for details and the latest information.

We meet on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm, on the top floor of the Poldrate Arts and Craft Centre, Haddington, EH41 4DA.

The annual subscriptions are –  Adult : £30, Junior and concession (over 60): £20

If you are thinking of joining or simply want to find out more just come along to one of our meetings or get in touch using the “Contact Us” link.