Club Information

Welcome to the friendliest and most progressive camera club in Bedfordshire

Ampthill Park-4402

Summer event, landscape workshop led by professional Darren Harbar

The Bedford Camera Club was founded in 1906 and today has more than 50 members.  The club has a wide variety of photographic expertise and interests, and enjoys an interesting and varied winter programme of lectures, competitions and members’ interactive evenings.  In the summer we have a less structured programme of visits to local scenic areas and occasional day trips further afield.

It is our aim to promote the photographic interests of our members, whatever their skill, expertise, previous photographic experience or type of camera.  Our target is to provide an environment in which all our members can develop their photographic skills, whether by exhibiting their images or by sharing their knowledge and experience among an enthusiastic group of photographers.

Come along as a visitor to a few of our meetings (see programme details and club contacts), then join up if you like what you see!   You can be assured of a warm welcome whether you are just starting out, or are an experienced photographer.

Ian from Forest Owl

Talk from Forest Owl

Our winter meetings are held Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 10 pm, and this coming season (our first meeting is October 4th 2016) we are relocating to a brand new venue!  The large meeting hall of Scott Lower School, Bedford provides seating for up to 100 people, lots of free parking, and brand new, top-of-the-line projection and sound facilities.  Our competition and lecture presentation capabilities have never been better!

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Practical session, studio lights and barn owl

Approximately every two years the club holds a Photographic Exhibition for its members.  Several venues have been used in recent years, including The Higgins, The University of Bedfordshire, Bedford Modern School and Bedford High School. In recent years, and including November 18th/19th of 2016, our exhibition is held at the Harpur Suites in central Bedford.  If you join our club before the 18th October 2016 final submission date, your images can be displayed along with the others at this grand event!  You can then invite all your friends and family members along to see your photographic work.  How cool is that?

Our annual membership fee is currently £30 for students, £60 for a regular membership, and £100 for a member and their partner.  We are a friendly group, and the cost (about £1/week) represents amazing value compared against some of the evening classes you see advertised.

So how about it, why not come along and have a look?  Any questions, send us an e-mail at , and we’ll be sure to get back to you!

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Summer Event, led by Chris Overton, professional photographer and Henry Moore specialist, learning to appreciate and photograph the sculptures at the Henry Moore Institute

Please browse our Gallery pages for examples of our work

Millennium to The Dome, John Pegram

Millennium to The Dome, John Pegram