The club was founded in 1979 by a number of enthusiastic amateur photographers who believed that sharing ideas and expertise was the way to better their own skills and to encourage others to take up photography. For their fortnightly meetings, they organised talks, challenges, workshops, outings, classes, guest speakers, visits with other clubs and inter-club competitions.
WCC has grown and expanded over the five decades since it was founded and is still one of the most active Camera Clubs in the county. Although it’s an amateur club, several advanced members work to professional standards and have gained medals, distinctions, and awards from Irish and international bodies.
Meetings and Competitions
Meetings focus on developing photographic skills, so workshops, outings, lessons and competitions are still the bedrock of WCC’s activities.
There are also regular Informal Critiques: for these, members’ images are displayed and discussed, an invaluable aid to improving skills. More formal Challenges are organised six times a year (at three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), centred on given themes.
The Club participates in several Regional (SACC) and National competitions (IPF) over the course of the year. A panel of images is selected from work submitted to the Selection Committee by members. Thus the panel showcases the club’s best work in these competitions.
Exhibiting the work of its members is important to the Club, both at individual and at club level. There are several opportunities for members to exhibit and sell their work.
Exhibitors in D’Lush can display up to 15 images. For other events, each participating member submits two images, usually focusing on a set theme.
D’Lush Café in the Arts Centre
The Arts Centre supports the Club by hosting exhibitions in D’lush Café – members (solo or group) display their own choice of images for a month on a rolling rota basis throughout the year.
An important event for WCC is the Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival: every year, it hosts an exhibition in Stella Maris Centre of images of the Kilmore area taken by WCC photographers.
Wexford Library & Culture Night
Wexford County Council supports the Club’s work in two important annual events:
• Wexford Library displays the Club’s “Images of Wexford” for four weeks in September.
• On Culture Night the Club organises an event which showcases members’ work.
Wexford Opera Festival
The Festival Exhibition is very important for WCC: members choose their best two images of the year and the exhibition is open for the duration of the Festival.
Meeting Time and Venue
In normal times,Wexford Camera Club meets at 8.00pm every second Monday, in Wexford Harbour Boat Club & Tennis Club, Redmond Rd, Stonybatter, Wexford. However, due to the current pandemic rules, all meetings are being held via Zoom.
Please see our meeting schedule here.
New members are welcome at any meeting during the year. Those interested in joining or simply curious about the Club’s activities are invited to come along. Newcomers at any level are welcome – beginners who think they might enjoy photography, who may not even own a camera yet, or advanced photographers who’d like to meet with others in their field. The Club has a varied program – talks, demonstrations, outside shoots, lessons – so that along the way everyone can develop their skills. There are many opportunities to take part in competitions and members regularly exhibit their work.
How much does membership cost?
Membership costs €70 per year. If you join part way through the year, the fee is reduced. Our club year starts in March.
What are the benefits of membership?
• No charge for each meeting;
• No charge for invited speakers;
• The opportunity to exhibit and sell your work in our exhibitions for the Opera Festival, Kilmore Quay Food Festival and Culture Night in the Library. Frames are provided by the club.
• If your images are chosen for our regular regional or national competitions your images are printed and mounted by the club free of charge.
How often does the club meet?
We meet every two weeks on a Monday at 8.00 pm in the Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. We have a break for Easter, the Summer and Christmas.
I am under the age of 18, can I join?
No, you must be over 18 to join.
Can I come to a meeting without joining first?
Yes you are welcome to come to one or two meetings to see if you would like to join.
What type of camera should I own to join the club?
You are most welcome to join the camera club whatever type of camera you own.
What level of photography knowledge do I need to join?
You are welcome whatever your level and we have members who are beginners, intermediate and advanced. We have talks, demonstrations and workshops to enable all members to improve their skills.