Blog #133 Cathay Camera Club
The premier Camera Club in Hong Kong is the Cathay Camera Club [CCC]. Founded in 1982, its roots date back to the glory days of film when having a built in light meter in your camera body was considered “hi-tech”. The club itself is non profit and is run by photographic amateurs, hobbyists, and a few professionals. Regardless of the skill set, all members have a serious passion for the craft in common and share their adventures and work through monthly meetings. There are competitions, workshops, and a few shows that are held throughout the year.
It’s really a good group and folks that tend to be encouraging and check their egos at the door. It’s a mature group of 30-50 somethings all there to share in the love of making pictures. I’ve been to three events to date. Twice I have been invited to judge events and once as a workshop host. All of my experiences there have been terrific and a learning experience for me as well.
The quality of the work is very high. All of the images work, essentially, but some more than others. The purpose of the judging and critique session is to describe the images and identify why they work, or in the rare case, do not work. This is how I approach the role of the judge. It’s not about whether or not I like the image. There’s a 1-10 point system and I think that the annual event culminates with recognition of the member who has accumulated the most points throughout the monthly assignment sessions.
The group has invited me to their end of year holiday party next week to say “Thanks” for judging their last event. I’m bring a small 4”x6” print from my online Prints collection, and a 35mm film cassette key chain for each member to thank them for thanking me (mutual admiration is great).
It’s a pleasure and honour to be a part of a talented and generally nice group of adult artists and I would encourage any of my readers to participate in local clubs near you.
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