Members Handbook 2021-22

Welcome from the Committee
The Committee welcomes you to a new season which, due to current restrictions on public gatherings, will be operated online for the time being. Messages to the membership will be sent by email with talks and competitions conducted as live Zoom meetings or pre-recorded YouTube presentations.

We do try to provide something for everyone, whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer. Let us know your ideas and what you would like the club to provide. When we are able to resume meetings face to face, you are very welcome to bring a guest.

A list of Committee members, with their special responsibilities and contact details can be found in the following pages.

Club Programme
The Club meets on most Tuesdays at 7.30pm between 7th September and 10th May. Before Lockdown we met at Y Morfa Venue, Penmaen Road, Conwy LL32 8HA and attendees paid £2.00 which includes entry for a weekly prize draw and light refreshments. We hope to resume our meetings there when it is safe to do so.
For a detailed google map showing the precise location of our venue please view out Contact Us page

The online programme will run on the same dates and start at 7.30pm. Live Zoom meetings will open earlier to allow members to converse before the meeting. Zoom invites and YouTube links will be emailed to members a day or so before the meeting. Some meetings will be recorded and made available for viewing for a few days. Images are intended for Club members only and may not be suitable for viewing by non-club members who may be present.
You will be emailed a “finalised” Programme at the start of the season but please note that it may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. An up to date copy is always available for view on our Calendar page

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
In addition to regular Tuesdays, all members have the option to participate in meetings concentrating on areas of special interest, normally on a Thursday and will be resumed after restrictions have been lifted. Attendees pay £3.00 towards the cost of room hire. In certain circumstances members are given advance notice of a visiting speaker / model which may incur an extra fee. A list of the SIG groups, leader contact details and programme will be emailed to you, but members need to be aware that changes may need to be made as the season progresses. Once again up to date details of dates for SIG meetings can be viewed on our Calendar page.

Club Outings
A number of outings are organised throughout the year and will be resumed as soon as the Covid restrictions allow. Dates are advertised along with expected costs via Summer Newsletters and email and the Website Bulletin Board. The Club’s insurance provides basic public liability cover to members provided they remain as part of the organised group. There is no cover under the policy if you want to proceed independently.

Contact any member of the committee should you need assistance with using your camera or for general photographic help. If you are new to photography the Committee can nominate an experienced mentor at your request. There will be a series of Thursday Surgeries commencing September 10th providing support on all things photographic.

Club Website
The general public has free access to the Club’s website which features a comprehensive selection of members’ images. The site is updated regularly and if you wish to submit some of your digital files they need to be jpegs at normal competition size of 1600 x 1200 pixels maximum.
If you wish to contribute to the clubs various galleries or want your own personal gallery please use the contact form and you will be sent instructions on what to do next.
Please regularly check the site for last minute Programme updates to Club and Special Interest Groups. There are links to competition rules, competition dates, competition winners and photographic fact sheets. We are also on Flickr and Facebook just search “Conwy Camera Club” or use the social media buttons on our website.

Members Section of the Club Website.
To access the members section of the website you must have an existing valid user name and password. New members will receive an email providing instructions on how to create an account.

Your Competition Category
Members will retain their current category unless otherwise advised by the Competitions Secretary. New members will be allocated a category based on Rule 3 in the Competition Rules

Competition Entries
All digital competition entries must be submitted online via the members only section of the website. This includes PDI’s corresponding to your Print Entries. Due to high volumes and difficulties in processing, submission by email attachment, memory stick or disk is not permitted. Special instructions for forwarding exceptionally large files will be advised by email.
There are two pages for competition image uploads and a third page for uploads relating to various projects:
Internal Competition Upload Forms
External Competition Upload Forms
One-off Events & Special Projects Upload Forms

Keeping Members in Touch via Email
Routine electronic Club communications to members will continue to be forwarded using the functionality of “Google Groups”. New members will be automatically enrolled to the Google Group “Conwy Camera Club Membership” and will receive a welcome email confirmation. Being part of the Group will not reveal you or your email address to other Group members, nor will it allow you to contact others.

Past Chairs

  • Sue Clark 2019-2021
  • Lee Owens 2017-2019
  • Bob Birch 2015-2017
  • David Jones 2013-2015
  • Gareth Williams 2011-2013
  • David Chamberlayne – 2009-2011
  • Stuart Lawrie 2007-2009
  • Pat Preston 2006-2007
  • Brian Cook 2004-2006
  • John Crowther 2002-2004
  • Shirley Davies 2000-2002
  • Robin Fisher 1998-2000
  • Nigel Beidas 1996-1998