Welcome to Oldham Photographic Society

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Are you a photographer who wants to share your portfolio in person with a group of like-minded people? We are looking for enthusiastic and committed members who like to get involved. It could be you!

If you’d like to come along on a Thursday to meet us and see what we do, please drop by. Try it! You’ve nothing to lose.

Meeting times and place, map link and programme of events

About us: Founded in 1867 by professional photographers, Oldham Photographic Society is one of the oldest photographic societies in Britain. We are ready to embrace new methods and were one of the first clubs to introduce digital photography to our members in the 1990s. Our members today are almost all amateurs with interests from natural history and landscape to people pictures and digital montage, though we are also open to professional photographers. Our membership covers a range of ages and ability, from people who just like to take photos for fun to national and international award winners.

Oldham Photographic Society – What we do
Our programme includes talks, competitions, appraisals and tutorials. Project nights introduce members to new skills and try to get them thinking “out of the box”. Even beginners will find that their photography improves in leaps and bounds, simply by joining in and learning by example. There is always someone on hand to answer your questions and help you with problems. You won’t need to bring your camera equipment except on practical evenings and the occasional practical session. Look at the “Join” section about membership.

What’s the difference between a photographic society and a camera club?
Nothing really. They tend to have similar programmes of activities. Many of the societies were formed in the 19th century and many camera clubs in the 20th century, but there is no particular rule about how to name such a group.

Affiliation
The Society is a member of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) and affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB). As well as internal competitions, we take part in friendly inter-club competitions in the region. We support the annual L&CPU competitions with an entry and have been successful in regularly having work selected for PAGB competitions.

Page updated September 2015