Welcome to the Matamata-Tirau Camera Club.
The Matamata-Tirau Camera Club meets monthly and everyone with a passion for photography is most welcome to attend. Our meetings are a fairly informal gathering of like-minded individuals keen to get the most enjoyment out of their hobby. The first couple of meeting are completely free to attend so you can see if our club is for you!
Our club was originally established in the early 60’s as the Matamata Camera Club. After a hiatus of several years the club was reformed at the beginning of 2001 with Sam Harris as president. Along the way we have experienced and learned from a number of both technological and stylistic improvements.
To reflect the club membership in recent years, in 2016 we changed our name to the Matamata-Tirau Camera Club.
To recognise the effort certain individuals have made to success of our club we occasionally award a life membership. Gilbert Melrose was our first recipient followed shortly after by Sam Harris. In 2016 Carl Proffit was recognised as our third life member. While sadly neither Gilbert nor Sam are no longer with us, we remember their friendships and the contributions they both made to our club.
What we lack in size we make up for in enthusiasm. New members will be warmly welcomed to our ranks. While digital is now the medium of choice all photographic mediums are catered for, so whether you shoot film or digital, colour or black & white, images straight from your camera or heavily edited, you are sure to find a fellow enthusiast at the club.
We have members from as far as Tirau and Hamilton attending our meetings, all from diverse backgrounds but with one thing in common – a love of photography.
Our aim is both enjoy socialising with fellow photographers and to promote photography as an art form. To this end we have competitions on a chosen theme at our monthly meetings to encourage new and innovative ideas. Our affiliation with the Photographic Society of New Zealand furthers these aims and provides additional benefits to members outside of the club environment. PSNZ membership includes entry to national salons and competitions plus regional and national conventions.
Several of our members images have been accepted into the NZ Camera book, which is published annually by the PSNZ. Our success continues with an image from Carl Proffit in the 2017 edition.
Our membership ranges from the beginner to some more experienced photographers. We have a competition every month along with tutorials and workshops whenever possible. And we also try to have the occasional social day out with a shoot and a cafe stop.
Meetings and Current Venue
We always welcome both potential new members and visitors to the area to attend our meetings. There is no charge for attendance and we always have a light supper.
We hold our regular meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (Feb – Nov). The venue is the hall behind the All Saints Anglican Church, cnr Broadway and Hohaia St, Matamata 3400.
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The Matamata-Tirau Camera Club are proud to be the event photographers for the Hamilton, NZ edition of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2017, a world-wide charity event for men’s health.