A short history of the Matamata-Tirau Camera Club.
The recent history of the club begins with its reformation in 2001 with Sam Harris as President. Sam was instrumental in reforming the Matamata Camera Club after a hiatus of several years and he served as our first President in the Club’s current form.
This period since has seen significant change in our art with the advent of affordable digital technology and the subsequent rise in manipulation and post-processing techniques. This has opened a whole new field of expression with the image maker having total control from start to finish. Within the club we have seen increasingly capable equipment with a switch from prints to projected images on club nights. A trend has developed with this technology from pure photography to software enhanced artworks.
Gilbert Melrose was awarded our very first Life Membership in 2007 in recognition of his input and support over many years. Soon after Sam Harris we also recognised as a Life Member. Gilbert (left, above) owned the camera store in Matamata and was active in both the current and past iterations of the club. Sam (right, above) was a former police officer with a passionate interest in photography, even running his own darkroom at home.
For 2014 the club took up a new challenge as the event photographers for the annual Balloons Over Waikato festival. Event photography was a new skill to we learnt with having to cover everything from portraits through to the boring but necessary record shots. This provided an opportunity to get some great images. And it’s great to contribute to this huge community fund-raiser where proceeds go to the Lions Club Cancer Trust.
To more accurately recognise the club demographic we changed our name to the Matamata-Tirau Camera Club at the beginning of 2016. 2016 saw a couple of other noteable events, the first being a 2nd place in the 2016 SixWays Interclub, followed by Carl Proffit being awarded our third Life membership.
Starting 2017, we have been the event photographers for the Hamilton edition of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a world-wide charity event for classic and vintage style motorcycles supporting men’s health through the Movember Foundation.
Our fourth Life Membership was awarded to Brie Martin in 2018 for her services on the club committee.
FiveWays / SixWays
Glory came to the Matamata Camera Club in 2008 with us winning the annual SixWays Interclub competition.
The 2016 SixWays which we hosted saw us place second in the competition, with one of our images also winning the Best B&W Digital section.
FiveWays / SixWays Interclub Hosts
Our Past Presidents:
- 2015 – 2019 Robbo Troughton
- 2015 – Sue Darragh
- 2011 – 2014 Keith Melville
- 2008 – 2010 Dan McMillan
- 2006 – 2007 Carl Proffit
- 2004 – 2005 Diana Spitalny
- 2001 – 2003 Sam Harris
The Matamata-Tirau Camera Club is proud to be the event photographers for the Hamilton, NZ edition of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a worldwide charity event for men’s health.