A highlight of the Cathay Camera Club is our lively competition nights, where members present their best pictures which are critiqued by visiting professional photographers and artists. Each competition is divided into two parts with members submitting images on a selected theme as well as an open category. The critique is given in a positive and constructive manner and may touch on topics ranging from a photo’s technical features to its concept and commercial value. Points are allocated to each picture which count towards an annual award.
This years competition is still in full swing. We keep track of and publish our monthly scores, announcing the year’s winner at our annual Christmas dinner party. Scores are posted to this spreadsheet after each competition night
Workshops / Talks / Demonstrations
Another popular event is the monthly club night where a visiting professional photographer, graphic artist or club member expert gives a talk or demonstration on a particular photographic technique or topic. Club night topics are decided at least one month in advanced and are announced on the front page or through the mailing list. We have been fortunate to have had speakers such as Michael Pitts, a local BBC Cameraman and Robert Houston the editor in chief of Action Asia magazine and many other knowledgeable and experienced technicians, editors and authors.
A set of previous workshop reports is available for your perusal.
Outings & Activities
Group club outings and other activities are arranged on a semi-regular basis by club members. This is a great chance to learn from the more experienced club members as well as an enjoyable social outing. Recent outings have included insect shooting in Sai Kung; night shoots in Jordan, Jat’s Incline and Yau Ma Tei; visits to Lamma Island, Macau and Zhaoqing; a two-day trip to Shantou; gallery and studio visits and an underwater photography introduction.
Please consult our Google Docs hub for a full listing of our previous outing reports.
Members are given the opportunity to showcase their work in an annual public exhibition which has usually been held in the main foyer of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. In the past we have also exhibited at the Fringe Club. Our 2010 exhibition ‘Rewind’ curated by Lorenza Mazzucco, featured 60 photos by 24 of our members. A panorama was made of the 2009 exhibition ‘Impressions’, and the flyers of 2008, 2007 and both 2006 iterations are now on display for posterity.
Photo Book Project
In 2009 we published a club based Photo Book. The book was self-funded and featured the favourite works of our members. Those interested in the publishing details may find the project slides of use.