The group meets fortnightly on Friday afternoons from 2-4pm including a coffee break at the Fairfield & Howley Neighbourhood Project.
The levels of skill and experience are wide-ranging and beginners are welcome, although it helps to have a basic understanding of the subject.
Meetings are intended to offer a relaxed group forum to provide mutual help mixed with competitions and reviews with constructive criticism.
Minutes of each meeting are circulated to members afterwards. Meetings are divided into 4 types:
BI-MONTHLY COMPETITIONS on a specified theme – members are encouraged to submit (usually) 2 A4 prints. There is no obligation to submit photos and you can still take part in the judging.
PHOTOSHOOT & REVIEW – these take place throughout the year, shoots are organised at a variety of locations in the area. At the following meeting there is a print review and a review of digital images. For the print review, members are encouraged to bring (usually) 4 A4 prints. Again there is no obligation to submit prints and you can still take part in the assessment, or just listen and learn from others' comments.
In the second half of the meeting, members may submit a further number of images electronically and these are all displayed to the group who may comment.
EXTERNAL SPEAKERS – once or twice per year we get a professional photographer to come and speak to us about their speciality.
GROUP MEETINGS/INTERNAL SPEAKERS – remaining meetings consist of a mixture of talks by members about software, techniques, projects or of practical sessions to try something out.
ANNUAL EXHIBITION – at the end of the year we hold an exhibition This is a social event with food & wine for other U3A members, families and friends. Members are invited to submit up to 5 images taken during the year (not necessarily for U3A group projects), mounted and labelled to a common format. These are displayed in the hall at the Fairfield & Howley Neighbourhood Project and further exhibition of a smaller group may be arranged in Warrington town centre.
There is also an ANNUAL MEAL around Christmas time and a photography HOLIDAY usually around May
We have a PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP where we showcase our challenges and members can post photos or details of events that may be of interest. Select FACEBOOK CHALLENGES link for more information
The Group Coordinator can be contacted by clicking on the contact link at the top right-hand corner of this page.
Click on 'Programme' link for the year's programme