News 2020-2021

In the Herald - We focused on the Forth Valley
Posted on Wed 22 Sep 2021

Irvine Camera Club kicked off our new season with a weekend road trip to the Forth Valley.  Ten of our intrepid club members made their way across to the Falkirk Wheel on a rather gloomy Saturday morning for a 10:30 rendezvous.  Although it was cloudy there were only a few fleeting...

In the Herald - Stunning end to the summer
Posted on Wed 8 Sep 2021

We really couldn’t have asked for better weather for our final evening photo walk of the summer.  Portencross is always a special place to visit and last week we were blessed with the lingering warmth of a long hot summer’s day and the glorious golden light of the sun setting across the...

In the Herald - Weekly walks are a huge hit
Posted on Wed 1 Sep 2021

As the summer draws to an end, Irvine Camera Club are making the most of the fine weather and the good light that is often afforded to us by the early sunsets.  Over the previous few months we have mainly stayed in the local area with trips to Troon, Greenan Castle, Lynn Glen, Saltcoats,...

In the Herald - It takes special skills to print quality pictures
Posted on Wed 25 Aug 2021

This week the results of the Scottish Photographic Federation Print Championship were announced.  Earlier in the year, camera clubs from all over Scotland were invited by the SPF to submit a selection of their members’ best photography in print form.

Across the world millions of...

In the Herald - We like to keep things moving
Posted on Wed 18 Aug 2021

Over the last few weeks we have asked our members and friends on our Facebook group to send in photos on the themes of “motion” and “two wheels”.  Both challenges have prompted a wide range of interesting photographic interpretations.

Bicycles have of course featured heavily in the...

In the Herald - River walk was picture perfect
Posted on Wed 11 Aug 2021

Rivers are a fantastic environment for creative photography. From the flora and fauna that can be found living in the rich eco-system they provide to the architecture of the bridges which span them – there is always something interesting to look at.  Rivers also provide a place for much...

2021 SPF Print Championship
Posted on Sun 8 Aug 2021

We have just recieved the results of the SPF Print Championship - to be placed 8th overall is an excellent result.

Notable mention to Michele Campbell who scored 2 x 15 which is the maximum score gaining individual awards of Highly Commended for "Knit one purl one" & Commended for "...

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In the Herald - Images have to come from the heart
Posted on Wed 4 Aug 2021

As the holiday season continues apace, many members of Irvine Camera Club are getting out and about either on their own or on our regular organised photo walks.  Over the last couple of weeks our club has had mini-excursions up to Glasgow and, somewhat closer to home, to Dean Park in...

In the Herald - Social media keeps us all in the picture
Posted on Wed 28 Jul 2021

During the summer months when many folk are finally managing to get away for a well-earned break, it isn’t always easy to get everyone gathered together for camera club meetings.  Irvine Camera Club has an active presence on social media and we find that our Facebook group is an ideal way...

In the Herald - Capturing the perfect moment in the sun
Posted on Wed 21 Jul 2021

Irvine Camera Club has been taking advantage of the good weather we've been having with our summer challenge series, visiting various beauty spots along the West Coast, and on July 7th, it was the turn of Dunure to be descended upon by our members.

The sun was shining, there were...

In the Herald - Challenge gave us all some focus
Posted on Wed 14 Jul 2021

"A dull and overcast evening was the backdrop for our Irvine Camera Club Summer Challenge in Ayr last week. Despite that, we had a good turnout of members, ready to attempt to take pictures themed to this weeks choices: "Street", "Picturesque Riverside" and one a little bit more technical than...

Last Week - Closes 21/08 - British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition (2019) - Girvan
Posted on Thu 8 Jul 2021
The British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition at the McKechnie Institute has opened early . On display now until Saturday 21st August 2021. Entry is free. To book your visit please telephone 01465 713643 or drop in.
The British Wildlife...
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Irvine Camera Club 2021 Exhibition at Ayr Hospital - June-August
Posted on Thu 8 Jul 2021

A selection of members prints mounted in frames from recent years. Open to view 24 hours a day until the 27th August.

In the Herald - A chance to show off was not to be missed
Posted on Wed 7 Jul 2021

Irvine Camera Club has been participating in Exhibitions for many years, usually having an annual exhibition of members photographs in the local Library, and other venues as they occur.

But with lockdown, the Library being closed, and public gatherings not allowed any thought of an...

In the Herald - Hours of patience and dedication in a year like no other
Posted on Wed 30 Jun 2021

Last week Irvine Camera Club held its annual Prize Giving evening at the Irvine Water Sports Club.  This was the culmination of a fantastic and somewhat remarkable season of competitive club photography.  This was a very different year, not only because of the lockdown restrictions we...

In the Herald - Focus is put on phone photos
Posted on Wed 23 Jun 2021

On a rather gloomy Wednesday evening last week several members of Irvine Camera Club ventured to Saltcoats promenade to chance our hands and capturing the essence of the seaside town.

One of the challenges this week was for our members to take a “seaside” photo using their mobile phones....

Prize-giving Slideshows
Posted on Thu 17 Jun 2021

The two slide shows from our prize-giving last night are now available on our YouTube Channel.

Congratulations to eveyone who won prizes!  More importantly, thank you to all our members for taking part in all aspects of our club's activities.  Here's to an even more successfull...

In the Herald - Uncovering Hidden Gems
Posted on Wed 16 Jun 2021

This week we asked our members to provide a photograph of one of their favourite places in Scotland, either locally or further afield, together with a few words to let us know why it is special to them.

Sandra King

I love to walk along Barassie beach to Irvine.  I like to use my...

In the Herald - Our documentary pics so important
Posted on Wed 9 Jun 2021

Last week saw a really good turnout for the Irvine Camera Club evening outing to Lynn Glen.  We gathered at the car park just outside Dalry and headed off to explore the glen, lured by the sound of the Caaf Water as it tumbled through the rocky gorge.


As usual we had set...

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In the Herald - Snapper lands fabulous shots
Posted on Wed 2 Jun 2021

Donnie Briggs

I recently joined Irvine Camera Club but I have been interested in photography for most of my life having taken up the hobby in my teens.   I bought my first camera, a 35mm roll film Zenith, when I was on a school cruise to Russia.  These eastern European...

In the Herald - Castle was the king of photo outing
Posted on Wed 26 May 2021

On a warm late spring evening last week, members of Irvine Camera Club headed down to Greenan Shore just south of Ayr for a very enjoyable few hours of photography.  After a long lockdown winter we are relishing the opportunity to spend time outside together not just talking about our hobby...

In the Herald - I've got a taste of the Big Apple
Posted on Wed 19 May 2021

As a keen travel photographer, the last year has been particularly infuriating. During a normal year I would have usually partaken in a least a couple of trips abroad, either for pleasure or on business, but always incorporating some photography during the visits. COVID put a stop to all that...

In the Herald - Out and about
Posted on Wed 12 May 2021

Last week, with the relaxing of lockdown restriction, Irvine Camera Club were at long last able to meet up, suitably socially distanced, for a wee evening trip down to Troon Harbour. 

At round about 7pm several of our members met up at the Ballast Bank.  We could already see the...

In the Herald - Summer offers new challenges
Posted on Wed 5 May 2021

Now that the official camera club season has completed, Irvine Camera Club are moving into our summer session.  This is where members of the club meet up every couple of weeks to actually get away from the computer screen to go out and take photographs.  We will be lining up a good...

In the Herald - Iceland is a must see for snappers
Posted on Wed 28 Apr 2021

Our trip to Iceland – by Alan Campbell

Michele & I visited Iceland for our second time back in Feb 2019.  We had been there previously in 2015 but we missed so many things that we knew we had to plan another visit to get around many more of the amazing sights that we wanted to...

In the Herald - Cream of a great crop
Posted on Wed 21 Apr 2021

This week I am sharing with you the best images from Irvine Camera Club’s final Colour Print Competition of the season.  As usual our members did not disappoint with a fantastic diversity of subjects and styles for our esteemed judge, Libby Smith from Carluke, to assess and critique....

In the Herald - Picking a winner wasn't black and white
Posted on Wed 14 Apr 2021

After a few weeks of delay due the practicalities of gathering physical prints and distributing them to our external judge, Irvine Camera Club finally managed to complete our print competitions for the year.

The judge for both our monochrome and colour prints was esteemed award-winning...

In the Herald - Folk festival was a hit
Posted on Wed 7 Apr 2021

Article written by Pete Heywood - A few copies of the book are still available and it may be purchased here

In the Herald - Such a close call
Posted on Wed 31 Mar 2021

Irvine Camera Club’s “Ian Davidson Memorial Trophy” was decided in dramatic fashion last night with the cut and thrust of an internal club knockout competition.  Club members put forward 3 of their favourite images to be voted on randomly by the audience of members and friends.

With a...

PAGB Cup Results in the latest PAGB eNews special
Posted on Wed 31 Mar 2021

The latest eNews special GB Cup edition includes the club results and the entries from the top clubs in the GB Cup and the GB Nature Cup.

Michele's medal...

In the Herald - Nature shots at their finest
Posted on Wed 24 Mar 2021

This week saw the announcement of the results of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) Cups. Irvine Camera Club had entered both the main competition but also the nature competition. We were competing with over 100 camera clubs from all across the UK. As a small club from Ayrshire it...

In the Herald - Moody seascape was our winner
Posted on Thu 18 Mar 2021

This week Irvine Camera Club hosted another virtual inter-club knock out competition with our near neighbours and friends, Kilmarnock Photographic Club.  As with our previous knock outs, both clubs supplied 16 images each.  After a wee bit of general chit chat the excellent turnout of...

In the Herald - Down under is just another world
Posted on Wed 10 Mar 2021

I had always wanted to visit Australia, but let’s face it, it’s not exactly on our doorstep!  However, following retirement I finally have plenty of time to go!   It is a massive country and you certainly don’t want to go for a week’s holiday, three or four weeks is much more...

In the Herald - Talented duo raise the Bar
Posted on Wed 3 Mar 2021

PRESS RELEASE International Recognition for Local Photographers

Local photographers Michele & Alan Campbell who are members of Irvine Camera Club have been granted membership of the 'Photographers Bar'! 

Membership of the 'Photographers Bar' is a unique distinction only...

In the Herald - Its all over in a flash
Posted on Wed 24 Feb 2021

This week Irvine Camera Club were invited to an inter-club knock out competition with Cumnock Camera Club.  As with previous knock outs, both clubs supplied 16 images each.  The good turnout of members proceeded to vote on pairs of images using Zoom’s online polling.  Bob Wark...

In the Herald - Virtual club comp was a winner
Posted on Wed 17 Feb 2021

This week Irvine Camera Club virtually travelled up to our friends at Beith Camera Club for a friendly knock-out competition.  Both clubs provided 16 images which were randomly presented in pairs for the membership of both clubs to vote on.  Despite a few issues with the Zoom...

In the Herald - Michele and Peter up with the best
Posted on Wed 10 Feb 2021

Each year the Scottish Photographic Federation stage a Digital Championship competition for affiliated camera clubs from all over Scotland.  Usually this is held at a venue at Stirling University but this year, due to COVID restrictions, it was held via a 'Zoom' Awards Presentation event'...

In the Herald - I've developed my style
Posted on Wed 3 Feb 2021

Fine Art Portraiture by Michele Campbell

Having first joined Irvine Camera Club some 10 years ago and after some spells at other clubs I decided it was time to return to Irvine at the start of this season.  It was at Irvine that I first developed a love for Studio Photography...

SPF Digital Championship Results
Posted on Mon 1 Feb 2021

The judging of the SPF Digital Championship took place this weekend.  Full rules and club results and awards can be found here.

Irvine Camera Club did reasonably well in...

In the Herald - Moody sunset is a winner
Posted on Wed 27 Jan 2021

This week Irvine Camera Club hosted Dalry Camera Club for what was the first, but I am sure not last, inter club knock out evening between the two clubs.

In normal times we would have a social evening where members of the clubs would be able to mingle and get to know each other with the...

In the Herald - Creative Tracy shades it
Posted on Wed 20 Jan 2021

This week at Irvine Camera Club we welcomed our friend Stuart Strachan, from Kilmaurs Photographic Club, to judge our final Projected Digital Image competition of the season.  Once again, our members stepped up to provide a good selection of images, of a wide range of subjects, for Stuart...

In the Herald - Picture this - A Happy New Year
Posted on Wed 13 Jan 2021

The New Year has brought us another new lockdown and, for the next month or so, we should all be doing our best to stay at home and only go out for exercise or when it’s absolutely essential. Fortunately for the members of Irvine Camera Club, photography is great hobby to have when you confined...

In the Herald - The little boost that we all need
Posted on Wed 6 Jan 2021

I’d like to start by wishing a very Happy New Year to all of the Irvine Herald readers. Irvine Camera Club has been delighted to support the paper during what, by any measure, has been an extremely difficult year. Having the club’s images in the paper each week gave many of our members and extra...

In the Herald - Creative shots across such a wide spectrum
Posted on Wed 30 Dec 2020

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, in spite of the ongoing restrictions that we are all having to live with.  For the final Irvine Camera Club article of the year we are bringing you a fresh selection of images from the first few months of our 2020/2021 season.  I think these...

In the Herald - Take a drive on the wild side
Posted on Wed 23 Dec 2020

This week we are taking you away from the dark mornings and chilly evenings of the Ayrshire winter on a summer trip to Cuba with our club member Agnes Dalziel...

On a visit Havana you could be forgiven for thinking the city has been frozen in time. There is little evidence...

In the Herald - Sumptuous colour prints a real treat
Posted on Wed 16 Dec 2020

After the simplicity and starkness of the monochrome prints last week, in this edition Irvine Camera Club is splashing the colour to liven things up a little with the results of our Colour Print competition.  Judged on the same evening as mono prints, our friend Andy Stark wasted no time in...

In the Herald - Another chance to show amazing entries
Posted on Fri 11 Dec 2020

Herald Edition - 25/11/2020

Irvine Camera Club’s set theme competition a few weeks ago had such a large number of entries that we didn’t have the space in one newspaper spread to show you just how good some of wonderful photographers are getting. So, this week I have decided to revisit the...

In the Herald - The late, great Frank was an inspiration
Posted on Fri 11 Dec 2020

Herald edition - 02/12/2020

Frank Healey passed away on the 11th of November aged 95. He was someone that any camera club would be proud to have as a member. Clubs such as Irvine thrive on those who enjoy their hobby enormously and are keen to pass on their enthusiasm to other members....

In the Herald - The simple beauty of monochrome
Posted on Wed 9 Dec 2020

Irvine Camera Club welcomed back (virtually!) a good friend and excellent judge this week, Andy Stark from Kilbarchan,  for our first print competition of the season.

The challenge to produce good quality photographic prints requires our members to use a totally different skill set...

In the Herald - Club has given me fresh focus
Posted on Mon 23 Nov 2020

Herald Edition - 18/11/2020 by Tracy Ross

I first went along to Irvine Camera Club on a dreich winter’s night in late January this year.  Having recently purchased a new camera, I was keen for photography to become my new hobby.  Little did I know then how much it would mean to...

In The Herald - Images are picture perfect
Posted on Mon 16 Nov 2020

Herald Edition - 11th November 2020

Irvine Camera Club’s annual set subject competition evening was held this year on Bonfire Night.  We ask the club members to take 2 photos for each theme.  This year our themes were Street Life, Nature and Landscape.  The idea of this is...

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In the Herald - When everything clicks with nature
Posted on Mon 9 Nov 2020

Herald Edition 4th November 2020


I live in Ayrshire and I am a keen photographer and an active member of Irvine Camera Club.

I have been taking photos for over thirty years and I have a wide and varied interest in all genres of photography....

In the Herald - Capturing the Moment
Posted on Thu 5 Nov 2020

Herald Edition - 28/10/2020

At this time of year, the countryside is ablaze with colour.  It really is visual feast for photographers, with the leaves turning shades of orange, red and yellow.  The sky can also get very dramatic with the increasingly early sunsets catching stormy...

In the Herald - Photographers see the light on museum trip
Posted on Wed 28 Oct 2020

Irvine Camera Club took full advantage of an offer to visit the Scottish Maritime Museum last week.  A trip to the museum has become a traditional part of our early season programme but there were fears that this year’s event would have to be cancelled.  Thanks to the museum’s very...

In The Herald - A snapshot of South America
Posted on Mon 19 Oct 2020

Journey to the End of the World

by Agnes Daziel

Herald Edition 07/10/2020 

In February this year, just before the current restrictions I was fortunate enough to travel to South America on holiday.

We arrived in Santiago, the capital of Chile.  There was plenty...

In the Herald - Michele's Cat is Top Drawer
Posted on Sun 18 Oct 2020

This week was the first competition night of the new season for Irvine Camera Club.  Members new & old were asked to enter 3 digital images each of whatever they desired.  This led to a really interesting mix of subjects and photographic approaches.  Our judge for the evening...

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In the Herald - I got big pictures with little camera
Posted on Fri 2 Oct 2020

With the weather forecast set fair last week, I decided to make the trip over to Berwick for a couple of days cycling, walking and, of course, photography.

Given I was planning to be on the move a lot, I didn’t want to be weighed down with a load of camera gear.  With that in mind I...

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In the Herald - The beauty of black and white
Posted on Fri 2 Oct 2020

After an initial relaxation on restrictions on meeting in public places, they are now beginning to be imposed again. This brings several challenges when trying to keep even a small camera club running. Irvine Camera Club have a full programme of events planned out for the winter season, but we...

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In the Herald - Modern Scotland
Posted on Wed 23 Sep 2020

Over the space of the last couple weeks members of Irvine Camera Club have been making their way up to Glasgow in small groups in order to complete their next assignment.  We asked them to capture images illustrating Striking Architecture, Glasgow street life and Modern Scotland. ...

In the Herald 09-09-20 - Eye on the Prize
Posted on Mon 14 Sep 2020

Back in March, Covid brought a sudden end to the Irvine Camera Club Season.  Although the club had managed to complete all of the competitions for the year, we had not at that point had the opportunity to celebrate our members’ successes nor to hand out any trophies.  So, it was with...

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In the Herald 02-09-20 - My trip to the Isle of Skye - Kevin Thorne
Posted on Tue 8 Sep 2020

As an enthusiastic landscape photographer, I have found being locked down for almost 6 months has been a very difficult experience.  Irvine Camera Club has provided plenty of opportunity for taking photos in the local area but my wanderlust has really been pulling at my feet.  ...