News 2022-2023

In the Herald - Greenan
Posted on Wed 11 Oct 2023

Copy by Andrew Winter for Irvine Camera Club


Autumn is upon us and our regular Tuesday evening club meets are well underway with lots of new faces which is great to see.  This week’s set of images are from earlier in the year when we took an evening club trip to...

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In the Herald - The Art of Motion
Posted on Thu 5 Oct 2023

Copy written by Andrew Winter


Over the past few week’s we have been having a look back at the people we have met whilst out on our travels with our cameras.  This week’s selection of images show some of the people we have met but who were on their way somewhere....

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In the Herald - A Whole Lot of Rubbish
Posted on Sun 17 Sep 2023

Irvine Camera Club recently went out along the river Irvine to document a big clean-up effort with Irvine Clean Up Crew, the Rubbish Paddlers, Irvine Sea Cadets, Scottish Maritime Museum, Coastwatch Irvine and other partners. 

Teamwork was needed to clear and remove all the rubbish...

In the Herald - Buchanan Wharf
Posted on Wed 30 Aug 2023

This week’s selection of images from Irvine Camera Club members were taken on a recent trip to Buchanan Wharf, Glasgow.  As with our recent trip a few weeks back to St James Dock, Greenock, there was plenty to see and lots of opportunity for some creative photography as well. ...

In the Herald - Girvan
Posted on Tue 22 Aug 2023

This week’s selection of images from Irvine Camera Club members were taken on a recent trip to Girvan harbour.  As is sometimes the case, the weather was not going to give us the beautiful golden sunset we all hoped for, but instead gave us grey, wet and blustery. 


In the Herald - Greenock
Posted on Wed 16 Aug 2023


This week’s selection of images from Irvine Camera Club members were taken on a recent trip to the St James Watt Dock, Greenock.  With some great evening sunlight and broken clouds there was plenty to photograph.  As always, the different interests of our members...

Irvine Library Exhibition
Posted on Mon 14 Aug 2023

Our 2023 Irvine Library Exhibition is now on display until the end of September.  Well done everyone who provided prints, I hope you enjoy seeing your work on public display.  All framed prints are on sale for £60 with 20% going to the library.  

Thank you to Alan...

In the Herald - Irvine Part 2
Posted on Wed 9 Aug 2023

Last week we looked at images from our photo walk around our home town of Irvine.  With so much to see and photograph around the town, this week we present a further set of images from the same evening walk.

Irvine has a wealth of subjects to photograph from the architecture,...

In the Herald - Irvine Part 1
Posted on Wed 2 Aug 2023

If you have been following our travels over the summer months. You will know that we have been visiting places of photographic interest all over Ayrshire and beyond.  This time we stayed closer to home, in fact our home town of Irvine was the focus to see what we could find.  ...

In the Herald - Dumfries
Posted on Wed 26 Jul 2023

Copy for Irvine Camera Club by Andrew Winter


Members of Irvine Camera Club were out on a photo walk again last week.  This time the destination was Dumfries on a lovely sunny afternoon.  For some this was their first time exploring the town and its...

In the Herald - Dunaskin
Posted on Wed 19 Jul 2023

Some members from Irvine Camera Club recently spent an afternoon at the Doon Valley Railway, at Waterside, near Patna during one of their open days.  Always great to see local history up close and working with steam engines running and knowledgeable people on site.



In the Herald - Dunure
Posted on Thu 13 Jul 2023

Recently Irvine Camera Club took an evening trip down to Dunure to visit the harbour and the castle.  On what turned out to be a beautiful warm evening, there was plenty to photograph as the sun dropped and the sky turned a stunning orange.  The views across to Ailsa Craig...

In the Herald - Dumfries House
Posted on Wed 5 Jul 2023

Recently Irvine Camera Club took an evening stroll around Dumfries House.  As a photographer there’s a lot to keep you busy within the grounds of the house and every time I visit, I find something new to capture.  From the house itself with the impressive trees on the lawn to...

In the Herald - Kelburn
Posted on Wed 28 Jun 2023

Recently Irvine Camera Club took an evening stroll around Kelburn Castle and Estate.  With so much to see we were spoilt for choice and the resulting panel of images shows the diversity of interests that club members have.  


The castle itself, with its...

In the Herald - Ailsa Craig
Posted on Wed 21 Jun 2023

Ailsa Craig – Copy by Andrew Winter for Irvine Camera Club 

Recently Irvine Camera Club went on an adventure into the unknown as we left Girvan, heading out into the  Firth of Clyde for the ten mile boat trip to visit Ailsa Craig.  Steeped in history and sitting...

In the Herald - Whitelee
Posted on Fri 16 Jun 2023

Summer photo walks are continuing with a recent visit to Whitelee Windfarm on Eaglesham Moor.  The weather was a little windy with a chill in the air, as you would expect up on the moor, but it allowed for some moody dramatic images to be taken and reminds us that far from perfect...

A Message from the Irvine Clean Up Crew
Posted on Wed 7 Jun 2023

As you may know, Irvine Camera Club choose a local charity each year to support.  Sometimes judges and speakers forgo their fee & expenses - we use the money that we would have given them to donate to the charity.  Bob Wark sold a print at the Crosshouse exhibition and he...

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In the Herald - Kilmarnock
Posted on Wed 31 May 2023

Kilmarnock may not be the first place that springs to mind when heading out on a photo walk, but that is where members of Irvine Camera Club found themselves one evening last week.  The wonderful thing about photography is that if you look carefully there is always something to capture...

Women in Photography Exhibition - Shambellie House
Posted on Thu 25 May 2023
We are pleased to announce that two of our members have had their photographs accepted for the "Celebrating Women in Photography" Festival at Shambellie House near Dumfries.

Trudi Fitzsimmons with "Blue Wall"
Janet Paterson with "Gallery No 3"...
In the Herald - Lynn Glen
Posted on Wed 24 May 2023

Irvine Camera Club is a very active club and we have at least one, sometimes two, ocassionally even three photo walks a week going on.  These are a great excuse to get outside, especially on the evening walks after a day at work and explore the countryside or a location that can be...

In the Herald - Culzean
Posted on Tue 16 May 2023

This year Culzean Castle and Country Park are hosting guided photo walks, led by a professional photographer and accompanied by a park ranger.  In preparation for this, Irvine Camera Club were invited to a preview of the public event.  


The guided walk led to...

In the Herald - Troon Ballast Bank
Posted on Wed 10 May 2023

On a rather chilly April evening a large contingent of members from Irvine Camera Club met up at the Ballast Bank in Troon.  With the intent of getting photos of the harbour, the shoreline and hopefully some nature, we set off to explore the area.


The light was...

North Ayrshire Council - Mental Health Matters - Colour Walk
Posted on Tue 9 May 2023
I am pleased to announce that photos by myself (for the Irvine walk) and Colin Grant (for the Kilwinning walk) have been chosen by artist Julia Griffin for the “NA Colour Walk” project
The colouring sheets will be shared with the North Ayrshire Council partners, shared on social...
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In the Herald - David Scoops Award
Posted on Wed 3 May 2023

Our most prestigious award, The President’s Quaich, was this year presented to David Bell. This trophy is award to the photographer who amasses most points across all competitions in the season.  David is a keen landscape photographer, and his beautiful photographs document the...

In the Herald - Trudi is Most Improved Photographer
Posted on Fri 28 Apr 2023

This year Irvine Camera Club were proud to award the Dreghorn Plate for Most Improved Photographer to Trudi Fitzsimmons.


Trudi has only been with the club for a couple of years but in that time she has already begun to carve out her own distinctive approach to photography....

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In the Herald - Colin takes Prize
Posted on Fri 21 Apr 2023

As our winter season draws to a close, Irvine Camera Club is recognising and celebrating the work of its members over the past year.  Last week we held our yearly prize giving night.  One of the most keenly contested trophies is always the Eglinton Plate which is awarded to...

In the Herald - Prize Display is put in Focus
Posted on Thu 13 Apr 2023

This week Irvine Camera Club held our annual prize giving and social evening.  As well as our digital and print leagues various other trophies were handed out for excellence in subject specific photography.

Every year we award the Eglinton Plate to our best beginning photographer...

Prize Giving & Social Quiz 2023
Posted on Wed 12 Apr 2023
Last week, Irvine Camera Club held its last meeting of our regular season, before we commence our busy schedule of summer photo walks.
The well-attended night was an entertaining mix of our annual prize giving ceremony and a fun, sociable quiz, hosted by...
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In the Herald - End of Season KO Final
Posted on Tue 4 Apr 2023

Irvine Camera Club had its AGM on the 28th March where we reflected on our activities and achievements over the past 12 months.


It has been an excellent year for Irvine Camera Club.  Our change of venue and the move to a Tuesday night has seen a large increase...

In the Herald - End of Season KO Part 1
Posted on Tue 28 Mar 2023

This week Irvine Camera Club staged the first round of our End of Season Knock Out competition.  Everyone in the club was asked to provide two new photographs for this special event, the winner of which will be awarded the Ian Davidson Memorial trophy in memory of our long-term...

In the Herald - Chairs
Posted on Wed 22 Mar 2023

As you probably know, Irvine Camera Club run a weekly challenge for our members to go out and take a photo for a theme that we set every Monday morning.  A couple of weeks ago we chose the theme “Chair”.  As usual our keen photographers were soon out there snapping all manner...

In the Herald - Colin & James Panels
Posted on Wed 15 Mar 2023


I recently brought you the top 2 photographic panels from a new competition format we introduced this year. Our panel challenge was designed to encourage our members to express an idea, concept or theme using more than one image.  This week we have another two...

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In the Herald - Focus on Working Together
Posted on Thu 9 Mar 2023

Each year at Irvine Camera Club we hold a collaboration challenge where our members are paired up to work together on each other’s photography.  Each person takes a photograph and hands it to their partner to post-process.

There is still a belief by some photographers that a “...

In the Herald - Panel Comp
Posted on Wed 1 Mar 2023

This week Irvine Camera Club present two photo projects that came first and second in our recent Photography Panel competition judged by Chris Gilgallon of the University of the West of Scotland

The Modern sheilings of Lewis by David Bell (1st Place)

During my...

In the Herald - Levern Visit
Posted on Wed 22 Feb 2023

Irvine Camera Club welcomed Levern Camera Club (near Barrhead) to our club room on Tuesday night for another one of our famous Knock Out competitions.  Both clubs provided 16 photographs which were displayed in pairs and voted on by the audience.  With over 40 people in the...

In the Herald - Black and White brings out the best
Posted on Thu 16 Feb 2023

A few weeks ago, Ruth Hayton of Ayr Photographic Society was at Irvine Camera Club to judge the second and final round of our monochrome print competition. 

Ruth brought her unique approach to assessing our black & white printed photographs, giving each one a careful analysis,...

In the Herald - A clash of colour
Posted on Thu 9 Feb 2023

Last Tuesday evening, Irvine Camera Club concluded its photographic print competitions for this season.  We welcomed Ruth Hayton from Ayr Photographic Society to assess both the monochrome and colour print work of our members. 

In this edition we are focussing on the colour...

In the Herald - Visitors Steal the Limelight
Posted on Thu 2 Feb 2023

A couple of weeks ago we welcomed our friends from Cumnock Camera Club to our meeting room at the Irvine Community Sports Club for one of our inter-club knock-out competitions.  In the world of competitive photography, our creative work is almost always left in the hands of an...

In the Herald - Camera Club are Streets Ahead
Posted on Wed 25 Jan 2023

Members of Irvine Camera Club were invited to join a Royal Photographic Society street photography walk in Glasgow last weekend.  The RPS is becoming increasingly active in Scotland with a network of regional representatives throughout the country.  Irvine CC now has four RPS...

In the Herald - Getting up close and personal
Posted on Thu 19 Jan 2023

A few weeks ago, we set our club members a task to take a photograph of something in way that disguises what it is.  A photo which makes the viewer ask, “What the heck is that?”

This usually involves getting in very close with the camera and only showing a part of the object....

Fiona Wallace awarded Gold Medal
Posted on Wed 11 Jan 2023
At our meeting last night, our club chair, Tracy Ross presented Fiona Wallace with an SPF Gold Medal.
This was awarded to Fiona for her magnificent print "The ...
In the Herald - Prints charming all at hospital
Posted on Wed 11 Jan 2023

Irvine Camera Club are currently exhibiting some of our members’ framed prints at Crosshouse Hospital.  The club’s work is arranged along one of the walls in the main corridor where we expect it will be viewed by hundreds of patients and visitors.  The exhibition is on until...

In the Herald - Flash Decision has changed my life
Posted on Thu 5 Jan 2023

By Janet Paterson


In 2016 my life changed beyond anything I could ever imagine and I knew in that in order to keep “going forward” that I had to do something that made me happy.  With this in mind I left my job early February 2017 and enrolled in a photography course...

In the Herald - Highlights of 2022
Posted on Thu 5 Jan 2023

Happy New Year from everyone at Irvine Camera Club!  I am using this first issue of 2023 to bring you a few of my favourite images of this season so far.  Rather than repeat the selections made by our competition judges, I have put together a set of photographs that, although...

In the Herald - Wish fulfilment behind the lens
Posted on Wed 28 Dec 2022

As we headed towards Christmas we injected a bit of fun into proceedings at Irvine Camera Club.  This week our long-standing member, Bob Wark, hosted a humourous evening based on the idea of getting our members to recreate an image that they wish they had taken themselves.


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Irvine Camera Club - Exhibition at Crosshouse Hospital
Posted on Thu 15 Dec 2022

Our print exhibition opens on Saturday in the main corridor of Crosshouse Hospital.

Thank you to Alan Kempster for bringing it all together at such short notice.

In the Herald - C4 Results
Posted on Wed 14 Dec 2022

Last Tuesday night Irvine Camera Club welcomed Andy Stark to judge our second Digital Projected Image competition of the season.   With another large entry of almost 90 images Andy did very well to give a detailed assessment of everyone's photographs.  All our members...

In the Herald - Winter Blues are Blown Away
Posted on Wed 7 Dec 2022

This week Irvine Camera Club brings you a dose of the winter blues… but don’t worry, despite the cool theme, there are plenty of creative photos in the selection to make you smile.

These are all photographs taken from one of the weekly challenges that we run on our popular Members &...

In the Herald - Abandoned
Posted on Wed 30 Nov 2022

Irvine Camera Club run a popular and vibrant Facebook group for our members and anyone with an interest in the club.  To keep everyone’s photographic juices flowing we set weekly themes and invite group members to submit images that fit the theme.  At the end of the week,...

In the Herald - Photo focus turns to riot of colour
Posted on Wed 23 Nov 2022

By Tracy Ross

Following on from the results of our monochrome print competition last week, Irvine Camera Club brings you some glorious technicolour images to brighten up your late November days.  Our judge, Guy Philips from Helensburgh, was given a very challenging task with our...

In the Herald - Retro look brings out the best
Posted on Wed 16 Nov 2022

By Tracy Ross

Last Tuesday night Irvine Camera Club were back at Irvine Sports Club, where we were joined by our guest judge for the evening, Guy Phillips - who would be assessing our C2 Open Mono Print and C3 Open Colour Print rounds. 

 With almost 90 prints in total to be...

In the Herald - Club Chair's Talent Awarded
Posted on Wed 9 Nov 2022

Many people join a camera club because they want to improve their photography.  At Irvine Camera club our members are inspired and motivated to continually learn new skills as well as to hone their appreciation of what makes a good photograph.  None more so than our...

Tracy Ross LRPS
Posted on Thu 3 Nov 2022
In the Herald - Portrait Style is Picture Perfect
Posted on Wed 2 Nov 2022

We had something very different this week at Irvine Camera Club.  Local artist David McRae came along to the club to show us his drawings and paintings.  David works almost entirely from photographs, often building up complex composite images with interweaving themes and...

In the Herald - Club go to Dalry
Posted on Wed 26 Oct 2022

Last week members of Irvine Camera Club visited Dalry Camera Club for a knock out competition.  Each club put forward 16 photographs which were paired against each other and voted on by the assembled audience.  With Dalry’s Harry Moules at the computer each pair of images was...

Posted on Mon 24 Oct 2022

Members may be interested in Print and Digital exhibitions which are being run in Edinburgh next month.  Clive Watkins & Tracy Ross have entries in both exhibitions, so if you are across that way you may want to pop in and have a look - details below:

In the Herald - Tough choosing pic of the bunch
Posted on Thu 20 Oct 2022

This week saw the first photography competition of the new season at Irvine Camera Club.  With another great turnout at Irvine Comminity Sports Club, we welcomed along Stuart Strachan to assess our images from our first Open Competition.  

Stuart, a member of Kilmaurs...

In the Herald - A nautical night at the museum
Posted on Wed 12 Oct 2022

On a clear autumnal evening in late September, Irvine Camera Club arrived at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine for our annual visit.  It has now become a tradition for us to invite other local camera clubs to join us at the Linthouse for a few hours of light industrial photography...

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In the Herald - Book Festival gives us a Focus
Posted on Wed 5 Oct 2022

Irvine Camera Club is undertaking an ambitious project to document local community groups and organisations with the intention of putting on a major photographic exhibition towards the end of next year.  Our plan is to involve as many of our members as possible.  Getting them...

In the Herald - Return to photo locations past
Posted on Thu 29 Sep 2022

The first week of September saw Irvine Camera Club start the season at our new home, The Irvine Community Sports Club, with an open social evening.  We welcomed nearly 40 people to our fabulous new venue, with our returning club members joined by several new keen photographers as well...

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“North Ayrshire Through the Lens photo competition” exhibition - Trinity Church
Posted on Thu 22 Sep 2022

A few shots of the “North Ayrshire Through the Lens photo competition” exhibition which is currently on show at the Trinity Active Travel Hub. The winning and shortlisted photos are on display and a film has been made of all the competition entries - viewing at the Trinity, Bridgegate, Irvine....