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Corio Bay Camera Club

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by CassandraJoy (subscribe)
I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Published June 10th 2014
The Corio Bay Camera Club was originally called the Ford Camera Club. It was formed in June 1954 by a group of Ford employees in Geelong. The name was changed in 1977 to reflect the fact that it had spread outside of Ford and into the broader community.
Members of the public, at the Exhibition
Members of the public, at the Exhibition

Corio Bay Camera Club has just celebrated its 60th Anniversary with an Exhibition at their meeting place, Osbourne House, Swinburne St, North Geelong. The Exhibition featured member's photographs and photographic memorabilia.
Getting ready for the exhibition
Getting ready for the exhibition

Entry to the Exhibition was free and visitors were able to have a portrait taken at the Exhibition for a gold coin donation. The Exhibition was held during the Queen's Birthday long weekend, with photos on display from the 7th June to the 9th June. I went down to Osbourne House on Monday to have a look. The member photographs were excellent with some high quality items on display. The camera memorabilia was worth a look too, with a few old box cameras on display.

The First Meeting of the Ford Camera Club

On June 3rd 1954, a group of Ford Employees met in the Ford Recreation Club Rooms. The meeting was to discuss forming a camera club. There were 10 people present at the first meeting.

A motion was moved and seconded that a camera club be formed. A committee was formed. The evening ended with a general discussion of photography. Now sixty years later, the Corio Bay Camera Club is still meeting regularly and discussing photography, stills, monochrome, framing, computer software, lighting and more.
Antique camera on display
Antique camera on display

Join the Corio Bay Camera Club

If you're a keen photographer, and you enjoy photography, joining the Corio Bay Camera Club may be a great way to display your art. There are club competitions held every month, with different themes and challenges, or set subject competitions.

Generally an external judge will be invited to assess member's work, and it's great to hear the judges comments about the photos which have been entered.

As a member of the Corio Bay Camera Club you can enter two sections. Prints and Digital Projected Images. The prints are framed and put up for display on the night of judging. The digital projected images are displayed on an overhead projector.

As I've only just joined the Corio Bay Camera Club myself, I haven't entered any of my work into any competitions yet. I still have a bit of a learning curve about entries, how to enter, resizing images, framing, etc. There is more information about entering competitions on the Corio Bay Camera Club website.

Why join a camera club? To meet people. To share your photographs and skill. To learn about different perspectives on taking photographs. To enter competitions.
Walk along the Barwon River, photo by Lisa Kenny
Walk along the Barwon River

Corio Bay Camera Club also participates in inter-club competitions each year against local camera clubs and also against clubs as far away as Perth, WA, the USA, and New Zealand.

Meeting Days for Corio Bay Camera Club
Photograph by Lisa Kenny
Photograph by Lisa Kenny

Visitors and new members are always welcome. Meetings are held on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursday of the month. Meetings are held from January to November in the camera club rooms at Osbourne House, Swinburne Street, North Geelong.
Back view of Osbourne House
Back view of Osbourne House


Images courtesy of
Corio Bay Camera Club website
and Corio Bay Camera Club Facebook page
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Why? learn how to take great photos, meet other like minded people
When: meetings every 2nd, 4th & 5th Thursday of the month
Phone: 0419 332 921
Where: Osborne House Swinburne Street, North Geelong
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