Our Club


Victoria Camera Club's member photographers meet to share knowledge and experience through presentations, photo competitions, workshops and photo shoots.

Our experiences range from novice to master and our tools include both film and digital.

In recent years our numbers have increased substantially and our programs have become broader in scope and deeper in content, offering increased potential for learning and growth in skills and abilities.

Our club's Constitution and Bylaws are available for download from the Documents & Files section of this website.


Our Board and Committee Chairs

(please note that all of these positions are held by volunteers)

 Elected Board of Directors
  President Terry VanWell
  1st Vice-President Bob Law
  2nd Vice-President Dan Takahashi
  Treasurer John Clarke
  Secretary Jacqui James
  Director at Large Pam Irvine
  Director at Large Richard Marshall
  Past President Garry Schaefer
 Committee Chairs
  Internal Competitions Pam Irvine
  External Competitions Mike Wooding
  Membership Daria Yu
Ian Faris
  Presenters Night Coordinator Rick Shapka
  Members Night Coordinator Clive Townley
Steve Barber
Workshop Coordinators


  Field Trip Coordinators Teri VanWell
Vanessa MacDonald
  Tuesday Field Trip Coordinator Deb Thurlbeck
  Alternate Tuesday Field Trip Coordinator John Scratchley
  Print Shows Lloyd Houghton
Richard Marshall
  CAPA Rick Shapka
  PSA  Rick Shapka
  Refreshments Gail Takahashi
  Equipment Rob Forbes
  Social Events


Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  Nature SIG  (SIG news forum) Dan Takahashi
Gail Takahashi
Rea Casey
  Creative SIG  (SIG news forum) Penny Coddling 
  Close-Up Editor Richard James
  Close-Up Asst. Editor Bobbie Carey
  Web Administrator Steve Jakes
  Web Administrator Backup Leah Gray
  Web News Information Manager Kim Smith


Our History


  • Born in 1944 from the union of the Victoria Photographic Society (1941) and the Civil Service Camera Club.
  • Participated in international salons (competitions and displays open to the public) until 1966.
  • Initially most members were black and white print makers, many with their own darkrooms.
  • A Colour Clinic, based on colour slides, began in 1957 and became very popular in the 1960s.
  • Print making, in both colour and black and white, has become popular again.
  • Today club members have strong interests in both prints and projected images from both film and digital sources.
  • Membership in the Club has grown substantially in recent years, reflecting a strong public interest in all things photographic.
  • The Club was registered under the BC Societies Act on October 28, 2008.
  • Club members currently pursue an active program which includes guest speakers, competitions, members' nights, field trips, workshops, special interest groups and print shows.

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