Special Interest Groups

Any Club Member can set up a Special Interest Group (SIG) or organise a photography outing. These are not organised on a formal or official basis and not too much work is needed. The organiser should check permissions from any land owners, check charges such as parking and also consider whether they should limit the number of people, setting up a waiting list if necessary - but on the whole these events are relaxed, informal and easy to arrange. They are usually free but donations can be collected for charity.

These events can be publicised by the club - you can make an announcement yourself at a club meeting and ask to put the details in News in Flash. You publicise it yourself on the Club's public Facebook page - and make up a Facebook album so that participants can add their favourite images afterwards.

We have had lots of successful SIG meetings including nature and landscape photography outings to Arne, Radipole, Lodmoor, Kimmeridge and Thorncombe Woods; an evening at Pallington Lakes Sculpture Park; an afternoon at Moreton Walled Gardens; a morning on private land near Nether Cerne; a walk around Cerne Abbas; an evening at Somerset Rebels Speedway; a meet-up at the Weymouth Colour and Bubble Runs and a Butterfly ID and photography walk around Portland. They have all been extremely popular and club members very much enjoy them and appreciate the efforts that people put into organising them.

If you are interested in setting up a SIG group or arranging an outing- they are usually one off meetings rather than regular meetings but that's up to you - speak to a Committee Member or email the club at dorcamclub@gmail.com

Distinctions Support Group

Members are welcome to join our Distinctions Support Group. This is a self-help group for members of Dorchester, Wareham and Bridport Camera Clubs, run by John Tilsley.

The group started as a Dorchester Camera Club group in the run-up to the PAGB Adjudication held in Weymouth in November 2013. We had a 100% success rate at both C and D level and the group then expanded in February 2014 to cover 3 clubs and all Distinctions. Since then several more members of the group have gained their CPAGB, DPAGB, LRPS and ARPS, and others are working towards awards at all levels.

The PAGB is the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and has 3 levels of award - C, D and M. The RPS is the Royal Photographic Society and also has 3 levels of award - L, A and F. The way the PAGB and the RPS structure their awards are very different and there is something to suit everyone, whatever your level and photographic interests.

We meet once a month to critique each other’s photographs and to help each other build up bodies of work suitable for the RPS and PAGB awards. There is a £2 fee per person per meeting to help cover the cost of room hire. Meetings are normally held on a Thursday but the September meeting is on a Friday.
Forthcoming meeting dates are:
Friday 29th SeptemberThursday 26th October
Thursday 30th NovemberThursday 14th December
Thursday 25th JanuaryThursday 22nd February
Thursday 29th MarchThursday 26th April
Thursday 31st MayThursday 28th June
Thursday 26th July.


If you are interested in trying for a distinction and joining the group, talk to John Tilsley in the first instance (email the club). It is hard work, but very satisfying and you will see so much improvement in your work.