12 November 2014: Huge double congratulations to Alison Jenkins and Simon Jenkins who have both been awarded Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS).
22 September 2014: Our Annual Exhibition on 22 November will now be judged by Malcolm Tinn LRPS LBIPP.
24 May 2014: We've just heard that the Hertford Carnival on 22 June – where HDCC will have a stall as we have for the last two years – is to move back to Hertford Castle grounds, and will not be held on Hartham Common.
26 March: The judge for the final Projected Digital Image competition on 28 March will now be Bob Norris.
23 February 2014: Delighted to announce that the Club came 11th out of the 30 clubs in the excellent St Ives Interprint competition yesterday, a strong result for us in exalted company! Huge congratulations to Hellen Stevens who was awarded a PAGB Silver Medal for 'Burmese Child'.
11 October 2013: The judge for the first print competition on 18 October will now be Marilyn Steward.
20 August 2013: We have received information about Iceland Photo Safari 2014, which may be of interest to members: "We had a very successful inaugural Iceland Photo Safari in 2013 and were blessed with good weather and in most cases wonderful light. May is generally a good time for photography (so too is October). We are therefore offering a further bite at the cherry for 2014 for which I attach details [PDF]. Club members are welcome to contact me direct but please be aware that I am working in Iceland until early September so unable to take phone calls until after 7th September. Emails will be promptly answered however. There are some images from this season's visit on our Flickr site. Tony Escritt."
The Horse Whisperer11 May 2013: Winner of our annual Small Print Competition last night was Caroline Bailey with The Horse Whisperer. A traditional subject with a touch of humour, and strong composition. Excellent print quality. Entries are limited to 300 sq cm maximum (roughly an 8" x 5" print), so composition, simple subject matter and punchy printing are essential. The size limit creates a level playing field and gives less ecperienced workers a chance to shine, though not this year!
3 May 2013: We are sad to hear of the death of Eric Saul, ARPS, EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB, on the 21st April 2013. Many of us in the Club remember Eric as a judge and lecturer on the club circuit for many years. He also administered the EAF finances since he was elected onto the Executive as Treasurer in 1992, and was EAF President from 2002 to 2004.
9 March 2013: Techie note: Our website has moved to a newer, faster server in an environmentally-friendly data centre. Visitors should not notice any difference (except perhaps that the site is faster and more environmentally-friendly), but please contact the Webmaster if you experience any problems.

Cllr. Peter Ruffles with Hon Mem certificate11 February 2013: We're delighted to announce that Councillor Peter Ruffles has been appointed an Honorary Member of the Club in recognition of his tireless work for the town, and in particular for his support of the Club over many years. He was presented with a hand-drawn certificate confirming the award at a brief but enthusiastic ceremony during the Club’s regular meeting on 8 February. One of the Club’s longest serving members – Barrie Stockwell, a member for more than 40 years – spoke of Peter’s involvement in many areas of the local community. He has visited the Club many times, both as a judge of members’ images of Hertford and as a speaker presenting the town’s history in old photographs – always with a string of interesting anecdotes about every aspect of Hertford life.

  • The official press release is HERE [PDF]
8 February 2013: A new addition to the website: the live Twitter feed at the top of this page. Now, even without a Twitter account, you can see what we're tweeting. The practical benefit is that in the event of any last-minute change to the programme we can tweet more easily and more quickly than we can update this page – especially if the Webmaster is away from the computer – and the tweet will show up here on the Noticeboard. We also hope that if you do have a Twitter account you'll follow @hertfordcamera! (Apologies that the text in the Twitter feed is a little larger than we'd like – there is currently no way of adjusting this.)
25 January 2013: Programme change: tonight's Set Subject competition has been POSTPONED, probably to 8 February, as the judge is indisposed [ get well soon Marilyn! ]. In its place there will be an instructional evening – bring cameras and/or questions.
18 January 2013: Tonight's meeting is CANCELLED due to the bad weather. Our photo journey to Laos will be rescheduled for another meeting.
19 November 2012: Three new galleries have been added to the website, containing nearly 70 photos of Hertford, following our recent successful and very enjoyable competition proposed and judged by Peter Ruffles.
9 November 2012: Many congratulations to Robin Claydon (HDCC Exhibition Secretary) who has been awarded the Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS).
21 August 2012: Informal Hertford Competition announced, with the chance to win £25! Following our successful guided walk around Hertford with Peter Ruffles in July, as part of our Summer Events programme, Peter has proposed an informal competition for NEW photos of Hertford. Click HERE for more details.

HDCC Hertford Carnival stand24 June 2012: Thanks to everyone who supported us at Hertford Carnival today and who entered the Where In The World? Competition. The winner, drawn at random from all the correct entries, was Kath Tootill of Hertford. She wins the Fujifilm FinePix JV250 Compact Digital Camera. Congratulations! The correct answers were:

  • A 7 (The Great Wall, China)
  • B 1 (Statue of Liberty, USA)
  • C 8 (Sydney Opera House, Australia)
  • D 6 (Taj Mahal, India)
  • E 3 (Machu Picchu, Peru)
  • F 2 (Chichen-Itza, Mexico)
  • G 5 (Venice, Italy)
  • H 4 (St Pauls Cathedral & the Millenium Bridge, London, England)
7 June 2012: Our Summer Programme of combined photography and social events between 17 June and 2 September has now been published. See the Events page for information.
Hertford Carnival7 May 2012: The Club is delighted to be taking part in the Hertford Carnival on Sunday 24th June, following the Carnival theme "A Festival of Nations". From 12:00-6:00pm, our stall in the Hertford Castle grounds will feature members' images from around the globe, a visitors' competition, and a display of the club's work, plus a photo surgery and a demonstration of print mounting.
8 March 2012: Programme change: The judge for the 'Hertfordshire and/or its People' competition on 23 march will now be Byron Sinfield.
22 September 2011: Programme change. Following a late cancellation, the meeting on 23 September (tomorrow) will now feature top EAF judge Paul Radden commenting on some of our best prints from the last 60 years. Audience participation will probably be encouraged!
3 August 2011: Updated the 'Snapshots in Time' page with more information about our important exhibition of photography and equipment to be held at Hertford Museum in November and December. Added links to it in the menu (left) on every page. The page also shows some of the photos that will be on display. Bookmark the shortcut: www.hdcc.org.uk/sixty
14 June 2011: Launched our photography competition for local school-aged children and teenagers – in partnership with Hertford Museum – which will run over the Summer months. Winning entries will be displayed both at the 'Snapshots in Time' exhibition at the Museum, and at our Annual Exhibition. Also put up some balloons today...

12 May 2011: Latest Viewfinder on-line in the Members' Area.

9 May 2011: The Minutes of the Annual General Meeting on 6 May are now on-line in the Members' Area. And there's a significant update to the Events page, which lists photo galleries and other attractions that may be of interest outside the Club.
10 April 2011: The Agenda for the Annual General Meeting on 6 May is now on-line in the Members' Area.

7 February 2011: Latest Viewfinder on-line in the Members' Area.

16 January 2011: The redesigned website goes live! The content is mostly unchanged apart from minor edits, but the underlying structure has been completely rebuilt. Webmaster welcomes comments and bug reports via the Contact page. The main changes are:

  • Addition of the large links to the left of all the main pages; previously they were only on the home page. Addition of our 'Stag and Diaphragm' logo, slightly 'wrapped round' the vertical black bar, and a black title bar at the top of every page (except in the galleries).
  • Addition of a common side panel on the right, currently showing Gallery images, to nearly all the pages. On the Gallery main page this space is used for an index of galleries; in the Members' Area it's used for technical information.
  • Changes to font specifications throughout the site to make the text easier to read, plus some subtle formatting and colour changes. All pages now use the textured backgound first introduced in the Gallery pages.
  • All pages now use the full width of the browser window, and should resize and display well over a wide range of browser widths and heights.

29 December 2010: The Gallery area of the website has been redesigned and completely rebuilt, as part of an ongoing redesign of the whole site. (The design of the Gallery index page has not yet been changed). Many of the changes are cosmetic, but there is also much new code 'under the hood'. The main changes are:

  • Larger full-size images.
  • Design and colour changes.
  • The addition of a 'filmstrip' on each main image page.

The 'filmstrip' shows the next 4 and the previous 4 images in the member's gallery. It can be scrolled to show all of the images so that visitors can choose other images without having to return to the lightbox. Give it try!

10 December 2010: A reminder that we meet tonight at the Kingsmead Pre-School in Stanstead Road, due to the on-going problems at our normal venue.

2 December 2010: Due to the present and anticipated bad weather, the meeting tomorrow – 3 December – has been cancelled. Members entering next week's competition please email (or phone) print titles to Stuart by tomorrow.

25 November 2010: CHANGE OF VENUE, AGAIN : Continuing problems at St John's Hall (due to damage caused by intruders) mean that forthcoming meetings will be held in the following locations:

  • 26 November: Kingsmead Pre-School, Stanstead Road, Hertford, SG13 7HQ (our old venue).
    Enter the old Police station exit road and go up the small hill directly on the right.
    The building is the small one in front of the Police station, NOT Wheatcroft School.
  • 3 December: The Methodist Church, Middlefield Road, Hoddesdon, EN11 9ED (Large Hall).
  • 10 December: Kingsmead Pre-School.
17 November 2010: CHANGE OF VENUE THIS FRIDAY : Due to problems at St John's Hall the 19 November meeting will be held at Hertford Museum, Bull Plain, Hertford, SG14 1DT (opposite Herford Cameras). Curator Helen Giles will present the Museum's plans for a photographic exhibition covering the 60 years of the Club's history.
12 November 2010: Annual Exhibition award winners and highly commendeds on-line
25 October 2010: Hugh Milsom is unable to present his talk "Mood and Colour" on 29 October. However we are delighted that Kevin Herbert has stepped in at short notice to talk about "Getting Exposure Correct with Digital".
7 October 2010: 2010 Annual Exhibition entry form available for download in the Members' Area
28 September 2010: Full results of Projected Digital competition no. 1 in the Members' Area
18 August 2010: 2010-2011 Syllabus on-line
19 April 2010: Latest Viewfinder on-line in the Members' Area.
1 April 2010: 2009-2010 Competition winners on-line, with full lists of points in the Members' Area.
18 November 2009: Annual Exhibition award winners and highly commendeds on-line
14 October 2009 : Information in the members' area on preparing images for digital projection.

18 March 2009 : A Search facility added to the site, on the Home page.

7 March 2009 : Latest Viewfinder on-line in the Members' Area.

27 November 2008 : 2008 Annual Exhibition award winners now on-line here.
9 June 2008: A new Events page has been added to the site, listing exhibitions and other events both in the local area and in London, to encourage members to go and see some real photography!
10 May 2008: Next year's programme now on-line here.

3 May 2008: Notes from the (very long!) AGM last night:

  • Next season there will be Projected Digital Image competitions, with A and B classes, on the same evening as the Slide competitions. Slides will now be in a single class. With the falling number of slide entries, the situation will be reviewed at next year's AGM. Everyone was too tired to decide what will happen to the trophies...
  • Winners of B class competitions at the end of the year will no longer automatically move up to the A class.
  • Speakers will be encouraged to take questions at the end of their talks to broaden the interest of the evening.
  • The Viewfinder Editor is to be reinstated as a Committee post. The specific post of Publicity Officer is to be deleted as the function is now mostly performed across the Committee. Details of other changes will be shown here shortly.
  • There was a request for a list on the website of certain external events. Watch this space...

14 April 2008: Congratulations to Rashida Mangera (2) and Mike Pole (1) for monochrome prints accepted in the 2008 EAF Exhibition. Both have one print going forward to the Photographic Alliance inter-federation competition.

3 February 08 : A new photo gallery by Carolyn Linsell has been added to the site.
26 January 08 : Programme Change : The projection of the EAF Exhibition 2007 portfolio has been moved forward to 8 February, following cancellation of the planned Adobe evening.
15 December 07: Latest Viewfinder on-line in the Members' Area.
8 December 07: Annual Exhibition award winners now on-line here.
28 September 07: Latest Viewfinder on-line in the Members' Area.

A Spin on Autumn by Peter Clark20 May 07: A new photo gallery by Peter Clark has been added to the site. Galleries by Gordon Anderson and the Sandells were updated recently – we now have 160 images on display, plus seven panoramas.


14 May 07: As the 2006/07 season draws to a close, with only the Annual Dinner remaining, next year's programme is now revealed here. Just one or two details still to be finalised.

5 May 07: Some decisions from the AGM last night, which will take effect next season:

  • The number of prints that may be entered in the main competitions will be reduced from three to two. This reflects the greatly increased entry in the last couple of years – an encouraging trend – and will give judges a fairer chance for proper assessment. Both marks will count, and prints cannot be entered (in main competitions) again.
  • Two discussion evenings per season will be introduced (at the discretion of the Syllabus Secretary) at which both new prints and competition prints will be commented on (constructively, we hope) by the assembled members. Don't be shy!
  • The maximum size of entries in the Small Print Competition is to be reduced to 300 square cm (from 500sq cm), to encourage the production of images that work well at a small size.
  • [ Most important?] There will be a tea/coffee break in the middle of the meeting, not at the end as has been the case for about the last 50 years.

The Wedding Car14 April 07: Just one print in the EAF (East Anglian Federation) Exhibition this year, by er... your webmaster: The Wedding Car by John Sandell. The Club only entered seven prints this year, from two members, which was a pretty poor show – we understand that some other clubs entered 30-40 prints, and one even (allegedly) submitted 80!

The exhibition of around 200 prints, plus slides, is at the Gibberd Gallery in the Civic Centre, Harlow, from 28th April until 19th May.

3 March 07: We were delighted to hear, just before Christmas, that we had been awarded a Lottery grant under the Awards for All scheme, for the purchase of a digital projector, a laptop and some software. Making the application has been a lot of work (thank you, Brian and Stuart) and there were (rightly) plenty of hoops to jump through.

But at last the equipment has arrived and we've had a chance to try it out. The projector is an NEC LT25 and seemed to give a very bright and good quality picture. The laptop is a Sony VAIO A617S. With Photoshop and various other software, members will have a chance to get up to speed with digital, and we will be including training in our programme.

The projector will also be available for the increasing number of visiting speakers who use digital, though some do bring their own equipment. And of course for Club members giving talks. It seems likely that eventually we will merge projected digital images into the slide competitions, as the number of members shooting on film diminishes, but there are a few more hoops to jump through in that direction too.

Awards for All 

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