About

Thanks for your interest in the K-W Highland Glen Camera Club!

If you’re looking for other photography enthusiasts in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, then we would like to invite you to come out to one of our meetings. The HGCC offers its members a number of ways to improve their photography, see work of other photographers and speakers, get feedback on images, engage in competitions, participate in workshops, get new ideas, and spend time with other people who share their interest in photography.

The club is affiliated with the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA). HGCC members receive a digital copy of CAPA’s Canadian Camera magazine quarterly.

Meetings

Meetings are usually the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month subject to venue availability, starting with the third Monday in September and going until the end of May. The club holds two dinners in December and June.

Meetings start at 7:30pm and end before 10:00pm.
Most meetings are held in the gymnasium at
Keatsway Public School
323 Keats Way
Waterloo, Ontario

There is free parking and the building is wheelchair accessible.

For the 2017/2018 year, the October 2nd, February 19th, and March 19th meetings will be at other locations. Please check the Event Calendar for meeting dates, locations and further event details.

If you are interested in joining the club, you are invited to come out and try a meeting or two to see if the club is right for you.

Aims and Objectives

  • To foster and promote image making through the art of photography.
  • To provide an opportunity for the sharing of ideas, the improvement of photographic skills and to enjoy fellowship through photography.
  • To encourage membership participation in the many different kinds of club activities.
  • To receive monies, whether from membership fees, donations or through other means and to expend same for the advancement of the club.
  • To promote and foster friendly relationships with other photographic clubs and like organizations.

History

Since its inception in the late 1960’s the Highland Glen Camera Club has seen many changes. The name of the club has been changed at least once and its location three times.

The name Highland Glen was instituted when the club held its meetings in the basements of the Highland Baptist church and Glen Acres Baptist church, on alternating nights.  Formally, the club name was changed to K-W Highland Glen Camera Club in 2004; informally, the club is referred to Highland Glen or HGCC. Electronically, the club is also referred to as the Waterloo Camera Club.

For many years the club held its meetings at the Albert McCormick Community Centre. The club moved to the Waterloo Community Arts Centre in 2006, to Rim Park in 2009, and to Keatsway Public School in 2011.

The membership base has fluctuated a great deal since its humble beginnings – the club was begun by a group of six photographers. The current membership now sits at around 30. The club is governed by a Board of Directors, elected annually by the membership, under the club’s Constitution.

The photographic interests of the club members is quite diverse, with favourite subjects including landscape, portraiture, nature, travel, and fine art topics. Moreover, club members utilize a wide range of equipment, from older twin-lens reflex rollfilm cameras to point-and-shoot to the latest in digital technology. The club offers a variety of competitions and non-competitive events to showcase in digital images and prints.