Welcome to the Orkney Camera Club website.

The club was setup in 1977, when John Cartmel Crossley an artist from St. Margaret's Hope, along with Colin Johnstone called a public meeting with the intention of getting others who were interested in photography together to form a Camera Club.  After a good turnout at the meeting a committee was formed and Orkney Camera Club began.

Since then, times and technologies have changed but the club has always had a good number of members with varying levels of experience who take their own style of photography to the club.


Orkney Camera Club aims to provide a mixed programme of events for the year to try and meet the needs of all levels of photographers.  Our calendar is made up of a mix of competitions, practical evenings, guest speakers and demonstrations from our members.


This year’s line-up is different than normal years. We will update our Calendar section and upload the programme as soon as we can.


Our meetings would normally take place between September and April in the Guide Hall in Kirkwall (see Contact section for further information). But this year we are only starting November and we hope to continue to April as usual.


If you are interested in photography and are thinking to join us, we welcome new members.  Please get in touch with us for full details on joining. You can also check our Membership options.


(Try before you join.  If you are still not sure about joining, come past for one or two meetings and just pay £1 for the refreshments before deciding)


While you are here why not have a look around our site to find further information or see the photos our members have been taking.

Orkney vs Shetland Image Battle 2021/22

Liquid Competition Winning Photos February 2019

Cold blue liquid crashing

1st in the liquid colour projected section by Ray Groundwater

Living Orkney Competition 2018


Slow Competition Winning Photos December 2018

Slowing Blades

1st in the slow colour print section by Tim Wright

Sport Competition Winning Photos October 2018

Sport Competition Winning Photos October 2018

Rolling Back the Years

1st in the sports colour print section by Tim Wright

Annual Competition Winning Photos 2018/2019


1st in the misc mono print section by Tim Wright

Members Portfolios

Find useful information on news and events.

Any news on upcoming meeting and competitions.

Club documents can be found here. Including our Constitution, minutes, programmes, competition rules and entry forms, details of committee membership etc. 

Links to our Members websites or social media pages. Recommend having a look at these for great photos!