Testimonials - Members

A couple of years ago now while looking for a club to join, I visited about 5 clubs to try them out. There were some lovely people at all the clubs, but it was DVCC that really attracted me to join them, it’s a friendly club that encourages all abilities and levels in their members.

While the club does enter competitions as part of its schedules, unlike some other clubs it’s not the main theme of their evenings. Instead it’s about learning and sharing, swapping ideas and having fun with your photography, even when things don’t work out there is always something to take away as a learning experience.

I was keen to do more for the club and joined the committee who made me feel welcome and listened to my ideas for improvements and change. I recommend this club to anyone wanting to further their skills or just have fun with photography.

Keith Burton

I have never been a Camera club member before recently joining DVCC.
I have in one way or another had a camera since I was eight years of age, so why join a camera club now ?

Being Autistic, the boundary of [transferring from being] a lone photographer to [having] an association with a group is a difficult boundary to cross; but lone photography is, as it says on the tin, a lonely place; with a tendency to specialise in one aspect of photography i.e.. wildlife, and coming from a background of being a very successful failure, I feel now that joining DVCC has opened my horizons to many different aspects and styles [of photography] and in just a few months; having never entered any sort of competition before, I am having photographs considered for the YPU: "Amazing!"

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of DVCC for their warm and friendly welcome and specially President Gill and Secretary Julia for their helpful comments and advice, and finally my loving and patient partner, who quickly became disillusioned with hiding in hedges taking photos of small mammals and suggested; no insisted, we join DVCC.
The Journey continues…

New DVCC Member

The fact that we are growing and retaining members shows that we as a club are doing something right.

DVCC Member

[DVCC] seems to be a well-oiled machine - definitely more dynamic than the olden days. As I said before I was impressed with the website and the schedule of events. I also like the charity/community elements and would like to get involved with those in the future. And again I enjoy the newsletter (which reminds me I must read this weeks!)... not really checked out the Facebook page of the 52 week challenge - but I will do!

New DVCC Member

The club has a wide range of services, and events - there is something for everyone. Nobody needs to attend everything to get value from their membership the offer is so great.

DVCC Member

I have been a member of DVCC since about 2010. I moved from being a member of a Doncaster club, then having moved to the Dearne Valley, decided to transfer to a club nearer to my home.
DVCC did go through big changes, and for the last 5 yrs has changed dramatically in its approach and ethos.
Having had experience with other Yorkshire Camera Clubs, which tend to be "traditional", DVCC is on its own with its approach to photography; its relationship with the membership and the Community work that it is involved with. The key word is "inclusivity" in all respects.
Members vary from award-winning long standing photographers, to members who have just acquired their first camera, and all members are as important as each other. Honest help and appraisal is ALWAYS available to any member who needs it.
The range of photo opportunities is extremely wide and varied and members are encouraged, without ANY pressure, to attempt all subjects and to gain knowledge to be able to pick up their camera and feel confident in any situation.
We strive to make DVCC a pleasant and informative club for all to enjoy. With online and live clubroom platforms, it gives all members a wide choice of contact and help from the club. It's all about friendliness and learning and … THERE IS NO ELITISM AT DVCC.

Alistair Thorn

People are really friendly and welcoming. A diverse range of skills and talents at all levels. Also like the range of topics covered and the opportunity for community work attracts me.

DVCC Member

It's 5 stars from me, and I really feel that the members of this club are driving it forward for the best! Fantastic work to all involved!

Thomas Glover-Williams

I think the weekly newsletter has been invaluable and I'm enjoying the creative stretching for the 52-week Challenge

DVCC Member

Regular newsletters and the fb page encourages participation and keeps us all up-to-date with what is going on, the website is easy to use and has huge amounts of information, advice, “how to” guides and stunning members photos – it’s also ever-evolving as I have seen in my short time within the group. (We can now re-visit footage of critiques and photographers' seminars). The weekly meetings contain a diverse range of activities in which to participate, mixed up with talks/seminars by established photographers, and great teaching/guidance sessions. I can’t wait for the Summer events list where we can all get together regularly.

DVCC Member

I feel [DVCC] is run very professionally. Love the 52 week challenge and the weekly newsletter is also brilliant for keeping us all up to date.

DVCC Member

I feel diversity is the key to interesting and informative meetings I personally was getting set in my ways (blinkered) before joining DVCC . It has opened my imagination to different aspects of photography, some of which I would never have considered

DVCC Member

Being fairly new to Dearne Valley Camera Club (October 2021) I would like to thank all of you fabulous members and committee members for making me feel completely involved in the group and activities, and for making me so welcome. From my very first group meet, where the club had planned to do “light-painting & light-trails”, everyone set out to make me feel included and looked after – in spite of the awful weather preventing us from doing what was originally planned – quick thinking members improvised and made it possible to swap to doing indoor light trails instead. Brilliant – I love this “Don’t give up” attitude – It shines through in so much of what DVCC does and stands for.

Gill Perrin

[DVCC has a ] good selection of people who are all looking to improve and help others improve.

DVCC Member