About SMCC


The club was formed in June 1952 by a group of friends in Didsbury, led by Fred Veal FRPS, FRSA, the club's first President. The aim of the club was to encourage 'good fellowship through photography' which is now the club's motto.


The club meets at 8pm on Monday evenings throughout the year (with the exception of Bank Holidays and around Christmas) in the Didsbury with Barlow Moor Methodist Church on Sandhurst Road (see map). The clubroom is usually opened by 7:30pm and meetings start promptly at 8pm. If you are visiting us for the first time, we recommend you come along at about 7:50pm and ask for one of our Meeters & Greeters who will be happy to welcome to you to the club and answer any questions you may have.


The club offers a varied programme, with presentations, demonstrations and print or projected image shows. Regular photographic related events are also arranged. Further details of club events are available on the Programme page, where you can subscribe and download details to your own calendar (e.g. iCal, Outlook etc.) for future reference.


Occasionally, additional and more specific group meetings, demonstrations or training sessions are arranged, usually on a Thursday evening in the clubroom. These events are usually announced at a prior weekly meeting and there is a nominal charge to cover rent, refreshments and lecturer's expenses etc.


Monthly competitions for prints and digital images are usually held on the first Monday of every month, with members accruing points throughout the year towards the annual consistency awards. A digital themed competition is also held in alternate months. Judging alternates between club members and external judges, but critiques are provided each month to help members improve the quality of their work.

Annual print and digital image of the year competitions are also held. See the Competitions General Notes and Competitions Rules

Occasionally, the club takes part in competitions with other clubs and members are encouraged to submit entries to the appropriate competition secretary for possible selection.


The Event Secretary promotes local and national events of photographic interest throughout the year and welcomes suggestions for future events. For further details please refer to the Programme page.


The Annual Awards and Social evening is held in December and guests are invited. The evening includes the presentation of awards won by members during the year in the monthly and annual competitions. See Competitions Awards page for details of the awards.


The club is actively involved with promoting its activities and images on social media such as Facebook and Flickr. The club website is built on the principle of sharing images and social integration and the club actively seeks to encourage its members to engage over the internet as well as on club nights.


If you have any ideas for improving the club, please approach a committee member. If you have ideas for a possible lecture, or know someone who can give an interesting illustrated talk, please advise the Programme Secretary, who will also be pleased to hear from any members wishing to prepare their own presentation. You can also click Submit Feedback / Query in the footer of every page, to ask a question or send us feedback.


The AGM is normally held in April/May following the club's year-end of the 31st March.


The Rules of the Club have been formulated and modified during the life of the club and are listed on the Club Rules page. They may only be amended by following the procedures contained in these rules.


A committee, elected by the membership at the AGM, is responsible for managing the club and setting competition rules (see The Committee).