Club

About us.

 

The RA Photo Club brings together people who enjoy and want to learn more about photography. Membership is open to everyone interested in photography, and newcomers and visitors are always welcome. Persons interested in joining the club may attend up to three meetings before signing up.

It is the Ottawa region's biggest and best-equipped club serving the interests and needs of amateur photographers. Self-contained studio, digital scanning and darkroom facilities operate all year round. Regular meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays from September to mid-May in the Clark Hall, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa. There are also frequent special events, workshops and outings.

For membership fee information, contact the

RA Centre
2451 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON, K1H 7X7
Canada
(613)733-5100
http://www.racentre.com/

Club Bylaws
Club Guidelines

May be found here

 

Club programs offer something for everyone from beginners to seasoned veterans. Leading local and visiting photographers show their work and offer useful tips of the trade. Photography techniques and equipment are regularly demonstrated and discussed. Members are encouraged to show their own work in group and individual "show and tell" presentations, and in monthly competitions. Many club members display samples of their work in exhibits held in the RA Photo Club Photo Gallery located in the west wing lobby of the RA Centre. Extra value on meeting nights is a friendly ritual of after-hour refreshment, camera chat sessions and just plain socializing in the RA Centre Field House lounge.

Meeting Information 

The Club meets every Tuesday evening from Labour Day in September until the Awards Banquet in mid-May. A variety-packed activity program provides inspirational and educational presentations, workshops and discussions, competitions, and even entertainment. Programs are planned to include something for everyone from youthful beginners to seasoned veterans. Top notch professional photographers show their work and explain some of their techniques. Photo retailers display and discuss latest camera gear and accessories. 

Presenters are chosen to cover topics ranging from the use of colour filters for landscapes and travel, to the merits of black and white film. We have a show and tell session giving new members a chance to display their photos and gain tips on how to improve them and about one night a month is set aside for competitions in which any member can enter. We also have, the first Tuesday of the month, a table for photography related items you wish to sell. 

Please accept this invitation to attend one of our meetings.

Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m. in Clark Hall @The RA Center 

 

Club Contacts

To contact us use following mailing address:

Attn: Photo Club
The RA Centre
2451 Riverside Drive,
Ottawa, Ont. Canada
K1H 7X7

RA Photo Club - 2017-2018 Club Contacts
marks an executive position.


Executive

RA Photo Club Executive Members
Group email: No email Address Found
Position Name Role E-mail
Chair Bloodworth, Glenn (E) chair@raphotoclub.ca
Secretary Lapointe, Barbara (E) secretary@raphotoclub.ca
Program Committee Chair McCloskey, Bill (E) ProgramChair@raphotoclub.ca
Competitions Committee Chair Head, Laurence (E) CompetitionsChair@raphotoclub.ca
Social Commitee Chair Dabrowski, Izabel (E) SocialCommitteeChair@raphotoclub.ca
Communications Committee Chair MacKay, Mike (E) CommunicationChair@raphotoclub.ca
Education Committee Chair Sutherland, Grace (E) EducationChair@raphotoclub.ca
Studio Manager Harris, Rick (E) StudioManager@raphotoclub.ca
Darkroom Manager Position Vacant (E) DarkroomManager@raphotoclub.ca
Digital Resources Manager Kuiper, Al J (E) DigitalManager@raphotoclub.ca
Past Chair/Interclub Vezina, Gilles (E) interclub@raphotoclub.ca
Treasurer Kilbank, Susan (E) treasurer@raphotoclub.ca
Nature Group Leader Gauthier, Pierre (E) nature@raphotoclub.ca
Audio Visual Group Leader Kovacs, Laszlo (E) audiovisual@raphotoclub.ca
Techniques and Tools Group Leader Position Vacant (E) Techniques.Tools@raphotoclub.ca
Life, Face & Figure Group Leader MacKay, Mike (E) LifeFaceFigure@raphotoclub.ca
Life, Face & Figure Group Leader Oberthier, Wilfred (E) LifeFaceFigure@raphotoclub.ca
Photo Feedback (Critique) Group Leader Position Vacant (E) feedbackgroup@raphotoclub.ca
Urban Group Leader Position Vacant (E) urban@raphotoclub.ca
Gallery Committee Chair Position Vacant (E) GalleryChair@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Coordinator Delorme, Luc (E) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Fine Art Photography Leader Bloodworth, Glenn (E) FineArt@raphotoclub.ca
Vice-Chair Position Vacant (E) chair@raphotoclub.ca
Studio Group Leader Oberthier, Wilfred (E) studio@raphotoclub.ca


Audio Visual Group

RA Photo Club Audio Visual Group
Group email: audiovisual@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Audio Visual Group Leader Kovacs, Laszlo (E) audiovisual@raphotoclub.ca
Audio Visual Interclub Showcase Kovacs, Laszlo (E) audioVisualopenhouse@raphotoclub.ca
AV Group Assistant Johnson, Jamie (L) audiovisual@raphotoclub.ca
AV Group Assistant Hunter, Kathleen (L) audiovisual@raphotoclub.ca
AV Group Assistant Overstreet, R Edward (L) audiovisual@raphotoclub.ca
AV Group Assistant Smith, Norman (L) audiovisual@raphotoclub.ca
AV Group Assistant Macdonald, Robert (L) audiovisual@raphotoclub.ca


Awards Committee

Makes recommendations to the executive for annual volunteer awards
Group email: awards@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Awards Committee Chair Position Vacant (E) awards@raphotoclub.ca
Awards Committee Assistant Smith, Norman (L) awards@raphotoclub.ca
Awards Committee Assistant McTeer, John (L) awards@raphotoclub.ca
Awards Committee Assistant Overstreet, R Edward (L) awards@raphotoclub.ca
Awards Committee Assistant McCloskey, Bill (E) awards@raphotoclub.ca


By-Law/Guideline Review Committee

Reviews stuff
Group email: No email Address Found
Position Name Role E-mail
By-Law Committee Chair Bloodworth, Glenn (E) No email Address Found
Organization Guideline Review Assitant McCloskey, Bill (E) No email Address Found
Organization Guideline Review Assitant Gauthier, Pierre (E) No email Address Found
Organization Guideline Review Assitant Oberthier, Wilfred (E) No email Address Found
Organization Guideline Review Assitant Lapointe, Barbara (E) No email Address Found


CAPA

CAPA Representatives
Group email: capa@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
CAPA Competitions Representative Dawe, Heather (L) CAPAcomp@raphotoclub.ca
CAPA Representative Bloodworth, Glenn (E) capa@raphotoclub.ca


CCC2017 Committee


Group email: No email Address Found
Position Name Role E-mail
CCC2017 Committee Chair Haggarty, David A (L) No email Address Found
CCC2017 Committee Assistant Gauthier, Pierre (E) No email Address Found
CCC2017 Committee Assistant Bloodworth, Glenn (E) No email Address Found
CCC2017 Committee Assistant Giovinazzo, Mike (L) No email Address Found
CCC2017 Committee Assistant Elden, David (L) No email Address Found
CCC2017 Committee Assistant Haggarty, Lynn (L) No email Address Found
CCC2017 Committee Assistant McCloskey, Bill (E) No email Address Found
CCC2017 Committee Assistant Keats, Freeman (L) No email Address Found
CCC2017 Committee Assistant Laramée, Robert (L) No email Address Found
CCC2017 Committee Assistant Whitbread, Richard (L) No email Address Found


Communications Committee

Coordinates club communications within the community
Group email: communications@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Communications Committee Chair MacKay, Mike (E) CommunicationChair@raphotoclub.ca
Webmaster Elliott, John (L) webmaster@raphotoclub.ca
Webmaster Assistant Parker, Kathleen (L) webmaster@raphotoclub.ca
Photo Spots Editor Position Vacant (E) photospots@raphotoclub.ca
Listmaster Elliott, John (L) listmaster@raphotoclub.ca
Club Photographer Qureshi, Saeed (L) photo@raphotoclub.ca
Brochure Distributor Roberts, Peter (L) brochures@raphotoclub.ca
Brochure Distributor Jaques, Stanley W (L) brochures@raphotoclub.ca
Brochure Distributor Istead, Sheila (L) brochures@raphotoclub.ca
Blog Editor Position Vacant (E) blog@raphotoclub.ca


Competitions Committee

Plans the regular club photo competitions
Group email: competitions@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Competitions Committee Chair Head, Laurence (E) CompetitionsChair@raphotoclub.ca
Digital System Support Elliott, John (L) competitions@raphotoclub.ca
Competitions Committee Assistant (Judges) Hum-Sim, Elaine (L) competitions@raphotoclub.ca
Operator Position Vacant (E) competitions@raphotoclub.ca
Competitions Committee Assistant Johnson, Jamie (L) competitions@raphotoclub.ca
Competitions Committee Assistant Chin Quee, Trevor (L) competitions@raphotoclub.ca
Competitions Committee Assistant Bloodworth, Glenn (E) competitions@raphotoclub.ca


Darkroom

Manages the darkroom
Group email: darkroom@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Darkroom Manager Position Vacant (E) DarkroomManager@raphotoclub.ca


Digital Resources

Manages the club's digital resources including the scanning room.
Group email: digital@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Digital Resources Manager Kuiper, Al J (E) DigitalManager@raphotoclub.ca
Digital Resources Assistant Solis, Rafael (L) digital@raphotoclub.ca
Digital Resources Assistant Woodley, Bill (L) digital@raphotoclub.ca
Digital Resources Assistant Oberthier, Wilfred (E) digital@raphotoclub.ca
Digital Resources Assistant Blonde, Dennis (L) digital@raphotoclub.ca
Digital Resources Assistant Parker, Kathleen (L) digital@raphotoclub.ca


Education Committee

Coordinates club workshops and other educational activites
Group email: education@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Education Committee Chair Sutherland, Grace (E) EducationChair@raphotoclub.ca
Focus Series Assistant Matyas, Robert (L) Focus@raphotoclub.ca
Education Committee Assistant Position Vacant (E) education@raphotoclub.ca
Photo Techniques Workshop Convenor Vezina, Gilles (E) phototechniques@raphotoclub.ca
Photo Techniques Workshop Assistant Laramée, Robert (L) phototechniques@raphotoclub.ca
Matt Cutter Custodian Parker, Kathleen (L) matcutter@raphotoclub.ca
Matt Cutter Custodian Woodley, Bill (L) matcutter@raphotoclub.ca
Matt Cutter Custodian Schlecht, Andrea (L) matcutter@raphotoclub.ca
Librarian McTeer, John (L) Library@raphotoclub.ca
Education - Instructor Delorme, Luc (E) education@raphotoclub.ca
Education - Instructor Mazur, Brian (L) education@raphotoclub.ca
Education - Instructor Sedki, Reda (L) education@raphotoclub.ca

Executive Support
No Positions to display


Fine Art Photography

Fine Art Photography Special Interest Group
Group email: FineArt@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Fine Art Photography Leader Bloodworth, Glenn (E) FineArt@raphotoclub.ca
Fine Art Group Assistant Gauthier, Pierre (E) FineArt@raphotoclub.ca
Fine Art Group Assistant Wallace, Patricia (L) FineArt@raphotoclub.ca


Galleries & Exhibitions Committee

Coordinates exhibits in the club galleries.
Group email: gallery@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Gallery Committee Chair Position Vacant (E) GalleryChair@raphotoclub.ca
Digital Gallery Assistant Haggarty, David A (L) gallery@raphotoclub.ca
Ottawa Public Library Convenor Dabrowski, Izabel (E) gallery@raphotoclub.ca


Life, Face & Figure

Figure/Glamour/Portrait/Still Life Special Interest Group
Group email: LifeFaceFigure@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Life, Face & Figure Group Leader MacKay, Mike (E) LifeFaceFigure@raphotoclub.ca
Life, Face & Figure Group Leader Oberthier, Wilfred (E) LifeFaceFigure@raphotoclub.ca
Life, Face & Figure Co-Leader Oberthier, Wilfred (E) LifeFaceFigure@raphotoclub.ca
Life, Face & Figure Assistant Duchesne, Denis (L) LifeFaceFigure@raphotoclub.ca


Nature

RA Photo Club Nature Group
Group email: nature@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Nature Group Leader Gauthier, Pierre (E) nature@raphotoclub.ca
Assistant Fillion, Rob (L) nature@raphotoclub.ca
Assistant Miller, Roger (L) nature@raphotoclub.ca
Assistant Harris, Rick (E) nature@raphotoclub.ca
Assistant Kuiper, Al J (E) nature@raphotoclub.ca
Assistant Parent, Daniel (L) nature@raphotoclub.ca


Nominations Committee

Recommends the Executive & Volunteers for the next season.
Group email: nominations@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Committee Member Presseault, Lise (L) nominations@raphotoclub.ca
Committee Member Bloodworth, Glenn (E) nominations@raphotoclub.ca
Committee Member Vezina, Gilles (E) nominations@raphotoclub.ca


Open House Committee

Arranges the annual Open House
Group email: openhouse@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Open House Convenor Dabrowski, Izabel (E) openhouse@raphotoclub.ca
Open House Assistant -Prints Nitoslawska, Anna (L) openhouse@raphotoclub.ca
Open House AV Coordinator Kovacs, Laszlo (E) openhouse@raphotoclub.ca


Photo Feedback

Feedback and critique of members work
Group email: feedbackgroup@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Photo Feedback (Critique) Group Leader Position Vacant (E) feedbackgroup@raphotoclub.ca
Photo Feedback Assistant Johnson, Jamie (L) feedbackgroup@raphotoclub.ca
Photo Feedback Assistant Gossage, Abigail (L) feedbackgroup@raphotoclub.ca


Program Committee

Responsible for planning the program for club meetings
Group email: program@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Program Committee Chair McCloskey, Bill (E) ProgramChair@raphotoclub.ca
Program Assistant Nitoslawska, Anna (L) program@raphotoclub.ca
Program Assistant Bloodworth, Glenn (E) program@raphotoclub.ca
Program Assistant Locke, Peter (L) program@raphotoclub.ca
Program Assistant Oberthier, Wilfred (E) program@raphotoclub.ca
Program Assistant Presseault, Lise (L) program@raphotoclub.ca
Program Assistant Murphy, Maureen (L) program@raphotoclub.ca
Program Assistant Wong, Chak (L) program@raphotoclub.ca
Program Assistant Bloodworth, Glenn (E) program@raphotoclub.ca
New Members Night Gossage, Abigail (L) newmembersnight@raphotoclub.ca
Slide Showcase Coordinator MacKay, Mike (E) slideshowcase@raphotoclub.ca
Summer Meeting Coordinator MacKay, Mike (E) summer@raphotoclub.ca


Social Committee

Responsible for reception and social events
Group email: receptionsocial@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Social Commitee Chair Dabrowski, Izabel (E) SocialCommitteeChair@raphotoclub.ca
Social Committee Assistant Schlecht, Andrea (L) receptionsocial@raphotoclub.ca
Social Committee Assistant Nitoslawska, Anna (L) receptionsocial@raphotoclub.ca
Social Committee Assistant Hum-Sim, Elaine (L) receptionsocial@raphotoclub.ca
Social Committee Assistant Laux, Jeanne (L) receptionsocial@raphotoclub.ca
Social Committee Assistant Kaminska, Elizabeth (L) receptionsocial@raphotoclub.ca
Membership List Coordinator Laramée, Robert (L) membership@raphotoclub.ca
Bulletin Board Position Vacant (E) receptionsocial@raphotoclub.ca
New Member Support Presseault, Lise (L) No email Address Found


Strategic Planning Committee

RA Photo Club Strategic Planning Committee
Group email: strat.Planning@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Strategic Planning Committee Leader Position Vacant (E) strat.Planning@raphotoclub.ca


Studio

Manages the studio
Group email: studio@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Studio Manager Harris, Rick (E) StudioManager@raphotoclub.ca
Studio Assistant Manager Carter, Geoff (L) StudioManager@raphotoclub.ca
Studio Assistant Manager Mallet, Nathaniel (L) StudioManager@raphotoclub.ca


Studio Group

Organizes Workshops Etc.
Group email: studio@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Studio Group Leader Oberthier, Wilfred (E) studio@raphotoclub.ca
Workshop Leader Oberthier, Wilfred (E) No email Address Found
Studio Mentor Oberthier, Wilfred (E) No email Address Found


Tech Services

Provides computer and audio systems support for club activites
Group email: TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Tech Services Coordinator Delorme, Luc (E) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Miller, Roger (L) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Pojman, Vlastimil (L) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Locke, Peter (L) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Fraser, Andrew (L) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Choi, Alvin (L) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Bloodworth, Glenn (E) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Head, Laurence (E) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Kandalaft, Sami (L) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Mostowski, Andrew (L) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Nixon, Ken (L) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Harris, Rick (E) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Cui, Yi (L) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Agboola, Olu (L) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services Assistant Davidson, Jim (L) TechServ@raphotoclub.ca


Techniques and Tools (Digital Group)

- Discussion of digital photography
Group email: Techniques.Tools@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Techniques and Tools Group Leader Position Vacant (E) Techniques.Tools@raphotoclub.ca
Techniques and Tools Group Assistant Hunter, Kathleen (L) Techniques.Tools@raphotoclub.ca
Co-Leader Bloodworth, Glenn (E) Techniques.Tools@raphotoclub.ca


Urban Group

Urban Photography Interest Group
Group email: urban@raphotoclub.ca
Position Name Role E-mail
Urban Group Leader Position Vacant (E) urban@raphotoclub.ca
Urban Group Assistant Berghout, Corry (L) urban@raphotoclub.ca
Urban Group Assistant McCloskey, Bill (E) urban@raphotoclub.ca
Urban Group Assistant Burt, David (L) urban@raphotoclub.ca
Urban Group Assistant Nitoslawska, Anna (L) urban@raphotoclub.ca
Urban Group Assistant Dawe, Heather (L) urban@raphotoclub.ca

Club Executive

To contact us use following mailing address:

Attn: Photo Club
The RA Centre
2451 Riverside Drive,
Ottawa, Ont. Canada
K1H 7X7
RA Photo Club Executive Members 2017-2018
ChairGlenn Bloodworthchair@raphotoclub.ca
SecretaryBarbara Lapointesecretary@raphotoclub.ca
Program Committee ChairBill McCloskeyProgramChair@raphotoclub.ca
Competitions Committee ChairLaurence HeadCompetitionsChair@raphotoclub.ca
Social Commitee ChairIzabel DabrowskiSocialCommitteeChair@raphotoclub.ca
Communications Committee ChairMike MacKayCommunicationChair@raphotoclub.ca
Education Committee ChairGrace SutherlandEducationChair@raphotoclub.ca
Studio ManagerRick HarrisStudioManager@raphotoclub.ca
Darkroom ManagerPosition VacantDarkroomManager@raphotoclub.ca
Digital Resources ManagerAl J KuiperDigitalManager@raphotoclub.ca
Past Chair/InterclubGilles Vezinainterclub@raphotoclub.ca
TreasurerSusan Kilbanktreasurer@raphotoclub.ca
Nature Group LeaderPierre Gauthiernature@raphotoclub.ca
Audio Visual Group LeaderLaszlo Kovacsaudiovisual@raphotoclub.ca
Techniques and Tools Group LeaderPosition VacantTechniques.Tools@raphotoclub.ca
Life, Face & Figure Group LeaderMike MacKayLifeFaceFigure@raphotoclub.ca
Life, Face & Figure Group LeaderWilfred OberthierLifeFaceFigure@raphotoclub.ca
Photo Feedback (Critique) Group LeaderPosition Vacantfeedbackgroup@raphotoclub.ca
Urban Group LeaderPosition Vacanturban@raphotoclub.ca
Gallery Committee ChairPosition VacantGalleryChair@raphotoclub.ca
Tech Services CoordinatorLuc DelormeTechServ@raphotoclub.ca
Fine Art Photography LeaderGlenn BloodworthFineArt@raphotoclub.ca
Vice-ChairPosition Vacantchair@raphotoclub.ca
Studio Group LeaderWilfred Oberthierstudio@raphotoclub.ca


Joining the Club

 

How to Join

Find out more about the club in our New Member Information Package (PDF 1.7MB)

To join the Photo Club you must be a member of the RA Centre, Canada's largest recreational, sport, fitness and leisure centre. Everyone is eligible to become an RA member. You may register for membership either in person or by telephone (613-733-5100), making payment by cash, cheque, debit card or credit card. In person, go to the Member and Guest Services desk in the East end of the RA Centre. It is open 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on statutory holidays - closed Dec 25 and Jan. 1.)


Annual Fees

The RA membership fee schedule may be found here: http://www.racentre.com/index.php/membership.

Additional fees for Photo Club membership may be found here: http://www.racentre.com/index.php/photo-membership

 

There are additional fees for:

RA Facility fees (additional options):

  •  Darkroom
  •  Studio + and additional fee per booking
  • Digital Resources

These fees are used to purchase and maintain equipment.

 

For inquires or clarification on membership categories contact the RA Centre Member Services Staff at 613-733-5100.

 

History of the Club

RA Photo Club History

Tracing its origins to the beginning of the Second World War, Ottawa’s RA Photo Club has a proud record of achievement in support of amateur photography in the national capital region. Founded in 1939 in modest quarters above a downtown restaurant, it focused, in early years, on black and white photography. Fittingly enough, its first Chairperson, Doug White, worked with the National Film Board, a federal agency which gained international renown for its prowess in the photographic arts. As recounted by the club's first Life member, Alice Gillies, in her memoir, A Snapshot of the Past:

 

1939 - 40 The members met on Monday evenings in a room above Bowles Lunch, at 3 Rideau Street, adjacent to the Union Station, now the Government Conference Centre.
1941 - 42 Members invited to Jim Newton's home for a darkroom workshop.
1946 - 47 The RA News paid $5 for the best photograph every month from a club member.
1950 - 51 Chairperson Harry Bleinham introduced coloured slides, and a darkroom was installed at 30 Rideau Street. Prints were exhibited at the Odeon and Glebe Theatres, camera shops and Freiman's department store.
1952 - 53 A Christmas party was held at the RA Lodge, 50 Wellington Street.
1955 - 56 Chairperson Don Thorn introduced a Portrait Studio.
1956 - 57 Club fees were raised from $1 to $2; non-members paid $4; the darkroom fee was $4. The meetings were now held at 243 Lisgar Street, in the RA House.
1958 - 59 Membership totaled 50, with 15 members using the darkroom.
1961- 62 The RA Camera Club, the Colour Photographic Association of Canada (CPAC), and the Camera Club of Ottawa met together at the RA Centre. The darkroom in the RA's new quarters on Riverside Drive was introduced by Al Hern.
1963 - 64 A 70" by 70" projection screen was acquired for the first time. The members were divided into two groups: Novice and Advanced.
1964 - 65 Membership rose to 90. A library was set up and a banquet held at the end of the year.
1969 - 70 The Nature Group was informally organized in early 1970.
1975 - 76 The first Open House was successfully organized by Karen Lehmann on May 4, 1976.
1976 - 77 Membership rose to 125. Studio, Fashion and Portraiture were introduced.
1978 - 79 The first Audio-Visual Program was introduced.
1983 - 84 The club's name was changed from RA Camera Club to RA Photo Club.

 

After much discussion, the Club established criteria for monthly competitions whereby participants advance from the Junior level through Intermediate, Senior and (a very few) to Master levels. At first, there were separate categories for prints and slides but this has evolved into just one top prize for Photographer of the Year.


In 1998 and 2003, the RA Photo Club organized two very successful Canadian Camera Conferences for CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Art), hosting photographers from across Canada. Activities included photographic field trips, proficient speakers, wine and cheese events, banquets, barbeques, etc. The RAPC inaugurated Trade Shows as part of these events.


A well-attended full day Planning Session was held in 2006. As a result, there was some organizational re-structuring. Soon after, the Club’s By-Laws were revised and Organization Guidelines were established to provide guidance to future members.


The RA Photo Club is today one of the largest, best equipped, most active and diversified photo clubs in Canada. Initially serving federal government employees only, its services are now open to all who are interested in photography. Home base is the RA Centre, a major recreational complex located at 2451 Riverside Drive, off Bronson Avenue. Thousands of photography enthusiasts have enjoyed its vigorous program of presentations, outings, workshops and special projects and services. Operation of a self- contained darkroom and studio and, more recently, digital resource facilities has provided additional inducement for members to learn and improve photographic skills by active hands-on participation.

Operation of club programs is richly sustained by involving an extraordinarily high proportion of members in executive and group activities. Of some 300 members registered, more than 60 are actively engaged in one or more committees. About one-third of members take part in periodic photo competitions. Many members get involved in one or more special interest groups and activities, with as many as 100 signing up for such popular pursuits as nature, urban or digital photography.

Succeeding years have seen steady progress as club leaders have managed to sustain and expand the scope of photographic activity to serve the ever broadening interests of photo enthusiasts. For many years, club members actively supported other programs of the RA Centre by volunteering to take photos of these activities. An annual "photo blitz" was staged with this objective, so that much of the imagery contained in the centre's periodical RA News was the work of club photographers. Many members have also contributed generously to community projects such as Wildlife Week by providing prints for exhibition.

Widespread interest in the rapid development of digital photography sparked a dramatic increase in club membership from the 100-125 range to 300+ in recent years. Improved communications, especially through a dedicated RA Photo Club web site, has contributed significantly to this expansion. A significant innovation was the formation in 2005-2006 of a new and vibrant Urban Group dedicated to photography in the urban environment. Members of the group got off to an enthusiastic start covering such summer festivals as Dragon Boat Races, Bluesfest, Tulip Festival and the Chamber Music Festival. It is the dedication and passion of RA Photo Club members to all aspects of photography that will continue to make history in the Ottawa region and beyond.

Leadership in club programming has been constantly assured by a succession of able chairpersons and executive committee members, many of whom have maintained club membership over lengthy periods. Chairpersons over the past two decades include:

  • Bob Matyas (2010-11)
  • Pierre Gauthier (2008-2010)
  • Dave Elden (2007-08)
  • Corry Berghout (2006-07)
  • Robert James (2004-05, 2005-06)
  • Tom Ritchie (2003-04)
  • Barbara Lapointe (2002-03, 1995-96, and 1985-86)
  • Brian Fogarty (2001-02)
  • Peter Roberts (2000-01)
  • Dave Haggarty (1999-2000 and 1992-93)
  • Linda Brewer (1998-99)
  • Guy Lorriman (1997-98)
  • Catherine Kelly (1996-97)
  • Bill Rankin (1994-95)
  • Pam McLennan (1993-94)
  • Joy Macdonell (1991-92)
  • Ed Overstreet (1990-91)
  • Bill Bovey (1989-90)
  • J-P Jerome (1988-89)
  • Marjorie Leach (1987-88)

All but two of these are still club members.

Life members honoured for dedicated service to the club include:

  • Alice Gillies
  • Eric Cottee
  • Henri Langlois
  • Paul Holland
  • Ed Overstreet
  • Barry Thoms
  • Catherine Kelly
  • Barbara Lapointe
  • Pierre Gauthier

Current Club Historian is Hans Foerstel

Awards offered by the Club

RA Photo Club Awards
 

Every Club member is encouraged to nominate members who make the Photo Club fun and worthwhile.

Nomination deadline is Friday, 4 April 2014.

Please submit your nominations to a member of the Awards Committee, or hand in at the Club meeting reception desk. Thank you!

Nominations form (pdf)

 

Outstanding Contribution Award

 

Criteria for the award  [pdf]

 

The Alice Gillies Award

Criteria for the award [pdf]

 

RA Photo Club Life Membership Award


The RA Centre offers a Club Life Membership to recognize long term meritorious service in the development of Club activities.

Criteria for the award [pdf]

 

 

RA Centre Life Membership Award

Criteria for the award [pdf]

 

 

 

 

RA Centre President's Award

 

 

Criteria for the award [pdf]

 

A list of award winners from prior years may be found here.