History of the Harbour City Photography Club

The Harbour City Photography Club began in Nanaimo in 1991 when a group of friends placed an advertisement in the local papers to see if anyone was interested in belonging to such a club. The first meeting welcomed over fifteen people and the essence of the club was born.

The initial meetings were held at the Volunteer Centre on Wallace Street on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. As the membership grew the club moved to progressively larger premises and now meets at St. Andrew’s United Church Hall on Wesley Street.

For many years the club published a printed newsletter called Photoflash. It was available as a small booklet at local camera stores and other outlets and was sponsored through the support of advertisers as far away as Victoria. It was a wonderful way to reach out to new members but was eventually deemed too expensive to maintain and gave way to an online format.

The club made its mark in the community through a number of initiatives; namely, The Joy of Photography, Photo Salon, and the hosting of a most successful CAPA national conference. We continue to be a member of the Canadian Association for Photographic Arts and compete in CAPA competitions. We co-hosted a CAPA Training workshop, which had over 50 participants.

You are reading this on our member managed website. Browsing through you will quickly see that we continue to be a thriving community of photographers. In addition to print and digital image competitions – the core of every photo club – we emphasize education sessions, special interest groups, outings to practice our skills, and showcasing our images in the community. Our year-end “grand finale” is a Member Showcase consisting of print and digital images created throughout the year.

In the fall of 2016 we celebrated our 25th anniversary. We welcome new members eager to be part of a vibrant organization dedicated to improving photographic skills.