Who we are

With roots that can be traced back to the middle of the nineteenth century Norwich & District Photographic Society (NDPS) is one of the oldest photographic societies in the country. The annual season has something for everyone being jam-packed with fantastic presentations from accomplished photographers, practical workshops and tutorials, field trips, special interest groups, the usual photographic competitions and much more...!.

Interested in improving your photography or just starting out on your journey…? Why not come along and see what we have to offer.

Our objectives

Norwich & District Photographic Society is ambitious, vibrant and friendly. Our members freely share their ideas, images, knowledge, and experience both at our weekly meetings and during the other activities that comprise our annual programme. No matter what their level of photographic ability or experience everyone is welcome to join us. We have members of all ages who work in all kinds of industries and professions whose photographic skills range from complete beginners who are starting out their photographic journey through to seasoned experienced photographers . We strive to ensure all members reach their potential in a friendly environment.

The overall objectives of the Society are:

  • to provide a centre of artistic and technical excellence for photographers in Norwich and the surrounding area

  • encourage members to develop their photographic and artistic skills and abilities; and

  • provide a forum for the exchange of information, knowledge, ideas and expertise on photography and photographic art.

NDPS is affiliated to the East Anglian Federation (EAF) of Photographic Societies.  The EAF is a constituent founder Member of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB), which is the parent organisation for camera clubs and photographic societies throughout the UK.

Brief History

The Society was initially established during the middle years of the 19th century when in June 1854 a number of local people with an interest in the science of photography formed the Norwich Photographic Society.

This society existed for only seven years but during that time it had an influence on the development of photography far greater than its provincial origins merited with reports about its meetings in the archives of the Royal Photographic Society.  The present society was formed in 1903 when a group of photographers from other organisations such as the YMCA and the Teachers’ Field Club, together with a number of interested individuals with strong links to the original Society, met under the guidance of Albert Edward Coe who continued as President until 1914 and the outbreak of the First World War.  

Throughout this period The Society has met regularly right up until the present day although during the two world wars activities were curtailed and the Annual Exhibition was suspended. In 2016 the Society held its 100th Annual Exhibition showcasing the work of its members at Norwich Cathedral.