The Mearns

Located on the North East of Scotland, to the south of Aberdeen, the Howe of the Mearns spreads from south of Stonehaven to above Brechin and from the Grampian Mountains until the Garvock Hill stops it from reaching the sea.
The Mearns Camera Club takes its name from this now fertile and prosperous area although the bounds of our membership spread outside the definition of the area given above, stretching up to Aberdeen and south to Forfar, and with the sea playing a significant part in our lives and our photography. In fact, Dunnottar Castle, an iconic fortress and tourist attraction sits on its own promontory thrusting into the North Sea just two miles south of Stonehaven.

The Mearns Camera Club

The Mearns Camera Club is based in the Community Education Centre in Stonehaven. We meet every Monday evening from September until April at 7.30pm (please refer to the Syllabus for details). These sessions are a mixture of presentations from local expert photographers, competitions, coaching sessions and occasionally excursions for some practical, hands-on photography. During the summer, Club members meet twice-monthly for photography in the early morning and evening light.


The Club runs six monthly internal competitions each year, with a mix of Open and specific theme subjects. All these competitions feature both digital projected image and print sections. Prints for the print competitions range from those produced in a chemical darkroom to those produced from digital files using a printer.

In addition, we compete annually in the Grampian Eye against several other Clubs in the Grampian Area.  We also compete annually in the Angus Cup against Brechin Photographic Society, Carnoustie Camera Club, Carnoustie Photo Group and Kirriemuir Camera Club.

The Club enters both the Digital image and Print Championships run by the Scottish Photographic Federation and the SPF Digital Image and Print Portfolios. Individual members compete in other competitions and salons as they arise.

Club Members

The Club has a strong membership ranging in skills from beginners to professionals. Within the membership, most types of photographic subject are taken – from landscapes to nature photography, travel, still-life and portraiture.
The Club welcomes members of any level of skill and does its best to support photographers of all standards. The range of equipment used by members ranges from digital to 35mm to medium format.

Club Facilities

The Club has a range of equipment which members are able to book out. These include:

A digital projector.
A laptop for digital presentations.
A Gretag Macbeth colour calibration kit (limited compatibility).

Enquiries are welcome and you should contact us using the details on the ‘Contact‘ page of this site.