The Buller Camera Club was founded in 1956 by local photographer Leo Morel and a group of enthusiasts. Members who make up the Club today are no less enthusiastic and fully embrace the digital revolution in photography to produce images that attest to their growing skills and expertise.
The Club draws members from the northern West Coast of the South Island, a land the pioneer past still remains close to the surface of contemporary life. The fabric of West Coast history has been woven out of greenstone, gold, coal, timber, farming and fishing. Today, the fastest growing use of its huge natural resources is in tourism, with an emphasis on beach and forest walking, fishing, tramping, caving, canoeing, horse-trekking, and exploring old coal mining sites and ghost towns of the gold rush era.
Set between the stormy expanse of the Tasman Sea and the unbroken chain of the Southern Alps, the West Coast is a photorapher's paradise. For six hundred kilometres from north to south, this wild and often sparsely populated region of mountains and glaciers, tranquil lakes and unruly rivers, primeval forests and magnificent coastline, overwhelms visitors with its natural beauty.