St. Mary's County Camera Club had its first meeting on November 2nd, 1998 in St. Mary's City Maryland. The club's purpose is to "...promote photography as a hobby, providing a forum for exchanging knowledge of the subject and inspiring amateur photographers toward improving their art."

We normally meet Wednesdays as follows:

• First Wednesday: Lecture or workshop at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, at 7PM.
• Second Wednesday: Photo critique at the Pax River Naval Air Museum in the back building, at 7PM.
• Third Wednesday: Competition at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, at 7PM.

Here's a map to the Higher Education Center, with the rooms we most often use.

Annual membership dues are $25 per individual, or $30 family. Membership is required for participation in competition and elections. Visitors are welcome at all meetings.

PRESENTATION: Nov 7th 2018, 7 PM,

Location: Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, building 2, room TBA.

Subject: Celebrating 20 Years of Great Photography with the St. Mary's County Camera Club! Founders Joanna and Jim Macaulay will present a slide show about their extensive travels in Mexico. Joanna is gathering some photos of club events to share, and we hope to lure some of our past members to share some good old times. We also plan to put up some of our past winning photos. Come on out and join the fun!

CRITIQUE: Nov 14th 2018, 7 PM,

Location: Pax River Naval Air Museum (back building conference room)

Bring several photos in .jpg format on a memory stick for open, fair discussion, and ideas to improve the shot through cropping and advanced editing methods.

COMPETITION: Nov 14th, 2018, 7 PM

Location: Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, building 2, room TBA.

END OF YEAR COMPETITION! This will include all entries which received honors (1st, 2nd or 3rd place) in any of 2018's monthly competitions. In the case of the digital entries, we already have them in the club's computer, so you don't have to do anything. But in the case of print competition winners, you will be responsible for bringing them in!

CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!: Dec 5th 2018, 7 PM,

Location: TBA.

Details TBA. This may be at the County Fairgrounds in Tolerance Hall, which is heated. It may be potluck, everyone bring something to share. We'll let you know!


The St. Mary's County Fair commisioners have offered us the use of Tolerance Hall at the fairgrounds for our meetings, FOR FREE! This is because the club has officiated the Photography Division at the County Fair for some years, and they really appreciate our doing that. We currenty pay about $25 per meeting at the two venues we use, so this would be a huge savings, and allow us to improve our programs. However, we may decide to make a donation to the fairgrounds in return.

At this time, we can't guarantee that we'll always have the Wednesdays we usually meet - that will have to be discussed. The room is more than ample sized for our needs, and is heated and air conditioned. We don't know yet whether they have a projector we can use, or whether we'll have to buy one. If anyone has a lead on a good used digital projector, please let us know!

Please comment on any other concerns you may have about this idea by contacting a board member or with Facebook.

Posted Oct 23rd, 2018

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Updated Oct 23rd, 2018