About Southwest Missouri Camera Club

The Southwest Missouri Camera Club was organized in 1963 by a group of amateur and professional photography enthusiasts.  Today, the tradition continues with many activities for photographers of all levels of experience and a variety of interests.


  • Range from novice to professional
  • Shoot with camera phones, point-and-shoots, DSLR, and film
  • Love to share their knowledge
  • Are the most important asset of the club!

Monthly Meetings

  • Free and open to the public
  • Second and Fourth Thursday from January through October
  • One meeting in November
  • Variety of programs
    • Education
    • Competitions
    • Presentations by local or national photographers
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm, Meetings are 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Locations and programs are listed on the Events page and on Meetup

Membership Benefits

  • Quarterly Competition (print competition)
  • Scavenger Hunt and Themed Challenge (digital competitions)
  • Overnight and extended field trips (listed on the Events page and on Meetup)
  • Club newsletter - The Photogram
  • Annual Awards Banquet in December
  • Opportunities to exhibit your work in public venues around the area
  • Private Members Only Facebook group


  • Quarterly competition
    • Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced divisions
    • Judged by independent judges from the community
    • Entries, judges' comments, and winners presented at meetings
    • Winners are eligible Photographer of the Year and Photograph of the Year
  • Scavenger Hunt
    • Held twice a year, in the spring and fall
    • Categories given by the Scavenger Hunt Chair
    • May enter up to 4 photos
    • Judged by club members at a monthly meeting
  • Themed Challenge
    • Held five times a year 
    • Usually a technique or type of photography
    • Judged by club members at a monthly meeting 

Field Trips

  • Various places throughout the year
  • May be local, in the area, or out of state
  • Wide range of subjects and locations