About Southwest Missouri Camera Club

History

Located in Springfield, Missouri, the Southwest Missouri Camera Club has been an active organization for a quarter of a century. Organized by a group of amateur and professional photography enthusiasts, the club has grown in membership through the years.


Members

Club members come from all walks of life, with varying degrees of photographic experience - from the novice to the professional and everything in between. The most important aspect of the organization is it's members. We learn from each other by sharing our photographic experiences and skills. Plus, it's just plain fun to share camaraderie with other photographers (who else will listen to you talk endlessly about f-stops and help you figure out why your last "sure fire" picture didn't quite turn out?). Club activities go on throughout the year and serve as a forum for the membership.

Membership

It costs nothing to attend club meetings. You may visit as often as you please. But you must be a paid member in order to enter competitions, go on field trips or participate in any other club activity. Membership can be paid several ways, please visit our membership page for more information. 

Monthly Meetings

There are two types of Club meetings.  Our primary, or "4th Thursday" Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month. These meetings are more structured, and entail official club business and activities such as Competition and Scavenger Hunt results, as well a program on some area of photography, often times with a guest speaker.

Our "2nd Thursday" Meetings are, of course, held on the second Thursday of each month and are more informal, usually involving some program,  seminar or discussion on photography.

For all meetings, we have social time starting at 6:30 p.m. and the meetings are 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Always check the meeting listings to determine location. 

Visitors are always welcome and do not have to belong to the club to attend. All Club meetings center around a variety of photographic topics and provide plenty of opportunity to share photographic experiences.

Competitions

The club holds quarterly photography competitions, with Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Divisions. Club members may submit one print per quarter to the competition coordinator. The competition coordinator arranges for independent judges, who provide comments, along with points on each submission. The entries and the comments are discussed during the following month's meeting, making this an important learning experience. The competition winners are awarded ribbons and everyone comes away with a better insight on their own photography. See our competition page for more information. 

Points awarded in the quarterly competitions are cumulative, with the highest scoring photographer from each division named club 'Photographer of the Year'. In addition, a 'Print of the Year' is chosen from the quarterly winners of each division by a membership vote. These are awarded at the annual year-end banquet meeting. 

The club also periodically holds less informal competitions throughout the year. The main goal of these exercises is to expand each member's creativity and expertise. 
 

Scavenger Hunts

Scavengers Hunts are held twice a year, typically in the Spring and Fall.  Six topics are announced and members have one month to photograph and submit four photographs in four of the six topics. At the meeting following submission, the images are projected to the membership and voting by those present will determine the winners. 

Field Trips

Our field trip committee chair will plan various field trips throughout the year. Field trips usually involve gathering together and carpooling to a location containing something of photographic interest. Members often provide their "insiders" knowledge of some area on these trips. Examples of trips have been to local and regional nature areas, to downtown Springfield, an exclusive expedition to Dickerson Park Zoo, to a studio setting for portrait photography, and to formal public gardens in other areas. 

Show & Tell

Members are always welcome to bring prints or digital images of their recent photography experiences - from places near or far - to club meetings. They can share their experiences in taking the photographs and can ask the other members to provide their perspective on the appeal and technical merits of the photos.