Established in 1886, the Syracuse Camera Club is one of the oldest photography organizations in the United States. The first members were all men, mostly in professional fields, interested in what was then a relatively new art form. Today, our members are men and women of all ages and from all walks of life.

We are avid amateur and semi-professional photographers who meet to promote the enjoyment and mastery of the art and craft of photography. We hold competitions, slide shows, workshops and other events where we share and learn from each other, as well as from top experts. Prospective members and guests are always welcome to attend our meetings.

The club prides itself on the monthly competitions in which members can submit prints and/or digital images to by judged by local photography professionals. Three months of the club year are themed competitions while the rest are open to any subject. See our calendar for themed competition topics.

We have monthly slide shows where members give presentations on a topic of their choice. It could be a travelogue or organized around a theme that helps us to see the world around us with fresh eyes. Recent shows have taken us sailing and to Tibet. You can find out what’s coming up on our activities page.

We usually round out the month with a workshop. This might be one of our members sharing a special technique, a professional photographer demonstrating how to light a portrait, or someone from the Syracuse Newspapers sharing their portfolio and talking about what their work day is like.

See the sidebar for information on joining the Syracuse Camera Club and where we meet.