The Gaithersburg Camera Club primarily serves upper Montgomery County, though members come from all over.  The club is meant for camera enthusiasts of varying skills and interests.  Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography.  Our programs and activities provide information and instruction for all skill levels. Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings with or without a member.
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For the end-of-year (June) competition, the deadline is Tuesday, May 24.  In addition to that being the deadline for registration of prints and submission of digital images, that is also the deadline for DELIVERY of prints.  Prints can be delivered to the May competition meeting the day before, or they can be delivered to Alan Zipp's office, Rich Marcus's house, or such other place as may be announced.  (If using one of these latter options, contact Alan or Rich to make arrangements.  Rich is not available Tuesday late afternoon or early evening.)

NOTICE:  1/2016 - 5/2016 meetings will be in Parker Hall building (#7)  on Asbury Campus Map.

Our Meetings
Camera Club Meetings are held twice per month!

Speaker Meeting - Speaker: Patti Hankins, 5/9/2016, 7pm
Topic: “Fine Art Floral Photography”

An excerpt from the speaker: “In an ever changing busy world, I find peace and beauty in the natural world. Whether I am photographing a bed of tulips at a local botanical garden or a wildflower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I seek to capture the simple beauty of a flower to share it with you. I have started photographing some flowers in my studio, something I thought I would never do. I’m finding that photographing flowers in the studio allows me to capture details in the flowers that I was never able to share with you before. Click this link for her full biography.

Following Pattis's presentation, Ed Palaszynski and Mel Sessa will continue the discussion on the use of on and off camera flash. Ed will discuss various flash accessories such as stands, umbrellas, filters, clamps, and portable diffusers.’

Competition Meeting - Judge: Laurie Black, 5/23/2016, 7pm
Theme: Photojournalism.

The theme is defined as follows: “Entries shall consist of images with informative or story telling
content and emotional impact and may include human interest, documentary, sports or spot news
subjects. The situation depicted must not have been set up for the purpose of the photograph (e.g.,

Laurie is a freelance photojournalist covering events in the political, social, and fine arts communities, including events at the White House and on Capitol Hill. She is also a senior adjunct professor of photography at Montgomery College where she teaches courses in photojournalism and digital photography. Click this link for her full biography.

Photography Field Trips
The Gaithersburg Camera Club has launched a series of single day photography field trips that are within an easy drive from our hometown. Members with any level of experience are free to join us at a variety of locations.
Historic Congressional Cemetery: Saturday, May 14, 7:30a.m.

Across Washington D,C and along the shores of the Anacostia river lies Historic Congressional Cemetery ,the oldest national cemetery with origins dating back to 1807. More than 55,000 great men and women are buried here such as John Edgar Hoover ,the first director of the FBI , John Phillip Sousa , composer , Mathew Brady ,Civil war photographer ,Belva Ann Locwood ,Attorney ,Author and women's rights activist. The address is 1801 E St , SE , Washington D C. For more information , visit  

Join us on May 14th @ 7:30 in our usual carpool location ( Park-N-Ride lot , I -270 & Quince Orchard Rd ) Park on the right side of the parking entrance ,near route 124 to join other GCC members.
Click Congressional Cemetery to sign up. Please include both email address and cell phone number in sign up form.

Please click this link for more details of this trips.

Click Planned Field Trips and Field Trips Sign Up Lists to see more information.

GCC Meet-Up
It’s a new concept to provide club members with more opportunities to shoot together without counting on a GCC field trip coordinator to accompany the group.

Competition Winners

Club Competition Winners

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