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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Single Day 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.

Fall Field Trip with GCC to Dumbarton Oaks Gardens - 10/26/2014
Join fellow GCC members for a fall afternoon at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown on Sunday, Oct. 26. This 27-acre garden is one of only two in North America that made the National Geographic’s list of top 10 gardens worldwide.
Please click this link to sign up for the trip. Please include both your email address and cell phone number on the sign up form. If you sign up and then need to cancel, please go back to the sign up page, but this time indicate that you will not be able to attend.
To carpool, meet other club members at the Park and Ride lot at Quince Orchard Road and I-270 at 1:45 p.m. for departure promptly at 2 p.m. Turn right immediately after entering the parking lot and park close to Quince Orchard Road.Or, meet club members by the garden entrance at about 3 p.m.
Dumbarton Oaks Garden is located at 31st and R Streets NW, Washington, D.C. Hours are 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $8. Seniors (60+) pay $5. To learn about the gardens, visit, and check out photos from the Dumbarton Oaks garden blog at


Click HERE to see our Planned Field Trips and Sign Up Sheet.


Our Meetings
Camera Club Meetings are held twice per month!

Speaker Night: 10/13/2014, 7pm - Denise Silva - Composition: the Rules and When to Break Them.
This presentation will focus on the rules of composition, going beyond the rule of thirds and exploring other unique compositional framing. She will also cover the elements of design and how these elements can be used to enhance image quality. Lastly, she will discuss breaking the rules and why breaking the rules can sometimes work. All of this will be demonstrated through image presentation to help reinforce the concepts discussed. Learn more about the blogs, tutorials, workshops, photo books and tours of Denise Silvia and her associate, Don Rosenberger, from their very impressive website
**** After the break, we will have a “Question & Answer” session with President Ed Palaszynski serving as moderator.

Competition Night: 10/27/2014, 7pm - Theme: LANDSCAPES
Judge: Mark Van Bergh - a Washington, D.C. area attorney and photographer. His photographic interests are varied, ranging from a passion for nature and wildlife photography, to travel, people. Mark has received several awards for his photography, including a first place in the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival Photography Competition and third place in a 2006 juried show of mid­Atlantic regional photographers. A resident of Arlington, Virginia, Mark’s websites can be found at: and
NOTE: Competition Entries Deadline: 10/22/2014 at midnight

Competition Winners

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