The club's purpose is "to promote...friendly relations between persons interested in photography
and kindred subjects and for the advancement of knowledge in the
science and art of photography."
Portland Camera Club Charter, 1899
| Executive Board
Founded on May 24, 1899, the Portland Camera Club is one of the
oldest camera clubs in the United States. The club welcomes anyone interested
in photography, whatever their level of experience. Our programs include education through classes, workshops and guest speakers. The Portland Camera Club is a registered 501(c)(7) organization.
Marking the Portland Camera Club's 70 years of membership in
the Photographic Society of America:
Doug Coleman, Ed Richardson, Dennis Marrotte
Meetings are held on the first four Mondays of the month, from
September through May, at the American Legion Hall (Stewart P. Morrill
Post), 413 Broadway, South Portland (click
here for directions). Ample parking is available in the parking
lot on the east side of the building.
Handicap access: The hall has an entrance ramp with handicap
access on the west side of the building. There is a driveway leading
straight up to the ramp. Please note that the bathrooms have not been upgraded to be handicapped accessible yet.
Meetings start at 7:00 PM.
Winter cancellations: The club makes every effort to contact its members
in the event that a meeting must be canceled. The announcement will
be made on the PCC_connect forum (our Yahoo! group), communicated via e-mail, a "telephone tree," and local television
- Regular Membership dues are $50 per year.
- High School students presenting a valid Student ID may participate in all club activities for free.
- Undergraduate college students presenting a valid Student ID may participate in all club activities for $20 per year.
- Family Memberships: First family member pays $50; each additional family member pays $25.
Visitors are always welcome. Anyone may participate, at no charge, in meetings during September and October. To continue participation in club activities, individuals must pay their annual dues by the end of the first meeting in November.
Dues payments may be made with a check or money order, made payable to "Portland Camera Club." Give your check to the club treasurer, Rick Thompson. Or you may pay via our Paypal page (click here for the Paypal Payments page). If you choose to mail in your check, mail it to:
Portland Camera Club
P.O. Box 2526
South Portland, ME 04116.
Members of the club's Executive Board are elected to their position. Elections are held during the club's Annual Business Meeting, which is usually held in early May.
2015-2016 Executive Board
President: Steve Thomas
Vice President: Mike Leonard
Secretary: Elizabeth Benz
Treasurer: Rick Thompson
General Questions: Mike Leonard click here for email.
Web Site Comments: John Bald click here for email.
Portland Camera Club
P.O. Box 2526
South Portland, ME 04116
Portland Camera Club's Online Forums
The club's online forums are in transition. We currently have two forums, a Yahoo group called PCC_Connect and a new forum that we host and operate on our own called PCC-Forum. Both are free to join.
Our Yahoo Group, PCC_Connect, is an easy way to stay in touch with other club members. Anyone can post a message to the forum and it will be sent automatically to all members that have joined the group. The messages are also archived on the group web site for future reference. The forum is designed to be a tool for members' use and mutual benefit. Topics for posting to the forum include meeting changes or weather cancellations, a member looking for help with an equipment problem, advice on time of day or year to shoot a particular location, or any other club or photography related subject.
To visit the PCC_Connect home page and join the forum, click here
The new online forum, PCC-Forum, is here: PCC-Forum.
Competitions are one of the club's major activities. They provide
a way for members to learn and grow as photographers, by providing
a means for members to have their work evaluated,
as well as the opportunity to observe the work of fellow members. For a description of the club's competitions and instructions on how to enter, see the Competitions page.