Welcome to the Sweetwater Camera Club!

The Sweetwater Camera Club is a Douglasville, Georgia-based group of photo enthusiasts founded in 1988. We host a wide variety of interesting, motivating, and educational monthly lectures, contests, critiques, field trips, workshops and exhibitions throughout the year. The purpose of the Sweetwater Camera Club is to share and promote photography for the visual education, enjoyment and recreation of all members.

If you would like to join or rejoin, please scroll to the bottom of this page for membership information and payment options.

MEETINGS: The Sweetwater Camera Club meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 PM at the Douglasville Conference Center, 6700 Church Street, Douglasville, GA 30134 unless a special event requires a different venue. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Meetings usually consist of some type of basic photography tutorial video or similar activity, then a business meeting, followed by a presentation, a short break, a photo critique and the judging of the monthly photo contests. Each month that there is a guest presenter, up to one hour is spent on a lecture, demonstration or show.

CALENDAR: The 2nd Thursday  of every month, the SCC has its meeting.

SPEAKERS: The speaker for each monthly meeting will be published on our Meetup and Facebook sites and announced via e-mail. We don’t usually know who the presenter will be until shortly before our meetings so that information will not be posted here. If you would like to be a speaker or if you have questions, please send an email to SayCheese@nullSweetwaterCameraClub.org

SOCIAL MEDIA – Facebook and Meetup
Join our Facebook and Meetup pages to get your full benefits of belonging to Sweetwater Camera Club:
SCC Facebook Page: You must be a member of the Sweetwater Camera Club in order to post and view messages and to participate in the discussions on our Facebook page. Once you have joined the SCC as a paid member, please visit us at http://www.facebook.com/#%21/groups/203933609053/ to gain entry to the group.

You should then request to join the Sweetwater Camera Club – Official Club site on Facebook. A moderator will confirm you as a member and you will receive a message through Facebook.  Once you have paid your membership fee, please click this icon and request to join:

Sweetwater Camera Club FacebookWhen your yearly membership expires, please renew a.s.a.p. to continue viewing and participating on the SCC Facebook site. 

Sweetwater Camera Club Meetup Link: Visit the SCC Meetup site to see the list of upcoming Sweetwater Camera Club events: Field Trips, Photo Meetups, Educational Workshops, Critiques, Monthly Meetings, etc. You are not required to be a member to view and participate in most of our scheduled Meetups. 
Sweetwater Camera Club MeetupPlease visit http://www.meetup.com/Sweetwater-Camera-Club to join SCC Meetup.

MEETUP apps for your iPhone, iPad or your Android devices are available for free and will not only notify you of upcoming events, you can RSVP from your digital device. You will first need to have a Meet-up account for the Sweetwater Camera Club, which is free for the asking by clicking on the Meetup Icon above.

For a Meetup app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/meetup/id375990038?mt=8

For a Meetup app for your Android phone or tablet, go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.meetup&hl=en

SCC FIELD TRIPS: The Sweetwater Camera Club hosts at least one and sometimes several photographic field trips each month for the purpose of educating and entertaining our members. Field trips are announced via email, on Facebook and on our Sweetwater Camera Club Meetup site.

Flag Day


June 14, 2017

Douglasville Conference Center. Dinner at Fabiano’s afterwards

New Manchester Ruins/Re-enactments

$5 to park/Free with parking pass

June 17 & 18, 2017

Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mt Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs 30122

Douglas Co. Butterfly Gardens (7 in Douglasville)


June – July 13, 2017
Go on your own at any time!

Pick up a free map at the CAC or the Douglas County Museum.
1: Woodie Fite Senior Center, 2: Cultural Arts Center, 3: DC Health Dept (in the back), 4: DC Library Children’s Garden, 5: Deer Lick Park, 6: DC Courthouse (south side), 7: Tom Worthan Park

Hot Air Balloons

$5 at the gate

June 17, 2017
3-10pm, Balloon glow at 9pm

White Water School Complex
100 Wild Cat Way, Fayetteville 30215

July 4th Parade & Fireworks


July 4, 2017

Parade starts at 10am, Church St to Selman Dr. Fireworks meet up at 8pm at the parking lot across from Olive Garden. Bring chairs!

FIELD TRIP LIABILITY RELEASE  (This is a mandatory contract): As a condition of membership with the Sweetwater Camera Club [“SCC”], and/or an attendee of our field trips whether a member or not, I agree to release from liability and to hold harmless Sweetwater Camera Club and its officers, agents, employees or assigns for any injury, including illness, accident, emergency and death, and for damage to or loss of personal property, including equipment, film, and memory cards, etc. while participating in any activities affiliated with Sweetwater Camera Club. This message has been posted as of January 1st, 2015.

To clarify, you do not have to be a member of the SCC to attend and participate in our field trips but by default you agree to release the Sweetwater Camera Club from all liability as listed above whether you agree verbally, or in writing or not.

Official SCC upcoming field trips are planned and announced by our Field Trip Chairperson via email and Meetup.

It is understood that if you do attend and participate in an SCC field trip, you accept all risk and responsibility for your well being and will do nothing to compromise the safety and well being of yourself or other guests. By attending any SCC field trip, you agree to hold harmless the SCC and any and all of its members and participants in the event of any misfortune that occurs to you or your family member or guest.

Each month the Sweetwater Camera Club hosts a photo critique and contest during the second half of the monthly club meeting. Each month’s topic is unique and covers both color and black & white (or monochrome) imagery. We also have a Field Trip category covering any images made during one of our many current field trips. The presenter for the monthly meeting usually critiques each image entered in the contest before deciding 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention placings in each category.


January 2017 Phone or Tablet – Any subject from a phone or tablet-APP process only
February 2017 Ansel Adams style photo – in celebration of his 115 birthday, February 20, 1902. Please Google Ansel Adams examples of his photographs. Color & Monochrome.
March 2017 Head & Shoulders – Posed Portrait of a person (head & shoulders only)
April 2017 Trees – any season
May 2017 Garden Decoration – Decoration must be in a garden setting
June 2017 Abstract – depicting a visual image that does not have an immediate association with the object
July 2017 Panning – A technique performed through capturing an object in motion while moving the camera in parallel to the object.
August 2017 Somebody’s Pets – Your own or someone else’s pet(s) (Cannot be in the wild)
September 2017 Up in the Air – No birds. Anything that causes you to LOOK UP to see.
October 2017 Patriotic – Showing love for your country and being proud of it.
November 2017 Cemeteries – Anything found in or symbolic of a final resting place.
December 2017 Your favorite image(s) taken in 2017 – Can submit TWO – Color (1) and/or Monochrome (1)


January 2018 Photographers – Caught in the act of photographing (no posing)
February 2018 Stairs – Interior or Exterior images
March 2018 Churches – exterior view or exterior details of a church
April 2018 Porches – Taken from or images of, where the porch is the main feature
May 2018 Birds – Must be alive
June 2018 Fences – a barrier, railing or other upright structure
July 2018 Down by the River – Beside, On or In a River
August 2018 Shoes – On or Off the feet
September 2018 Cityscapes – a pictorial view of a city or section of one
October 2018 In Uniform – Person in actual uniform
November 2018 Instruments – Musical, Medical or Mechanical
December 2018 Your favorite image(s) taken in 2018 – Can submit TWO – Color (1) and/or Monochrome (1)

3/2014 -2/2015 Contest Topics
Contest Rules

SCC PUBLICITY: Winning photographs are usually printed in the Chapel Hill News & Views monthly magazine on the Sweetwater Camera Club page in the photography section.


The SCC Winners and Featured Members pages and other publishing services are provided through the gracious generosity and at the convenience of the publicity committee whose primary mission is to advertise and market the Sweetwater Camera Club as a service and hobby club to the city of Douglasville, Douglas County and West Georgia communities. Selection and organization for publication of winning photographs and featured member photos are at the complete and final discretion of the SCC Publicity Chairperson who is charged with this mission.

Images to be published must always be in good taste, family-friendly without references to questionable content or activities. Images portraying or suggesting nudity, sexual attraction, unlawful activities, violence, inappropriate touching, obvious publicly controversial imagery and dangerous activities that might influence children or minors are forbidden. This list is not all-inclusive and may be incomplete. The rule is, if there is any question, the image will be left off the pages or not used for advertising the Sweetwater Camera Club.

This in no way affects the ranking of the image in the SCC contest for the month or for the yearly “Photographer of the Year” winner. Exclusion from our advertising activities in no way reflects badly upon the submitting photographer. Historically, image makers have always stretched the limits and boundaries of art. Our rules are there to protect our relationships with our media people as well as our club.  We ask that you consider and respect the legal protection of the club and its reputation and help us protect the magazine, news or other media outlets and their advertisers/supporters from complaints and/or legal action by the public. Image submissions may be cropped, lightened or darkened or altered by the Publicity Chairman to meet the page layout, makeup, composition and printer’s requirements.

FEATURED MEMBER PHOTOS: Once a month a current favored member is picked, by the president only, for consideration to have his or her work published on the “FEATURED MEMBERS PAGE” of the Chapel Hill News & Views.

Please Note: The monthly “Featured Member Photo” publicity page is not a “contest reject” page. When your work is considered, your submissions should be pictures that are not contest subjects. The rules of inclusion in our club publicity pages are the same as listed above. Contest participants and those submitting images for the Featured Members’ Page must be members in good standing with the Sweetwater Camera Club. If you would like to be considered as a “Featured Member” please submit your request to SayCheese@nullSweetwaterCameraClub.org.



SCC EXHIBITS: The Sweetwater Camera Club hosts several well-attended member photography exhibitions in and around Douglasville and Douglas County during each year. These critically acclaimed events provide an opportunity for our members to gain recognition for their visual artistry and craftsmanship. If you plan to participate you must be a current member.

For any upcoming exhibition, please download, print and fill out the SCC Exhibiting Photographer Agreement Form and the SCC Exhibiting Photographer Inventory Form. You must submit these forms at the time your images are delivered to the exhibition site. No photography submissions can be accepted for display without this accompanying paperwork.

SCC Exhibiting Photographer Agreement Form:
SCC Exhibiting Photographer Agreement
SCC Exhibiting Photographer Inventory Form:

SCC Guidelines for Pricing Your Work:

MEMBERSHIP: Our membership fees cover the calendar year, from January through December. A full year fee is charged throughout the year, no matter when you join. You may join the Sweetwater Camera Club in person using cash or check at any of our monthly meetings, which are held on the second Thursday of each month. You are encouraged to join On-Line using one of the PayPal buttons below. Once you join, please visit our Facebook page and Meetup page to register. Allow 48 hours after your social media request for administrative processing time.

January – December: Dues are for $30 per individual and $50 per couple (individual + significant other living at same address). Please note that we do not offer half-year discounts. Memberships expire each calendar year at 11:59:59 p.m. on December 31st.

SCC Single Membership $30

SCC Couple Membership $50

JANET NEWTON: President: janetnewton11@nullatt.net
DONNA BOWLICK: Vice President: vicepresident@nullsweetwatercameraclub.org
SANDY BELK: Secretary: membership@nullsweetwatercameraclub.org
HOKE SMITH: Technology and Administrative Facilitator:
RANDY CORDELL: Treasurer: randycordell@nullbellsouth.net

GARY BOWLICK: Contest Chairman
with White Glove Committee: Lori Duke, Jeanne Walden and Kent McTyre
JANET NEWTON: Fieldtrip Chairperson: janetnewton11@nullatt.net
STELLA SPYROU: Director of Publications: stella.spyrou@nullgmail.com
DIANE YANCEY: Welcome Committee Chairperson

VOLUNTEERING: The Sweetwater Camera Club is an unpaid volunteer organization throughout. We appreciate the help, resources and many contributions throughout the year from our volunteers. If you would like to serve the club in any way, please don’t hesitate to let one of the officers know. The SCC President who is a member of all committees makes volunteer assignments where needed.

CONTACT US: SayCheese@nullSweetwaterCameraClub.org.