Welcome to the Sweetwater Camera Club!

The Sweetwater Camera Club is a Douglasville, Georgia-based group of photo enthusiasts. 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 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. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Meetings usually consist of a lecture, a brief business meeting, a photo critique and the judging of the monthly photo contest. Each month the guest presenter gives a one hour lecture, demonstration or show on a photographic or related subject.

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 contactus@sweetwatercameraclub.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 SCC Facebook group. A moderator will confirm you as a member and grant you access via email.  Once you have paid your membership fee, please click this icon and request to join:

Sweetwater Camera Club Facebook

SCC 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 or your Droid are available for free and will not only notify you of upcoming events, you can RSVP from your smart phone. You will first need to have a Meet-up account for the Sweetwater Camera Club, which can be had 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, go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.meetup&hl=en

SCC COFFEE & CRITIQUE: Coffee and Critique get-togethers are informal and normally held every month on the fourth Saturday at the Golden Corral on Douglas Boulevard at 8 am. Please see the SCC Facebook page or the SCC Meetup site for current event listings.

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 our Meetup and Facebook sites as well as by email.

You do not have to be a member of the SCC to attend and participate in our field trips. Official SCC upcoming field trips are planned and announced by our Field Trip Chairperson via email, Facebook 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 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.

SCC MONTHLY PHOTO CONTESTS:
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.

Our complete contest topic list (downloadable PDF file) for 2014 is here:

SCC CONTEST TOPICS
3/2014 -2/2015 Contest Topics

For Thursday, January 9th, the topic is “What is That”: Use your imagination and or Photoshop skills. This can be a composite image, a highly manipulated picture, or an unrecognizable (abstract) – let everyone guess what it really is.

For Thursday, February 13, 2014, the topic is “Faces”: A likeness of a person or group of people or animals featuring the face as the main subject. This can lead to a wide variety of photographic interpretations.

SCC CONTEST RULES:
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. As a winner, you may opt out of publication at any time.

WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT ANY WINNING OR SUBMITTED PHOTO WILL APPEAR IN PUBLICITY PAGES.

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 publically 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: For photographers who do not participate in the contests, you may submit one or more images each month for consideration to be published on the “FEATURED MEMBERS PAGE.”

Please Note: The monthly “Featured Member Photo” publicity page is there for those members who do not ordinarily participate in our monthly contests. Also, it is not a “contest reject” page. Submissions should be made of 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.

TO UPLOAD YOUR FEATURED MEMBER PHOTOS, CLICK HERE

TO UPLOAD YOUR WINNING CONTEST PICTURES, CLICK HERE


MEMBERSHIP: Our membership fees cover the calendar year, from January through December. A full year fee is charged up until June 30th. Beginning July 1st of each year, you may pay the half year fee as shown below. 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.

January – December: $20 per individual; $35 per family
Single Membership


Family Membership


July – December: $10 per individual; $20 per family
Single Membership


Family Membership


CURRENT SCC OFFICERS:
President: HOKE SMITH: president@sweetwatercameraclub.org
Vice President: ERIK PETERSON: vicepresident@sweetwatercameraclub.org
Secretary: LORIE DUKEsecretary@sweetwatercameraclub.org
Assistant Secretary: (open) secretary@sweetwatercameraclub.org
Treasurer: KENT OWINGStreasurer@sweetwatercameraclub.org

CURRENT SCC COMMITTEE CHAIRPEOPLE:
Contest Chairpeople: RETZ JOSEPH and RALPH DOCIMO: contests@sweetwatercameraclub.org
Fieldtrip Chairperson: JANET NEWTON: janetnewton@sweetwatercameraclub.org
Publicity Chairperson: JOANN JORDAN: joannjordan@sweetwatercameraclub.org
Welcoming Chairperson: DIANE YANCEY: welcome@sweetwatercameraclub.org

SWEETWATER CAMERA CLUB CONSTITUTION and BYLAWS:
The document posted below is woefully out of date and is not correct or current in many ways. The SCC is constantly growing and changing. The document provided serves as an historical reference showing what the SCC used to be. Back then there were no digital cameras and the meeting dates and times were posted as part of the official documentation for the club.

Last known SCC Constitution and Bylaws

Constitution and BylawsThese are not the rules and information the SCC operates under today. The SCC is NOT a federally regulated non-profit organization although it is registered with the State of Georgia as a non-profit in name only. In order for a current constitution to be provided, a “constitutional convention” made up of SCC officers could be called to create and ratify a current Constitution. Past attempts to rewrite or modify the SCC constitution and bylaws have not succeeded. A current SCC constitution would only be necessary and mandatory if the club members decided to move forward to become a 501(c)3 non-profit educational or a 501(c)6 recreational organization.

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: If you have further questions not answered here, you may submit an email to: contactus@sweetwatercameraclub.org