Welcome to the Crystal Lake Camera Club

The Crystal Lake Camera Club, located in Crystal Lake, Illinois, was started about 1980 to provide our members with the opportunity to enjoy the hobby of photography and improve their photographic abilities.

The Crystal Lake Camera Club’s mission is to welcome photographers of all skill levels and interests and to help them grow through a nurturing environment, which provides and promotes good techniques and practices, educational workshops, photographic opportunities, challenging competitions, and open discussion set in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Our club is a member of The Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association (CACCA), an active group of about 40 clubs. Winning prints in our competitions are entered in their monthly competitions.

Our meetings:

-- first Tuesday of each month
-- 7:00 P.M
-- Home State Bank, Community Room
611 South Main Street, Crystal Lake, Illinois

We cordially invite you to join our group, whether you are a novice or a professional photographer, and visitors are always welcome. Membership is open to all who have an interest in photography as a hobby. Members may elect not to compete and still enjoy all the other activities of the club.

To join the Crystal lake Camera club, please print the application form found at the link below and bring the completed form to the next meeting. Annual dues are $25 to be paid by January each year.

Directions to the Meetings:

Google Map


Crystal Lake Camera Club Membership Application Form

Competition Entry Forms


For the new sizing rules for DPI competition, click on the Competition Guidelines tab above



Calendar of Meetings/Programs


October Outings:

October 5, 2019--Fire Globe Lighting, McHenry Riverwalk, 1202 Riverside Drive. For more information:


October 13, 2019--The Big Sit, Glacial Park, 6705 State Rte 31, Ringwood, IL 60072 For more Information:


October 18-20, 2019--Autumn Drive, 9am-5pm. For more information:


October 27, 2019--Witches & Wizards, 1-6pm, Woodstock Square. For more Information:



October 13, 2019--Photobug Breakfast, 8:30am. colonial Cafe, .at Colonial Café, 2555 Bunker Hill Dr, Algonquin,, near Jacobs High School.

October 13, 2019--CACCA October Meeting,
12:00 Program: Rafi Wilkerson, Indiana Dunes- An Insider's Tour
1:00 Competitions.
Christian Church of Arlington Heights, 333 W. Thomas St., Arlington Heights

November 5, 2019--7pm, November meeting, Small group discussions. More information coming. Home State Bank, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

November 23 and 24, 2019--CAPS 2019.The Chicago Area Photographic School sponsored by CACCA. CAPS is the largest two day photo school in the Midwest for beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographers.



Club Newsletter--May, 2019