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:

-- Second Tuesday of each month
-- 7:00 P.M
Algonquin Township Building
3702 Northwest Hwy
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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


The 4th Friday Art Events At The Dole. Returned in-person on April 22. There is an In-person+Virtual juried photo exhibit and a Virtual Only juried photo exhibit. Details for each of these exhibits are here. There is a $35 fee for up to 5 entries for the In-Person+Virtual exhibit, and $25 for up to 5 entries for the Virtual Only exhibit.

This is a chance to get some the great work our club members do in the public eye. These events have had 400 - 1000 attendees in the past!


Algonquin Township Building
3702 Northwest Hwy
Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Tuesday, April 11, 2023--GET READY FOR THE APRIL COMPETITION! Our next intra-club competition will take place for the April 11, 2023 meeting. Here's what you need to know:

• Only DPI images (JPG) will be accepted for entry (no prints).
• No more than 2 Color images and 4 Mono images per entrant.
• Maximum JPG image size is 1400 pixels wide x 1050 pixels high.
• The deadline for jpg entries is Sunday, March 26.
• Entries must be sent to richbickham@comcast.net by March 26.
• The judges will be emailed the images on Tuesday, March 28 and will have one week to score the images.
• The judges' scores will be submitted to Rich by Tuesday, April 4.
• The scores will be tallied and the results will be presented at the Tuesday, April 11 meeting.

Images and scores will be discussed by anyone who cares to comment. information to submit your photos for the competition



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