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


September 6, 2019--CLCC Photo Exhibit. Dole Mansion, Crystal Lake. More information forthcoming.

A Note from Grace:

I'm just sending you an extra email about the CLCC Photography Show at the Dole to encourage you to participate this year. The organizational timing is more awkward this year without summer meetings to remind you plus the changes in drop off times due to Labor Day weekend. In order to have a greater impact and reach out to the community making the presence of the Camera Club known, we need participants more than ever. Also, it gives you the opportunity to share your work and there is always the possibility you can make a sale. So, please get your name to me by August 15th and I'll make sure Patty Bell has you one the list for advertising the show. Drop off at the Dole will be Thursday & Friday, August 29 & 30, 2019, 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. If those dates are not workable for you, let me know & we can make other arrangements. I hope you will be able to join us this year.

September 3, 2019--7pm, Home State Bank, Crystal lake. September club meeting.This is a non-competition meeting, which means we will have a Show & Tell activity. The optional theme is “Images from my summer vacation”. Optional means you don’t have to stick to the theme – any of the photos you share with the attendees will be acceptable, regardless of topic. Up to three photos per person will be accepted and you are welcome to say a few words about each, one of which you can request the audience to critique. You can send jpg files to Rich Bickham ahead of time, or bring them to the meeting on a thumb drive and give them to Rich at the front table prior to start of the meeting.


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