Where Great Minds Click!

Founded in 1955, the Washington Park Camera Club is the oldest, predominately African American camera club in the Chicago area and a member of the Chicago-Area Camera Club Association.


Due to the 2020-2022 COVID-19 pandemic, Washington Park Camera Club members have been meeting virtually via Zoom. If you aren’t a current member and you’re interested in attending a meeting please click HERE for more information.

From the Desk of the Club President

Thank you for stopping by our page.  We are a group that is passionate about photography. We all want to be better photographers and learn the latest techniques so we can produce images we are proud of.  This is a great place to learn,  share knowledge, and make new friends.  We have members that are beginners, intermediate, and professional photographers.  So you will fit right in.

We look forward to meeting you.

— Vanessa Thomas

WPCC Closes the 2022 Club-Year Out in Style

On Saturday, June 18, 2022, members of the Washington Park Camera Club gathered together for their annual End of the Year Banquet. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed a dinner of Fried Chicken, Catfish, Steamed Veggies and Peach Cobbler. Various awards and certificates were handed out for competition photos, contributions and “thank you”.Two “Persons of the Year” were announced: Hez Baker and Yvonne Cary-Carter.

Meetings will resume in September 2022 of the new 2022 to 2023 Club Year.

Check out photos from the event via the 2022 End of the Year album.

Washington Park Camera Club Celebrates Olmsted 2000

Today, April 26, 2022 marks the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s landscape architect.  More than 120 organizations across the United States have come together to celebrate the bicentennial in a campaign called Olmsted 200: Parks for All People.  Members of Washington ParK Camera Club were honored to participate in the celebration by creating an online photo essay “South Park Then and Now”.  By clicking on the Hyde Park Historical Society link you will be able enjoy the presentation and learn more about the celebration.  


To learn more about the project including a feature about it on WTTW Chicago’s “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices” which aired on Saturday, April 24, 2022: https://washingtonparkcameraclub.org/south-parks-then-now

Check Us Out

Washington Park Camera members meet Tuesday nights between during and between the months of September of one year and June of the next (dependent on weather and location availability). Starting time is 7:00 PM at the Washington Park Field House (on 55th and Dr. MLK Drive) and meetings run anywhere from an hour to an hour-and-a-half. The club breaks for the summer but may have organized field trips to various locations during the off-period.

Become a Member

Annual membership is $60 (for the full year). Our meeting agendas include club competitions for prints and digitally projected images, guest speakers, workshops, shoot-and-shows, and photo excursions. The club also participates in photographing select events for the Washington Park District as well as participating with a few local organizations. Members represent a wide range of experience and expertise and are always willing to share information with each other.

Interested in WPCC? — Visit & Join (Virtually)

Due to the 2020-2022 COVID-19 pandemic, Washington Park Camera Club members have been meeting virtually via Zoom. If you aren’t a current member but you are interested in attending one of our meetings (via Zoom) or becoming a member, please click on the “I’m Interested in WPCC” link (above) and submit the membership request form. A member of the club’s executive will connect you.

Return to In-Person Meetings

When we return to in-person meetings and if you’d like to become a member, you may also “walk-in” with you completed WPCC Membership Application form to the next meeting.  We look forward to meeting you.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association (CACCA) [ Website ]
  • Photographic Society of America (PSA) [ Website ]
  • Chicago Park District: Washington Park [ Website ]