The Palo Alto Camera Club (PACC) was founded in 1935 and is co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, Division of Arts and Sciences. We are a group of serious amateur and some professional photographers interested in working together to enhance our photographic skills.
Who Joins PACC?
Members from surrounding communities have an interest in enhancing their knowledge in everything from specific styles of photography to photographic gear to current techniques in post-processing. Each of us has different skill levels, experience and expectations from beginners to more advanced. Members use a wide variety of photographic equipment and readily share their knowledge thus becoming a valuable educational resource.
What Activities Are Available to Club Members?
Throughout the year members participate in a variety of activities: monthly competitions, image critiques, skill building workshops and field trips. Members have opportunities to learn from other club members in small groups, get alerted to photography exhibits and have the opportunity to share their images with the public in local exhibitions.
Check out the Events Menu to see more information about specific types of events.
Where and When are Club Meetings Held?
The majority of our meetings are held at the Rinconada Library in Palo Alto on Wednesday evenings from 6:45pm to 9:00pm. Occasionally meetings are held on Thursday evenings at the Palo Alto Art Center.
In 2020 PACC launched Small Group Gatherings. These are informal meetings of 10 or fewer members who meet either online or in person. Each group has a host and agrees on a focus, meeting times and frequency.
The best way to see whether PACC is for you is to attend a few meetings.
Join us as our guest for a few club meetings to observe the activities and meet members in an informal way. You might sample 2-3 different types of meetings such as Digital Competition, Print Competition or Member Image Review.
Visit our Events Calendar for specific events, dates and times
Our Club is Run by Volunteer Members
We attribute the success and vitality of our club to hard-working and enthusiastic volunteers. Sharing the workload has reduced the burden for individuals. One of the best ways to get involved in the Club and form lasting relationships is to volunteer for one of the many opportunities that arise each year.
Current Club Officers and Committee Chairs
We have two co-Presidents who serve overlapping two-year terms, with the one just coming into office being guided by the one going out of office. Committee chair positions often have an assistant Chair to share the workload.
We hope that once you become acquainted and comfortable in our club, you will find one of the positions attractive and want to participate. As many of us have learned, when you become part of the ‘ownership’ you enjoy it even more.