New to Brunswick County? Interested in photography? Captivate by the coast?
Join Coastal Carolina Camera Club, while capturing the beauty that the coast has to offer while meeting people who also share the same interest.
The Coastal Carolina Camera Club, formed in 2006, is open to beginners through professionals who have an interest in the art of photography and want to share their passion and knowledge.
During the pandemic, the club had to hold meetings through Zoom, which impacted the club growth; and also saw the use of cell phone photographers.
The club is back meeting in-person and with the population continuing to grow in Brunswick County, the club is anticipating more members.
Carmen Daughtry, having just purchased her first digital camera, joined the club when she moved to Calabash, and has been a member since 2008.
The club offered educational and hands-on learning opportunities, competitions, skill development, field trips and fellowship among peers with similar interests. Their goal was to promote the understanding, passion and pleasure of photography by providing all of those opportunities.
The meetings are informative programs on photographic techniques and software use, member photo presentations and critiques, and guest speakers.
To become a member, the fee for a single annual membership is $35; $50 for a family. Guests can attend two meetings free, afterward guests are invited to join. Membership information is available at https://cccc.photoclubservices.com/Club/MembershipInfo.aspx.
The club holds five internal competitions for its members each year. The competitions are divided into two divisions, division A (advanced members) and division B (inexperienced photographers). The digital photos are sent to the Photographic Society of America where a trained judge scores them and provides critiques. Ribbons are awarded for first, second and third place in each division. Also points are totaled at the end of the year; the photographer in either division with the most points will be awarded photographer of the year.
Michelle Tinger, a recent retiree moving from Albany, N.Y., to Sunset Beach, joined the club in the summer of 2008. “I was looking for something to keep me occupied now that I had all this free time. I already had an interest in photography, but at the time, I was just doing point and shoot/snapshot photography.”
Tinger now a “more experienced” photographer in the club, says “the club helped me develop a skill and talent that is a big enjoyable part of my life, and I have made some good like-minded friends in the process. I guess that is why I have stuck with the club for all of these years.”
Want to join?
What: Coastal Carolina Camera Club
When: Every second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Where: Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main St., Shallotte
This article originally appeared on Wilmington StarNews: Coastal Carolina Camera Club meets every second Thursday in Shallotte