HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Colonial Nature Photography Club is a group of nature and camera enthusiasts that meet the first Monday of each month to show off their skills and share experiences.
The club began in 2007, says club vice president Craig Hill, who joined the group in 2008, and always welcomes new members.
“The skill levels in the club range from real amateurs up to professional photographers,” says Hill, “Like any organization, we want to get more people because they always bring something new to the table. We definitely are not concerned with whether you are a good photographer or not, it’s about getting out and seeing nature.”
Everyone is welcome to attend meetings that consist of a monthly theme challenge, where members are encouraged to share up to three photographs with the attendees.
“We don’t critique them, we just want to have a space where we can share our work and maybe talk a little bit about how and where we got the shot,” said Hill.
Additionally, meetings have a specific program or guest speaker.
No fancy camera equipment is needed to join, just a love for nature and a willingness to get out, snap some shots and possibly share them with fellow hobbyists. “We have some folks just use their cell phone,” says club president, Glenn Woodell.
The group offers opportunities for members to learn and share with one another and enjoy the beauty of our natural surroundings. Once a year the organization hosts a photography contest with cash prizes.
Member Len Taubman states, “I joined the Colonial Nature Photography Club several years ago because I was looking for ways to expand my knowledge of photography and meet people who have the same ambition to become better photographers.”
Carol Annis agrees with Taubman, saying the club is a great place to share and learn about nature photography, “Being in the club has helped me to grow and become more confident in myself as a photographer!”
Membership dues are $20 per year and meetings are held at the James City County Library.