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GENERAL INFORMATION - BIG CHANGES!

All types of photography are welcome, including digital, prints and slides.The club is also active in digital processing and manipulation such as using Lightroom, Photoshop, HDR, Nik Soft, Topaz and other software programs. However, beginning this year for the first time, competitions will be limited to digital projected slides for the time being. Unfortunately, prints have been dropped due to declining partipation in recent years. We may discuss allowing members to bring prints to competition just for the purpose of hearing the judges comments, as a way of improving our skills.

Beginning this year, several important changes are being introduced. For example, we have identified a new location for our meetings which will provide us with several benefits to the club. We will now be meeting at the Cuyahoga Falls Quirk Cultural center, a general regional meeting facility which supports many local group activities. We expect greater exposure of our club to a large number of persons using this facility, and hopefully will help us attract new members! Also, we will be reducing the number of meetings to two per month. In addition, competitions will now be held only every other month. See our brochure for details of meeting and competition dates.

Visitors are always welcome but only members may participate in competitions.

Membership is available to all levels of photographers. Annual dues are $35 per person or $50 per couple.

HISTORY

The Akron Camera Club traces its roots back to the late 1800's when photographers in the Akron area would meet to share photographs, equipment and information.

With the onset of World War I, the group went on hiatus.

In 1937, the Akron Camera Club re-emerged and became incorporated and has had regular meetings since then.

In the 1940's, the Akron Camera Club, along with other northeast Ohio camera clubs, broadcast programs on photography on local radio station WGAR.

In 1941 camera clubs in Ohio, including the Akron Camera Club, joined together to defeat Ohio House Bill 85. This bill would have required all photographers who sold or displayed their photos to be licensed.

One of our more famous members was Willard Seiberling, son of F. A. Seiberling- founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., and the uncle to John Seiberling, one of the creators of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In the late 1950's, Willard Seiberling would host photo outings at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.

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Photo by Claus Siebenhaar