The Science Museum Camera Club

The Science Museum Camera Club is a community of practice that has been meeting at the Buffalo Museum of Science since 1939.  As a community, all levels of experience are welcome.  We believe that by sharing our knowledge, experience and friendship we can grow in our abilities as photographers while having fun doing so.



The results of 2019 - 2020 McKellar Round 1 have been published.  In this round, we received an Honor Award for one image.  That image is "Cotter in the Fog" by Mike Dziak and it received a score of 24.  To see all six images from Round 1, you can look at the Gallery at

The December Issue of our Newsletter, The FORMAT, has been released.  You can download the newsletter here: December 2019 The FORMAT


SMCC Branded Garments from Land End

Our club has a Lands End Storefront.  You can purchase garments with the SMCC Logo from Lands End.

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Checkout Our Members Galleries: Member Photographs


From September 4, 2019 through May 6, 2020 we meet every first and third Wednesday of each month at The Buffalo Museum of Science located at 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211-1293. The venue is the museum's theater which features a world class screen for projected images and theater seating.   Meetings start at 6:30 PM and close by 9:30 PM. Visitors are welcome at any meeting at no cost. Since Summer is the time to go photograph with the family, the club does not meet during June, July and August. Please see our schedule on this website for more detail.

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Field Trip information can be found in the "Events list" from the Organization tab above 

The Club Helps Members Achieve Their Photographic Goals:

Below is listed some of the activities the Club offers as a means to follow your passion.  As a community, it is up to the members to determine what best fits their needs. 

Feedback:  The first meeting of every month is a competition.  Following specified guidelines, members enter digital and print images that are evaluated by experienced judges from outside the club.  One key benefit of competition is that everyone view the entries and hears judges' comments which in turn will help all understand how to improve their own photography.

Education:  The second meeting of every month is program night, featuring topics of interest to the club members.  These sessions are intended to foster knowledge and understanding and to support all members in becoming better photographers.

Hands on: Several opportunities for field trips are offered each year and the club encourages member participation.

Informal Connections:  One of the greatest benefits of community is that one can always connect with other Club members to learn a new skill or to solve problems.  The Club environment is keyed to facilitating these interactions.

Outings:  Club members go as a group to interesting locations for photographic opportunities.

Opportunities to Exhibit Photos:

The club participates in several photo competitions regionally and internationally where members' photos are submitted. The Club is a member of the Photographic Society Of America (PSA) and the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs (NFRCC), both of which hold competitions. Galleries on the Club website also provide the opportunity for members to showcase their photographs on the internet.


The annual individual membership fee is $40.00 and a family membership is $50.00. Students over 18 with School ID can join for free.

Only paid members can enter pictures in competition.  Visitors please feel free to drop in on any meeting.  We welcome all levels of photography.


2019-2020 Meeting Schedule

(Note: The full descriptions of the programs is under the menu: Programs -> Program Nights -> SMCC Program Schedule 2019-2020)

September 4, 2019
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – Program – Welcome Back
September 18, 2019
   5:00 PM – Advanced Class – Donna Brok in Auditorium. Correcting Bad Habits
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – Program – Donna Brok: Take the Journey with Us to Make Your Photography Grow
October 9, 2019
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – 1st Competition Judged by Janet Lopresto
October 16, 2019
   5:00 PM – Basic Class – Mary Lou Frost in Auditorium.  Histograms
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – Program – Mike Dziak: Introduction to Lightroom
November 6, 2019
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – 2nd Competition Judged by Keith Burkhard
November 20, 2019
   5:00 PM – Advanced Class – Donna Brok in Auditorium, Let’s Talk Gear
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – Program – 3 Judge Critique
December 11, 2019
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – 3rd Competition Judged by Manny Lopresto
December 18, 2019
   6:30 PM – Holiday Party, “What we learned about photography in Africa
January 8, 2020
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – 4th Competition Judged by Doug Hansgate
January 15, 2020
   5:00 PM – Advanced Class – Donna Brok in Auditorium, Messy or Boring Backgrounds - Learn to Avoid or Fix Them
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – Program – Doug Hansgate: Natural Light Portraiture
February 5, 2020
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – 5th Competition Judged by Ron Snyder
February 19, 2020
   5:00 PM – Education Class – Donna Brok in Auditorium, Focus
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – Program – Jeff Barnes: Competition Ready
March 4, 2020
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – 6th Competition Judged by Donna Brok
March 18, 2020
   5:00 PM – Education Class – Donna Brok in Auditorium, Cropping
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – E Thomas Smith Nature Competition
April 1, 2020
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – 7th Competition Judged by Norm Queeno
April 15, 2020
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – Program – Cheryl Belczak: “Macro Hands-on, set-ups, and bugs”
May 6, 2020
   6:30 PM – Social Time
   7:00 PM – EOY Competition
May 20, 2020
   6:30 PM – Award Banquet

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