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 Banquet version of the Club's newsletter, The FORMAT, has been published.  You can download the newsletter here: May 2019 The FORMAT

The E Thomas Smith Competition was held Wednesday March 20, 2019. Congratulations to Larry Mathewson for his First Place Image "Pine Warbler" and to all the others that submitted images to the competition. The results can be found here: E Thomas Smith

The March 2019 issue of the Club's newsletter, The FORMAT, has been published.  You can download the newsletter here: March 2019 The Format 

SMCC Branded Garments from Land End

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

Here is the link to the Storefront:

Checkout Our Members Galleries: Member Photographs


From September 5, 2018 through May 1, 2019 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.

Contact us: E-mail

Click on "Resources Tab" from the top toolbar menu for Club Information, tutorials, competition rules

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.


2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

(Note: The full descriptions of the programs is under the menu: Programs -> Program Nights -> SMCC Program Schedule 2018-2019)

December 5, 2018
     6:30 PM - Social Time
     7:00 PM - 3rd Competition Night

December 19, 2018
     6:30 PM - Holiday Party: "International Year of the Reef" by Mary Lou Frost

January 2, 2019
     6:30 PM - Social Time
     7:00 PM - 4th Competition Night

January 16, 2019
     6:30 PM - Social Time
     7:00 PM - Program: “Night Photography” by Keith Burkard

February 6, 2019
     6:30 PM - Social Time
     7:00 PM - 5th Competition Night

February 20, 2019
     6:30 PM - Social Time
     7:00 PM - Program: “Things to Consider When Photographing Wildlife” by Donna Brok

March 6, 2019
     6:30 PM - Social Time
     7:00 PM - 6th Competition Night

March 20, 2019
     6:30 PM - Social Time
     7:00 PM - E Thomas Smith Nature Competition

April 3, 2019
     6:30 PM - Social Time
     7:00 PM - 7th Competition Night

April 17, 2019
     6:30 PM - Social Time
     7:00 PM - “Creating Food and Still Life Images in a Small Home Studio with Natural Light” by Gerri Jones

May 1, 2019
     6:30 PM - Social Time
     7:00 PM - End of Year Competition

May 15, 2019
     6:30 PM - SMCC Award Banquet

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