About Us

Membership is open to all, not just NIH employees.

The purpose of the club is to encourage members to increase their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of photography. To achieve this, the club hosts practicle demonstrations on photography via meetings, workshops, competitions, classes and lectures.

The NIH Camera Club has a long and distinguished history. It started as a club for staff members of the National Institutes of Health in the late 40’s. Since then, it has merged with camera clubs from other Federal and civilian organizations while still retaining its original name.

The Club is open to all members of the community and we are proud of our membership. Initially, membership of the club was restricted to members of NIH or the other affiliated federal organizations. However when the NIH campus restricted access, the club moved off-campus and, at that time, opened its membership to anyone with an interest in photography. Our members have varying levels of photography experience: from interested beginners to sophisticated, experienced amateurs and professionals.

More information on joining our club can be found here

A recent club history from Vickie Allin: NIHCC History


Each month the Club has themed competitions.

These are divided into several categories:

  • B&W print
  • Color print
  • Digital;

And two separate groups:

  • Novice
  • Advanced.

Each year the Club hosts an Open competition for members and non-members and participates in at least one inter-Club competition.

Two monthly meetings

Each month we have at least two meetings.

One is our monthly competition evening and the second an educational night.

Other activities

Also we offer field trips, interclub competitions, photography classes (workshops), announcements of photography-related events in DC area.