About Us

The NIH Camera Club is sponsored by the Recreation and Welfare Association of the National Institutes of Health. Its purpose is to encourage its members to increase their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of photography by holding meetings, classes, lectures, and demonstrations of the various phases of photography, and conducting workshops, photographic competitions, and other photography related activities. Membership is open to all, not just NIH employees.

The NIH Camera Club has a long and distinguished history, starting as a club for the staff members of the National Institutes of Health in the late 40's. Through the years it has merged with camera clubs from other Federal and civilian organizations, although retaining its original name.

The Club is open to all members of the community and we are proud of the quality of members that are attracted.  At first the club was restricted to members of NIH or the other affiliated federal organizations but when the NIH campus restricted access, the club moved off-campus and, at that time, opened its membership to anyone who was interested in photography. Our members run the gamut from beginners to sophisticated, experienced amateurs and professionals. 


Each month the Club has themed competitions in several categories (BW print, color print, slide and digital) and in two separate groups, novice and advanced. Each year the Club hosts an Open competition for members and non-members and participates in at least one inter-Club competition.


Each monthly meeting usually has a guest speaker who talks in their own area of expertise and then stays to judge the monthly competition.

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