Great Falls Camera Club

Great Falls, MT
57 Members

Club Admins:

Robyn Mehmke

Hello! Welcome to the Great Falls Camera Club Website. We hope you will visit us often as we work to improve and make additions to this Website. 

The Great Falls Camera Club(GFCC) was started on September 1, 1946 with 8 members and has been the longest running active, functioning club in Montana, which we are very proud of. The club will be 75 years old on August 31, 2021, which is quite an accomplishment. We have had around 80 members in GFCC the last few years and welcome new members at any time. We are a diverse group of individuals from youth to senior citizens, hobbyist to professional with a variety of photographic interests. We like to share ideas and help each other become better photographers. So, come join our fun and friendly photography group. 

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, September through the 2nd Thursday of June, except the 4th Thursdays of November and December, when we don't meet because of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our meetings are held at the Ursuline Centre, 2300 Central Avenue, in Great Falls, MT, on the second floor, in the Gold Room, at 7PM. The meetings usually last until around 8:30pm. In person meetings have been postponed since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We hope to be meeting again soon in person and will post here when that finally will happen. Zoom meetings are in the near future.

The monthly contest pictures are submitted by members of GFCC, by midnight, the 2nd Thursday of each month. There are three divisions, Advanced and Intermediate, which are competitive, judged by a nonGFCC judge, and then given recognition for their quality and hopefully some constructive comments. The third division is called Critique Only and those photos are constructively critiqued by GFCC members, to help the participants make improvements in their photography. There are awards given for the Photographer of the Year and the Photo of the Year for the competitive Advanced and Intermediate Divisions. 

The Objectives of GFCC are to Promote Interest in Photography, Share Photography Skills, Try New Photography Techniques and Improve the Photography Skills of our GFCC Members. We also provide opportunities for GFCC members to become better photographers through education, outings, competitions and other activities. We strive to cooperate with other clubs and organizations that have similar goals and interests. 

To qualify to be a member of GFCC you need to have an interest in photography and be willing to learn and teach others. You must also pay dues of $15 for the membership year, which is from the last scheduled meeting in June until the end of the last scheduled meeting in June the following year. Dues must be paid to actively participate in the monthly photo contest and critique and to attend outings. New members are welcome at anytime of the year.

The first meeting of the month is usually a showing of the previous month's competition photos. Each monthly contest has a theme selected by a GFCC committee. There is also a short educational presentation at that first meeting. The second meeting of the month usually has a longer educational presentation by a GFCC member or a guest presenter. The second meeting is when the critique only photos from the previous month's theme are usually shown. 

The Contest/Critique categories for the club year, 2020-2021 listed by month. I will be posting when the due dates are.

  • September - Photos taken from May2020-September2020
  • October - Wildflowers
  • November - Weather
  • December - Night Photography
  • January - Trees
  • February - Love, Happy, Joy – Positive feelings
  • March - Shooting Through Objects (framing, foreground blur, through a window, through an object are examples)
  • April - Abstract with Color Pop – (Zooming, Twisting, Artsy photos are examples)
  • May - Best of the Best – End of the Year (photos entered previously during the club year)

Guidelines For The Images

  • All digital pictures can generally be submitted as any combination of width and height according to the guidelines in 2 and 3 just below.

  • Horizontal (landscape) compositions – the horizontal (width) dimension must NOT be greater than 1400 pixels, the vertical (height) dimension must NOT be greater than 1050 pixels.

  • Vertical (portrait) compositions – set the vertical (height) dimension to 1050 pixels or smaller, horizontal (width) dimension will usually automatically adjust to the correct proportion.

  • Images must be saved as jpg files of 300 dpi or less, depending on what quality you desire.

  • Be sure to label your pictures with the title of the picture, your GFCC ID #, the date (Month and Year). jpg.

    EXAMPLE Bird In The Tree_123_Sept 20.jpg

  • AGAIN, LOOK at the example BELOW to see how to CORRECTLY

    LABEL and SIZE your pictures when entering them in Contests

    Bird In The Tree_23_Sept 20.jpg

    Title _ Your GFCC _ Month Year Contest or Critique #


ALSO, make sure the Horizontal Pixels are 1400 or Less and the Vertical Pixels are 1050 or Less, 300 dpi or Less.