Camera Clubs

Camera Clubs in Illinois

Directory of U.S. Photography Organizations

If you are an amateur or professional photographer from Illinois, joining a camera club or a photography organization can help improve your photography with a supportive community, skill development opportunities, and resources like workshops and equipment.

  • Joining a camera club is a great way to learn new skills and techniques from experienced photographers and fellow enthusiasts.
  • Camera clubs often organize photo walks, workshops, and competitions, which are excellent opportunities to challenge yourself and connect with other photographers.
  • They can also provide access to studio space, equipment rentals, and professional guest speakers.
  • If you're a beginner, don't be intimidated! Most clubs are welcoming and supportive, and there are often members of all skill levels.
Most camera clubs in Illinois will allow you to attend a meeting (sometimes several) for FREE - before you decide to join and pay any membership dues.
📸 Did you know?
Some of the most iconic photographers, like Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, Robert Capa and Edward Weston, were once members of camera clubs.

Not sure if you should join a camera club?
Need more help to decide? Be sure to read this article about why you should join a camera club.


Select your city in the state of Illinois:


Camera Club Council
Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association
Arlington Heights, IL

Camera Club
Arlington Camera Club
Arlington Heights, IL


Camera Club
Champaign County Camera Club
Champaign, IL


Camera Club
Crystal Lake Camera Club
Crystal Lake, IL


Camera Club
Des Plains Camera Club
Des Plains, IL


Camera Club
Lake County Camera Club
Grayslake, IL


Camera Club
North Shore Camera Club
Lake Forest, IL


Camera Club
Quad Cities Photography Club
Moline, IL


Camera Club
Chicago Stereo Camera Club
Morton Grove, IL


Camera Club
Mayslake Nature Study and Photography Club
Naperville, IL


Camera Club
KodaRoamers Camera Club
Normal, IL


Camera Club
Peoria Camera Club
Peoria, IL


PPA Affiliate
Professional Photographers Association of Northern Illinois
Plainfield, IL


Camera Club
Schaumburg Area Photography Society
Schaumburg, IL


Camera Club Council
Central Illinois Camera Clubs Association
Springfield, IL

Camera Club
Springfield Camera Club
Springfield, IL


Camera Club
Riverwoods Nature Photographic Society
Vernon Hills, IL


Camera Club
Central DuPage Camera Club
Wheaton, IL


Camera Club
Garden Photographic Society
Wheeling, IL

Use this link for a list of National Photography organizations.


Types of Camera Clubs in Illinois:

Camera Club

A camera club is an organized group of photography enthusiasts in Illinois who gather regularly to share their passion for photography, learn from each other, participate in workshops, and often engage in competitions and exhibitions.

Camera Club Council

A regional camera club council acts as an umbrella organization coordinating activities, competitions, and events among multiple Illinois camera clubs, fostering collaboration and shared learning opportunities within a larger regional or thematic area.

PPA Affiliate

A regional photography group that is officially recognized by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), allowing its Illinois based members access to PPA's resources, educational programs, and certifications. Learn more about PPA in this article.


This listing of camera clubs in Illinois is provided and maintained by Photographer and Photo Educator Joe Edelman.

Inclusion on this page is NOT an endorsement.
Groups are listed here either because I have personal experience with them OR I have reviewed their website, investigated them using Google, and did not find a compelling reason to exclude them from the listing.

Help me keep this listing up-to-date and accurate. If you find any errors or if you are aware of a group that should be included, please submit current details about your organization.


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