Schenectady Photographic Society

Who are we?

Glad you asked!
Visitors are cordially invited to attend all meetings.

Founded in 1931, Schenectady Photographic Society offers programs and activities for amateur and professional photographers. Members from throughout the Capital Region of New York State share the theory, application and fun of photography at Society meetings.

Wednesday night meetings offer an assortment of programs, new ideas and techniques and refreshment breaks for social exchange. Guest speakers share their work and techniques and offer insight into the creative image making process. Occasional field trips, photo shoots and workshops offer hands-on instruction and image making opportunities.

Four program areas—print, projected image, photo essay, and mentoring —help members expand their photographic vision and creativity through professionally judged competitions, peer critiques, round table discussions and instruction. Normally print competitions occur on the first Wednesday of the month. Projected image competitions are the second Wednesday. And the third Wednesday is devoted to invited speaker programs. Other topics round out our schedule.

Programs and Special Competitions


The print competition advances the print making skills of members. Categories include general color, monochrome and assigned topics.

Print competition is the first Wednesday of the month October through May.

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Projected image

This competition focuses on honing members digital skills with monthly projected image competitions that include both general topics and an assigned topic.

Projected image competition is the second Wednesday of the month October through May.

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Several times a year instructional sessions are held where members are available to mentor on various techniques and equipment.

Mentoring takes place several times a year where experienced members share their knowledge.

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Guest Speakers

Regular guest speakers give a one to two hour presentation on various photography topics.

Guest speakers are brought in several times on the third Wednesday.

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Photo Essay

Our annual competition where members construct photographic essays pertaining to a topic of their own choosing. Members compete in three categories—digital, print and book.

The annual photo essay competition takes place in April.

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Recent Winning Images

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