Club Meetings Are Held on the 3rd Thursday of Each Month (except December)
Training at 6:00 PM and Program at 7:00 PM
West Plano Presbyterian Church - 2709 Custer Road, Plano, Texas
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Serving Plano & surrounding areas, we welcome photographers of all skill levels with an interest in expanding their skills and practicing their craft with others.

Watch this orientation video to learn more about the club. Then join us at our next monthly meeting and get to know the friendly folks in the Plano Photography Club.


Important Dates

  • May 17 - Training Tuesday: Seeing Beyond The Subject with Alan Whiteside (Session 4)
  • May 19 - End of the Year Awards Dinner (In-Person Only)
  • May 19 - May photo competition submission deadline: MINIMALISM (Electronic)
  • May 21 - Topic of the Week submission deadline - RED
  • May 26 - Training Thursday: The Impact of Black and White Photography with John Lehman
  • June 16 - Monthly club meeting with guest speaker Jon Fischer
  • October 21-28 - Big Bend National Park field trip

  • Photo Activities and Galleries

    Topic of the Week Photo Activity - Week 20


    Monday, May 16, 2022, to Saturday, May 21, 2022

    To participate, send ONE OR TWO IMAGE(S) IN JPEG FORMAT from your CAMERA OR CELLPHONE appropriate for this topic to If you submit more than two photos, only the first two received will be included.

    Please include YOUR NAME and the TOPIC in the file name(s) (e.g., ErikThe_Red_1.jpg).

    The maximum dimension (long edge) for submitted images is 4096 pixels; the maximum file size is 10MB.

    Submitted images will be displayed in the scrolling gallery seen at the right. Please note that no one is able to download copies of submitted photos.


    Planning ahead? Next week's topic will be BOKEH.


    Visit the Plano Photography Club Facebook Page to Like your favorite Topic of the Week photos.

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    President's Message

    David Swinney

    I want to begin this introductory President's Message by expressing my gratitude to Alan Daniel for his leadership of the club during the past two years. Thanks to his guidance and the efforts of all the club's officers and volunteers, the Plano Photography Club has creatively and successfully navigated the choppy waters of the pandemic.

    There's much I need to learn to do an effective job as club president. I look forward to working with the other members of our outstanding Executive Committee to do that, while we continue our work to provide all of you with a club you can enjoy, learn from, and be proud of.

    I've only been a member of the PPC for a few years. But being around and sharing ideas with so many knowledgeable and skilled photographers has led to noticeable improvements in my photo-taking skills. This is something that is available to all of you - particularly newer members. You need only take the initiative and reach out to other members.

    The best way for you to stay up-to-date on all the programs, training, activities, and contests on the way in the weeks and months ahead is to visit the club website regularly. 

    If you have questions regarding the club's activities or operations, reach out to the appropriate Executive Committee members. You'll find their contact information on the website as well.

    The first big event of the new club year is the 2021-2022 End of the Year Awards Dinner. We hope to see you at the West Plano Presbyterian Church on May 19 for this in-person gathering. It's very important that you register in advance so we can get an accurate count on food.

    NOTE: Starting in June, our regular monthly meetings will return to their traditional format at the church. At that time we will discontinue broadcasting the meetings on Zoom. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces in person once again.

    - David Swinney (from the May 2022 issue of The FLASH!)


    May 2022 Contest Information

    The theme for the next Plano Photography Club photo contest is MINIMALISM (Electronic). You may submit one image to this contest.    SUBMIT CONTEST IMAGE(S)

    Electronic entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before 11:59 PM CT on Thursday, May 19, 2022.


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    Register by May 17 for the 2022 PPC End of Year Awards Dinner

    Please plan to join us at West Plano Presbyterian Church on May 19, 2022, for our annual End of Year Awards and Dinner Party.

    Setup is at 5:30 PM with dinner and program starting at 6:30 PM.

    Members are asked to bring an appetizer, vegetable, or dessert. The club will provide meat, drinks, and utensils.

    FREE Advance registration is required. Registration closes on Tuesday, May 17 at 12 PM.

    If you have any questions, please contact the club president.

    NOTE: This meeting will be IN-PERSON ONLY. There will be no Zoom broadcast.


    Book Signing and Program Invitation from the DCC

    The Dallas Camera Club has invited PPC members to a book signing and program by documentary photographer Richard Sharum. Richard is not only an outstanding photographer (Black & White is his medium), but he is an articulate speaker. He has previously presented to the DCC and other clubs in the DFW Metroplex to excellent reviews.

    His program and the title of his book is Campesino Cuba, which is about rural life in Cuba. At the conclusion of his program, he will be available to sign and sell his book.

    This program will be presented on Tuesday night, May 24, 2022, at 7:30 PM CT at the following venue:

    Congregation Shearith Israel
    9401 Douglas Avenue
    Dallas, Texas, 75225


    Contests Now Open for 2022-2023 Competition Year

    As of Sunday, May 1, 2022, all contests for the 2022-2023 competition year - including the Special Interest contests - are open for submissions.

    Please be sure to select the correct contest when submitting a photo.


    New Club Year Begins With (Some) New Club Officers

    At the April 21, 2022 club meeting, members affirmed the following slate of officers and volunteers for the 2022-2023 PPC Club Year.

    The club thanks outgoing officers Alan Daniel, Suzanne Beasley, Brian Clark, and Greg Jones for their service to the PPC.

    President David Swinney
    VP Activities Cliff McKenzie
    VP Programs Mary Ruehle
    Treasurer Mike Losurdo
    Training Chair Dennis Fritsche
    Contest Chair Clive Fernando
    Membership Chair Michael Farnham
    Webmaster David Swinney
    Newsletter James Stover
    Social Media Heidi Phillips
    PSA Representative Larry Petterborg
    GSCCC Representative   Sam Lucas
    Historian Cindy Vaillancourt


    The Plano Photography Club is a proud member club of these organizations:

  • Photographic Society of America
  • Gulf States Camera Club Council
  • Photographic Society of America Gulf States Camera Club Council PSA Website Contest 2020 2nd Place PSA Website Contest 2021 Honorable Mention

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