Countless hours of work online and behind the camera paid off for the Lake County Camera Club when they placed third in the Photographers Society of America 2012 website contest. This is the second year in a row for the high honors.
Much of the work towards the award was done by webmaster John Rouse of Grayslake who updated the website, making it more user friendly and easier to showcase the photographs of contributors. Rouse had a committee behind him to help, but much of the coding was done by himself, said LCCC President Ron Meyers.
"He just went out and learned everything and really jumped right in with both feet," Meyers said. "He's really done such a great job." Because of his dedication to LCCC and the time he invested in the website Rouse was given the Contribution Award by the club.
LCCC is an organization focused on promoting, teaching and sharing ideas, skills, techniques and good practices of the art of photography. The club entertains all skill levels from the most basic photographer to the most advanced.
The Lake County Camera Club meets monthly offering challenges and competitions for photographers. Photographs are posted on their website, as well as entered into competitions with the Chicago Area Camera Club, which includes 40 clubs across Illinois.
"We consider ourselves a learning club," Meyers said of members helping mentor new photographers, teaching everything from picture taking to photo processing and digital editing. "This club is just a great opportunity for any photographer, beginner or advanced, to be able to showcase their work."
Meyers said many people are aspiring to be better photographers and that the art of photography is gaining popularity with digital cameras and even camera phones. The LCCC may be a reflection of that. While it was founded in the late 1960s, four years ago there were only a handful of members. Today there are 165.
Earlier this summer LCCC hosted its first Photo Expo with more than 300 photographers attending the events which included keynote speakers, vendors, education seminars and contests. Plans are in the works for the Summer of 2013.
To find out more about the Lake County Camera Club, or to attend one of their meetings, check out their website.