Camera Club of
Laguna Woods

About the Club

The purpose of the Camera Club of Laguna Woods is to promote and advance the art of photography.

To do this, we hold the following periodic evaluations:


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Camera Club 50th Anniversary

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Laguna Woods Camera Club. On April 20, the Mayor and City Council members of Laguna Woods presented a Certificate of Commendation to Camera Club President Mac McNamar and club officers Joel Goldstein and Mark Rabinowitch. For more information, read Joel Goldstein's excellent article about the club and view a copy of the certificate as well as a photograph commemmorating the ceremony on our 50th Anniversary Page.

View the interview with Joel about the Camera Club on YouTube:

Joel Goldstein Interview

Read the PDF about Who We Are.

Joining the Camera Club

Our annual dues are $20.00 per person per year or $25.00 for two persons living at the same Laguna Woods address. Non-residents are $20 per person (renewals only). Newsletters, brochures, and membership applications are available on our Website or the PhotoLab in Laguna Woods Village Club House 4. New members who join between September through December of the current year have following year included when they pay their dues. You can open this PDF file on your computer and complete the blanks electronically.

We hope you'll join us at our meetings and become a member of the Camera Club.

COVID-19 Membership Changes

The Camera Club is extending your 2020 membership through 2021. That is, if you are a paid-up member for 2020, you don't have to renew for 2021. As a result, we have made changes to the Application Form for new members. Prospective new members should fill out the form online, print it out and add the signature or signatures (for joint members) and mail the form to the indicated address.

2021 Membership Application (PDF, 107 KB)

Mailing List

If you are not yet a member but would like to be on our mailing list for future club updates and event info, please email, with Subject "List", stating your name and whether you are a Laguna Woods Village resident or not. There is absolutely no obligation.


We meet twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at The Laguna Woods Village Performing Arts Center (formerly Club House 3). One meeting is a digital image slide show presentation, and the other is a digital image critique by a professional judge or a speaker. These meetings are a good place to learn about photography and are free to Camera Club members or $3.00 fee for non-member guests, collected at the door. On the second Tuesday of each month we present a Photography Workshop in the Photography Classroom at Laguna Woods Village Clubhouse 4; a donation of $5.00 is suggested for these workshops. We also have annual dinners where awards are presented for prints and digital images; high point aggregate totals from the digital and print critiques for the past year are also presented awards.

End of Year Competition and Awards

At the end of the year, we hold a competition with three judges to select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category for prints and digital images and present awards to those winners. We learn a lot from the judges' comments on how to improve our photographs.

Aggregate totals are also calculated for each presenter in digital image and print critiques for the entire year and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category are presented awards.

A summary of these awards can be accessed through the Winning Images Archive page.

2021 Officers

Board Members

President Rodney Cooper
Immediate Past President Russ Lazar
Vice President, Showcases TBA
Vice President, Digital Exhibition TBA
Vice President, Photo Lab Larry Cunningham
Vice President, Education Evelyn Chang
Secretary Rita Vettraino
Treasurer Lawrie Bau
Membership Rick Vettraino & Arnold Silverman
Hospitality Patricia Patti
Member-at-Large Joel Goldstein
Member-at-Large Peter Battin


Other Officers

Publicity Joel Goldstein
Webmaster Elaine Randolph
Editor, Cameraderie Mary-Rose Hoang



The Camera Club also provides training:

Our workshop presenters, instructors, and training assistants are all volunteer members of your Camera Club. We would like to hear from you if you have experience presenting workshops, training instruction, have developed classes that can be presented in our Learning Center or have developed presentations that may be used for our monthly Special Interest Workshops. Please email, Subject: Education Committee with a brief description of your experience and educational product.


Related Links

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