Sweetwater Camera Club members have been capturing the world through their lenses over a span of 30 years.

First organized in 1988 as a satellite member of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County, the organization has brought together photography enthusiasts for 30 years.

“We are a rapidly growing, family friendly camera club west of Atlanta in Douglas County, Georgia,” said Janet Newton, its president for four years. ”Our members are comprised of photography enthusiasts—novice through professional. Sweetwater Camera Club is an excellent forum for expanding your vision as a photographer, learning new techniques and sharing your work.”

Newton joined the club in 2012, but got hooked on photography at the age of 12. When she joined the club, there were 67 members. Since she became president, the membership roll is now up to 111 — and growing.

The youngest member, Jacob Dunn, turned 10 in January. The oldest member of the club, John Fuller, is 89. He was named as a lifetime honoree at January’s meeting, having been a member of the camera club for its entire 30 years.

As the camera club continues to grow, more and more opportunities for the members have become available for them to grow and stretch their skills as well. Each month, a different theme is posted. This year, the club has started a novice competition at meetings.

At January’s meeting, a record number of 81 photos were submitted for competition, Newton said.

In March, the club members will be shooting macro scenes in the Douglasville Conference Center, where the club meets.

“A lot of people shoot flowers,” Newton said.

Over the past three years, club members have had the opportunity to take a photo trip to Wyoming, Townsend/Cades Cove and Savannah.

“We do a lot of outings and exhibits,” said Newton. “We coordinate everything to get all of the members involved.”

During the month of March and April, the Sweetwater Camera Club will have an exhibit at the Blu Rose Café in downtown Douglasville. The club’s work will be featured in April, May and June in an “Art in the Garden” exhibit.

Chances are, if there is an event going on in Douglas County, there will be a group of enthusiastic photographers there taking pictures.

Newton said, “We are making an impact with cameras.”

The Sweetwater Camera Club meets the second Thursday of each month except December in Room 1 of the Douglasville Conference Center in downtown Douglasville. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit sweetwatercameraclub.com, email info@sweetwatercameraclub.com or call 770-596-8874.

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