About Us

The ABC Photo Society Inc was organized on October 26, 2010 as a Pennsylvania non profit corporation.  Several informal organizations dating back to 1952 predated the organization of ABC Photo Society Inc.  (The Altoona Camera Club and The Altoona-Blair County Photographic Society were two of the previous incarnations of the club.)

The society currently has around 50 members representing Blair, Bedford and Cambria counties. The photo society features local, national and international programs, with how­-to sessions on such subjects as lighting, close­ups, night pictures, composition, travel and nature photography. Photo­taking sessions and field trips are organized.

Two formal competitions, one print and one projected image, are held yearly.  These contests determine the Photographer of the Year and other awards.  There are photo scavenger hunts, photo­circuits, traveling objects, workshops and yearly competitions.  The society shows an annual “Alphabet Soup” program where members present a slide, print or digital for each letter of the alphabet.  From our trips and outings, members take photos and then are invited to show them at a designated club meeting.  There are “Show and Tell” sessions for displaying and critiquing prints, slides and digitals. There are also informal competitions on special topics.

The society is a member of the Photographic Society of America and participates in its International Club Competition. Local members have had gold Medal photos in this circuit and have had their entries included in the PSA traveling Top Winners show.  Members have won national and international competitions and/or sold photographs for publication.

Most of all, we have a lot of fun with photography and enjoy the fellowship with each other.


4 thoughts on “About Us

    • Hi Cindy, we do have two meetings in May. We recently turned in our photos for our spring competition, so on May 1st, we’ll be (unoficially) judging some of the photos. We’ll show one of the categories and let everyone there score them and give comments before sending everything to our official judges.
      And for our May 15th meeting, we had a presenter cancel, so we’re thinking about an outdoor photowalk. We’ll post here when we finalize a spot to meet, but we’re leaning towards somewhere in Hollidaysburg.


  1. Hi, I was wondering if there is a fee for joining and if it matters on the type of camera used? New to this and would like to learn more about photography.
    Thank you in advance.


    • Hi Lora, the club dues are only $25 a year. But if you’re in our area, we’d love to have you stop in and check out a couple meetings. We have members of all different experience levels and with all kinds of cameras. There aren’t any requirements, just an interest in photography. Due to some scheduling conflicts with the library, our February meetings are out of the normal schedule. We’ll be meeting on the 12th and the 20th. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Eric


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