About Denver Photographic

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The Denver Photographic Society (DPS) was founded in 1936 in Denver, CO. Photography had, at that time, entered the beginning of its 2nd century and was widely accepted as a hobby as well as a profession. By then, cameras had been invented that were comparatively small, simple to load, easy to operate and produced images in black and white that were superlative!

It was a natural happening, henceforth, for Don McCullough and Irv Brooks, along with others, as “birds of a feather to flock together” to found DPS, forming a venue for the enjoyment of photography in a group setting.

DPS has met in a myriad of locations over their 82 years of existence and have always embraced all aspects of photography–from color and monochrome prints to 35mm color slides, and currently, of course, includes all forms of digital photography. DPS was also one of the founding members of the Colorado Council of Camera Clubs in 1943, bringing together many of the camera clubs in the surrounding metro area, which enabled members to be involved in sharing their photographic interests with a much extended group of enthusiasts in educational pursuits, competitions, etc.

Meeting Location & Times

Applewood Valley United Methodist Church 2035 Ellis St, Golden, CO

The regularly scheduled monthly meetings begin at 7:00 pm (competition prints are due at 6:30 pm). Programs and classes begin at 7:00 pm and are held at this location unless otherwise noted on the calendar.

Field trips/special activities are held at different locations throughout Colorado, but mainly along the Front Range.


Membership fees are $35 single membership and/or $50 family (discounted if joining after July).     TO JOIN, contact us or visit with us at a meeting.

Competition and Business Meetings

Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month throughout the year unless an event has been pre-scheduled at our meting place. Members will be notified as to such date change. (The December meeting is the Annual Banquet/Awards Presentation. Other exceptions may occur so please verify on meetings or news & activities page.)

Monthly Competition

The monthly competition is comprised of six categories in two divisions: projected digital files (color, B&W or monochromatic and creative), prints (color, B&W or monochromatic and creative).  Awards are given based on popular vote and the judge’s selection, with a critique also given by the Guest Judge on each entry.  We have an assigned subject to shoot 4 times each year, with the remaining months always being open subjects.  Points earned each month accumulate toward annual awards. Monthly entries are eligible for the year-end competition.

Programs & Classes

The programs are presented by individuals prominent in the areas of photography and related fields. They focus on various aspects of photography, software applications such as Photoshop and Lightroom, specialized techniques in photography and topics related to interests of the members. These scheduled programs are held at our meeting location. Other classes may be held on an impromptu basis if interest warrants. Please check the calendar or newsletter to confirm the date and topic for program details.

Previous topics have included: Digital/Photoshop, Infrared, Handcoloring, Adobe Lightroom, Stereo &  Macro Photography, Wildlife, Pseudo Line Drawing, Matting and Mounting, Abstract Art, Travel Photography, Photojournalism, Architecture,  and HDR.

Field Trips

Members meet at a pre-arranged location to proceed to a specific place, event, or on-site workshop.

Previous and future field trips include: Denver Aquarium, Wings over the Rockies, Ghost Town Museum, Butterfly Pavilion, Architectural/Night Shoot, Fashion and Glamour, Denver Botanic & Hudson Gardens, Motorcycle Races, South Park City, Georgetown, Renaissance Faire, Ice Sculptures at Breckenridge, Denver, Zoo, Wild Animal Sanctuary, Rocky Mountain National Park/Estes Park, Rodeos, Old Cemeteries, and more.

Special Events & Exhibitions

Our goal is to increase the visibility of DPS and its talented members through Photographic Exhibitions. Over the past several years, exhibits were held at Westminster City Hall, several area galleries, and local libraries.

Each year one of these special events has included a “Kids with Cameras Day”.  In cooperation with a community youth program, members escort future photographers around their neighborhood to take pictures with cameras provided by DPS. The photos are printed, mounted and displayed at their school and other locations in the community.  This is a win-win learning experience for all who participate.

Another annual event is our photographic Scavenger Hunt at different locations in Colorado, such as Golden, Arvada, Littleton, Evergreen, Idaho Springs, Denver downtown, etc.  Results are judged by outside judges and all images shown at a club meeting with awards presented.

Photo Swap Meet

Denver Photographic Society, in conjunction with the Colorado Camera Collectors Club, hosts two Photographic Swap Meets each year in May & September at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. This includes both local vendors and some from far away, with a wide selection of both collector and new photographic items for sale.  Also included is an exhibition of many of our members’ photographic prints. (See Camera Swap Meet Events for details)