Popular photography was still in its infancy when a group of enthusiasts formed the Camera Club of Ottawa in 1894. The organizers set as their objective "...to study and promote the art of photography in all its branches". Although it was a primitive art form at the time, club members soon gained competence and recognition in international salon competition. Today, we maintain that objective.

We have a small gallery of our historical images of the Camera Club of Ottawa. New item, I have acquired an Ottawa Evening Journal article (May 10, 1895 p.7). This is the oldest record in print I could find about the CCO. Quality is low, as it's from digitized pre-1980 microfilm. 

Today we strive to offer a variety of programs from regular meetings, competitions, workshops, field-trips and informal outings, to satisfy as many interests in photography as possible. 

Workshops and outings usually consist of a small group of members, led either by another Club member or a local professional photographer, in topics such as portraiture, nature photography, film and print processing, framing and mounting, and digital techniques.  A special series of informal workshops is held each year for beginners.   Outings and field trips are designed to provide social as well as technical benefits.

The Club participates in an annual spring " Inter-club" competition a local event since 1984 between ourselves, and;
The RA Photo Club
Orleans Photo Club,
Club de Photo Polarisé de l'Outaouais Inc.

A brief history of the CCO from our 75 years exhibit May 1970

James Ballantyne (far left) Isa May Ballantyne beside and slightly behind), and the founding CCO Members circa 1894. Field Trip to Gatineau