jam-08The Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs

The Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC) is an informal entity created in 1997 by Joseph Miller, with the assistance of Dave Carter and Ed Funk.  Its purpose is to promote communication and cooperation among area camera clubs.  NVACC is comprised of Member Clubs and Associated Member Clubs.

In 1997, NVACC published its first Directory of Speakers and Judges and it has been aperiodically updated since that time.  Each individual listed in the directory has spoken and/or judged at a member camera club and would be invited back by that club and recommended to other clubs.

NVACC actively trains new judges by conducting an all day Seminar on Judging at the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts.  The seminar draws largely from the membership of the member clubs and prepares candidates to effectively articulate the merits of images.  Each NVACC trained judge provides his or her view on the role of a judge and the criteria they will use when they judge.  Member camera clubs can use that information when selecting judges for their competitions.  Attendance at the seminar does not automatically guarantee inclusion on the list of NVACC trained judges.

NVACC created the  Field Trips Guide Book for Photographers which provides information about nearby areas that camera clubs may wish to visit.

25 booklets on photographic topics have been published by NVACC and may be downloaded and printed or displayed electronically for individual use.

The Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts conducts special workshops, seminars, critiques and classes for member camera clubs.  Some of the subjects presented are “Photography as Art” and “How to Look at an Image.”  These events are announced through the member clubs as they are available.