The Basics of EPS
Emerald Photographic Society (EPS) meets 4 times per month during most of the year.
You may become a member of EPS by visiting any regular meeting and submitting an application along with your dues. Your membership will be prorated based on the EPS 10-month year of regular meetings, January–June and September–December. Dues are renewable annually in January.
Dues are as follows:
Regular membership: $35
Family Membership (2 people): $50
Student Membership: $20
Benefits of EPS membership include:
Meetings and Competitions
January through June, and September through November:
- First Tuesdays: Challenge Night
- Second Tuesdays: Education Night
- Third Tuesdays: Digital Competition
- Fourth Tuesdays: Photo Forum
- December – First Tuesday Challenge Night, Second Tuesday Competition Night
- Field Trips
- Special Presentations
- Annual Banquet
- Community Service Photography Projects
The Bellows newsletter
- Local-interest for photographers
- Photography-related articles
- EPS photography projects and people
- Special discounts for select local vendors
Access to the EPS Members section of the website for information about:
- Photography field trips
- EPS Members forum to discuss photography topics and share photos
- Critique forum to learn about making better photographs
- Community service opportunities
- Social events with other photographers
EPS Contact Information
PO Box 7573
Springfield, OR 97475
EPS Club History
Founded in 1961 as the Willamalane Camera Club, The Emerald Photographic Society is in its 46th year providing a home for photographers in Lane County, Oregon.
In 1961 the original group chose the name Willamalane Camera Club and elected Bob Hersey president. The club held monthly slide and print competitions on an individual basis without a point system. After Ben Andrews joined the club in 1962, the members approved a system of classes and points for both competitions with prints having both black & white and color divisions.
In 1963 when Ben Andrews was president and Buzz Foley was vice president, the club members voted to join the Photographic Society of America (PSA). Membership in PSA was maintained up through 1996. The regional branch, Columbia Council of Camera clubs (4C’s), has offered inter club competitions as well as an annual convention.
When the club moved to the Eugene Public Library in 1972, the members changed the name to “Emerald Photographic Society” and in 1984 started a two-division, Salon and Master Class, slide competition system. The members then voted to compete in a one-class, three-category slide competition system at the beginning of 1994.
In 1995, the club added a Novice Class Slide competition for members preferring critique rather than regular competition. This competition has been discontinued, and critiques are now available on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Traditionally, the club has held an annual picnic shoot and a dinner meeting for presentation of annual awards. A variety of educational activities have been enjoyed by members, guests, and visitors from the community for many years.
In November 1997, Emerald Photographic Society first appeared on the Internet. In the first week it was one page describing the club and meeting times. In 2000, EPS got its own Internet name, www.emeraldphotographic.org .
After many years of being dominated by color slide competition, the club now is more actively involved in prints with large showings in the monthly print competitions. Print exhibits also took off in the year 2000 and 2001 with four exhibits in a 7-month period.
In 2007, the club added a well-attended digital competition to the regular monthly slide and print competitions.