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It’s a great way to expand your interest in nature and the art of photography.

Here’s what membership in the Club does for you.

Most Frequent Questions

We all share a passion for photography. Our goal is to create an atmosphere for sharing and learning and to have fun doing it!  Below are a some frequently asked questions and answers.  All the questions are shown but you may click on a heading to filter the questions as needed.  If you have any more questions send us an email.
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  • How do I join?
  • Competitions
  • Outings
  • The FOCUS
  • Yahoo Group
  • Flickr Site
  • How do I Join?

    It’s easy!! Contact us via email:

    Or join us for a meeting. Our Membership Chair will be there to greet you and get you signed up. The cost is $30 per person or $45 for a couple.

  • How much are club dues?

    The club annual dues are $30 per person or $45 for a couple.

  • When and where does the club meet?

    MNSPC (the club) meets in the Mayslake Hall at Mayslake Peabody Estates in Oakbook, IL. We meet the first Monday of every month throughout the whole year, and then 4 times a year, competition is held on the third Monday of the Month. We meet the whole year, not stopping for the summer months as some other Club will do.

  • What happens at the meetings??

    Both photo and nature subjects are presented at the meeting, for you to learn and enhance both your photography and knowledge of the world we live in.

    The schedule for the up and coming meetings can be found on the calendar on the News Page

  • How many competitions are held each year?

    There are 4 competitions per year for both digital and prints. You can enter in all 4 competitions or even just one.

    In addition to formal competitions, the Club may host a non-competitive critique with an opportunity to submit images for comment by a panel of judges, without the stress of Judging!

  • Where can I find more guidelines on competitions?

    The guidelines for judging, entry and submission of digital and print images are on our website. Awards are given and selected winning images may be submitted into additional competitions with CACCA (Chicago Area Camera Club Association) and PSA (Photographic Society of America). Dates of Mayslake competitions are included on the calendar.

  • Any additional information about the outings?

    Throughout the year, the Club sponsors photo outings to various locations of interest to photographers. Besides the great photo opportunities, outings are a way to meet Club members and learn from each other in the field. Most are day shoots but occasionally there are some overnight trips.

  • How do I find out about the outings?

    As a part of the Club you will be included in all email announcements Outings.  In addition, as a member we encourage you to join the MNSPC Yahoo group to receive additional information about ad hoc outings that member may arrange on short term notice.  Members also share the outing photos on the Yahoo group.

  • What is the ``Focus``?

    The Focus is the club’s monthly newsletter. Once a month, you will receive by email the Club newsletter which contains information on program schedules, outings reports, training and education, special events and other items of interest to Club members.

  • How do I get the newsletter??

    The club will send the newsletter via email which will be coming from the club Communication Chairperson ( Be sure to also add this address to your contacts, so it does not end up in you spam folder!

  • What is the MNSPC Yahoo Group?

    The Mayslake Nature Study & Photography Club Yahoo Group has been created to provide club members a channel to communicate time-sensitive information that could be of interest to other members. This includes information about education opportunities, equipment news and sales, photo opportunities. This moderated group is open to all Mayslake Nature Study & Photography club members in good standing.

  • What is the MLNSPC Flickr site?

    Competition images that win Awards and Honorable Mention will be added to the Mayslake Nature Study & Photography (MLNPC) website via a link to a new Mayslake Nature Study & Photography Flickr site.

  • What if I do not want my images on Flickr?

    Members that do NOT want the images posted to the Flickr site simply do not need to send the images to the Webmaster for posting.


We are proud members of the Photographic Society of America.  We submit images monthly to the local chapter of PSA for interclub competitions.

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We are proud members of the Chicago Area Camera Clubs and submit images monthly for competition with other Chicago area Camera Clubs.

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DuPage Forest Preserves

The Club is hosted by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and  the club visits many preserves through-out the year.  Visit a preserve today!

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