Photo Adventures Camera Club

THE Camera Club in Port Charlotte

The Photo Adventures Camera Club, Port Charlotte's Camera Club has been an active and thriving hub of for photographers since 2003. Among the original group were experienced professionals and amateurs alike, with a common goal of creating a venue to share their knowledge, information, techniques and critiques. We share an interest in all forms of photography, including color and monochrome prints and digital images. Subject matter varies widely, including but not limited to Nature, Landscapes and Portraits.

Upcoming Events

  1. Program Speaker Bernie Hynes – How To Create Special Effects

    November 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
  2. Program Speaker Claudia Daniels “Birds In Flight”

    December 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
  3. Program Speaker Carmen Schettino “Lighting”

    January 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Remembering Tom Zinneman

Tom Zinneman, a longtime member of Photo Adventures Camera Club passed away from COVID-19 on August 29, 2020. Tom was an outstanding nature photographer and author.

In 1998 Tom and his late wife Ann retired to Punta Gorda, Florida, where Tom took up fishing again. In addition to fishing, Tom became interested in bird watching and digital photography. He became a well known photographer in the Port Charlotte area and was active with the local camera club and taught classes in digital photography at the local cultural center. He maintained a web site ( with photographs of Florida wildlife as well as birds and wildlife from several trips he took to places such as Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.

In 2015 he published a book with a collection of his photographs of Florida wildlife. He was a member of the Photographic Society of America and several of his photos won awards. He was a member of the Peace River Audubon Society and supported numerous other wildlife and nature organizations. Throughout his lifetime he was also an avid reader and was a supporter of the local libraries wherever he lived.

Tom achieved the PPSA distinction with the Photographic Society of America which requires 288 acceptances of at least 96 different images in PSA sanctioned international exhibitions. Tom was an active and supportive member of the club always willing to offer help to newcomers and any other member seeking advice. He will be missed.  As a tribute to Tom, please view his work on his website.

One of Tom's favorite shots was this one, an Osprey with a Needlefish that was not about to give up.

Click Here!To view more of Tom's Photo Images


Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month (throughout the year) from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The 2nd meeting in the months of November and December is cancelled due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

Because of the COVID virus, we started meeting online, on Zoom.  Once things are safe, we’ll resume meeting at our normal location.


Club dues are an affordable $30 per year. The year runs from January to December.

For existing members, the dues are due the first meeting in January. Club

Dues cover a variety of expenses to operate the club, the largest of which is to bring in experienced teachers and speakers who always have awesome information and tips!


Seriously! We’re a camera club. We sincerely want every level of photographer to come join us! Novices to Pros.  The joy is in the sharing and learning.

Our meetings and field trips almost always have segments and programs which speak to every level of photographer.  We’re all in it for the same reason, for fun and learning this incredible art & skill.


This photography community is like no other.  We love to share. We love to teach. We love to go out together, and we’ll even take you to that secret spot (that’s not so secret) to get the shots the pros get.  Oh, and we’ve got some pros to show and help you!  Some are leaders in the Florida Camera Club Council, some are Judges for the council, even a photo workshop owner who loves to teach!

Most of us are retired (or working on it) but many of us have been shooting photos for many years and have just recently “gotten the bug”.  If you’re in that group, come join us and you’ll leave with a project and a desire to return, show and tell!

Photo Adventurers Monthly Photo Projects

We have projects each month to have fun and help us work on specific areas of photography. The idea is to actually go out and shoot some images based on the subject, but if you run out of time, archived images are also accepted.

    Leading Lines – The project for August is Leading Lines.

    Leading Lines are one of the best methods of composition, using a line of the image to lead you to the main subject.


    Silhouettes – The project theme for Sept.

    Silhouettes, the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single color.


    Autumn  The project theme for the month is Autumn.

    Autumn looks different in Florida.  It usually happens when we have a day under 70 degrees!  Get out there an give us your best impression of Florida in Autumn.

Featured Photographer Image Gallery

Get to know our photographer members and view some of their images.

Norm Collin

Norm has been retired and living in SWFL for a numbers of years. He brings a wealth of experience and has been VERY involved with PACC. Click here to read more about Norm and see some of his images

Meet some more of our amazing photographer members.

Mike Jensen

Mike is an award winning master photographer. lecturer, workshop leader & mentor. Click here to read more about Mike and see some of his images

Bernie Hynes

Bernie is a club leader and master of creative composites. Click here to read more about Bernie and see some of his images

John Livernois

John is a club leader, photography judge and long time supporter of photography in Florida. Click here to read more about John and see some of his images

Brian Grant

Brian is a fantastic photographer who brings a wealth of knowledge about all things related to the craft. Click here to see Brian's images.

Meet Linda ONeil

Photographing nature and wildlife has been a passion of Linda’s for over 20 years.
To enhance her skills she took a course with New York Institute of Photography and continued toward advanced courses. Click here to see her online gallery.