Welcome to the Garden Photographic Society


The Garden Photographic Society is a friendly club for anyone who is interested in and enjoys a wide range of photography. Beginners and advanced professional photographers are equally welcome. Whatever your skill level, you will benefit from our programs and activities. You do not need to own a fancy or expensive camera! Mobile phone photographers are welcome. The club meets twice per month on Thursday evenings at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. Working together, we build friendships, enjoy members’ images, share ideas, and participate in activities that encourage participants to advance their skills and learn new photographic techniques. We are part of the Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association.

Please see our calendar for program information and meeting dates and times. Each month we typically have one program meeting and one meeting for competitions. Members can submit color or monochrome prints or Digital Projected Images (JPEG format) . If you are interested in giving a presentation at one of our meetings, please use our Contact Form to get in touch with the program director. There are many opportunities to volunteer in our club, and we are always looking for help.

The guidelines for the 2020 Nature In View show are now available. Please visit the Downloads page for a copy.


Our next program will be on Thursday, January 16, 2020. We’ll be meeting in the Pullman Room at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. We hope you will join us for this outstanding presentation!

Our speaker for this meeting will be Fred Drury. Fred has been making images of the natural world for over 50 years. His interest in nature photography extends both above and below water. He has received numerous local, national and international awards. Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium has more than thirty of his images in their Wild Reef Exhibit. Fred was the 2011 recipient of the Kohout Award, which is given by the Chicago Area Photographic Society for ‘outstanding work both as a nature photographer and nature photography educator’. Fred taught ‘Nature Photography’ at the College of DuPage, as well as classes in Lightroom and Photoshop at bothThe Morton Arboretum and at the DuPage Forest Preserve (Mayslake Peabody Estate). For several years, he authored a column entitled ‘Drury’s Digital Diary’ for the Photographic Society of America.

The subject of Fred’s Presentation is “Underwater Photography: Tides and Islands“. Here is a short description of the area that is the subject of his talk.

Tides & Islands: The Magic of Nusa Tenggara

Indonesia is roughly the same size as the United States, as is its population. However the United States is a single land mass located well north of the equator, whereas Indonesia is a nation of more than 17,000 tropical islands straddling the equator.

The principal island and by far the most densely populated is Java. Stretching east from Java all the way to New Guinea is a chain of islands called Nusa Tenggara. Many of the islands in the chain are volcanic and considered by geologists as amongst the most active of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’. Nusa Tenggara is bisected by what is called the ‘Wallace Line’, which is a boundary between species found in Asia, (north and west of the line), and those found in Australia to the south and east.

These islands form a land mass barrier between the warmer Pacific Ocean to the north and the cooler Indian Ocean to the south. The tidal flows of the respective oceans are ’channeled’ to the straits between the islands, thereby making those flows much stronger. While each ocean has its individual tidal flows, those from the Pacific are more powerful hence more water flows from north to south.

Most all fish and invertebrates spawn in open water and the fertilized eggs are distributed by the prevailing currents. In Nusa Tenggara this means that the stronger north-south currents in the straits between the islands are continuously bringing new life into the bays and backwaters along the inter-island straits more so from north to south as noted above. Bali, immediately to the east of Java, is home to two active volcanos which strongly influence the island’s climate, making its eastern coast much drier. These factors create favorable conditions for marine life in a river-fed bay on Bali’s eastern coast. Tulmaben is an attractive village on this bay and a wonderful dive location. The combination of the tidal flow and the nutrients delivered to the bay from the nearby volcanic hills create ideal conditions for marine life.

Lombok is the island immediately to the east of Bali. Next comes Sumbawa and off of its east cost is Komodo National Park which is a ‘World Heritage Site’. Here again the strong tidal flows create a species rich marine environment. There’s not much in the way of ‘western style’ accommodations here so a live-aboard dive boat is the more attractive alternative.

Both Tulamben and Komodo are recognized by underwater photographers as amongst the best locations in the world to see and photograph an especially diverse number of the fish and critters that populate the world’s oceans.


Did you miss the 2019 Nature in View show at the Greenhouse Galleries in Regenstein Center?

You now have another chance to see it! Visit the Nature In View Gallery on our website. See the Chicago Botanic Garden in a new light! In this exhibition, photographs of the natural world feature the work of Garden Photographic Society members. Their remarkable images capture fleeting moments of beauty—from the morning mist to the first spring bloom. Society members have held their meetings at the Garden for more than 30 years, appreciating it as a special place to perfect their craft.

Like us on facebook and stay updated with the latest news!