Local Participation

Local chapters are the heart of BCA. Participation in a chapter guarantees an ongoing, year-long connection to the profession and its practitioners. Organized by geographical area, chapters range in size from ten to over a hundred members, and from encompassing a single metropolitan area to several states in less populated regions.

Geography often determines the frequency of chapter meetings. Some chapters meet monthly, some hold bi-monthly weekend programs, and others meet once or twice a year. Some chapters also plan annual regional meetings.

Meetings might include educational presentations or visits to local photography departments or vendor facilities. Weekend programs are sometimes workshops devoted to fuller exploration of a single subject, including hands-on sessions. A group outing to an arboretum for close-up flower photography or a tour of a video editing facility or color processing laboratory are typical. Longer meetings might team photographers, illustrators, writers, and others for interdisciplinary projects. Whatever the frequency or format, chapter meetings encourage the open exchange of ideas and the strengthening of professional ties.

New members to BCA are encouraged to participate in any way they wish to contribute - by presenting a topic, organizing a program, showing work at chapter exhibitions, editing a newsletter, or holding chapter office. BCA organization begins at the local level with its chapter officers; representatives of each chapter convene annually in the House of Delegates to conduct the business of the Association.

Stretching Your Frame of Mind

Video of Houston photographer Joe Baraban's lecture to the Texas BCA Chapter.

Chapters Map

For more informtion about a BCA chapter, click on the map.

For information about a BCA chapter, click on the map or here for International chapters.

Membership Application

Please go to the Downloads page to download a membership application form.

Membership applications should be sent to the Manager of Member

Stimulus Package for Chapter Meetings

The BCA Executive Committee has created a stimulus package for chapter meetings. Seed money of up to $100 is available to host a chapter meeting. Submit a written request along with the Expense Voucher form and send it in to the Central Office.

The Executive Committee will need to know the amount and purpose of the funds needed, a description of the chapter project, and/or purpose for meeting. The committee will review your request and a response will be sent within a short period of time.

After the chapter meeting submit a brief summary and some photos for the BCA newsletter and website.

Take the initiative to look up your chapter members and a make plans to take advantage of this opportunity. Email the Central Office if you have specific questions.