Monthly TOPG Meetings

General Photo Group meetings are typically conducted monthly on the first Monday of each Month. Meetings consist of presentations, a review of past and upcoming events. Photo competitions are also conducted monthly according to guidelines described on our Photo Challenges Page.  

Monthly Meeting Information:

Time: 6:00 PM


Grant R. Brimhall Library (Thousand Oaks Library)
Marvin E. Smith Community Room
1401 East Janss Road
Thousand Oaks CA 91362

Park in the library parking lot. Use the main entrance. Enter the glass doors and immediately turn left. The meeting room is on the right.

In the event that our normal meeting days falls on a public holiday, or if the library has a scheduling conflict, our monthly meeting will be rescheduled. In the event of a schedule change, we will publish updated meeting information as soon as it becomes available. 

Steering Committee and Board of Directors Meeting

The Photo Group Steering Committee and Board of Directors meets monthly, typically on the 3rd Monday of the month, for planning purposes. The Steering Committee and Board of Directors Meetings are open to all club members. Your inputs and participation are what keeps TOPG running. In 2019, the following dates have been reserved for Steering Committee meetings: January 21, February 19, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21 and November 18. There is no Steering Committee Meeting scheduled in December.


6:00pm – 7:30pm, Photo Steering Committee
7:30pm – 8:00pm, Board of Directors (as necessary)


Goebel Senior Adult Center
Chaparral Card Room
1385 East Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362


TOPG's Special Interest Groups

37Open Kit Wang 1 A New DayCurrently, the Thousand Oaks Photo Group has two Special Interest Groups or "SIGs," one specializing in Landscape Photography and the other in Street Photography. The goals of both SIGs are quite similar:

  • Share knowledge and experiences the particular area of interest or specialization
  • Jointly improve our skills in this activity
  • Potentially plan and go on field trips together

TOPG SIGs are NOT workshops, and you should not attend these meetings if that is your expectation.A SIG is a focus or study group focusing on a particular topic. ALL participants will be expected to contribute and do some of the work to support the growth and maturation of the group. Agenda topics for each SIG’s meetings will be developed by the participants over time. 

TOPG Special Interest Groups are open to all TOPG members.

For specific Information about each of our Special Interest Groups, please refer to the detailed description for each SIG:

April Digital Photo Competition
 -  in lieu of the critique at our April meeting

Print Competition (without prints)
Challenge Topic: Abandoned
Judge: Donna Granata (Donna Granata's Bio)
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As you all know by now, we have suspended all community TOPG meetings for the time being. But, that does not mean we have to suspend all our normal activities. One of them, the monthly photo competition, can continue if we alter to process just a bit. While this month would be a “Print Competition,” we are going to try a digital photo submission. Our April judge, Donna Granata, has agreed to judge photos remotely and provide written comments back to the group. We will provide link information later where you can view the judge’s comments and score. For now, you may prepare images for submission using the rules for the Print Competition.

  • Print Competition: Assigned and Open Categories
  • Assigned Theme: Abandoned
  • Entry Closing Date: Submit your images by April 1, 2020, no later than 10 PM.*

Judging will take place during the week of April 6. When completed, we will inform you where you can find the judge’s comments and scores.
Thank you for your understanding. If this works well, we will continue our monthly competitions in this fashion until we can once again meet in the conventional fashion. Print Competition rules are at: Print_Contest_Rules_Rev_03-2020.pdf.

*The entry closing date has been pushed back one week to allow us time to get the revised judging process together. Note, beginning with the competition, the digital submissions must be submitted before 10 PM on the Wednesday before the competition.

Meeting Cancelled. See Home Page for details.
Photo Group General Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (in lieu of early April meeting)

Print Competition
Challenge Topic: Abandoned
Judge: TBD
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Meeting Host: Steve Friedman
Scheduled Presentation: TBD

Digital photo entries must be received by MIDNIGHT, on the immediate Wednesday before the meeting. Digital images must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To ensure that your entry is eligible, review the Rules and Guidelines for submitting entries for the Print Competition night, which can be found in “Contests and Challenges.” Files must be labeled according to Print Competition rules. Prints should be brought in at least 15-minutes before the meeting to ensure they are properly registered and posted on the display wall.

Note: The maximum digital image resolution for competitions is 1400 x 1280 pixels (width x height).

Thousand Oaks Library
6:00 PM

Landscape Photography Special Interest Group
April 8, 2020
Meeting Cancelled - See home page for details.

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The Landscape Photography Special Interest Group (SIG) meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM in the Goebel Adult Community Center. For more details about this group, refer to the Landscape Photography SIG description article.

Scheduled Topics:

  • How I Made this Image: TBD

Goebel Adult Community Center
6:30 PM