The Thousand Oaks Photo Group conducts several meetings each month including monthly photo challenges as well as Special Interest Groups. There are other planning meetings, scheduled as needed to keep the club going such as our monthly Steering Committee meeting.

Most of our meetings are currently being conducted via Zoom. We hope to conduct more in-person meetings in the future

Monthly Photo Challenges

Our monthly photo challenges have moved online and are conducted via Zoom. Meeting times are typically 7:30 pm on the first Monday of the month. Check the website's homepage for links to each  meeting.

Special Interest Groups

Currently, we have two Special Interest Groups (SIG) that meet on a regular basis to discuss theme-oriented subjects. The Street SIG, delves into all aspects of street photography. New for 2023, "Let's Talk Photos," is an informal get together to discuss photos. More information about our SIGs are found on our Special Interest Group page.

In-person Meetings

In-person meetings are occasionally conducted throughout the year to enable face-to-face interaction, to share prints, and conduct business that cannot be conducted online. Details about those meetings are posted well in advance on the homepage of this website.

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 via Zoom. Linking details are found within the calendar section of this website.


7:30pm – 8:30 pm 


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 Street Photography and the other is for general image sharing. A third Sig, Landscape Photography, is currently in hiatus. The goals of all our 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:

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September Photo Challenge Recap

For those of you who did not attend our last photo review meeting and want to view the video replay or see a gallery of the high merit images, please select the following links:

Assigned Topic: Night Photo
Judge: John Powers 

All recent photo challenge galleries can be found at our Competition Winning Images page. Older galleries are in our gallery archives.

Monthly Photo Challenge
Monday, October 2 at 7:30 PM

Standard Photo Challenge Rules (Assigned and Open classes)
Zoom Link:  
Judge: Christopher Zsarnay (Christopher Zsarnay's bio)
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Our topic for October: Timing - Wait for the Decisive Moment. Not yet, not yet, now! Many times waiting for a moment (or two) will make the difference between an oh-hum photo and an excellent one. Timing is everything. (Composition and Technique)

Critique and Judging will take place via Zoom at 7:30 PM. See our calendar for details.

Monthly Photo Challenge
Monday, November 6 at 7:30 PM
Our last challenge for the year!

Standard Photo Challenge Rules (Assigned and Open classes)
Zoom Link:  
Judge: Kevin Karzin
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Our topic for November: Lifestyle Photography - Create an image that aims to capture portraits of people in situations, real-life events, or milestones in an artistic manner.[1] The primary goal is to tell stories about people's lives or to inspire people at different times. (Definition from Wikipedia: Dan Holmes has done a good job defining Lifestyle Photography for the Channel Islands Professional Photographer's Association. View the article at (Thematic)

Critique and Judging will take place via Zoom at 7:30 PM. See our calendar for details.