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The Zone Five Camera Club (ZVCC) is celebrating 37 years of excellence in the art of photography and imaging.  The ZVCC is an independent club of photographers coming from various professions and callings, all united with the ideal of building on their passion of photography as an art form.

It was in March of 1978 when a group of photo enthusiasts first met and called themselves the Zone Five Camera Club.  The seemingly odd name may have brought about some confusion to those who first heard of it. It was actually inspired by Ansel Adams’ classic zoning exposure system that formed the basis of exposure degrees or zones as used in classic photography. The club is not limited by any geographical region and has members coming from all parts of the country. For some time, it has even studied the possibility of allowing the submission of entries to its contests via the internet, specially from members residing abroad.

The club serves as a venue for the development of each member’s photography skills. This is achieved through monthly photo contests that aim to challenge the members to view the world with a fresh, new perspective. By looking for different interpretations on the themes, the club members hone their skills and ability to conceptualize the images they present for judging. Using various types of media used in photography, such colored prints, black and white prints, or projected images, the members develop their sense of what works best for each type of contest.

For most of the members of the club, the most anticipated activity remains the on-the-spot contest or more familiarly the OTS held three or four times a year.  Limited to club members it is a chance for Zone Five to just go out and have fun as photographers in a different environment. Through the years the club has found itself in the various sites around the country. Venues as common as the Manila Zoo, Nayong Pilipino, or historical places like Corregidor,  Intramuros, and many others have been subjected to the lenses of the ZVCC.  So have Subic Bay, Baguio, Banawe, Bohol, Sagada, Bacolod, Mindoro, Mulanay, Real, Villa Escudero, Tagaytay, Taal, and the list goes on.  The OTS offers the newer members a chance to observe the more experienced photographers in action.  In 2007, Zone Five embarked on its first foreign OTS in Macau. It was followed by Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and Bangkok, Thailand in 2008 and 2009, and most recently, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Through all the activities, the photo shoots, the contests, and the traveling, what stands out most in Zone Five is the camaraderie among its members.  After thirty years the same ideals for which the club was formed still exist: its quest for excellence in capturing an image; the innovation in utilizing photographic equipment and tools and the spirit of competitiveness that drives each member. The interest and enthusiasm of today’s current members, towards excellence in their craft, become more intense as each year passes. In the pursuit of winning photographs, members resort to creative interpretation of the subjects and innovation in approaches, ultimately learning to be more discriminate in technical and artistic values.

But Zone Five goes beyond all this:  Lifelong friendships and bonds have been formed through the years making Zone Five more than just a club, but has evolved into a family.  May it stay that way for at least another 30 years.

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