Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017 will be a big year photographically in South Dakota

Happy New Year to all Dakotagraph readers! Got some Christmas money to spend on a spectacular photographic destination in the coming year? Along with magnificent scenery and wildlife, there are many events that will make the Mount Rushmore state especially attractive to photographers in 2017.

Crowning the year is a long autumn week that offers photographic instruction, a very unique photo opportunity and typically beautiful weather.

Sept. 21-Oct. 1

The North Central Camera Club Council (N4C) 61st annual fall convention "Presidents, Pixels and Pines," will be hosted by the Black Hills Photography Club on September 21-23. Full plans are not yet announced for this great event, but you can count on an exciting keynote presentation by a well-known photographer, expert-lead field trips to local hot spots, vendor demonstrations, competitions and classroom sessions. The convention will be based in Rapid City with trips out into the Black Hills.

The N4C is an organization of about 40 camera clubs in the north central states. You do not need to be a camera club member to attend the convention.

More information about the North Central Camera Club Council is available at their website -

More information about the Black Hills Photography Club is at their website -

The Black Hills are usually in full autumn splendor during late September, so exploring the area for the week following the N4C Convention should be a special treat. That leads right into the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and the Black Hills Photo Shootout.

Custer State Park offers great photography any time of year, but the western spectacle of around 1,000 bison being herded by cowboys on horseback and park rangers in trucks is not to be missed. The 2017 Roundup will be held on Friday, September 29. You will want to get there early and bring the biggest lens you've got.

More information on the Buffalo Roundup is available at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website -

Dakotagraph information and photos of previous Roundups are at -

Rounding out the big week is the Black Hills Photo Shootout, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, headquartered at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.

A South Dakota photography institution since 2010, the Black Hills Photo Shootout offers hands-on instructional workshops at many locations throughout the area. Included each year are special access to places like historic ranches, western reenactor models, and closeup wildlife opportunities. Instructors are photographic experts from the area and across the nation.

More information on the Shootout is available at

Photos and information from past Shootouts are at

More information on all three events in South Dakota's Photography Week will be coming soon. Hope to see you wandering the Black Hills and Badlands throughout the week and the year as well.

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