Viewpoint Student Program

The Viewpoint Student Program was created to provide students with an educational resource that gives them valuable industry information, feedback, and support in a semi-professional environment.  Viewpoint is offering a program to help high school and college students grow and build their art, meet other students in their chosen field of study who share their interests, and join a thriving organization dedicated to the photographic arts.

For students interested in becoming a Member of Viewpoint, the annual fee is only $20 and entitles members to attend all monthly Print and Portfolio nights; to submit their work for possible exhibition in the annual Members Show, field trips organized for members and discounted fees for various workshops and travel trips, and invitations to the Member Receptions at each new monthly exhibit.

NEW to the Viewpoint Student Program is a Workshop Scholarship Fund which provides 20 free half-day workshops held at Viewpoint for full-time high schools students and part time or full time college students with a photography major. This new fund is has been generously provided to Viewpoint through a private family contribution. The fund will be reviewed annual for renewal. Click here for more details.

Program Details:
Student lectures are intended to supplement a student's school experience by offering talks and demonstrations on areas of photographic interest, topics and techniques.  Lectures and demonstrations are given by people experienced in their field.  Viewpoint strives to make these lectures relevant to areas of study.  Suggestions for speakers are always welcome.

For more information, contact Diana Proctor at:




All students are invited to attend Viewpoint’s Student Lecture Series.  These free lectures are for college and high school students and will be held at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center 2015 J Street, Sacramento CA 95811.  Viewpoint members are invited to attend as well.

One lucky student will receive a prize for attending.  The name will be drawn at the end of the lecture.


Thursday 11/21/19 Jeff Litton: Drones as a Tools for Environmental Media

Thursday 2/20/20 Melissa Urdoff: Alternative Processes

Thursday 3/21/20 Jim Wilson: Topic to be announced soon




Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:00pm- 9:00pm

All students and Viewpoint members are invited to attend the Viewpoint Center's second lecture in our Fall 2019 Student Lecture Series.  These free lectures are designed for college and high school students and will be held at Viewpoint Gallery, 2015 J Street.

Aerial imagery gives us the ability to broaden our perspective because it offers a view of the World without party lines, borders, or districts. It gives us an authentic view of how the World really is. This is crucial for environmental films and photography because the viewer can understand the bigger picture.  We can see the planet in a way that brings us together instead of what pulls us apart.

Join Environmental Filmmaker Jeff Litton on an aerial tour through his films around the Sierra Nevada and beyond. Hear about the challenges of learning to fly a drone, and the great surprises he found in the air. With any luck, you will fall more deeply in love with this beautiful region of California and learn about what it takes to become a drone pilot. Jeff’s presentation on Thursday November 21st
As part of the Viewpoint Workshops on Saturday November 23r Jeff will lead a workshop where one can learn more about how to fly and capture inspiring images using a drone. Please go to the Viewpoint website for details on this workshop and costs.

Photography Instructor and Environmental Filmmaker Jeff Litton travels the World aboard the National Geographic expedition ships teaching photography, film, and natural history.  You may have seen his work in National Geographic magazine or on their television channel. He also works as an environmental filmmaker, and has produced films for The Nature Conservancy, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, LightHawk, and many others. He loves teaching photography & film, and hopes to share his infectious love for nature photography and environmental media.


Submittal Period Opens October 1, 2019 and Closes December 29, 2019

Viewpoint invites college and high school students of photography to submit photographs for a juried exhibition.  The Crocker Art Museum and Viewpoint will host the Student Exhibition as part of Photography Month Sacramento: April 2020.  The exhibit will be in the Museum from March 26, 2020 through April 26, 2020.  The juror will select approximately 65 images for this show. 

The theme of the show is Voices: Speaking with your Photographic Eye.  Photographs capture a moment in time, speaking about everything from the quality of light, the action, or stillness of the moment, to telling a story. It is your perspective on that moment. And at the same time it can be the story from another person's experience. Whether you are interested in the work of photographers such as Ansel Adams and Galen Rowell, or street photographers such as Danny Lyon, Louis Stettner, Dorthea Lange and many other documentarians, or Annie Leibovitz and  Cindy Sherman who create whole characters, there is a voice that speaks to you in the images you are drawn to study. As you approach making an image or images to submit, think about what you want to convey to the viewers, what story do you want them to see?  Use your creative imagination as you think about what you want to photograph and what you choose to submit.

There will be three cash prizes: $75, $100 and $150.

Please click HERE for the Call For Entries where you will find all the details regarding this Student Exhibit.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Kenneth Meyers, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Platinum Sponsor


Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is the proud recipient of a SMAC Cultural Arts Award grant.

Individual Sponsorships
(Luminance Level & Above)

Diane Tempest

J.B. Jones

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