Welcome to the Charlottesville Photography Initiative!

The CPI’s mission is to foster an open, friendly and professional environment in Charlottesville and the surrounding areas, providing an educational forum and building a community for amateur and professional photographers.

The CPI's vision is to be the nexus for all things photography related in the Charlottesville and surrounding areas. In support of its mission and vision, The CPI:

  • Provides a forum to bring local photographers together
  • Creates a sense of fellowship among photographers
  • Gives back to the community through non-profit photography
  • Delivers advanced photographic education
  • Increases collaboration and resource-sharing between members
  • Promotes professional growth
  • Provides artistic enrichment
  • Advocates for local photographers

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you join us!


Christian DeBaun
CPI Director


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  • New Member
    Zoe K. Zoe K. joined
    2 days ago
  • New Photo Comment
    Oscar T. Oscar T. commented on a photo
    3 days ago

    "Thanks Rick for your comment and feedback about my photo. What a surprise when I opened my computer today and saw the results. I'm so looking forward to participating in the next shoot off."

  • New Discussion
    Rick S.

    "CPI Members, one our members is teaching a class at UVA through The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). If interested please contact John Hulburt (contact info below) or register at SCPS...."

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  • New comment
    Christian D. Christian D. commented on Shoot Off 2015
    4 days ago
    Christian D.

    "Great job on the judging Gooch - and congrats to the winners!"

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  • New Photo Comment
    Pat T. Pat T. commented on a photo
    4 days ago

    "I'd love to know the topic for this shoot off before I view the images. So sorry I was unable to participate this time."

  • New Discussion Reply
    Christian D.

    "Great job on the judging Gooch - and congrats to the winners!"

  • New Discussion Reply
    Christian D.

    "Here are the Judges Winners and Comments ( Great Job GoochT ) "Thanks everyone for getting outside and taking some photos, it was fun to see what we all got up to on a chilly, wintery Saturday. Congratulations­ Jennifer, Jim, and Oscar! 1st - ..."

  • New comment
    Jill K. Jill K. commented on Shoot Off 2015
    4 days ago
    Jill K.

    "fun times! love the excuse to get out and shoot.... and wonder if every photog I see on the day is "one of us"!!!­"

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  • New Photo Comment
    Peter Peter commented on a photo
    4 days ago

    "Thanks Lisa! So, you like this one better than the other version?"

  • New Photo Comment
    Tammy W. Tammy W. commented on a photo
    4 days ago

    "Thank you."


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