Welcome to the Pennant Hills Photographic Club

The Pennant Hills Photographic Club welcomes all photographers to join and participate in its events and by sharing knowledge to improve and enhance photographic skills. Our club aims to mentor, support, and educate its members, and to foster skills and passion for photography in a collegiate and enjoyable atmosphere.
For information on the club and how to join please view: Information about the club (opens in a new tab)

About Us

PHPC is a medium-sized club of around 50-60 members. Our members range in skill from enthusiastic novices to experienced photographers. The club has a few members who are judges.

We have a number of members who run the mentoring program for our newer members to learn the capabilities of their camera(s). We are large enough to support the growth of members but small enough to be a community, where all members can know each other. The club is here to challenge us to get the best from ourselves and our cameras

Upcoming Events - mouse over for details
5:00 am Outing – Tin City
Outing – Tin City
May 25 @ 5:00 am – 10:00 am
Dear members We, the committee, have decided to add another outing to our calendar, Tin City. Tin City is near Nelson Bay, Newcastle, approximately 2 hours from Pennant Hills.  (If you were at our last[...]
7:45 pm Presentation – TBA @ Uniting Church Hall
Presentation – TBA @ Uniting Church Hall
Jun 3 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Details will be announced closer to the date.
7:45 pm Competition 1905 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
Competition 1905 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
Jun 17 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Comp 1905 – Open & Set – Still Life.  A depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically an object or a small group of objects.
10:00 am Photo Rally – TBA
Photo Rally – TBA
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Details will be announced closer to the date.
6:30 pm Outing – Christmas in July
Outing – Christmas in July
Jul 1 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Details will be announced closer to the date.
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Welcome to Pennant Hills Photographic Club

Pennant Hills Photographic Club, welcomes all photographers to be part of our club and community and improve and enhance your skills. Our club aims to mentor, support, educate and enhance your skills and passion for photos and to make the experience enjoyable.
For information on the club and how to join please have a look at this page : Information about the club (opens in a new tab)

by MyPhotoClub Colin, 22 June 2017

Competitions in 1904 – Open & Set – Nature are closing soon!

Competitions in 1904 – Open & Set – Nature will close Sunday, 19th May 2019, 12:00 AM.

Entries can be made in the following areas:

  • Colour Large Print
  • Mono Large Print
  • Open Small Print
  • Open Digital
  • SetSubject Colour Large Print
  • SetSubject Mono Large Print
  • SetSubject Small Print
  • SetSubject Digital

All members are encouraged to enter.

by system account, 16 May 2019

Still Life Presentation and Workshop

Many thanks to Don Dickins for his presentation on Still Life given on the 6th of May 2019, and for conducting the workshop afterwards. A copy of his presentation can be found on our Presentations and Tutorials page.

by Tony Strasser, 14 May 2019

Competition 1904 – Open and Set “Nature” Closes Soon

Members are reminded that the next competition judging evening is on Monday the 20th May 2019. Entries into competition 1904 must be submitted before midnight Saturday 18th May which is the same time as 12:00 am on Sunday 19th May 2019. Competition 1904 is Open and Set and the Set topic is “Nature”. The definition of the set topic is lengthy and members are encouraged to view the definition on the APS website by following this link.

Good luck with your entries and we look forward to seeing them on the 20th of May.

by Tony Strasser, 14 May 2019

Results for competitions in 1903 – Open & Set – Creative

There were 12 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Philip Weir – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Richard McMullen – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Nancy Morley – Top Shot – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Cathy Houston – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Philip Weir – Top Shot – Set
SetSubject Mono Large Print

Elaine Holliday – Merit – Set
SetSubject Mono Large Print

Richard McMullen – Merit – Set
SetSubject Small Print

Omid Mazloomi – Top Shot – Set
SetSubject Small Print

Elaine Holliday – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

Jeffrey Akers – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

Nancy Morley – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

Michael Frost – Top Shot – Set
SetSubject Digital

by Tony Strasser, 5 May 2019

FCC F/Stop Newsletter for May 2019

The May 2019 F/Stop Newsletter can be viewed at this link.

by Tony Strasser, 5 May 2019

St Ives Show 2019 – Photography Competition

Attached is information about the above photography competition, closing 16th May 2019.

For further information please contact Alan Torrens on (02) 9987 4549.

This is provided for the information of members only and PHPC accepts no responsibility for its accuracy nor for the conduct of the competition.

by Tony Strasser, 1 May 2019

Tin City Outing 25th May 2019

Dear members,

The Tin City outing is confirmed for the 25th May 2019. We will be touring with 4WD Tours R US.

Contact for the day: Nancy Morley 0481 345 320

Cost:  $50.00 per person – payment is required now, please. Please pay to PHPC bank account using the code TC and then your name. The bank details are:
Pennant Hills Photographic Club        BSB: 032 087 Account: 731071

Important: No refunds will be given if the customer is late or due to weather conditions as they run rain, hail or shine.

Timing: 4:50 am for a 5:00 am start

Meeting Place: You will find us at the FAR END of the LOWER CAR PARK at the end of JAMES PATERSON ST ANNA BAY. Look for the large painted vehicles, the GREEN FLAGS and we have a large sign with SANDBOARDING AUSTRALIA on it! – see below for a map link

Arrive 10 minutes before please.

What to bring: your camera equipment (you decide), wet weather gear (just in case), water, hat, sunglasses, a snack in case you get hungry and wear warm clothing.

Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch (depending on when we get back): will be at Crest Biruri Beach 733 James Paterson Street Anna Bay NSW – we will meet straight after the tour concludes as I think we will be hungry and wanting a hot cuppa. The menu is below.

Accommodation: I will leave this up to everyone to book their own accommodation as there is a big difference in pricing. I would recommend booking accommodation as soon as possible. I have booked at Marty’s @ Little Beach Nelson Bay.

Other Photo opportunities:  See the link below – if we get enough interest for other activities we will arrange this later.

Link to other photo opportunities: https://www.shothotspot.com/hotspots/?nelng=152.2037&nelat=-32.7097&swlat=-32.7667&swlng=152.1004&country=AU&types=&place=Nelson+Bay%2C+New+South+Wales%2C+2315%2C+Australia&acc=&kw=&m=

Another activity would be a ferry from Nelson Bay to Tea Gardens on Sunday- see this link https://portstephensferryservice.com.au/timetable-fares/

Map of Lower Car Park James Paterson St Anna Bay NSW– copy this link into your browser: https://goo.gl/maps/bU634wjtYmQhWdJ57

by Nancy Morley, 1 May 2019

Presentation and Workshop on Still-Life Photography

Our own member, Don Dickins, will give a presentation on the topic of Still-Life Photography at our next meeting to be held at 7:45 pm on Monday 6th of May 2019.

We are familiar with still life photographs of food, flowers, bottles of wine, shoes, jewellery, appliances and equipment as used in advertising. Still-life photography, the depiction and arrangement, generally, of mainly inanimate objects, gives the photographer many challenges in the choice of the design elements used within the composition. Lighting, as always in photography, is part of that challenge. This presentation will help members prepare for the Competition Topic on Still Life on 17 June 2019.

The presentation will be followed by a hands-on workshop, so bring your cameras, tripod, and any still-life props you wish to photograph. We will provide lights, photo boxes and backdrops for you to use.

by Tony Strasser, 1 May 2019

Competition 1903 Judging Postponed to 29th April 2019

Unfortunately a power outage this evening caused the judging of competition 1903 Open and Set “Creative” to be postponed.

The competition night will now be held at 7:45pm on Monday 29th April 2019 at the usual venue, the Uniting Church Hall in Pennant Hills. The club’s electronic online calendar has been adjusted to reflect the new date.

No changes to entries submitted will be permitted and the competition will remain locked.

The planned outing to Hyde Park on the 29th of April has been cancelled, but may be held on another night subject to determination by the Committee.

Our apologies for the inconvenience caused to all members and the judge. We look forward to seeing you all on the 29th of April.

by Tony Strasser, 16 April 2019

Some Clarifications on Competition Entries

Tomorrow night is judging for our current competition Open and Set Topic “Creative”. We have a large number of entries and the creative juices of club members have obviously flowed. Good to see and I am sure you will be equally enthralled by the entries when you see them.

Just a couple of points regarding entering competitions:

  1. Closing time – is usually midnight on Saturday the weekend before judging night. The site says 12am on Sunday is the closing time, which is the same time as midnight on Saturday. Noon on Sunday is 12pm and is after the deadline.  There has unfortunately been some confusion about the closing time on this and previous competitions.
  2. This competition has revealed a formerly unknown behaviour of the MyPhotoClub image upload. The image must be larger than
    1024 x 768 pixels up to a maximum of 1920 x 1200 pixels. That is, the image has to be within the “just right” range. Images too large will not be uploaded. Images that are too small may upload but will not display properly.

Thank you all for your continuing support of the club and our competitions. See you tomorrow night.

by Tony Strasser, 14 April 2019