Welcome to Pennant Hills Photographic Club
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. Our aims are:
- Helping members improve their photography,
- Supporting learning,
- Encouraging members to share their skills,
- Facilitating fellowship and friendship,
- Providing entertainment and ensuring each member has a good time.
We are a club with a mix of skill levels so that:
- Learners feel comfortable and can be given guidance
- Members are continually encouraged to improve
- Experienced photographers continue to be stimulated and share their skills
- Mentoring and support in learning your camera is offered
Our program runs from the first Monday in February to the first Monday in December each year and meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 7:45 pm. The meeting room is open from 7:20 pm.
An occasional Monday may get skipped due to Public Holidays, so please always check the program before deciding to visit. The occasional 5th Monday will be an evening outing somewhere for some night photography or a visit to a place of photographic interest.
A few day trips throughout the year are organised to get us out and about. This allows to get to know one another outside the meeting room and giving us an opportunity to obtain those various shots we may need for the year’s competition. Sometimes we arrange a weekend away which is usually within about 2 hours drive from Sydney.
In the past, we have been to Jenolan Cabins, Megalong Valley, Maitland, Mudgee and Gulgong, the Central Coast and the Southern Highlands. We may combine with another camera club or join one of their weekends away to make sufficient numbers for a booking.
Our club has competitions each month in Colour Prints, Monochrome Prints, Small Prints and Projected Images. The points awarded at each competition by a visiting judge are totalled at the end of the year and trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the category. There are some other special competitions that occur during the year, which have trophies awarded, but the main aim is to learn the art and science of photography through a program of friendly competitions with varied topics and lectures and classes provided by visiting lecturers or by club members. We have a combination of Open (ie any photo) and Set Subjects, where Set subjects aim to make the photographers think about presenting an image with a clear set subject. This also will challenge you to take more than your preferred types of photos.
The other meeting each month is usually a visiting lecturer on some photography related topic.
The membership fee for the calendar year 2019 is $90.00, seniors $85.00, pensioners and concessions $80.00 and students under 18 pay $35.00.
There is also a non-competing member class that may attend and observe the club activities but who may not enter competitions. The annual fee for this class of membership is $50.00.
For new members joining:
- Between the 1st of July and the 30th of September the per annum rates are reduced by 50%
- After the 1st of October membership will be extended through to the end of the following year.
Payment by bank transfer is preferred. Only full financial members are eligible to enter the monthly competitions (non-competing members are ineligible).
To join please register using the registration form on the home page.
Visiting The Club
Visitors to the Club are very welcome. Please refer to the Calendar of Meetings for dates, times and locations. The club usually meets in the Pennant Hills Uniting Church Hall, which is on the corner of Boundary Road and Bellamy Street. Parking is on a grassed block of land opposite the church in Bellamy St., and the entrance we use is facing Bellamy St.