Welcome to the Pennant Hills Photographic Club

We welcome 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.

Address: Uniting Church Hall – 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.

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About Us

PHPC is a medium-sized club of around 40-50 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

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The presenter is Michelle Kennedy with Part 2 of creative photography.
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Comp 2102 – Set Only – Australia... @ Uniting Church Hall
Mar 15 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Comp 02 – Set only – Australian Landscapes: A photograph of natural land or coastal scenery taken within Australia, which may include people, buildings or other objects, provided that these elements do not dominate the[...]
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7:45 pm Comp 2103 – Open and Set – Creative @ Uniting Church Hall
Comp 2103 – Open and Set – Creative @ Uniting Church Hall
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Comp 03 – Open & Set – Creative: The final image should contain extra elements outside the normal photographic process. It must contain some evidence of a photographic image. It may be produced by manipulating[...]
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Committee Meeting Monday 26th Ap... @ TBA
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Hi all, we will be holding our next committee meeting Monday night 26th April with venue TBA. Kind regards Nancy
Recent Posts Archives

Competition 03 Members’ Choice Results

The Members’ Choice voting period has been closed before the extended deadline because we had a system issue, and few further members were voting. Apologies to those members intending to vote and who missed out.

The results are in! About half of our club members voted so the results are a fair reflection of members’ opinions.

The table below shows the entries that gained 60 stars or more, together with the judge’s awards. There is broad alignment but not complete agreement, which is to be expected.

Congratulations all for your very creative (and open) entries!

CategoryTitleAuthorAwardMember Stars
All-Grades-Open-Colour-Large-Print Lion Masai MaraMenno KnipperCredit71
All-Grades-SetSubject-Colour-Large-Print Roof over Paris v2Graeme JamesCredit – Set69
All-Grades-Open-Colour-Large-Print Hawkesbury morningAlan TorrensCredit68
All-Grades-SetSubject-Colour-Large-Print TP treeRichard McMullenTop Shot – Set68
All-Grades-SetSubject-Colour-Large-Print In and OutTony StrasserCredit – Set67
All-Grades-SetSubject-Colour-Large-Print Thumbs Up!Omid MazloomiMerit – Set66
All-Grades-SetSubject-Colour-Large-Print Fairy in the gardenChris BarlowCredit – Set63
All-Grades-SetSubject-Colour-Large-Print Stairway to heavenRichard McMullenAccepted – Set62
All-Grades-Open-DigitaltoucanJanne RamsayMerit89
All-Grades-SetSubject-DigitalMessage in a bottleRichard McMullenMerit – Set75
All-Grades-Open-DigitalAvignonRay MooreAccepted70
All-Grades-SetSubject-Digitaldancing waterJohn WybrowAccepted – Set70
All-Grades-Open-Digitalsleepy timeJanne RamsayAccepted69
All-Grades-SetSubject-DigitalTHE NIGHTMARE BEGINSDon DickinsCredit – Set67
All-Grades-Open-DigitalGamelin MusicianRosslyn DuncanEntry66
All-Grades-Open-DigitalDuralRay MooreEntry65
All-Grades-Open-DigitalSulawesi street foodNick CollinsEntry64
All-Grades-SetSubject-DigitalBalloons at DawnElaine HollidayMerit – Set64
All-Grades-SetSubject-DigitalFlower CubeElaine HollidayMerit – Set63
All-Grades-SetSubject-DigitalSpreading the VirusDavid MellefontTop Shot – Set62
All-Grades-Open-DigitalOTC to sizePhilip WeirAccepted61
All-Grades-SetSubject-DigitalPolarized glassesRichard McMullenCredit – Set61
All-Grades-SetSubject-Digital THE FERRARI WINSDon DickinsMerit – Set61
All-Grades-Open-Mono-Large-Print Bendy TrainChris KenyonAccepted78
All-Grades-SetSubject-Mono-Large-Print GET ME OUT OF HEREDon DickinsCredit – Set73
All-Grades-SetSubject-Mono-Large-Print Bridge on the BeachReena ChengCredit – Set73
All-Grades-SetSubject-Mono-Large-Print The Lock to sizePhilip WeirMerit – Set73
All-Grades-Open-Mono-Large-PrintSentinalChris KenyonCredit69
All-Grades-SetSubject-Mono-Large-Print Bridge opening v2Graeme JamesAccepted – Set67
All-Grades-SetSubject-Mono-Large-Print Wet PathNancy MorleyCredit – Set61
All-Grades-SetSubject-Mono-Large-Print Water power to sizePhilip WeirTop Shot – Set60
All-Grades-SetSubject-Small-Printtime for the worldJudy LyTop Shot – Set82
All-Grades-SetSubject-Small-Printcricket and toastJudy LyMerit – Set77
All-Grades-Open-Small-PrintHippo KrugerMenno KnipperMerit74
All-Grades-SetSubject-Small-Printsplash hitJohn WybrowMerit – Set72
All-Grades-SetSubject-Small-Print Green UmbrellaMenno KnipperMerit – Set65
All-Grades-SetSubject-Small-Print COLOURED UMBRELLADon DickinsCredit – Set62

by Tony Strasser, 1 May 2020

Results for competitions in 03 – Open & Set – Creative

There were 18 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in 03 – Open & Set – Creative

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

TP tree
Richard McMullen – Top Shot – Set
All Grades SetSubject Colour Large Print

Water power to size
Philip Weir – Top Shot – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

time for the world
Judy Ly – Top Shot – Set
All Grades SetSubject Small Print

Spreading the Virus
David Mellefont – Top Shot – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

peacock symmetry
Elaine Holliday – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Colour Large Print

Thumbs Up!
Omid Mazloomi – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Colour Large Print

Darth Vader
Elaine Holliday – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

The Lock to size
Philip Weir – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

Cup 2
Don Munro – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

Green Umbrella
Menno Knipper – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Small Print

Bud
Richard McMullen – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Small Print

splash hit
John Wybrow – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Small Print

cricket and toast
Judy Ly – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Small Print

THE FERRARI WINS
Don Dickins – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

Balloons at Dawn
Elaine Holliday – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

Flower Cube
Elaine Holliday – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

Message in a bottle
Richard McMullen – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

Champagne glass
John Wybrow – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

by Tony Strasser, 1 May 2020

Competition 03 – Members’ Choice Will Close on Friday

Thank you to the Club members that have lodged their Members’ Choice votes for the entries in Competition 03. So far 12 to 16 members have done so for the various categories in the competition. That means the majority of the club members have not yet voted.

This is a reminder to members who have not voted to please give your votes to the photos in the form of a 1 to 5-star rating. The voting period has been extended and will be closed off at midnight this Friday the 1st of May 2020.

The results will be published simultaneously with the official judging for the competition. Our official judge has nearly finished, but not quite yet.

Here is a reminder of how to go about using the Members’ Choice voting facility on MyPhotoClub.

Go to the Members’ page where you normally go to upload competition entries. Next to Competition 03 you will see a blue star. Click on the blue star and you will be taken to the online judging page which contains the instructions.

A video of how to use the online judging tool is here: https://myphotoclub.com.au/myphotoclub-features/#Online-scoring

We are using the 5 point system. You rate each entry with a score 1 through 5, 5 being the best. Guidelines for the scores are on the judging page.

If you have any questions please contact the Competition Secretary. Good luck with your judging and enjoy the very excellent and creative images.

by Tony Strasser, 28 April 2020

Competition 03 – Members’ Choice Online Judging Invitation

Thank you, everyone, for your forbearance with the video-conference based meeting we held last night. Due to some technical issues, the first attempt did not go well, but the second attempt was a success, although we lost some of you on the way. In the end 25 of our members participated and saw a preview of all the entries in the current competition.

The official judge for Competition 03, Barbara Bryan, is now assessing entries using the online judging facility. We expect to have the results for publication in a week. Members may recall Barbara’s presentation to us in March 2019 on Creative Photography.

Simultaneously, we are asking you, the members, to give your assessments of the entries by using the online judging tool on MyPhotoClub.

Go to the Members’ page where you normally go to upload competition entries. Next to Competition 03 you will see a blue star. Click on the blue star and you will be taken to the online judging page which contains the instructions.

A video of how to use the online judging tool is here: https://myphotoclub.com.au/myphotoclub-features/#Online-scoring

We are using the 5 point system. You rate each entry with a score 1 through 5, 5 being the best. Guidelines for the scores are on the judging page.

We will keep this open until Monday 27th April 2020 and then publish the results along with the official judging results. Only the official results will attract points. The popular vote is an opportunity for you to exercise your judging skills and to see the entries at your leisure.

If you have any questions please contact the Competition Secretary. Good luck with your judging and enjoy the very excellent and creative images.

by Tony Strasser, 21 April 2020

Results for competitions in 02 – Set – Australian Landscapes

There were 29 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in 02 – Set – Australian Landscapes

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Burnt in Bilpin
Elaine Holliday – Top Shot – Set
All Grades SetSubject Colour Large Print

Cradle Mountain
Graeme James – Top Shot – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

Uluru
Menno Knipper – Top Shot – Set
All Grades SetSubject Small Print

windmill sunset
John Wybrow – Top Shot – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

Sunrise at Avoca
Elaine Holliday – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Colour Large Print

Island The Entrance
Graeme James – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Colour Large Print

Adelina Falls Blue Mountains
Carl Hedley – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Colour Large Print

Cradle Mountain
Reena Cheng – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Colour Large Print

Govetts Leap Falls
Omid Mazloomi – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Colour Large Print

Recovery
Chris Kenyon – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Colour Large Print

Mt Irvine Gums
Elaine Holliday – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

Burnt Ground
Tony Strasser – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

Forest near Kangaloon
Tony Strasser – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

GordonRiverTas
Norm Wilkinson – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

Simpson Desert PHPC
Max Pegler – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

Break in the Clouds
Chris Kenyon – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

Blue Mountains
Reena Cheng – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

Bombo Sunset
Omid Mazloomi – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Mono Large Print

Trees Dunns Swamp
Don Dickins – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Small Print

Norfolk Island DBA_6074
David Blackwell – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Small Print

Above Purnululu
Janne Ramsay – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Small Print

balls head thumb
Judy Ly – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Small Print

Red Rocks
Chris Kenyon – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Small Print

waterfallCradleMtTasmania
Norm Wilkinson – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

Mossy Log
Carl Hedley – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

Kosi NP 1
Alan Torrens – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

Hill
Don Munro – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

Mount Wilson
Richard McMullen – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

Near Temora
Richard McMullen – Merit – Set
All Grades SetSubject Digital

by Tony Strasser, 21 March 2020

Photographic Calendar 2020

Alan Hitchell has kindly provided a list of interesting events that present good opportunities for photography during 2020. Please note that these are not run by PHPC. See the list at this link.

by Tony Strasser, 4 March 2020

Reminder: Next Competition – Australian Landscapes

Re-posted with a clarification:

A reminder to all competing members that our next competition for 2020 is a set only topic “Australian Landscapes”. Entries close at 11:59pm on Saturday the 14th of March 2020, and judging will commence at 7:45pm on Monday the 16th March 2020.

Before submitting your entries please refresh your memory of the definition of the topic, per the NSW FCC rules: ” A photograph of natural land or coastal scenery taken within Australia, which may include people, buildings or other objects, provided that these elements do not dominate the photograph. Seascapes with no land do not fit the topic.”

Entries will be scrutinised for compliance with the topic prior to judging and entries deemed to be not in compliance will not be admitted for judging. The key criteria will include the correct media category, the absence of a dominant presence of people, buildings or non-natural objects, and the significant presence of a landscape.

We look forward to your entries.

by Tony Strasser, 2 March 2020

Results for competitions in 01 – Open

There were 4 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in 01 – Open

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Working with Wood
Chris Kenyon – Top Shot
All Grades Open Colour Large Print

OLD HOUSE
Don Dickins – Top Shot
All Grades Open Mono Large Print

BOATS AT OATLEY
Don Dickins – Top Shot
All Grades Open Small Print

Country Store
David Mellefont – Top Shot
All Grades Open Digital

by Tony Strasser, 21 February 2020

Canon Collective – Greece and Turkey Tour in October 2020

The Club has been approached to distribute the following information, but do so only because there is an incentive for you, our members.

Adriatic Adventures Travel & Tours have availability on their Greece and Turkey Experience which is scheduled for October 2020. The flyer is at the link below.

The incentive for members to go is that any participant that books on the tour will receive a copy of the “Sacred Nature, life’s eternal dance” book, by The Big Cat People, valued at $150. The operator will also give a copy of the book to the club. Participants will also have the opportunity of loaning Canon photographic equipment for the duration of the trip if required, at no additional cost.

For bookings contact Georgina Grone  0421 117 950 or georgina@adriatictours.com.au

Please refer to PHPC if/when making your booking so that we receive the book too, and also let us know so we can follow up.

Please note that PHPC is not affiliated in any way with the tour operators or their agents. We are merely passing this information on as a service to members.

by Tony Strasser, 21 February 2020

Travel Photography Presentation – Botswana

For members present at our first meeting for 2020, and for those that missed the meeting, my presentation on my photographic trip to Botswana in August 2019 is now online at this link.

I hope you enjoy seeing snippets of what was for me, a great trip and photographic opportunity.

by Tony Strasser, 14 February 2020