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
7:45 pm Presentation – Mounting Photogra... @ Uniting Church Hall
Presentation – Mounting Photogra... @ Uniting Church Hall
Apr 1 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
A talk will be given by Peter Kenny proprietor of Framing Life and an accomplished photographer in his own right on the topic of mounting photographic prints. The emphasis will be on correctly mounting prints[...]
7:45 pm Competition 1903 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
Competition 1903 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
Apr 15 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Comp 1903 – Open & Set – Creative.  Images displaying an original, inventive or striking effect created in camera and/or by an editing program. The image must show evidence of a photographic image taken by[...]
6:00 pm Outing – TBA
Outing – TBA
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Details will be announced closer to the date.
7:45 pm Presentation – TBA @ Uniting Church Hall
Presentation – TBA @ Uniting Church Hall
May 6 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Details will be announced closer to the date.
7:45 pm Competition 1904 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
Competition 1904 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
May 20 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Comp 1904 – Open & Set – Nature. Per the Australian Photographic Society definition. See https://www.a-p-s.org.au/index.php/nature-definition
Recent Posts Archives

2019 Calendar

The PHPC Calendar for 2019 is now available on our website at the link below and on the Club Rules and Documents page.  The electronic calendar has also been updated.

PHPC Calendar 2019 V1.6

The calendar includes a list of photographic competitions and their topics and their definitions.  The presentations and outings have dates but the details are still being worked on by the Committee and will be announced in due course.

Finally, the Competition Rules for 2019 have also been re-published at the link below and also on the Club Rules and Documents page. They have not changed from 2018 (except for the calendar year).

Competition Rules and Categories 2019 V1

Note: The electronic calendar is on the middle left of the home page.  There is a link (a WiFi symbol that says “Add”) that presents a drop-down list with options to import or link the calendar to your personal electronic calendar.  Once linked, any changes we make should be automatically updated in your personal calendar.

by Tony Strasser, 8 December 2018

Results for Competition 1811 – Our Club – Have Been Published

The entries in and the results of the final point-score competition for the year, Competition 1811 (Set only – Our Club) are now available for you to see.  The awards were determined by voting by the members who attended and many remarked that they enjoyed the process.

The instructions for viewing competition images and results can be read by clicking on the following link. The instructions are also on the Club Documents Page.

PHPC MyPhotoClub Instruction – Viewing Completed Competitions

We are fast approaching our final meeting of the year on the 3rd of December 2018 where the point-score placegetters will be announced and trophies and certificates given.  Please select your entries, from among those you entered this year, for the Print and Projected Image of the Year competition.  There is a special procedure for this which was posted just a few days ago and is in the Club Documents page.

Also do not forget to enter the special Poster Competition, to be held on the same night.  The procedure is the usual one for uploading and entering new images.

by Tony Strasser, 20 November 2018

FCC F/Stop Newsletter for November 2018

The FCC F/Stop Newsletter has just been published and may be of interest to our club’s members.  Topics covered include the FCC Interclub competition and upcoming photographic exhibitions which are always an object of admiration and source of inspiration for photographers.  Our colleague Jeff Akers is the newsletter editor.

The newsletter may be read at this link.

by Tony Strasser, 16 November 2018

FCC 2018 Interclub Competition Exhibition (Updated)

The Federation of Camera Clubs (NSW) Interclub 2018 Exhibition will be held this Sunday 21st October 2018 at the St George Leagues Club – 124 Princes Hwy, Beverley Park NSW 2217.  The exhibition is hosted by the St George Photographic Society.  PHPC entered a number of images into the Digital categories this year.  Members of PHPC are also members of the FCC and are eligible to enter the exhibition.

Print viewing from 10.30am – formal presentation starts from 1.00pm

Visit the FCC website here: https://photonsw.myphotoclub.com.au/

by Tony Strasser, 16 October 2018

FCC 2018 Interclub Competition

The NSW Federation of Camera Clubs (FCC) holds an annual Interclub competition which our Club has been invited to enter.  The Committee has selected and entered the following photos into the Interclub competition, which closed last Friday, the 14th of September 2018.  An exhibition of the Interclub entries will be held at the St George Leagues Club on the 21st of October 2018, and the awards announced on that date.  Congratulations to the authors of the photos that were selected for entry, and we hope they are judged favourably.

The FCC also holds an annual TopShot competition which is an individual competition open to all members of camera clubs that belong to the FCC, which includes our Club.  The 2018 Top Shot Competition has already been held.  You can see the FCC 2018 Top Shot entry catalogue here.

To view the FCC site please visit https://photonsw.myphotoclub.com.au/

PHPC Entries into the Interclub Digital Colour competition:​

PHPC Entries into the Interclub Digital Monochrome competition:

PHPC Entries into the Interclub Digital Nature competition:


by Tony Strasser, 16 September 2018

Competition 1807 – Photo Rally – Entries and Results are Available to View

Dear Members,

The entries in and the results of Competition 1807 (Set – Photo Rally) are now available for you to see.  The instructions for viewing competition images and results can be read by clicking on the following link. They are also on the Club Documents Page.

PHPC MyPhotoClub Instruction – Viewing Completed Competitions

Some feedback to members concerning entering competitions:

  1. Please check the competition rules to be sure your entries comply. Unfortunately, some otherwise good photographs were rejected because they did not adhere to the Photo Rally rules.
  2. A reminder that print labels should be printed (or saved as a PDF file) when entries are submitted. It is not possible to print labels after the competition has closed.

Congratulations to all who participated in the Photo Rally and who entered their work in the competition.

by Tony Strasser, 21 August 2018

Photo Rally Update

We have just been advised that the MV Baragoola, the former Manly ferry that was built in 1922, and which those members that participated on Saturday 21st July 2018 visited, will now open to the public on Sundays between noon and 4pm (a small donation, e.g. a gold coin, would be appreciated). So if you missed the visit, or want to go again, these open periods are your opportunity.  The ferry has an interesting history and is a good photography subject.

Entry onto the MV Baragoola can be made via the Balls Head end of Tunnel 2 located beneath the coal loader platform at The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability which is on the western side of the Waverton Peninsula and which is within the permitted boundary of the PHPC Rally. The Photo Rally rules are here: PHPC Photo Rally 2018

Important! Please note that not all areas on the Baragoola are safe and that strict guidelines are enforced to ensure the safety of the public.

This note is for information only and members should be aware that PHPC will not accept any liability for personal injury whilst on board the vessel.

by Tony Strasser, 29 July 2018

Photo Rally on the 21st July 2018

Dear PHPC Members,

Our Photo Rally will be held on the 21st July 2018 in the area know as The Waverton Peninsula and Balls Head. On the day of the Rally we have an on-board inspection of the MV Baragoola a former Manly ferry that first sailed in 1922.

Also some limited reserved seating has been secured at the Coal Loader Café for lunch.

Details of the above events, the area to be visited, and Rally rules are contained in the flyer that accompanies this email.

PHPC Photo Rally 2018 Information Sheet

[Note that a dialogue box may appear asking you to open the PDF file in full screen. Click ‘Yes’ and press ‘Escape’ to go back to normal viewing.]

The Rally area has a long and interesting past and I hope that you will take the time to visit the recommended links included in the document.

Video of Balls Head Coal Loader site history

This is one of the most challenging Rallies that PHPC has organised so I wish you the very best in capturing your images that will be judged on the 20th August 2018.

Michael Frost

by Tony Strasser, 17 July 2018

Hornsby TAFE Photography Course

Dear members

As I mentioned at the last meeting that a person from Hornsby TAFE was going to come along to talk to us about a course they are running. David apologies as he was sick and could not make it.  As I wanted further information before I sent this email out to you all so I apologise for not sending this out earlier. At this stage they are only taking a waiting list to make sure they have enough people interested.

Please find attached three information sheets. Also see below a message from Graham Evans who is organising the course. If you are interested in attending, please email Graham Evans on the email address below.


Hello Nancy,

Thank you for contacting TAFE regarding the Statement of Attainment in Photography Skills course.  You may be aware that the class was scheduled to commence on the 2nd July. Unfortunately, there has been a delay in starting the course, with the new starting date to be confirmed. I have added your contact details to our waiting list, so that we can notify you when the course is advertised online with the new starting date.

There are 2 sessions planned for each day.

  • The first starting at 3pm through to 5pm Mondays and Wednesdays
  • The second session commences at 6pm through to 8pm Mondays & Wednesdays.

Both sessions will commence on the same starting date.
My apologies for the delay. I hope you are not greatly inconvenienced by the change.


Graham Evans
Graphic Design : Photography (part-time)
Hornsby College TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney Institute
e: graham.evans12@tafensw.edu.au

TAFE Course How To Apply


by Tony Strasser, 26 June 2018

Reminder: Payment for Xmas in July is Due

If you are coming to the Xmas in July dinner, and you haven’t yet paid, could you please make a bank transfer to the Club of $45 per person at your earliest convenience. Bank details follow.

Pennant Hills Photography Club Westpac BSB: 032-087 Account: 731071

The venue again is:


828 Old Northern Road, Middle Dural, NSW
Tel:  02 96520475

Start: 6:30pm for 7pm Dinner

All details on a previous post on the Club’s website.

by Tony Strasser, 19 June 2018