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 please view this link.

To join please view: Membership Application (opens in a new tab)

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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

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7:30 pm Welcome Back & AGM via Zoom @ your home
Welcome Back & AGM via Zoom @ your home
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Welcome Back and AGM via Zoom: Presentation of the 2021 program and the AGM.
7:45 pm Comp 2101 – Open @ TBA
Comp 2101 – Open @ TBA
Feb 15 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Any subject treated pictorially. A pictorial treatment is one embodying the elements of good design, arrangement of composition, and which reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer.
7:45 pm Presentation – Michelle Kennedy ...
Presentation – Michelle Kennedy ...
Mar 1 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
The presenter is Michelle Kennedy with Part 2 of creative photography.
7:45 pm Comp 2102 – Set Only – Australia... @ Uniting Church Hall
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[...]
Recent Posts Archives

Final Reminder to Renew Membership

Thank you to the majority of PHPC members that have renewed their memberships of the club. There are however still a number of members who have not as yet paid the 2019 fees. If you are in that category, please renew as soon as possible by making the appropriate membership payment as follows:

Membership fees for 2019:

  • Standard fee $90.00
  • Senior $85.00 (Senior’s Card)
  • Concession $80.00 (Pensioner)
  • School Student $35.00 (Under 18)

Please remit your membership fee by bank transfer to the following account, and also include your name in the remarks so we know who the fee is from.

Pennant Hills Photographic Club        BSB: 032 087 Account: 731071

Competition points will not be credited to members until they are financial.  As we are charged per member for use of the MyPhotoClub website, we will assume those members not renewing by the end of March have resigned from the club and their access to the PHPC website will be revoked.

If you are unsure of your membership status or wish to discuss renewing membership please contact the President or any of the Committee.

by Tony Strasser, 6 March 2019

Presentation – Being Creative in Camera

Our next meeting on Monday the 4th March 2019 will feature a presentation by Barbara Bryan on the subject “Being Creative in Camera”. This will be followed by some hands-on exercises so please bring your cameras. The full description is in our Calendar.

We hope this presentation will provide you with inspiration for our forthcoming competition with the set subject “Creative” to be held on the 15th April.

We look forward to seeing you on the 4th of March.

by Tony Strasser, 28 February 2019

Results for competitions in 1901 – Open

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

You may view all entries in competition 1901 by going to the Members / Competitions / View area of the website.

Congratulations to everyone that entered.  The standard of entries was very high.

Jeffrey Akers – Top Shot
Colour Large Print
Jeffrey Akers – Top Shot
Mono Large Print
David Mellefont – Top Shot
Open Small Print
Philip Weir – Top Shot
Open Digital

by Tony Strasser, 27 February 2019

Our MyPhotoClub Website Has Been Updated

As previously advised, the PHPC Website has been moved to Version 2 of the MyPhotoClub platform. The tutorial videos have been available for some time for you to familiarise yourself with the operation of the new website. All instructions pertaining to the previous website have been removed as they are no longer valid. The new website has a cleaner look and should be easy to operate.

All competitions for the year have now been set up and are available to enter. If you have a problem with these please contact the Competition Secretary. Publication of the results of Competition 1901 will occur shortly.

We welcome constructive feedback on the new site which can be directed to the webmaster@phpc.org.au.

by Tony Strasser, 27 February 2019

FCC F/Stop Newsletter for February 2019

The FCC Newsletter for February 2019 has just been published and may be read online here.

by Tony Strasser, 24 February 2019

The 2019 Competition Season Will Commence Soon

A gentle reminder that our 2019 Competition Season kicks off with an Open competition on Monday the 18th February 2019.  The competition entry form is available on our MyPhotoClub website.  The competition will close at midnight on Saturday the 16th of February. This is a point-score competition and points will be awarded only to current financial members of the Club.  An email concerning payment of Club Fees was distributed to all members on the 29th January 2019 and the corresponding post is on the Club’s website home page.

If you have not done so already, please prepare your photos, enter them on the MyPhotoClub website (taking care that you select the correct media), print your labels and attach them to the back of the prints. It is good practice to print your labels immediately after submitting your entry as you cannot print them after the competition closes. A good idea is to “Print to PDF” and save the file for when you need it and you can then print it when and as often as needed.

Instructions for entering a competition are on the Club Documents page and at this link: PHPC MyPhotoClub Instruction – Entering a Competition

The Competition Rules and Categories 2019  and the 2019 PHPC Calendar of competitions and events may also be found there.

As usual, if you have any difficulties or questions, please contact the Competition Secretary, Tony Strasser on 0408-406-519 or at competition@phpc.org.au.

Good luck with your entries! See you at the judging on the evening of the 18th February 2019.

by Tony Strasser, 8 February 2019

2018 Competition Awards

Congratulations to all members that participated in the 2018 PHPC competitions, and especially to those achieving recognition through receiving awards.

The main award ceremony for the 2018 competition year was held during the final PHPC meeting on the 3rd December 2018, where the Print and Projected Images of the Year were judged.  Awards for the Print and Projected Images of the Year 2018 were presented on the 4th February 2019.

A gallery of photos of the award recipients has been created at this page: PHPC 2018 Awards The page can also be reached through the Club Rules and Documents page.

by Tony Strasser, 8 February 2019

Presentations from the First Meeting of 2019

The presentations by Don Munro (Making a Photobook), Phil Weir (Still Life), and Tony Strasser (Creating Two Competition Photos) given at our first meeting have now been placed on the website at this location: https://pennanthills.myphotoclub.com.au/tutorials-and-presentations/.  This page can also be found by going to the Club Rules and Documents page and a link to the Tutorials and Presentations page is about halfway down.  The page is restricted for viewing to club members only.

by Tony Strasser, 5 February 2019

Pennant Hills Photographic Club returns for 2019

Happy New Year!

I hope that you have all enjoyed a wonderful break and are ready to get back into photography.  I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 4th February at 7.30pm.  We have an exciting year ahead with some challenging subjects and I look forward to seeing all your entries.

Our agenda for the Monday 4th is:

  • Welcome back
  • 2019 program
  • Presentations by some of our members
  • Tea, coffee and a chat to catch up

Please note that fees are due and members must be financial to enter competitions. The costs are:

  • Membership Fee: $90.00
  • Seniors: $85.00
  • Concessions: $80.00
  • Student: $35.00

Bank Account details are:

  • BSB: 032 087
  • Account: 731 071
  • Please include your name and 2019 in the reference field.

See you all on Monday night 4th February.


Nancy Morley


by Nancy Morley, 29 January 2019

Transition to a New Version of MyPhotoClub during February 2019

Dear members,
we have been advised that Version 2 of MyPhotoClub will be rolled out during February 2019.  This means that we all should take some time to familiarise ourselves with the changes and how to use Version 2!
On our home page, there is a link (just below the header image) to the main MyPhotoClub site which contains video-based information about the changes and how to use Version 2.  As you will see this is a complete makeover for MyPhotoClub.
Please take the time to watch the videos that are relevant to you, and then if you have questions we’ll attempt to get them answered.  This is new to us too so please be patient as we are all learning.
Colin Woods has provided some pre-answers to some likely queries:
  • When will my site being changed over?
    • This is a site by site process so sites will be done progressively starting the first week of February.
  • What about all of my content?
    • I will look at each site and see what documents/pages you have in place and move them over for you.
    • After that you can re-arrange the content as you please
  • There are only three member pages and they just ‘pop-up’!
    • As before you can create pages and link to them within the ‘pop-up’ pages
  • What happens with the open and completed competitions for this year?
    • They will be rolled over to the new system
    • Competition entry will be suspended for a few hours while the migration scripts run and are checked.
  • What happens with the competitions for previous years?
    • None of this information is being deleted – nor are the images.
    • From now on,  at the end of each year, a PDF document of your point score data and a ‘catalog’  of all competitions for that year will be produced.
    • I will discuss with each club what they require for their previous years’ data.
    • [Note: PHPC data and images for 2018 is already backed-up on a separate site]
  • What functionality has been removed?
    • All the same features are still in place
    • There is less reliance on email notifications as these have been problematic.
    • Personalised reply-to addresses are being withdrawn due to spam concerns.  All message will be sent by a DO NOT REPLY  address.
    • For example when a new member joins they are presented with a page detailing your membership process.  A list of all persons nominated as membership managers is displayed. The new member either emails or phones using the contact details
    • The same applies to remote judging and grading
  • What functionality has been added?
    • The upload and data structure now allows greater flexibility so that it will be much easier to provide support for field day and workshop activities.
    • An example on the demonstration site is a field day collection where members can upload four images and their images are immediately available for all members to see – the closing date just prevents further uploads.
    • Competition coordinators will be able to delete entries before and after the competition closes.  Capability to move entries will be included soon after migration.
    • A post will be created to notify of impending collection closing dates.
    • [Note: PHPC will decide what functionality we will use once we become more familiar with the new Version]
A term that you will often see referred to is ‘collection’ This is a grouping of competitions with a common closing date.  This allows many tasks that were done for each competition to be done once for the collection. e.g. Download a collection for presentation, publish a collection, notify results of a collection. etc.
Finally, you notice that at the bottom of your competition entry page are links to other competitions.  These are public competitions hosted by MyPhotoClub.
MyPhotoClub now hosts all Australian Photographic Society conducted competitions. The National Portrait competition is being conducted by Colin and he has asked that we promote these competitions to your our members.
We’re looking forward to our 2019 calendar of activities.  Please come long to our first meeting on the 4th February 2019.

by Tony Strasser, 25 January 2019