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
Jul
29
Mon
7:45 pm Competition 1907 – Set Only – Ph... @ Uniting Church Hall
Competition 1907 – Set Only – Ph... @ Uniting Church Hall
Jul 29 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Comp 07 – Set Only – Photo Rally.  Photos that were taken during the Photo Rally in accordance with the Photo Rally rules. Details to be advised.
Aug
5
Mon
7:45 pm Presentation – TBA @ Uniting Church Hall
Presentation – TBA @ Uniting Church Hall
Aug 5 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Details will be announced closer to the date.
Aug
19
Mon
7:45 pm Competition 1908 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
Competition 1908 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
Aug 19 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Comp 1908 – Open & Set – Opposites.  A photo showing elements that are clearly identifiable as opposites. Black vs white, contrasting primary colours (RGB), tall vs short, angular / linear vs curved, moving vs[...]
Aug
24
Sat
all-day Outing – Weekend Away – TBA
Outing – Weekend Away – TBA
Aug 24 – Aug 25 all-day
A photographic weekend away. Details will be published closer to the date.
Sep
2
Mon
7:45 pm Presentation – TBA @ Uniting Church Hall
Presentation – TBA @ Uniting Church Hall
Sep 2 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Details will be announced closer to the date.
Recent Posts Archives

Website Developments

A few changes have been made to our MyPhotoClub website we would like to make you aware of.

Firstly our old website at www.phpc.org.au has been fully decommissioned.  Typing in the old URL in your web browser will now take you directly to our site on MyPhotoClub.  We have retained a copy of the old website in the archive if anyone needs information from it. Just contact the webmaster (webmaster@phpc.org.au).

Secondly, your personal profile page has been revised.  It now shows information on your contact details, over which you have full privacy control; your photographic interests; and the photos you have entered in the Club’s (and other MyPhotoClub clubs’) competitions. To access your profile, click on the purple button that says “Hi your-name” when you log in.

Please take a moment to review your profile and your privacy settings to ensure the information is correct.  There are edit buttons on each of the sections which will allow you to modify your information (except for your profile photo, which is still pending). Don’t forget to click the “Update Details” button when finished!  We notice a few members’ profiles are largely blank, and occasionally email addresses and other details change, so please update your information.  This helps us to maintain our member register and to be able to contact you should the need arise.

by Tony Strasser, 4 September 2018

Photographic Expeditions to Namibia, Botswana and Madagascar

The club has received information from Dennis Jones from Wildlife Safari Consultants regarding photographic tours he is organising to Africa in 2019.  This information is provided as a courtesy to members who may be interested to join any of the tours. Please correspond with the provider directly as the club has no commercial interest nor takes any responsibility for these tours.

Please click on this link to obtain the information provided by Dennis Jones.

by Tony Strasser, 26 August 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

Reminder – Competition 1807 Photo Rally Closes Very Soon

A reminder to all members that Competition 1807, which is in a Set category only (no Open category), will close at midnight on Saturday 18th August 2018. The Set topic is “Photo Rally – Waverton Peninsula and Balls Head”.  Photos entered must have been taken in accordance with the PHPC Photo Rally 2018 Rules.  The Committee will be scrutinising the photos presented as a prelude to judging for adherence to these rules.

If you have not done so already, please prepare your photos, enter them on the MyPhotoClub website, 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

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 20th August 2018

by Tony Strasser, 15 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

Competition 1806 Results Are Available

Dear Members,

The results of Competition 1806 (Open & Set – Urban Landscape) are now available for you to see.  The instructions for viewing competition images and results can be viewed 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. Once again, no more than two (2) entries of any media type (i.e. Colour Prints, Mono Prints, Digital Images, Small Prints, regardless of whether they are Open or Set subject) are permitted in a single competition. Excess entries will be disqualified. The wording in the Comp Rules and Categories V4 2018 has been updated to hopefully leave no doubt.
  2. Please check your on-line entries to be sure they are as you intended.  If entries are not presented on the competition night in the category / subject they were entered in, they are liable to be disqualified.  Such incidents also confuse the judging and marking process terribly.

Well done to all entrants in contributing to another interesting and high-quality competition.

by Tony Strasser, 22 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.

Regards
Michael Frost

by Tony Strasser, 17 July 2018

Reminder – Competition 1806 Closes at Midnight on Saturday 14th July 2018

A reminder to all members that Competition 1806 which has both Open and Set categories will close at midnight on Saturday 14th July 2018. The Set topic is “Urban Landscape – an image of two or more buildings in their street environment”.

If you have not done so already, please prepare your photos, enter them on the MyPhotoClub website, 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

As this is both an Open and Set competition, please be sure to select the correct category (Open or Set) for the media you are using (Small Prints, Colour Prints, Mono Prints, and Digital Image).

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 16th July 2018.

by Tony Strasser, 6 July 2018

Notice of Special General Meeting on 6th August 2018

PENNANT HILLS PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB INC.

 NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

 TO BE HELD AT 7.45PM ON MONDAY 6TH AUGUST 2018

at the Uniting Church hall, Corner of Boundary Rd and Bellamy Street, Pennant Hills

PURPOSE: The purpose of the meeting is to approve a special resolution to adopt a new Club Constitution.

MOTION: That the Pennant Hills Photographic Club adopt a new and revised Constitution based on the NSW Department of Fair Trading Model Constitution for incorporated associations as distributed with this notice of meeting.

BACKGROUND: Members who attended the last AGM will recall that the immediate past-president proposed that the outgoing committee be able to assist the new incoming committee in managing the club’s affairs until the end of the year. Functions such as trophies, the presentation night, and finalising next year’s calendar, which all happen at the end of the year are difficult to transfer to new committee members in the very short term available. Our current Constitution makes no allowance for this to occur.

In addition, our current Constitution is old though it appears to have been based on an earlier version of a Model Constitution. NSW Fair Trading have a newer version available. For those interested in accessing a clean copy of the model, it can be found here:http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/Cooperatives_and_associations/Incorporating_an_association/About_the_constitution/Model_constitution.page

Organisations adopting the Model Constitution verbatim automatically have their Constitution updated whenever Fair Trading update the Model (refer to the cover page). However in order to give effect to what was discussed at the last AGM we have had to modify the Model; and because that negates the automatic updating the Committee have taken the opportunity to make a limited number of other minor changes to the model to suit the club’s operation. In short, the proposed new Constitution is only changed from the Model to the minor extent it has been necessary.

ATTACHMENTS: Attached to this message are three documents for your consideration:

  1. The Club’s existing Constitution – PHPC constitution
  2. A marked up copy of the Model Constitution showing the changes made to adapt it to PHPC (NOTE – this copy has no proper pagination and table of contents) – PHPC_constitution_draft_3_mark_up
  3. A clean copy of the document with pagination and a correct table of contents – PHPC_constitution_draft_3 (clean)

COMMENTS: There are some differences in the new Model compared to our existing Constitution such as:

  1. A reduction from 20% to 5% of the club membership who may requisition the Committee to convene a Special General Meeting (Section 27)
  2. The quorum for general meetings is reduced from 10 members to 5 members (Section 29)
  3. There is no longer any provision for proxy voting (Section 35)
  4. There is provision for use of technology at meetings (Section 37)
  5. In the Model Constitution we are referred to as an “Association”. We have not attempted to change that because we were trying to move away from the Model as little as possible.

The changes relating to the outgoing Committee helping the incoming Committee are at Section 13(d). Section 13(e) was added to acknowledge the fact that the Committee has a set of bylaws to assist it in running the Club.

Nancy Morley
President

by Tony Strasser, 6 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.

Regards
Nancy


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.

Regards,

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