About our club

Maitland Camera Club wishes to extend an invitation to all persons with a passion for photography. 

The Club enjoys a robust membership catering for all levels of photographers , some with vast experience,  whilst others are just beginning their journey.  

As a collective group, ideas and skills  are shared to the benefit of all members.

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Where – Maitland Camera Club meets at Kurri Kurri Bowling Club, Tarro Street, Kurri Kurri.

When – We meet on  the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the months of February through to December.

 A competition is held on the 1st Tuesday.

Talks, tutorials and workshops are held on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays.

Membership Fees are $45 per Calendar Year and $20 if joining after the 1st July. Please pay via Direct Debit.

All meetings start at 7 pm.

Petro holds a day class every Tuesday morning at the Kurri Kurri Bowling Club between 10:00am and 2.00pm. On the 4th Tuesday of the month an outing is planned.

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The current weather/cloud forecast is indicating that there will be a substantial cloud cover tonight which will not be conducive to our astro photography activity. Therefore the workshop is cancelled.

by Debbie Sutton, June 28, 2022

Tuesday Group Excursion – 28th June

The Tuesday Group will visit Birubi Beach on Tuesday morning.

Meet at the Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club at 9.00am. Google map link below – access is via James and Paterson Street


The food in the cafe at the Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club is delicious if anyone is into a good breakfast and/or coffee.

by Debbie Sutton, June 22, 2022

14th June Workshop – Change of Plans

Due to illness Phil Whiteman is unable to present the workshop on panning tomorrow night.

Instead Brad will present a workshop on astrophotography to prepare members for the workshops at the end of this month and July.

Brad will cover: hardware requirements, cameras settings, Milky Way and star trails, stacking software and editing techniques.

Please bring your camera and manual.

by Debbie Sutton, June 13, 2022


14th June – Panning Workshop

This will be a practical hands-on workshop presented by Phil Whiteman. Phil will give members the background to the technique of panning and then we will have time to practice the technique.

What to bring:  camera, memory card, spare battery and a lens that is quick and suitable in low light situations i.e. 24 – 70mm, 50mm etc. A monopod or tripod may also be useful.

If you want to do some preparation this is a good overview:  And this Adobe resource is also excellent:

21st June – Understanding the Judging Process

This presentation by Rob Oyston will take members on a journey through the judging process used in international Salons such as the Maitland International Salon.  Rob will take members through a “behind the scenes” outline of how the judging process is managed by the Chair of a Salon.  It may assist and encourage members to enter international and/or national Salons and assist members in choosing images that are more likely to be successful – whether that is club, interclub, national or international competitions.

Understanding the judging process is a key skill of successful photographers.

This workshop replaces the Lighting Still Life workshop that was to be presented by Nicole Curtis as Nicole is unwell.

28th June – Astrophotography @ The Kitchener Poppit Head Park, 7.00pm

This is an opportunity for the club members to participate in some astrophotography.

For members wanting to have some dinner beforehand Brad has organised the Ling’s Café and Store to provide hamburgers for our group.

Meet at 6.00pm at the Ling’s Café and Store, Rugby Street, Ellalong for a hamburger before the session at Kitchener Poppit Head Park, 37-39 Cessnock St, Kitchener 2325.

We will need an indication of numbers to assist the venue to cater for us. Please respond to the Facebook post or send me an email if you intend to have dinner in Ellalong.

RSVP: 21st June, 2022.

26th July – Astrophotography @ A Church Near Dungog

Graeme has organised for the club to have access to a private property near Dungog which has a cute stone church. This will make an amazing location for some more astrophotography.

Please put the date in your diary – more details will be provided later.

PLEASE NOTE: The astrophotography workshops are subject to conducive weather conditions! If the workshops are cancelled members will be notified by email and Facebook.

by Debbie Sutton, June 10, 2022

Results for competitions in June – Animal Bird Portraits

There were 12 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in June – Animal Bird Portraits

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Lorraine Gordon – 13
Open Colour Large Print

Leopard cub enjoying the sun
Peter Ryan – 13
Open Mono Large Print

Dragons Race
Terry Bradley – 13
Digital Theme

Up and Over
Grahame Smith – 13
Digital All Rounder – Monochrome

Modelling for the camera
Peter Ryan – 12
Open Colour Large Print

Co dependents
Julie Rathbone – 12
Open Mono Large Print

A Duck In Morning Light
Sue Joy – 12
Digital Theme

Terry Bradley – 12
Digital All Rounder – Monochrome

Im Smiling just hurry up!
Nancy Morley – 11
Digital All Rounder – Monochrome

Baby Macca
Brad Le Brocque – 10
Open Colour Large Print

Greg Campbell – 10
Open Mono Large Print

Kangaroo in rain
Lorraine Gordon – 10
Digital Theme

by Petro Holowinskyj, June 8, 2022

Notification of Date – Northern Photographic Federation

This weekend of workshops, presentations and trade fair will be held at Kurri Kurri Bowling Club on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August, 2022.

by Debbie Sutton, May 20, 2022



Tuesday 10th May – Presentation: Macro Photography – Roy Killen

Tuesday 17th May has changed to a Zoom Presentation: Understanding the Photo Travel rules and what makes a good Photo Travel image – Sharron Leppien, who is zooming in from Emerald, QLD.

Phil Whiteman’s Panning workshop has been moved to Tuesday 14th June.

Birdlife Photography Awardshttps://www.birdlifephotoaward.org.au/

This looks like a competition in which many members may have an interest.

Categories – Bird Portrait, Birds In Flight, Bird Behaviour, Backyard Birds, Human Impact, Birds In The Landscape, Special Theme: Australasian Robins and a Portfolio section.

It is important to read the rules. The rules are similar to the club Nature rules.

by Debbie Sutton, May 7, 2022

Petro’s Tuesday Day Group May Excursion

This month the Tuesday morning group will venture to Paterson for their excursion on Tuesday 24th May, 2022.

The meeting place/time is the playground equipment in Tucker Park at 8.00am.

Link for Google maps for those not familiar with the area: https://goo.gl/maps/NbLGY48NcdviE98y5

There are major roadworks on Paterson Road at the Dunmore Road intersection with 20 minute delays indicated on signage. It may be best to use Tocal Road.

by Debbie Sutton, May 5, 2022

Selection of Images for the APS Cup

The process of selecting the 20 images to represent MCC in the APS Cup has begun. As the selectors develop a shortlist, they will be accessing images for all MCC members and moving images to the APS Cup entry portal.

As this occurs you will receive the auto-generated emails from the MyPhotoClub system acknowledging your entries.

Please totally disregard and ignore these emails.

by Debbie Sutton, May 4, 2022

Results for competitions in May – Open

There were 12 entries that gained our highest award(s).

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

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

John Maher – 13
Open Colour Large Print

Two Girls
Julie Rathbone – 13
Open Mono Large Print

Full Fantail with food
Brad Le Brocque – 13
Digital Open

Barrel Race
John Maher – 13
Digital All Rounder – Photojournalism

Oryx at first light
Julie Rathbone – 12
Open Colour Large Print

Julie Rathbone – 12
Open Mono Large Print

Ready to land
Peter Ryan – 12
Digital Open

Butterfly Lunch
Peter Ryan – 11
Open Colour Large Print

Teen Spirit
John Maher – 11
Open Mono Large Print

Marching in the Rain
Nancy Morley – 11
Digital All Rounder – Photojournalism

Miss Chloe
Julie Rathbone – 10
Open Colour Large Print

Over the Top
Nancy Morley – 10
Digital All Rounder – Photojournalism

by Petro Holowinskyj, May 4, 2022