September Photographic Comp results

Our Tuesday night judging was conducted by the members. We had quite a large roll up for what was a very interesting evening.

Our October competition will be Judged by a Guest Judge tba

This Tuesday the 12th is an evening especially for our newer members. If you need any help on any subject directly related to Camera Club our more established members will be there to help. 


First Place :- Grahame Smith ” Mandrill Portrait”

Second Place :- Peter Ryan ” Just Chillin”

Third Place :- Dave Vane ” Mother & Baby Toad Stool”

Highly Commended was awarded to :- Grahame Smith ” The Ballerina” &  Peter Ryan ” Get off my tail” , Sue Joy “Welcome Spring”


First Place :- Sue Joy ” Anyone out there”


Second Place :- Grahame Smith ” Josie”

Third Place :- Geoff Patchett ” Silver Langar” 

Highly Commended Awards went to – Peter Ryan ” The Dance” , Petro Holowinskyj ” Darling Harbour Reflections” , Peter Ryan ” Head to Head”



First Place :-Sue Joy ”  The Eye of the Beholder”

Second Place :- Petro Holowinskyj ” Musician Cr2″

Third Place :- Sue joy  ” Explosion”

Highly Commended was awarded to :- Geoff Patchett ” So Long Marianne” , Dianne Richardson ” Untitiled”,   Greg Campbell ” Mono Rail” 



First Place :- Peter Ryan ” Moment of Passion”

Second Place:- Neville Foster ” Lycidea Coupled 8746″

Third Place :- Sue Joy ” Smoking Parrot”

Highly Commended was awarded to Sue Joy ” The Girl in the Red Hat” ,  Dave Vane ” Young Heron Feeding” , Neville Forster ” Fly Nectar Feeding 8693″


First Place :- Peter Ryan ” Reflections”

Second Place :-  Sharron Leppien “Lighting up the Milky Way”

Third Place :- David Henderson ” Cave 1″

Highly Commended was awarded to : – Sue Joy ” Hairy Legs”  ,  Sue Joy ” Frozen Rose” , Dianne Richardson ” Sparks” 

Congratulations to all of our competitors as there were some really excellent and unique images submitted.

Its a Knockout!

Alec trusler hosted a ” Knockout” evening  on Tuesday night. Alec  has bought this concept to us from when he lived in the UK. His hosting and commentary was throughly enjoyable. Thanks Alec!

Many laughs, discussions,  Ummms and Ahhhs were bought forth from the 25 plus members that attended this informal and entertaining evening.

The  concept is a simple one in that each member brings along 2 digital images  and the images get displayed in a random manner. The two  images then go head to head for  a popular vote on which one goes through to the next round.

This is the 2nd year that Alec has held this evening and for the 2nd time our very talented member John Vernon has won.

John captured this very emotive and wonderfully toned image on his recent trip to Italy.

If you would like to join us in hearing  all about John’s and 2 other members recent  photographic trips away, please join us Tuesday the 15th of August at the Maitland City Club at 7:00pm.

See you soon 🙂

August Print & EDI Results – Mood & Emotion

A near full house was counted at our August judging night on Tuesday. Its wonderful to see the majority of our members regularly attending each Tuesday!  Well done and thank you!

Nicole Curtis was our very popular judge for our themed competition. Nicole has a wonderful way with judging and helping us understand a different perspective for photography whilst always keeping in mind the definitions. Thank you Nicole!

Extra  points as usual go to Petro Holowinskyj for double dipping on the joy that is Maitland Camera Club! Petro runs the daytime classes that are held between 10:00 am and noon on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays of every month. If you would like to attend or know someone that would please contact Petro.


First place evoked a strong response from Nicole as well as most in the room! We all know that haircuts are life threatening when one is young 😉

Well done Grahame Smith – “Hanoi Haircut”

Second Place was awarded to Petro Holowinskyj  – “Happiness”

Third Place was put right by Brad Le Brocque -” Dad Fine tunes”

Highly Commended awards were given to :-

Brian Maslen – Arms and Legs,

Sharron Leppien – Happily Working,

Margaret Callister – Smile.


First Place. Margaret Callister is proving that being a new member is certainly no reason to not be consistently in the awards each month. Congratulations Margaret – “Moody”

Second Place danced in for Peter Ryan – ” Together” – below

Third Place teamed up for David Henderson – ” Father and Daughter”

Highly Commended awards went to

Brad Le Brocque – : The Realisation”,

Brian Maslen – ” Go Away”,

Grahame Smith – ” Lonely Bear”


First Place was awarded to Geoff Patchett for his rendition of ” Love the Music”

Second Place sat nicely for Grahame Smith with this fabulous image of – “Abu Simbel”

Third Place went to Margaret Callister for – ” Confusion” – below

Highly Commended was awarded to

Sue Joy twice for  – ” Lighting the Way” and ” Face Off”,

Peter Ryan – ” Night in the City”

EDI- DIgital Images

First Place was stolen by Sue Joy for ” Looking Through”

Second Place moved on in for Peter Ryan and ” Miss Behaving” – below

Third Place was awarded to Sharron Leppien for ” “Safe Inside”

Highly Commended points were awarded to

Petro Holowinskyj – ” Foggy Morning”,

Brad Le Brocque for ” Bucket of Puppies” and

Sharron Leppien for ” Wondering


Grahame Smith features once again in the placings with this First Place Award – ” Give me your lunch money”

Looks like there was plenty to talk about when Ernie Goulding scored a Second Placing for this image title – “ What was the Joke” – pictured below

The mystery seemed to have been solved for Dave Vane for this image titled – ” This is how it works” Congrats on your Third Place

Highly Commended awards went to

Peter Ryan – ” A town of Red and Blue”,

Sharron Leppien – ” Love” and

Eric Reid – ” Busted”

Congratulations to all who entered! Its wonderful to have full stands of prints and have Petro and Brian sweat it out under pressure operating the computer presenting and scoring of the EDI images!

This next Tuesday night is our ” Knock out Competition”. This is such a fun evening to attend and to enter some images for fun. Remember its a show of hands and the most popular image out of the two displayed goes through to the next round.

Bring 2 images on a USB and give them to Petro or Brian as soon as you arrive so that they can get the party started. I am going to make a prediction here…. I predict that if Brad has any hope of making it past the first round that neither of his images should show any resemblence to Chad Morgan, his son or any look alike at all. Yeah? Agreed?

Cheers All.


July Open Competition Results

Another large presentation of prints and images were shown on July 3rd. Jim Smart was our judge and as always has a very keen eye for the Nature and particularly the Avian images that were shown to him.

Tuesday the 11th of July is the night of showing off our Tryptych assignment images. Such a challenging and thought provoking assignment and I am sure that we will see some dazzling images presented.

For your viewing pleasure.

Monochrome Large Prints

First Place – Graham Smith, channeling some Olde’ Worlde’ vibes – ” Leo, Cara & Dufus”

Second Place – Margaret Callister, presented her first image for judging at the MCC and went home with some very very positive comments from our Judge, Congratulations Margaret. ” Snow Gums”

3rd Place – Brad Le Brocque, Brad received a resounding round of applause when he was announced a place getter with the Sheik from Scrubby Creek. ( Anymore Chad’s up your sleeve Brad? 😉  – “Chad Relaxed”

Highly Commended – Geoff Patchett – “Twisted”, Petro Holowinskyj – “Bike Engine Details”, Jennine Rutherford – “A Mothers Love”

Colour Large Prints

First Place – Dave Vane, ” Florescent Toadstool” ~ we would disappointed if I didn’t mention the possibility of Dave glowing at his award wouldn’t they 😉

Second Place – Graham Smith – ” Lion Cub”  ~ then I would have to assume that Graham was indeed purring at his placing wouldn’t I ?

Third Place – David Henderson – ” Foggy” ~ there was nothing foggy about David’s vision for this shot. A very worthy placegetter indeed.


Highly CommendedSue Joy ” Sophie”, Peter Ryan – “Cat nap, well almost”, Petro Holowinskyj – ” Backlit Cobwebs”

Creative Large Prints

First Place – Sue Joy ” Champagne with Class” ~ Sue has an unmistakable patent on this very intoxicating genre of chicken’s feet. A very deserved winner.

Second Place – Geoff Patchett ” Cocky Glow” –  What are you feeding those Cockies Geoff?

Third Place – Geoff Patchett ” Hibiscus” ~I for one and not sure what delights that Geoff grows in his extensive garden but it looks like Cocky has been feeding on the Hibiscus below.

Highly Commended Sue Joy “Lights the way”, Margaret Callister ” Flannel Flower”, Ernie Goulding ” Fungus and Gnome”

Small Prints

First Place – Came into land for Geoff Patchett with one of the more normal Cockies that hang around his place ” Sulphur Landing”

Second Place – Went swimmingly for Peter Ryan ” A pair of Quackers!”

Third Place bloomed for Dianne Richardson ” Drenched”

Highly Commended –Jennine Rutherford ” Monkey See”, Dianne Richardson ” Buick Special”, Peter Ryan ” Whats for Dinner?”


EDI – Digital Images

First Place – Dianne Richardson “Bare”

Second Place – Brad Le Brocque ” Lights of Maitland Show”

Third Place – Sue Joy ” Abandoned”  ~ one for ‘Trip Advisor’?

Highly CommendedPeter Ryan ” Miss Mala Mala!”, Graham Smith ” Rachel”, Neville Forster ” Dart Turning Fish”

Congratulations all.

JULY Calendar

 4thOpen photography Competition – Judge Peter McNeal

11th– Showing of Tryptych assignment images – Geoff Patchett

18th Workshop- Lighting with Strobes- Brad Le Brocque

August – 1st – “Mood and Emotion” Set Subject Competition – See Definition below. – Judge – Nicole Curtis

“MOOD & EMOTION”:  An image that depicts emotion in another or is likely to evoke a mood or emotion in a viewer.

( writers note :- Nicole has a passion for the Arts, so I invite you to think outside norm and really challenge yourself with what you put forward to Nicole as she will ‘get it”. )

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. 


Maitland Camera Club meets at Club Maitland City, Arthur Street, Rutherford.


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.

All meetings start at 7 pm.

In addition, on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the months of February through to December, the Club holds a day class from 10:00 am until noon at Club Maitland City to help people with camera craft, digital editing or photography in general.  All are  welcome to attend.

The Club’s competitions cater for prints and digital entries.  There is no obligation for members to enter these competitions. Come and watch the judging and very soon you will be entering and vying for a postion on the leaderboard!

If you would like more information about the Club, you are  very welcome to attend meetings as a visitor or email our Membership Secretary, Alec Trusler (


June Photographic Competition Results

SOOC – Straight Out Of Camera 

Was the theme for the June Competition, the challenge being to capture an image and display it with only minimal treatments as in:-

-conversion from RAW to dng/tiff/psd to Jpeg for display and printing.

-conversion to Monochrome

-cropping and removing of dust spots was allowed but no programme based alterations were permitted

Congratulations to everyone that entered this competition as the entries numbers were quite high.


1st Place was awarded to Peter Ryan for his image – “What you looking at?”

2nd place went to Petro Holowinskyj for the image below – ” Star trails 2″

3rd place was captured by Graeme Wright for ” Yellow robin”

Highly Commended places were awarded to  Brad Le Brocque – ” Attracting Flies”, Ernie Goulding –  ” Oops” & Kevin Parsons –  ” Togetherness”


1st place was awarded to Dianne Richardson – “2”

2nd Place went to Sue Joy – “Fork”

3rd Place was gained by Dianne Richardson – ” 1″

Highly Commended awards went to Jennine Rutherford – “Cover Up”,

Garry Pearce – “Matterhorn”, & Geoff Patchett – “Squashed” 


1st Place was awarded to Geoff Patchett with the image below ” Training Horses”

2nd Place went to Ernie Goulding for his image below- “Nil Gravity”

3rd Place was awarded to Kevin Parsons for this image below – “Dinner party”

Highly Commended places were awarded to – Peter Ryan –  “Night in the City’,  Sue Joy –  ” Helping Hand” & Debbie Sutton  – “Blue Invasion”


1st Place was awarded to Sharron Leppien for her image below ” With love from Nature”

2nd Place went to Peter Ryan for his image pictured below ” Dotty Shells!”

3rd Place was presented to Brian Maslen – ” Willunga Sunset No 2″

Highly Commended was awarded to – Brian Maslen –  “Red wine & Olives”,  Peter Ryan – “Night at the Opera’ & Geoff Patchett – “Sunrise” 

EDI – Digital Images

1st place went to Dianne Richardson for this image below – “6”

2nd Place was awarded to Geoff Patchett for his image below – ” Ice Bloom”

3rd Place went to Gary Pearce –  ‘Dove Lake”

Highly Commended Awards went to – Brad Le Brocque – ” Upper Wentworth Falls”,  Ernie Goulding – ” River Fishing” & Eric Reid – ” Long lost love 2″

NPF Agenda Saturday 8th July 2017

Northern Photographic Federation 2017

Date: Saturday, 8th july 2017

Location: Belmont 16ft Sailing Club, Brooks parade, Belmont

Venue: Macquarie & Quarter Deck Rooms; upstairs at the club

Start time: FROM 8.30am registration

Remember: $25.00 entry whether you entered in the photo competition or not. Sunday entry is free for those already registered 

Please click on the pdf link below for the full programme of events.

NPF agenda saturday 2017

Hope to see you all there as this is a very informative, interesting and social weekend.

This weekend is also a great opportunity to chat to the sponsors and exhibitors and maybe even purchase one or ten of their items that will be on display and for sale.

See you all there. 🙂

June Programe

Maitland Camera Club meets at ClubMaitland City, Arthur Street, Rutherford on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the months of February through to December. A competition is held on the 1st Tuesday and talks, tutorials and workshops are held on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays. All meetings start at 7pm.

In addition, on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of the months of February through to December. the Club holds a day class from 10:00 till Noon at the Club Maitland City to help people with camera craft, digital editing or photography in general. Anyone is welcome to attend.

The Clubs competitions cater for prints and digital entries. However, there is no obligation upon members to enter these competitions. If you would like more information about the Club you are welcome to attend meetings as a visitor or email our Membership Secretary, Alec Trusler – 

JUNE 6th      “Straight-Out-Of Camera” Set-Subject Competition  – see definition below

Straight-Out-Of-Camera ( SOOC) – The aim of this set subject is for entrants to demonstrate their camera skills by presenting images that have not been significantly altered after capture. Adjustments made in the conversion from RAW or conversion to greyscale monochrome are permitted. Use of filters and in-camera image manipulation features are permitted. Post processes that alter the contents of the original image – other than through cropping and the removal of dust spots – are not permitted.

JUNE 13th    Tutorial on the 2017 Photo assignment – Geoff Patchett

JUNE 20       “Studio Lighting Workshop” – Jeff Aranas

May- Open Photography Competition Results


First place pounced to Peter Ryan for this image titled “Aftermath” Pictured above

2nd & 3rd place torches shone onto Brad Le Brocque  for ” Perfect Light Lotus & Top Light Fungi” – below


Highly Commended  – Old Books – Sue Joy, Morning Glow – Alec Trusler, Morning Dribble! – Peter Ryan. ( none pictured)


First Place landed for Alec Trusler Hurricane MK11B – pictured above


2nd Place nestled up to Brad Le Brocque – “ Lincoln and the Puppies”– above left

3rd Place berthed for Petro Holowinskyj“Three Tugs” – above right

Highly Commended was awarded to Jennine rutherford – ”  Mothers Love”, Graham Smith – “Silverback Eating”, Peter Ryan – “Sip at Sunup” – (none pictured)


The planets aligned for our 1st Place winner Dianne Richardson“Landscape”


2nd Place snuck up on Kevin Parsons” Smell the Roses” – pictured above left

3rd place was unmasked for Sue Joy“Eye don’t know”- above right

Highly commended was awarded to , Sue Joy – “Spent Buds”, Graham Smith – “Nit Picking”, Petro Holowinskyj – “Fog of War” – none pictured


1st Place came home to roost for Sue Joy“On a Limb” – above


2nd Place popped up for Jennine Rutherford “Fungi” – above left

3rd Place flew in for Peter Ryan“Which way is up?”  – above right

Highly Commended was awarded to – David Vane – “Where is the pot of gold?” , Jennine Rutherford – “”Monkey See”, Garry Pierce – “Home away from Home”


1st Place was welcomed by Jennine Rutherford“Light up the Foyer” – above


2nd Place preyed upon Peter Ryan “Incoming” – above left

3rd Place starred Brad Le Brocque ” Star trail from Monkey Face” – above right

Highly Commended – Brad Le broque- “Lights of the maitland Show”,Graham Smith -“Cara”, Kevin Smith – “Passenger”

Congratulations to all of the Members that not only picked up the awards but to everyone who attended and submitted their images for judging.

We all belong to a great club.

Thanks for being part of it.