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 $50 per Calendar Year and $25 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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Creativity in Photography – Nicole Curtis

MCC members are invited to Wangi Wangi Workers Club Camera Club on Monday 24th June for Nicole’s presentation on creativity in photography.

Address: Wangi Wangi Workers Club, 11-19 Market St, Wangi Wangi NSW 2267

The meeting will commence at 7.00pm.

Many members arrive early to enjoy a meal from the bistro.

by Debbie Sutton, June 7, 2024

Results for competitions in June – Set Subject: Symmetry

There were 9 entries that were rated the highest by our judge(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in June – Set Subject: Symmetry

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

The Masked Peacock
Sue Joy – 12
Digital Theme

Debbie Sutton – 11
Open Colour Large Print

The Jenga stack
Brad Le Brocque – 11
Open Mono Large Print

Little girl diamond
Brad Le Brocque – 11
Digital Theme

Mothers and Daughters Sculpture
Christine Regan – 11
Digital All Rounder – Monochrome

Symmetry Sydney building
Phil Whiteman – 10
Open Colour Large Print

West Side Story
Debbie Sutton – 10
Open Mono Large Print

Folded curves
Debbie Sutton – 10
Digital Theme

Deborah Lincoln – 10
Digital All Rounder – Monochrome

by Petro Holowinskyj, June 5, 2024

MCC June Update

It is hard to believe we are midway through 2024!

11th June, 2024 – Bill Chambers Presentation: “Disqualified??!!”

Understanding the rules that underpin photographic competitions is important – whether it is at club, local, national or international levels.  Bill will explore this important issue and help us all avoid being disqualified.

18th June, 2024 – Peter Ryan Presentation: Africa: The Enigma

Come on a journey with Peter as he explores the uniqueness and complexities of photography in Africa.

Northern Photographic Federation Conference – 27th & 28th July, 2024

This is always a great weekend so make sure the dates are in your diary. There is a full program of speakers, workshops, competitions and of course the trade fair.

Entries in the photographic competition, that is part of this weekend, are now open. Sections: Open Colour Prints, Open Monochrome Prints, Nature Prints, Open Digital, People Digital and Macro Digital.


Details regarding registration will be available soon.

Newcastle Circuit

The second Newcastle International Digital Circuit is now open. There are three salons within the circuit, with four sections to enter:

  • Colour open
  • Monochrome open
  • Nature (colour or mono)
  • Sports / action (colour)


by Debbie Sutton, June 5, 2024

APS Australia Challenge Cup – MCC Entry

This competition is the national championship of camera clubs in Australia. The following 20 images have been chosen to represent MCC in this prestigious competition. Images were selected from images entered in the Australia Cup Club Challenge as well as images entered in monthly competitions. There was a maximum of 2 entries per member.

Images – Jim Thomson, Jim Thomson, Mick Lynch, Neville Foster
Images – Peter Ryan, Julie Rathbone, Brad Le Brocque, Rob Oyston
Images – Wayne Munce, Denise Crittenden, David Henderson, Mick Lynch
Images – Julie Rathbone, David Henderson, Peter Ryan, Rob Oyston
Images – Brad Le Brocque, John Maher, Phil Whiteman, Phil Whiteman

by Debbie Sutton, June 5, 2024

Australia Cup – Highly Commended Images

Congratulations to all these members.

by Debbie Sutton, June 5, 2024



The red head                Brad Le Brocque             14        Merit   

Ride-em cowboy           Lorraine M Gordon       12        HM      

Golden glow icebergs    Debbie Sutton               11        HM      

Off to the opera            Grahame T Smith          10                   

In the forest                  Julie Rathbone              11                   

Bogey hole sunrise        Christine Regan             9                     

MCC was placed 2nd overall in Group D with Youth Photographic Society, India taking out first place in the group by 14 points.


Male kestrel passing skink to fem     Jim Thomson                14        Merit   

Down-n-out                  Nancy Morley              14        Merit   

Baboon fight                 Julie Rathbone              13        Merit   

Lump of meat               David Henderson          12        HM      

Trouble at the crossing  Peter Ryan                   10                   

Pulling the mud             Brad Le Brocque            7                     

MCC was placed 2nd overall in Group B with The CCPST, Canada taking out first place in the group. The difference was 2 points!


Showing off                   Sharron Leppien           11        HM      

The bridge                     Wayne Munce               11                   

The Twelve Apostles     Grahame T Smith       10                   

A vivid opera house       Jennifer Muscat         10                   

Syd New Year 23           John Maher                   8                     

Boy in red                      Terry Bradley                 8                     

The overall news in this division was not as good as the others. MCC was placed 7th out of 8 clubs.

Congratulations to all those who received Merit and Honourable Mentions in this round. Knowing how your work stacks up on the international circuit provides good feedback to authors regarding their images.

Neville and Sharron put a great deal of time, energy and thought into these external competitions and I would like to thank them both for their work on our behalf.

by Debbie Sutton, May 23, 2024

May Excursion Details

This Tuesday, 28th May, the group has chosen Nelson Bay as its excursion venue.

Park in the Woolworths car park and meet on the street out the front of Woolies at 9.00am.

by Debbie Sutton, May 22, 2024

Final email as member secretary

Hi everyone

I have issued new FCC cards to you all individually, so please check your email. Before Covid, every current member had these cards as a member of the Federation of Camera Club and now that we have face to face activities again, these are reissued, for you to print and keep in a lanyard to wear at these FCC recognised functions.

Many of you would be aware by now that I have stepped down from the role as Member Secretary, a role I upheld for the last five years. While I have enjoyed my time doing so, other ventures are now on the horizon. I’m sure that the new member secretary Mick Lynch will be more than suitable to take over. Once you print off your new FCC card, please ensure that Mick signs off on it.

It has been a pleasure getting to know you all in this role.



by Jennifer Muscat, May 15, 2024

Results for competitions in May – Open

There were 12 entries that were rated the highest by our judge(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

Julie Rathbone – 13
Open Colour Large Print

Lana libarian
Brad Le Brocque – 13
Open Mono Large Print

Showing Off
Peter Ryan – 12
Open Colour Large Print

Well Buffed
Allison Hayes – 12
Open Mono Large Print

Keeper of The Forest
Sue Joy – 12
Digital Open

Rob Lord – 12
Digital All Rounder – Creative

Like a Goddess
Grahame Smith – 11
Open Colour Large Print

Head Down
David Henderson – 11
Open Mono Large Print

Waiting In The Dark
Julie Rathbone – 11
Digital Open

Smaug AI
Christine Regan – 11
Digital All Rounder – Creative

Wrong Way
David Henderson – 10
Digital Open

Paul Fuller – 10
Digital All Rounder – Creative

by Petro Holowinskyj, May 13, 2024



14th May – Working With Colour

This is a practical, hands-on workshop where we will explore colour, using colour wheels as a resource. There will be various colourful elements that you can use and arrange in your shot. Shots will be shared and discussed at the end of the workshop.

What to bring:

  • A mobile phone with camera or if you like a camera and tripod. But mobiles will be the best option.
  • If you have anything that is colourful – paper, flowers, toys etc please bring them along and add to the collection available.

21st May Presentation: This is Australia Club Challenge

25th May – Sydney Excursion – depending on interest/numbers!

This excursion was planned to support the architecture set subject.

Possible locations include: The new upgrade to Central Station and the area at the southern end of George Street, Barangaroo, the extension to the NSW Art Gallery and Darling Harbour. Locations will depend on interest.

If you would like to attend please send me an email: (secretary.maitlandcamerclub@gmail.com) and if there is enough interest it will go ahead.


This is a Federation of Camera Clubs (FCC) annual competition and is very prestigious.

Sections: Mono print, Colour print, Nature, Print, Open Mono Digital, Open Colour Digital, Nature Digital, Creative Digital, Australian Landscape Digital, Drone/Aerial Photography Digital.

A maximum of three images per section can be entered.


Closing date is 19th May, 2024.


The NPF weekend conference will be held on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July at the Kurri Kurri Bowling Club.

Brad is busy organizing a range of speakers as well as the trade exhibition.

Entries to the photographic competition are open. Sections: Prints – Colour, Mono and Nature. Digital: Open, People and Macro.

Closing date: 5th July 2024.


Copies of meeting minutes and financial reports are available to members under the Members Documents menu on the website.

by Debbie Sutton, May 9, 2024