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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About us

Where – Maitland Camera Club meets at Club Maitland City,  12

Arthur Street, Rutherford.

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.

All meetings start at 7 pm.

Petro holds a day class every Tuesday morning at the Club Maitland City – Emerald room between 10:00am and Noon. On the 4th Tuesday of the month an outing is planned.

Upcoming Events
7:00 pm TBA @ Club maitland City
TBA @ Club maitland City
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
6:00 pm Committee Meeting @ Club Maitland City
Committee Meeting @ Club Maitland City
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Recent Posts Archives

Entries now open – Maitland International Salon of Photography

The Maitland International Salon of Photography has been in existence for 84 years and has operated as an International Salon for 62 years. It has built up a strong reputation and now attracts around 5000 entries from 50 countries. Typically around 5000 visitors will view the salon at its two exhibition locations.

Interested persons are able to view and enter via the Maitland Camera Club home page by clicking on the link or you can click on the link below.


Have a look at the previous Award winning images and acceptances by clicking on “Salon Catalogs”.

Hope to see your entries in the 2019 Maitland International Salon of Photography!


by Sharron Leppien, October 31, 2018

October Photographic Competition Results

This months Competition was the Set Subject –  Patterns in Nature. Set Subjects are chosen for their ability to challenge and this month was no exception!

A huge thank you to our guest judge Bill Chambers. Bill not only provided many insights into the world of nature photography and judging but also shared many helpful suggestions to our entrants.

Next Tuesday night we have the showing of our images for our challenge of “Minimalism”. Please bring along your three images on a USB in standard EDI format  1920 x 1200 <2mb  This assignment is to produce three minimal images.

Name the images as “Single – your title” , Abstract – your titile” and “Contrast – your title”  by using this method the submitted images will show up in section order.

  • One of a Wall with a single feature
  • An Abstract
  • One with contrasting elements         

Petro’s day class will be meeting at the entrance to the HVG on Tuesday the 22nd of October at 9:00am. Please contact Petro if you would like to attend, we only need 2 more attendees to be eligible for a group discount.

Congratulations to all that had their thinking caps on for “Patterns in Nature” 🙂


1st Place was awarded to Grahame Smith for ” Bipinnate Fern Leaves










2nd Place was awarded to Sharron Leppien for  ” Panther Chameleon”













3rd Place was awarded to Margaret Callister For “Leaves”





















Highly Commended awards went to Geoff Patchett for ” Antofagasta Mountains”  Malcolm Pattison for ” Golden Sandstone” & Brad Le Brocque for “Sandstone Study”



1st place was awarded to Brad Le  Brocque for “Snakey mono patterns”




















2nd Place was awarded to Dave Vane for ” Wattle Bird Feeding 3″









3rd Place was awarded to Malcolm Pattison for “Sandstone Patterns”



















Highly Commended awards went to Petro Holowinskyj for “Dried Leaf #2”, Alec Trusler for “Patterns on Water”  & Margaret Callister for “Shadow Patterns



1st Place was awarded to Geoff Patchett for “Star Anise”















2nd Place was awarded to Margaret Callister for “Seed Pod”











3rd Place was awarded to Malcolm Pattison for “Seedhead”










Highly Commended awards went to Ernie Goulding for “Dragon Fire” , Margaret Callister for “Blue World”  & Geoff Patchett for “Monarch Flower”



1st Place was awarded to Dianne Richardson for “Peacock Feathers”




















2nd Place was awarded to Brian Maslen for “Just a Butterfly”











3rd Place was awarded to Neville Foster for “Wing Pattern 2811”
















Highly Commended Awards went to  Sharron Leppien for ” Surabaya Mud”  , Eric Reid for “Antelope Canyon 10a 0811”  &  Sandra Elliott for “Red & Green”.



1st Place was awarded to Eric Reid for “The Wave 1 0811”










2nd Place was awarded tio Garry Pearce for “Dinosaur”










3rd Place was awarded to Sharron Leppien for “Moon Moth”














No highly commended awards were given for Small Prints


by Sharron Leppien, October 3, 2018

2018 APS Cup Catalog


Please click on the link below to view the 2018 APS Cup Catalog and view our members images that were awarded.


by Sharron Leppien, September 26, 2018

IOTY entry & other important information

Dear Member,

Once upon a time when “snail mail” was the primary source of correspondence my  Veterinarian sent out a monthly newsletter and in it he always enclosed a tea bag with the plea for the reader to sit down and relax with a cup of tea whist reading his ramblings.

Seeing as though I cannot supply anyone with a beverage I encourage you to get comfy and try to get though this very lengthy post that is full to the brim of important information.


by Sharron Leppien, September 21, 2018

Richmond Vale Railway Invitation

Dear Members,

Maitland Camera Club members have been invited to attend an outing at the Richmond Vale Railway Museum on Thursday October 25th from 6pm till approximately 9pm . This would allow members to set up and capture the sunset and moonrise.

The museum is asking for a gold coin donation on entry. This wishing to attend please bring along your own food and drinks.

Please contact Kevin Parsons if you have any questions.


by Sharron Leppien, September 11, 2018

September Open Photographic Competition Results

The usual high standard of images were displayed for our guest judges – George and Gail Hardy. George and Gail played tag team each judging alternate sections. They also provided some humorous moments to lighten the mood in the serious business of judging.

We only have two monthly  competitions left for 2018.

October – Patterns in Nature – please read definitions

November – Open Competition


 First Place – “Milky Way & Mars” ,  by Margaret Callister 


by Sharron Leppien, September 6, 2018

Cessnock Bioblitz – invitation to photographers – a reminder

Only two weeks to go – organisers are still looking for volunteer photographers.
Cessnock Bioblitz – invitation to photographers

Camera Club members have been invited to participate in a “Bioblitz” to record sightings of flora, birds, scats & tracks and other animals at Poppet Head Park, Kitchener from 9am-2pm on Sunday 9th September 2018. Anyone wanting to get involved should contact the coordinator Ingrid Garland on Mobile: 0405 761 593 or email: ingrid@envirocommconnections.com.au 
 She has provided the info below.
Cessnock City Council and Birdlife Australia are rolling out the ‘Our Bushland’ campaign to raise awareness about local bushland and its importance to local species. The campaign has been made possible by funding from the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust. It seeks to educate residents about all bushland, not just the bushland in National Parks. It’s about the bushland down the street, around the corner and across the road. This bushland (or vegetation) is home to some very important species and are called biodiversity hotspots by ecologists. Critically endangered species, including the Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot, use our local bushland for food and shelter. and the long-term survival of these birds, and other threatened and native species, is linked to the long-term health of our bushland.
We’re holding a Bioblitz, which is a community event inviting people to come along to work with scientist who will provide guided walks to look for and record data on birds sightings, tracks & scats of other animals, as well as provide some educational displays for the community and local families to come and enjoy. 

We have a program of walks set up with local ecologists for the community/participants to go with on the day, to see what birds & other species they can identify. We also have Hunter Waterwatch and NPWS Discovery Rangers running some kids activities, and some other stall holders with information on biodiversity, illegal dumping, nest boxes and lots more.
We’d love to get some budding or experienced nature photographers to help us capture species sighted on the day at Poppet Head Park, and also the photos of the community in action with the scientists/ecologists on the day. We would be grateful for any volunteer photographers to work with us – you can stay for as long or little as you like. We’d just be grateful for the extra eyes & cameras out capturing this event.
Any photos from the event would be greatly appreciated, as these may then be used, with photographer credit, by Cessnock City Council for the ‘Our Bushland’ Project in factsheets, online & social media pages, reports, brochures etc, as well as some other general Biodiversity materials, posters, and online publications. Images may also be used by the NSW Environmental Trust, as they have funded the project, and receive copies of all images and resources from the project.
We would ask that photographers wishing to be involved, register with me prior, so we can arrange availability and preferred photography style, plus be further briefed on the event.
Hope to see you for the ‘Our Bushland’ Biobliz.
Ingrid Garland (nee Berthold)
EnviroComm Connections Pty Ltd
M: 0405 761 593

by Geoff Patchett, August 26, 2018

What’s on in September

Dear Member,

Here is your monthly reminder of  ‘What’s on in September’ for the Maitland Camera Club.

You are able and encouraged to view the home page of the MCC website. 

Please click on this link >  https://maitland.myphotoclub.com.au  to view the extensive Events Calendar that is located on the left hand side of the home page. You are able to view, click on and expand each event or even click on “View Calendar” to see events for the remainder of the year. You can bookmark the MCC homepage on your computer home screen to short cut to view the Calendar and view all posts that have been made on to the website.

Petro’s Day Class meets every Tuesday between 10.00 & 12noon with the 4th Tuesday allocated to an excursion. All members, new and old are invited to attend.

4th September – Open Photographic Competition – Judges George & Gail Hardy

11th September – Guest Speaker – Dianne English

18th September – Photo Assignment – Geoff Patchett

4th October –  Set Subject – “Patterns in Nature” – Judge, Bill Chambers

9th October – Showing of Photo Assignment – Geoff Patchett

by Sharron Leppien, August 24, 2018

Wildlife Safari Consultants – info & flyers

Dennis Jones is judging our November Open Photographic Competition.

Please have a read and contact Dennis if any or all of these tours interest you.


Hello from Wildlife Safari Consultants / Journeys Unlimited / Madagascar Travel Centre.

It is a pleasure to be able to share details of our three group tours for 2019, which I will be leading.

I have attached “fliers” about the three tours. I have created a link to the full itineraries so you can directly download any you have a further interest in. This link will only be available to you for the next 4 weeks – after that please email or phone me and I will send the itinerary out to you. (more…)

by Sharron Leppien, August 24, 2018

2018 Photo Hunt Results

In 2017 Jennine Rutherford and Sue Joy had an idea to run a Photo Hunt Competition for the MCC. This year again the format proved highly popular. A great deal of thought was put into the rules, categories and boundaries for this very successful event. Many many thanks girls, your efforts are very much appreciated we all hope that you revisit this event again next year!

First place in each section received a certificate and a $20 voucher and the Overall Winner a Qubie light and a $20 Camera House Voucher in addition to the the original $20 voucher.

First Place and Overall Winner,  Geoff Patchett – Section “Movement” – Rainbow Migration 

First Place – Petro Holowinskyj – Section “Yellow” – Tiny Yellow Circles

First Place –  Dave Vane – Section “Tiny” – Training for BMX

First Place – John Vernon – Section ” Shadows” – Leaf Shadow

First Place – Sue Joy – Section “Doors or Knobs” – Nice Knockers

First Place – Garry Pearce – Section ” Round” – Round



by Sharron Leppien, August 23, 2018