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
6:00 pm Committee Meeting @ Club Maitland City
Committee Meeting @ Club Maitland City
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Recent Posts Archives

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

August Competition Results – Set Subject – Selective Focus


First place – “Mice and Wild Berries” by Alec Trusler

Second Place – “Wildcat” by Julie Rathbone 

Third Place – “Green Frog on Leaf” – by Petro Holowinskyj

Highly Commended awarded to – Peter Smith “In for a free feed” ,  Grahame Wright “Figbird”  ,  Brad Le Brocque ” Lone Red Fungi”



First Place – “Ferns #2” by Petro Holowinskyj

Second Place – “Babbler in Mono” by Brad Le Brocque

Third Place – “Mono Mushy” by Brad Le Brocque

Highly Commended awarded to  – Malcolm Pattison ” Arms Outstretched”  ,  Ernie Goulding ” It Must Be Black and White”  ,  Grahame Smith ” Starting Young”


First Place  ” Seed Pods” by Sue Joy

Second Place – “Spider Web” – Geoff Patchett

Third Place – “Lavender Tint” – Malcolm Pattison

Highly Commended awarded to  – Geoff Patchett ” Bumblebee Hunting”  ,  Petro Holowinskyj ” Water Garden Flowers #b ” ,  Malcolm Pattison ” Lunchtime”.


First Place – “Avocet Huddle” by Julie Rathbone

Second Place – “Purple” – Heather Colgate

Third Place – “Bluebells 6384” by Neville Forster

Highly Commended awarded to  – Sue Joy ” Baby Bird”  ,  Kevin Parsons ” Blocks”  ,  Grahame Smith ” Orchids” 


First Place – “Red Berries” by Sandra Elliott

Second Place – “Tilt Shift” by Sean Sylvester 

Third Place – “Church” by Christine Lewis

Highly Commended awarded to – Jennine Rutherford ” Bottoms Up”  ,  Eric Reid ” Day Lily 1 1017″  ,  Sean Sylvester ” Panned to Speed”

Congratulations to all






by Sharron Leppien, August 13, 2018

What’s on in August 2018

Dear Member,

Here is your monthly reminder of  ‘What’s on in August’ 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.

Another feature of the home page is, the Green tab “Contact/ Help” in the top menu bar. This is particularly useful when you need to either contact a committee member or find the help you need in the FAQ’s. (frequently asked questions)

It is a very good idea to familiarise yourself with all of the features of the website. All special and regular events are permanently placed on the website as are the all of the details for past, present and future competitions.

August 7th :-  Set Subject ” Selective Focus” showing and judging. Definitions are listed on the MCC website MEMBERS > ALL CLUB INFORMATION, RULES, DOCUMENTS (etc) > 2018 Programme pdf link ( lease click on this link to open)

      Petro’s day Class meets between 10:00am and 12:00 noon in the Emerald room,                  the Club Maitland City.

August 12th :- Photo Hunt closes. – Please look at the MCC Website homepage https://maitland.myphotoclub.com.au to see competition rules, map and details.

August 14th :- Showing of Edits of the Same image 

 Petro’s day Class meets between 10:00am and 12:00 noon in the Emerald room,                    Club Maitland City.

August 21st :- Photo Hunt Showing and Presentation 




by Sharron Leppien, August 2, 2018

Photo Hunt Details


Please click on the link below to view the Photo Hunt Details

Photo Hunt Details July, 2018

by Sharron Leppien, July 28, 2018

14 August – Showing edits of the same image

On 14 Aug we will be trying a new style of members’ participation fun night where we will look at different edits of a number of images.
What we are doing is asking members to contribute an image that they think would benefit from some editing. We’ll then randomly give those images to other people to apply their editing skills, whilst the owner of the image also edits the image. On 14 Aug we will look at the original plus the two different edits and have a bit of a discussion on the effects of the different edits.
There will be no restrictions on how the images are edited, so there will be plenty of scope to be creative – we are not after competition standard images, just some different ideas on how images can be treated.
For the night to work we need lots of people to participate and as we are looking for images that could benefit from editing, we are not looking for award winning images – anything you have that didn’t quite work would be fabulous. Similarly your editing skills don’t have to be that good – anything you do to change an image will be interesting to look at.

How it will work:

Select an image of your own that you consider could be improved with some editing.

Give the unedited image file a title then email it (in whatever format it came out of your camera) to Geoff Patchett gphe@bigpond.com, with “Two Edits” and your name as the title of the email.

Email must arrive by 9pm 31 July.

Standby to receive someone else’s unedited image by return email on 1 Aug.

Edit your image and the other person’s image in any way you choose. Do not change the title of the other person’s image or your original image.

Add “-1” to the title of your edited image
ie if your original image was called “Sunset” the edited version becomes “Sunset-1”

On 14 Aug bring standard EDI size copies of your unedited image, your edit of your own image and your edit of the other person’s image on a USB stick.

Join the discussion about the various edits.

by Geoff Patchett, July 24, 2018

Maitland Mercury

Our July winning images have appeared in the Mercury online edition today.  Unfortunately photographers names weren’t included 🙁


by Geoff Patchett, July 23, 2018

2018 Photography Hunt.

Dear Member,

Please click on the link below for the notice of the 2018 Photo Hunt. 

The website entry form will not be opened till the evening of the 28th of July


by Sharron Leppien, July 22, 2018