Welcome to The Entrance Camera Club Incorporated.

We are a group of enthusiastic photographers situated on the Central Coast of NSW. Affiliated with The Federation of Camera Clubs (N.S.W) Inc.

The club was formed on November 27th, 1959. It’s Membership comprises people from all backgrounds, retired people, younger people, photographers who began with film and in the darkroom and those who have started photography in the digital age, expert award winning photographers and new photographers who have just purchased their first camera. A passion for photography is the common interest.

Our Monthly meeting is held at the CWA Hall, 1 Pacific Street, Long Jetty, on the second Friday evening of each month, (except January & December) at 7.00pm viewing for a 7.30pm start.

CURRENTLY DUE TO COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS THE COMMITTEE HAS DECIDED TO HOLD OUR MEETINGS VIA ZOOM.

At the meeting, digital and printed images are critiqued, judged and awarded. The printed photographs are displayed around the room, so that after the formal part of the meeting, members may view and discuss the entries.

Each Friday morning a group of club members have a photo walk locally usually followed by coffee. These outings are are good way to meet members and to discuss photo ideas, techniques and equipment.

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The Monthly Competitions form the basis of the club. The critiquing, subsequent discussions with the judges and other members are all great ways to learn new photographic techniques which you can then try yourself the next time the opportunity arises.

The Large Print competitions in both Monochrome & Colour are divided into three Grades, B Grade, A Grade and Advanced. This is aimed to assist our new photographers and challenge our most experienced members. B Grade is for our newer as well as less experienced members. A Grade is for our more experienced photographers, While Advanced caters for our most experienced members. In this way it is hoped all our members are competing on a more level basis, while still seeing the images and hearing the judges’ comments for all grades. Our Digital Image competition is a single Non-Graded competition open to all members.

Our “Print and Digital Image Of The Year” Awards Night is the Grand Finale of the Club’s year, held in place of the December meeting. The awards are presented to the winners of the monthly pointscore competitions and for Image Of The Year in each section. A spectacular display of the winning works of the club members throughout the year is the centre piece of the night. Three additional special competitions are also held at the awards night, The Hilton Chalmers Memorial Trophy for the Nature Digital Image Set of the Year, The Nature Print Set of the Year and the Ace’m Creative Print Set of the Year.

Results for September Digital Image Competitions – Open & Set Subject ”CREATIVE” Judge – Kerry Boytell.

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

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

My turn
Trung Cang Nguyen – First
OPEN
Hee Haw
Carol Barry – First
SET SUBJECT
Thanks Mum
Carol Barry – Second
OPEN
Sunset Sketching
Neil Vincent – Second
SET SUBJECT
Home Schooling
Fiona Lambell – Third
OPEN
The Bookworm
Leonie Edwards – Third
SET SUBJECT
BIANCAS RIDE
Arthur Roy – Highly Commended
OPEN
The Maasai jumping contest
Trung Cang Nguyen – Highly Commended
OPEN
Superb In Nature
Grace Bryant – Highly Commended
OPEN
African Jacana at Lake Panic
Mike Barry – Highly Commended
OPEN
Booked Holiday
Jane Borg – Highly Commended
SET SUBJECT
Don’t Look
Neil Vincent – Highly Commended
SET SUBJECT

by Anthony Douglas Spratt, September 11, 2021

Results for competitions in September – PRINTS

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View / Comment entries in September – PRINTS

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Crowdy Head Moody Skies
Natalie Poole – First
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Made in China
Jane Borg – First
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Hello Joey
Natalie Poole – First
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
WALKING ON THE JETTY
Jane Borg – First
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Spy Hopping Whale
Neil Vincent – First
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
HELPING HANDS 7741m
George Hardy – First
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Otago Trail Tunnel
Michelle Alcorn – Second
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Wynyard Walk
Barbara Blades – Second
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
crimson honeyeater
Pablo Ducarme – Second
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
la dolce vita
Tobias Lindsjo – Second
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Popular tree
Trung Cang Nguyen – Second
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
flying fry mono
Arthur Roy – Second
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
makeup Artist at work
Michelle Alcorn – Third
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Small cascades
Soelast Soelastijono – Third
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
They call it love
Michelle Alcorn – Third
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Eastern Yellow Robin
William (Bill) Lancaster – Third
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Adding The Padding
Grace Bryant – Third
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Top of the Wave
Peter John O’Brien – Third
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Having a scratch
Soelast Soelastijono – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Crested Barbet
Mike Barry – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
friendship
Tobias Lindsjo – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
White Faced Heron
William (Bill) Lancaster – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Lunch for me
Mike Barry – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
The Old and The New
Barbara Blades – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Go play and let me sleep
Leonie Edwards – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
2 FLIES 1 KILL 183_8367
George Hardy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Day Care
Carol Barry – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Cheetah
Carol Barry – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Skater
Neil Vincent – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Ready For Lift Off
Grace Bryant – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Reflection
Carol Barry – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Hornbill
Carol Barry – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print

by Peter John O'Brien, September 11, 2021

Winner of September Mobile Phone Photography Challenge

“Your Best Shot (Open)” – Fiona Lambell – Sunflowers

by Anthony Douglas Spratt, September 10, 2021

Winner of August Mobile Phone Photography Challenge

“Weather” – Approaching – Tobias Lindsjo

by Anthony Douglas Spratt, August 13, 2021

Results for August Digital Image Competitions – Open & Set Subject “MINIMALISM” Judge – Jill Helps.

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

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Water towers
Paul Henson – First
OPEN
BRIDE ON A HORSE 3
Arthur Roy – First
OPEN
Spine
Tobias Lindsjo – First
SET SUBJECT
Anything Down There
Peter John O’Brien – Second
OPEN
Earthy Corduroy
Neil Vincent – Second
SET SUBJECT
Sole Survivor
Barbara Blades – Second
SET SUBJECT
Times Up
Grace Bryant – Third
OPEN
Kayaking in Fog
Neil Vincent – Third
SET SUBJECT
In Slow Motion
Moira Taylor – Third
SET SUBJECT
FINCH WITH NESTING MATERIAL
Gail Hardy – Third
OPEN
WHITE EGRET BLACK FISH
Arthur Roy – Highly Commended
OPEN
Great Blue Heron
Grace Bryant – Highly Commended
OPEN
Splash
Carol Barry – Highly Commended
OPEN
Like Mother Like Son
Fiona Lambell – Highly Commended
OPEN
Lone boat.
Natalie Poole – Highly Commended
SET SUBJECT
Bud
Barbara Blades – Highly Commended
SET SUBJECT
Lost in the woods
Trung Cang Nguyen – Highly Commended
SET SUBJECT
Release me
Tobias Lindsjo – Highly Commended
SET SUBJECT

by Anthony Douglas Spratt, August 13, 2021

Results for competitions in August – PRINTS

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

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Side Profile Portrait
Michelle Alcorn – First
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Waterhole disagreement
Mike Barry – First
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Playing on the beach
Michelle Alcorn – First
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Baboon family
Mike Barry – First
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Baby Humpback
Neil Vincent – First
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
ORANGE LACE WING LIFE CYCLE
Gail Hardy – First
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Ground Floor Is Next Level
Grace Bryant – First
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
dark day in the city
David Crass – Second
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Side Slider
David Spratt – Second
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Painted Sky
Natalie Poole – Second
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Sunrise Splash
Paul Henson – Second
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Cascades
David Spratt – Second
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Stilt on a nest
Neil Vincent – Second
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Doing the duty
Leonie Edwards – Second
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Dwarfed Tug 2
Neil Vincent – Second
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Early Morning Surf
Peter John O’Brien – Second
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
NoSocialDistancing
Natalie Poole – Third
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
GMOTO No 22
Anthony D. Spratt – Third
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Capertee Valley
Susan Maclean – Third
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
In Memorium_5
Neil Bevege – Third
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Soelast Soelastijono – Third
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Master nest builder
Trung Cang Nguyen – Third
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
ANTHRACOPHYLLUM
Gail Hardy – Third
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Attitude
Carol Barry – Third
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Unusual Catch Mono
Paul Henson – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Prince Alfred Bridge Gundagai
Jane Borg – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Hell In Ruins
David Spratt – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Dove Dive_
William (Bill) Lancaster – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
When the Sea Dries Up
Barbara Blades – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Going Down
Barbara Blades – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Whose Airshow?
Mike Barry – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
COMMUNION
Arthur Roy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Ripping it up
Leonie Edwards – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
0078 ROBIN INBOUND
George Hardy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Where is the Next Gate
Peter John O’Brien – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
HEART OF A CLOWN
Gail Hardy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Ngorongoro crater
Trung Cang Nguyen – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Southern-Ground Hornbill
Carol Barry – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print

by Peter John O'Brien, August 13, 2021

Winner of July Mobile Phone Photography Challenge

“On The Road Again” – On The Road To Yarrawonga – Jeff Troy

by Anthony Douglas Spratt, July 9, 2021

Results for July Digital Image Competitions – Open & Set Subject “ON THE STREET ” Judge – Eric Lippey.

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

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

1547 RED DRAGON b
George Hardy – First
OPEN
Life along Hanoi train street
Trung Cang Nguyen – First
SET SUBJECT
Dinner Please
Fiona Lambell – Second
OPEN
The Coach Of Cobb & Co.
Anthony D. Spratt – Second
SET SUBJECT
This Is Not Going Well
Peter John O’Brien – Third
OPEN
The street vendor of Hanoi
Trung Cang Nguyen – Third
SET SUBJECT
STAY AWHILE
Arthur Roy – Highly Commended
OPEN
Formation aces
Mike Barry – Highly Commended
OPEN
Number 22
David Spratt – Highly Commended
OPEN
Mother and Calf
Neil Vincent – Highly Commended
OPEN
Coddock II resting
Soelast Soelastijono – Highly Commended
OPEN
7918 YELLOW FAN FUNGI
George Hardy – Highly Commended
OPEN
Mumbai Laundry
Ross Worrall – Highly Commended
SET SUBJECT
The Redcoats On Parade No 2
Anthony D. Spratt – Highly Commended
SET SUBJECT
Pilgrim
Jane Borg – Highly Commended
SET SUBJECT
I Am Here
Barbara Blades – Highly Commended
SET SUBJECT
Morning ride in the mist
Leonie Edwards – Highly Commended
SET SUBJECT
Happy Street
Paul Prouzos – Highly Commended
SET SUBJECT

by Anthony Douglas Spratt, July 9, 2021

Results for competitions in July – PRINTS

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

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Togs In Action
Natalie Poole – First
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Liilia
Paul Prouzos – First
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Queens Lake Sunrise
Natalie Poole – First
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Marianna
Paul Prouzos – First
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
BRIDE AND GROOM MOUNTED 2
Arthur Roy – First
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
0165 HORSEHAIR FUNGI
George Hardy – First
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Maasai Children Playing In Village
Trung Cang Nguyen – First
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Look out Clive
Michelle Alcorn – Second
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Coffs Jetty
Soelast Soelastijono – Second
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Sunrise Catherine Hill Bay
Michelle Alcorn – Second
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Bathing with my friends
Mike Barry – Second
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
No sharing
Trung Cang Nguyen – Second
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Cut throat Finches
Carol Barry – Second
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
African school boy
Trung Cang Nguyen – Second
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Why am I awake
Michelle Alcorn – Third
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
L & J Designs No 76
Anthony D. Spratt – Third
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
White Breasted Sea eagle
Michelle Alcorn – Third
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Murray’s Beach Jetty
Soelast Soelastijono – Third
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Serengeti sunset
Trung Cang Nguyen – Third
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Hearts
Grace Bryant – Third
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Bridge Shadows_3
Neil Bevege – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
North American T28 Trojan
Mike Barry – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Francis
Barbara Blades – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
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Paul Henson – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Sydney icons
Tobias Lindsjo – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Study of trees
Tobias Lindsjo – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Good Day Mate
William (Bill) Lancaster – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Bright
Jeff Troy – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Temptation
Barbara Blades – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Mannering Park Panorama
Paul Henson – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Kookaburra
Paul Henson – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Hand Maiden
Paul Prouzos – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
BEE EATERS BUFFET
Gail Hardy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Glad My Shoe Fitting is Easier
Peter John O’Brien – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Dragon Fly on Lotus bud
Leonie Edwards – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
White bellied Sunbird
Carol Barry – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
OVER THE FENCE MONO
Gail Hardy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Wistful Hoop
Peter John O’Brien – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Will This Impress the Judges
Peter John O’Brien – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
WHITE BIRD AND BLACK FISH
Arthur Roy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
0527 CONTEMPLATION
George Hardy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Low Down
Carol Barry – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print

by Peter John O'Brien, July 9, 2021

Farewell Spencer Vinrace Vale LAPS ~ AP-R Medal

28.9.1924 ~ 3.6.2021

Today we farewelled Life Member & Friend Spencer Vinrace Vale who passed away on June 3rd, 2021, just three months shy of his 97th Birthday. With the passing of Athol Blake in 2019, Spen became our oldest living Life Member.

Spen joined The Entrance Camera Club on the Club’s 1st ordinary meeting on the 13th of February 1960.

Spen became our 4th and along with David Spratt, longest serving President, serving on the Committee from 1962–1995, during which time he held the following positions:-

* Committee Member: 1962-64.

* President: 1967-78 & 1993.

* Snr. Vice President: 1965 & 66, 1980, 1982-92, 94 & 95.

* Vice President: 1979.

* Projectionist: 1966 and * Assist. Projectionist: 1982-84, 1989-92.

* External Competitions coordinator: 1991 & 92, 94-97.

* FCC Delegate: 1974 – 84 & 1989-94.

Spen grew up at Mannering Park, his Grandfather, James Vinrace Vale had pioneered & founded the area on the shores of Lake Macquarie, acquiring 640 acres in 1911, on the site of what is now Vales Point Power Station. Spen started married life with Lola in 1950 living in Wyong. Spen drove taxi’s and buses and by the early 70’s he and Lola had shifted to The Entrance, had operated a small general store and then owned and operated “Vales Photographics’’ in the Banksia Arcade. This would later become “Long Jetty Photographics” when in 1978 it was sold to David & Narelle Spratt also members of the Camera Club.

Spen’s service has not been limited to The Entrance. Spen has also lectured and judged at other clubs as well as judging national exhibitions, also serving on the Organising Committee of the Australian Photographic Society’s Annual Convention “APSCON” 1990 held at Newcastle and on the Committee of the Federation of Camera Clubs (NSW) Inc.

Spen successfully competed in both Slide & Print monthly competitions. In 1991, Spen was one of seven members of our Club invited to be part of an exhibition held in Russia – Australian Photographers In The USSR as part of The Rostov-On-Don Salon of Photography Australian Photos~ Foreign Art Photography Festival.

Along with being awarded Life Membership of The Entrance in November 1976, Spen has also been recognised by The Australian Photographic Society with the following honours, the AP-R Medal in 1991 & LAPS (Licentiate) in 1997.

Spen & Lola both loved photography and travelling. It was whilst in Western Australia in 1996, Lola suffered a massive stroke. Though not expected to survive the night, Lola would survive to be flown back to NSW. Transferred firstly to Gosford and then to Berkeley Vale hospitals for treatment and rehabilitation before coming home to Swadling Street, Spen once again stepped up now as Lola’s full time carer.

Following a testimonial dinner honouring Spen, Ted Baker & Athol Blake at the end of Nov. 1997 and wanting to be closer to their family, January of 1998 saw Spen & Lola leave their Swadling Street home on the Central Coast moving north to the Carey Bay retirement Village, Carey Bay, Lake Macquarie.

Spen still kept in contact with Club members and maintained his interest in photography even organising the Village’s bus trips even driving the bus.

May 2003, saw Spen, along with Ted Baker, Athol Blake & David Spratt included on the Federation of Camera Club’s FCC Roll Of Honour being awarded the “Award Of Honour” for his outstanding contribution & dedication to the photographic movement.

Spen joined other members & friends to Celebrate our Club’s 50th Anniversary at our Celebration Dinner in 2009 and until 2014, he continued to attend our Annual Presentation Night.

Spen was a treasured mentor & friend, always willing to help others, especially with the sharing of his knowledge and expertise and the giving freely of his time.

** Below are two additional Tributes to Spen With information supplied by Anthony.

by Anthony Douglas Spratt, June 15, 2021