Welcome to The Entrance Camera Club Incorporated.

We are a group of enthusiastic photographers situated on the Central Coast of NSW.

The club was formed on November 27th, 1959. Members comprise people from all backgrounds, retired people, younger people, photographers who began with film and in the darkroom, some 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. The Entrance Camera Club Inc. is affiliated with The Federation of Camera Clubs (N.S.W) Inc.

Our Monthly Club 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. 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.

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Another Fantastic Result in 2020 “George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon”

Thank you for participating in Merrimack Valley Camera Club’s 39th George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon. Attached is the scoring summary for your club. The remaining reports (club standings and individual scores/awards), as well as the slide show video can be downloaded from:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bw054e7pn9sj0pf/AAD66FxH2zbYcetHk5X9IK6na?dl=0

I would like to congratulate your club and the makers of the award-winning images. To earn an award at the Glennie is an accomplishment worthy of recognition. Each year there is strong competition and many very fine images go home empty-handed. You made the judges’ job challenging (that’s a good thing) as there were many award-worthy images to select from. This year there were 675 images submitted. A total of 68 clubs participated, 46 from the United States and 22 International.
The major awards went to:
Top Clubs: 
London Camera Club 
The Entrance Camera Club Inc. 
Greater Lynn Photographic Assn. 
Castle Hill RSL Photography Club 
Poulton le Fylde Photo Society 
Toronto Digital Photography Club 

Diversity Awards: 
Greater Lynn Photographic Assn. 
Victoria Camera Club 
The Melbourne Camera Club 
Cranbury Digital Camera Club 
Camberwell Camera Club 

Best of Show: Silver Fox Vixen Feeding by Missy Mande – Toronto Digital Photography Club 
Best Wildlife: Race at Katmai Downs by Jim Picardi – Colorado Urban Wildlife Photo Club
Again, thank you for your submission and we look forward to viewing more of your award-winning images in next year’s Glennie Memorial Nature Salon. Stay safe and be well!
Regards,
Linda Szabo 
MVCC Glennie Chairperson 

by Anthony D. Spratt, April 21, 2020

TECC Mobile Phone Photography Challenge 2020

In my April 2020 President’s Report I announced a new monthly photography competition for Club Members which should be fun and interactive, the Mobile Phone Photography Challenge. We’ve all heard that the best camera you have is the one you have with you and sometimes that is the camera in our mobile phone. So now we have a competition specifically for mobile phone photography. The winner will be People’s Choice. And there is a prize! Thanks to our Patron, John Ralph!

This will be a monthly competition and the deadline for the first Challenge is 11.59pm on 1st May. Each month there will be a new Set Subject. For the first Challenge the Set Subject is “In My Garden”, so get out and explore what’s in your garden; you may be surprised what you find. You may be able to get an angle on an ordinary object to make it look extraordinary. If you don’t have a garden, pot plants, wildlife visiting your balcony, your aquarium and such like are acceptable. Use your photographer’s eye and imagination.

The rules for the Challenge are set out below and will be made available in Members Resources shortly. So good luck. Have fun entering and remember to vote.

TECC Mobile Phone Photography Challenge 2020

Rules for Entry

  1. To enter you must be a member of The Entrance Camera Club
  2. One entry per member per Challenge is allowed
  3. All images must be taken by the member entering them.
  4. All images entered into the Challenge must be taken using the camera of a mobile phone.
  5. Mobile phone camera attachments can be used.
  6. Image processing using an in-smartphone app is allowed.
  7. Images may be resized only using a computer external to the originating mobile phone.
  8. To be a valid entry, the image must meet the definition of the Set Subject for that month which will be circulated to members at least 2 weeks before the close of entries.
  9. Entries are to be submitted through TECC MyPhotoClub competition portal.
  10. For submission, the maximum image size is 1920px horizontal and 1200px vertical and must be less than 2MB. The name given to the image must be 35 or less characters in length.
  11. Images must be entered by the close of competition.  Close of competition will be at 11.59pm on the Friday before the Club meeting. This will be set in TECC MyPhotoClub Competition site. A reminder that entries will soon be closing will be emailed to all members.
  12. There will be one Challenge each month from May till November 2020.

Competition Judging

  1. The winner of each month’s Challenge will be a People’s Choice award to be decided by the vote of TECC members.
  2. All members of TECC will be invited to judge the Challenge entries each month.
  3. Judging will be done online in the MyPhotoClub Competition portal.
  4. A reminder to all members that voting has opened will be sent out by email.
  5. Members will be able to vote up until 11.59pm on the Thursday night before the Club meeting.
  6. For a member’s votes to be valid, they must score every image in the competition.
  7. You must score your own image as well, however the system will replace the score you have chosen with an average from the other scorers.
  8. Scores between 1 and 9 must be given, with 1 being the lowest score and 9 being the highest score.
  9. The image with the highest total score will win.
  10. When voting, suggested things to take into account are: relevance to the set subject, originality, composition, do you connect to the image, does it evoke an emotional response in you or give you a sense of place, does it have the wow-factor. Superior technical prowess or image manipulation is not a necessary factor.

Challenge Prize

  1. Challenge winners will receive a Certificate and Voucher from John Ralph’s Camera House, Erina, for an up to 12” x 8” print.

by Barbara Blades, April 17, 2020

President’s Report – April 2020

I hope you are all coping with the present requirements of social-distancing, isolating at home, and not going out except for essential reasons such as to buy food, to exercise, for medical appointments and, for those not retired, to go to work or possibly school. Despite this I hope you are all keeping in contact with family and friends by phone or via apps such as Zoom or HouseParty. Many of us connect via Facebook. We are lucky to have so many ways to stay connected. The Club Committee has started meeting via Zoom. This is a great way to hold meetings and to actually see people. Today Arthur’s Friday Walk Group met up online via Zoom and this was a great success, though we still miss our walks and having coffee together afterwards. It was a good information sharing event. New member, John Paterson, joined in and it was good to meet him. Welcome John. These Group meetings will be held every Friday, so join in.

I, and other members of the Committee, have been very busy working on ways to keep the Club active and members engaged during these challenging times. There are several new activities I need to update you on.

  1. Zoom Club meetings: To help maintain normal Club function we will be moving to Zoom meetings for our monthly Club meetings. We will be holding our first Club meeting via Zoom on 8 May. I will send out a separate notice explaining this. You will receive further information about this as we get closer to the Meeting. Zoom meetings have been very successful for other Camera Clubs.
  2. Critique Corner: This is a new section we have activated in the Members section of our MyPhotoClub website. You can upload a maximum of 2 images for critique by other members in each of the Sections: Colour, Monochrome, Nature and Creative. This is helpful to get feedback on an image before entering it in a Club or external competition. On our website, click on MEMBERS then click on the blue CRITIQUE CORNER button on the left under MEMBERS PAGE. This will take you to a page where the function of Critique Corner is explained, where you can upload images, where you can access uploaded images to critique and where you can subscribe to Critique Corner notifications so that you will know when images are there for critiquing.  I encourage members to explore this new section and to use it both to get feedback on your own images and, particularly for the more experienced members, to provide helpful critique for other members.
  3. Mobile Phone Photography Challenge: In time for the May Meeting we have a new monthly photography competition for Club Members which should be fun and interactive. And there is a prize! All images entered must be taken using a mobile phone camera. The winner will be the People’s Choice with all members eligible to vote. With the present stay-at-home directives, the first Set Subject is “In my Garden”. For those without a garden, we extend it to your pot plants, birds visiting your balcony, your aquarium, etc. Enter through the Club competition portal. Members are limited to one image per monthly competition. For May, the entries must be in by 11.59pm 1 May. Voting will start on 2 May and finish at 11.59pm 7 May.  I will circulate the rules in a separate post.

The April edition of the FCC (NSW) newsletter, F/Stop, is a good one with lots of information and suggestions on things to do in isolation and while social-distancing. So, give it a read.  It also has information on TopShot 2020.  This year’s competition is Digital only. Entries close 8 May so start going through your images for potential winners and get them in.

Please keep safe and well but stay connected.

Barbara Blades

by Barbara Blades, April 17, 2020

FRIDAY WALKERS

Last friday walkers had a videoconference but the platform would not hold more than 8 people so some missed out. To remedy this we are doing it on my Zoom account so we will have unlimited time for up to 99 people! If you do not receive an invitation by email today it means I do not have your email address. Mine is :-arthur.leo@bigpond.com Please email me if you want an invitation as I have to provide a meeting ID and a Password for you.

by Arthur Roy, April 15, 2020

Introducing Everyone at MyPhotoClub

An entry site has been established for all members of all MyPhotoClub clubs to collectively enter a series of friendly competitions to engage with during these challenging times.

The first round is called A Thing at Home – find an inanimate item in your home and see what you can come up with. Two entries per person. Entries close April 19th.

The competitions are themed with two entry slots and run weekly. The judging will be done using online scoring where a score between one and five is given for each entry. Everyone is invited to participate in online scoring.

There is no entry fee or charge for using this.

Each entrant’s privacy is maintained as the club level features of viewing profiles and other images of the entrant are disabled.

You can access the competition at https://everyone.myphotoclub.com.au/. Use the subscribe button to get updates about each competition

Access is also through a link is provided on your Members page and is also accessible from the All Sites icon (top right of page).

by Colin Woods, April 13, 2020

Results for competitions in April – PRINTS

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Miss Lissie
Natalie Poole – First
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Moroccan Farmer
Allan Lambell – First
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Rebel leaves
Tobias Lindsjo – First
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Three Long-Billed Corellas
Barbara Blades – First
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
BLUE BANDED BEE IN FLIGHT 2
Arthur Roy – First
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Prints
Soy sauce makers
Trung Cang Nguyen – First
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Just Arrived what’s my fate
Michelle Alcorn – Second
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Number 79
David Spratt – Second
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Mother and son
Tobias Lindsjo – Second
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Andamira Falls 2020_03
Barbara Blades – Second
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Willy Wagtail Feeding
John W Newton – Second
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Prints
The Crossing
Peter John O’Brien – Second
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Braid
Tobias Lindsjo – Third
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
The Champ
David Spratt – Third
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
banksia flower
David Crass – Third
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Spine Bill Honey Eater
David Spratt – Third
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Morning is Broken ps
Peter Stanley – Third
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Prints
CONTACT
Arthur Roy – Third
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Sea Gull take off
Michelle Alcorn – Highly Commended
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
the veil
David Crass – Highly Commended
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Orchid
Natalie Poole – Highly Commended
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Australia Square
Ross Worrall – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Birubi Silhouette
Soelast Soelastijono – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
No room at the waterhole
Mike Barry – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
shades of purple petals
Michelle Alcorn – Highly Commended
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Expired
Natalie Poole – Highly Commended
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Idyll
Natalie Poole – Highly Commended
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Pickpocket
Ross Worrall – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Innocence
Jane Borg – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Merewether
Soelast Soelastijono – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Bird And Bloom
Clyde Melrose – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Prints
STRIATED THORNBILL WITH FOOD
Gail Hardy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Prints
Silhouette Sunset
Carol Barry – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Prints
Ban Gioc falls
Trung Cang Nguyen – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
IM THROUGH NZL 5003
George Hardy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Kingfisher
Carol Barry – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print

by Peter John O'Brien, April 6, 2020

FRIDAY WALKERS-VIRTUAL MEETING

This Friday at 9am if you have House Party please link in with mine so we can talk face to face. You need to download Google Chrome and then HouseParty free. Either iphone or computer as long as you have a camera and sound. Subjects to discuss-new photo gear-new dates for rodeos-how is everyone spending their isolation-anything at all!

by Arthur Roy, April 6, 2020

FRIDAY WALKERS

Am thinking of a virtual meeting by way of House Party on Friday mornings, where we can all appear on the screen and discuss photography and isolation issues . Please indicate if you are interested? House Party is a free download but you will need to download Google Chrome first.

by Arthur Roy, April 4, 2020

Background on our May judges

Now that we are letting everyone know who the judges will be each month, I will now be providing some background information on the judges, regarding their photographic interests, when available.

Our May judges are Brad Le Brocque for “Prints” and Barbara Bryan for “Digital”. You can find information they have kindly provided in Members Resources. I found the information interesting and I hope you do too.

by Barbara Blades, April 3, 2020

Results for April Digital Image competition – “Australian Landscape” Judge Jason Pang.

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

foresters beach (stitch).
Pablo Ducarme – First
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Pink Lake – 181206NRV1218
Neil Vincent – Second
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Central Coast Falls
Soelast Soelastijono – Second
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Awakening Spiritual lands
Trung Cang Nguyen – Third
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
A Country Road
Fiona Lambell – Third
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Wind Powered
Grace Bryant – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Bowra Station
Leonie Edwards – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Horseshoe Beach
Jane Borg – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Camping under the stars
Soelast Soelastijono – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Uluru at Sunrise
Michael Andrew – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
The Dunes at Tin City
Fiona Lambell – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
The Rock On The Horizon
John W Newton – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION

by Anthony D. Spratt, March 31, 2020