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The Castle Hill RSL Photography Club, formed in 1994 as the Hills Photographic Society and later renamed the Hills Camera Club, is an expanding club of around 200 members who have a diverse range of experience and talent. We endeavour to be an informative and social club with friendly competitions, social outings and events. A strong point of our club is the emphasis on training that we have. To view a promotional video about our club  Click Here

We meet three times a month on the first, second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:30pm, unless otherwise stated, at the Castle Hill RSL Club

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Jun
25
Tue
7:30 pm Competition Night: Set Subject P... @ Castle Hill RSL Club
Competition Night: Set Subject P... @ Castle Hill RSL Club
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Competition Night: Set Subject People Portraits + Open Competition @ Castle Hill RSL Club | Castle Hill | New South Wales | Australia
Closing Date: 22nd June Judging Date: 25th June Judge: Flavio Spedalieri Portrait photography is about capturing the essence, personality, identity and attitude of a person utilising backgrounds, lighting and posing. An image becomes a portrait[...]
Jul
2
Tue
7:30 pm Lecture – Russell Shakespeare – ... @ Castle Hill RSL
Lecture – Russell Shakespeare – ... @ Castle Hill RSL
Jul 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Russell is a Photographer working in digital and analogue, based on the Gold Coast – and has photographed well-known Australians from a wide range of fields, including writers (Tim Winton), sportsmen (Steve Waugh); politicians (Gough[...]
Jul
9
Tue
7:30 pm Training – Printing @ Castle Hill RSL
Training – Printing @ Castle Hill RSL
Jul 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
DigiDirect will give an introduction to printing  
Jul
23
Tue
7:30 pm Competition Night: Set Subject R... @ Castle Hill RSL Club
Competition Night: Set Subject R... @ Castle Hill RSL Club
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Competition Night: Set Subject Rush Hour + Open Competition @ Castle Hill RSL Club | Castle Hill | New South Wales | Australia
Closing Date: Midnight Sunday 21st July Judging Date: Tuesday 23rd July Judge: Bill Chambers Rush Hour Set Subject Guidelines Rush hour refers to the time of day when most people are commuting to and from[...]
Aug
13
Tue
7:30 pm Training – Macro/Stacking @ Castle Hill RSL
Training – Macro/Stacking @ Castle Hill RSL
Aug 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
An introduction to macro and focus stacking By Rob Clarke
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Competitions in 2024 June – Digital and Print are closing soon!

Competitions in 2024 June – Digital and Print will close Sunday, 23rd June 2024, 11:59 PM.

Entries can be made in the following areas:

  • A Grade Set Subject Digital
  • A Grade Open Digital
  • B Grade Set Subject Digital
  • B Grade Open Digital

All members are encouraged to enter.

by , June 21, 2024

Shooting Water – Lecture Night

The video for the 4th June 2024 presentation for Shooting Water presented by Bill Ward is now available for viewing – click here to view.

PLEASE NOTE: this video will be available for viewing until 7th July 2024.

by Peter Van Acquoy, June 15, 2024

Results for competitions in 2024 May – Digital and Print

There were 25 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 2024 May – Digital and Print

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Sea Maiden
Dina Gialouris – Image of the Month – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Lazy Sunday Afternoons
Rod Harris – Image of the Month – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

A Hot Summers Siesta
Monica Mulder – Image of the Month – open
A Grade Open Digital

Unmasked
Geoffrey Higgins – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

The Entrance
Phillip Stacey – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Rainman
Andy Kershaw – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

dark dreams
Rosa Doric – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

ZEUS
Dina Gialouris – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Woods
Eric Chung – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Let’s Twist Again
Gillian Chan – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Dreams of Gold
Gillian Chan – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Solatary Man 1
Robert Dechnik – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Life
Kay Sath – Image of the Month – open
B Grade Open Digital

Cup Moth
Robert Clarke – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Finals Air
Peter John O’Brien – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Misty Morning
Ian Moore – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Anzac Bridge at sunrise
Linda Frost – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Dragonfly on Lilly
Barry Frost – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

MIDNIGHT CAT
Patricia Sheumack – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Taking a Tumble
Peter Van Acquoy – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

A Classic Woman
Monica Mulder – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Courtship Dance
branko komlin – Merit – open
B Grade Open Digital

Pippy Catcher
branko komlin – Merit – open
B Grade Open Digital

Kos Harbourside 1
Robert Dechnik – Merit – open
B Grade Open Digital

Bridge within a bridge
Steve McHardy – Merit – open
B Grade Open Digital

by Peter John O'Brien, May 28, 2024

Results for competitions in 2024 April – Digital and Print

There were 18 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 2024 April – Digital and Print

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Eyes
Geoffrey Higgins – Image of the Month – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Lying Eyes
Nic Marotta – Image of the Month – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Autumn Reflections
Vito Ricapito – Image of the Month – open
A Grade Open Digital

Murder Ball At Its Best
Peter John O’Brien – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Big Splash
Dianne Tavora – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Alone
Bain Shenstone – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Birubi_Dancer
Peter Lees – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Last Wave
Anthony Hicks – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Pure Innocence
Narelle Wajzer – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Racer 22
Peter Van Acquoy – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Twelve Moore St
Vito Ricapito – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Sails in Mono
Terry Lilley – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

From The Inside
Rod Harris – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Rain drops
Ian Roberts – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Solitude
Kay Sath – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

On Show
Ward Kirshaw – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Dahlia Dreaming
Gillian Chan – Image of the Month – open
B Grade Open Digital

Fractured reflections
Jean Rhodes – Merit – open
B Grade Open Digital

by Peter John O'Brien, April 23, 2024

Results for competitions in 2024 March – Digital and Print

There were 10 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 2024 March – Digital and Print

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

By the lake
Kay Sath – Image of the Month – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Louise
Rosa Doric – Image of the Month – open
A Grade Open Digital

Sunrise At The Entrance
Choo Beng Chew – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Mt Lamington landscape 2
Alex Springall – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Myrtleford
Ward Kirshaw – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Rainy day on the Anzac bridge
Jean Rhodes – Image of the Month – open
B Grade Open Digital

Ocean Deep
Peter Robson – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Lady Cordelia
Dina Gialouris – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Santorini Sunset
Jan Lambert – Merit – open
B Grade Open Digital

Cross Country Jumper
Ward Kirshaw – Merit – open
B Grade Open Digital

by Gary Elliott, March 26, 2024

When Entering a Club Competitions Please Read the Competition Briefs for the Set Subject.

If entering a club competition in the set subject section it is very important to review the competition briefs. If your image does not meet the brief, it is likely that your entry will receive a no score. Often members enter images that have manmade structures in Australian landscapes. Manmade structures can be part of the image, but they must not be a dominant element of the image. The competition guidelines state “A photograph of Australian natural land or coastal scenery, which may include people, buildings, animals, or other objects (example manmade roads/tracks & fences) provided these elements do not dominate the photograph”.

If your image has a dominant manmade element such as a dominant building or structure, consider entering the image into the open category.

by Robert Clarke, March 14, 2024

Results for competitions in 2024 February – Digital and Print

There were 46 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 2024 February – Digital and Print

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

THE CHASE
Geoffrey Higgins – Image of the Month – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Feeding Young One
branko komlin – Image of the Month – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Little future aviator
Monica Mulder – Image of the Month – open
A Grade Open Digital

Scarlet Honeyeater
Geoffrey Higgins – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Messy eater
Linda Frost – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Dinner time
Linda Frost – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Australasian Figbird
Carol Abbott – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Down The Hatch
Peter John O’Brien – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Fishing Is Easy
Peter John O’Brien – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Territory battle z_DSC3083.jpg2 CH
Lisa Harris – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

The glory of life zZ72_9932 .jpg2
Lisa Harris – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Mount Kaputar
Sandra O’Farrell – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Dragons Tooth
John O’Farrell – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Interloper
Jennifer Lees – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Bird Brekkie
Peter Van Acquoy – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Endangered
Alan Fowkes – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

The Girl is Mine
Alan Fowkes – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

King Parrot
Patricia Sheumack – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Hungry little mamma squirrel
Monica Mulder – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Lone Flamingo
Terry Lilley – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Couple
Eric Chung – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Montague Island
Paul Nomikos – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Tree Frog
Paul Nomikos – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Two Mouths To Feed
Choo Beng Chew – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Robber fly with prey 7716 2
Alex Springall – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Quick Snack
branko komlin – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Busy Bee
Jan Lambert – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Snack Time
Ward Kirshaw – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Flying Rainbow
Rod Harris – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Life Blood
Kay Sath – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Kitty Litter
Gerard Siddle – Image of the Month – open
B Grade Open Digital

Double Take
Peter Robson – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Oops !!
Terry Jenkins – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Behind Bars
Ian Moore – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Ride the Wave
Trung Cang Nguyen – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Lucas 2014
William Stewart – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Business Tycoon
Dina Gialouris – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Running for finish
Gary Elliott – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Flying
Gary Elliott – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Gramophone
Dina Gialouris – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Natures Dance – The Art of Survival
Manny Mavi – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Anzac Bridge
Vito Ricapito – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Eye
Steve McHardy – Merit – open
B Grade Open Digital

Memorial IMG_2261r
Jean Rhodes – Merit – open
B Grade Open Digital

Sunrise Serenity
Gerard Siddle – Merit – open
B Grade Open Digital

Hannahs watching
Geoffrey Hodgins – Merit – open
B Grade Open Digital

by Gary Elliott, February 27, 2024

Membership Renewal & New Membership 2024

The cut-off date to complete membership renewals was the 9th February 2024 due to changes in processes with MyPhotoClub (MPC). If you missed renewing by that date, you will need to re-register as a NEW MEMBER and pay the joining fee.

To complete the New Membership Process:

The Photography Club is a sub-club of Castle Hill RSL Club. You MUST be a member of the CHRG (Castle Hill RSL Club, Parramatta RSL Club or the Lynwood Country Club) and be over 18 years old. Refer below for Junior Members aged 16-17 years old, and in the case of a family membership all family members must be both RSL and Photography club members.

• If you need to join the Castle Hill RSL club then click here for details of Castle Hill RSL Membership
• Everyone requires an account to sign into. Your email address is used to sign in.
• Click on the JOIN OUR CLUB button on the Home Page. When you click on the Join our Club button you will be prompted to sign in or create a new account. Create a new account if you are a first time member or Sign in if you are a member who missed the renewal date.
• From this point you will need to pay your membership. To start this process, click on the ‘PAY MEMBERSHIP FEE link/button below. You will be taken to the club’s New Member Registration page on TryBooking which is an event booking site the club is using to process membership payments.
o For the open session option, click the Select button.
o On the membership options page select the appropriate membership option, enter ‘1’ and click the Next button.
o On the ‘Ticket Details’ page fill in the form. This information is required so the club can manage and communication with its members. As TryBooking is a third party application you will be asked to provide information already provided to register for MyPhotoClub. Click the Next button.
o Follow the prompts and complete the payment process.
• The TryBooking payment system offers two options, Credit Card, PayPal and GPay. There will be a booking fee added to the price of the membership by TryBooking, 2.5% or 3.0% transaction fee, depending on payment method, and $0.50 handling fee. Once you complete the process an email will be sent to you with a receipt. Please send a photo of your RSL Club Membership card to the Membership Secretary and a joining code will be sent to you to enter and complete the registration process.


• Junior members, aged 16-17, are now permitted under the following conditions
• The Junior member must apply to become a Junior Member of the RSL at the membership desk
• A Parent/Guardian, as well as the Junior member, must become members of the photography club
• The Parent/Guardian must accompany the Junior member at all club events
• Parents/Guardians and the Junior Member may join the club utilising a Family membership
• By becoming a financial member of the club, you hereby agree to abide by the rules and conditions of the club, refer Club Constitution

NOTE: Members who joined on or after 1st October 2023 do not need to renew their membership, as it’s current until the end of 2024.

If any issues are encountered, email the Membership Secretary. Include in the email details about what you were trying to do, what went wrong, including any error messages, and, if possible, a screen dump of the TryBooking page where the issue was encountered.

by Narelle Wajzer, January 9, 2024

Competition rule changes 2024

Happy new year to all our members and we look forward to some outstanding photography images, training sessions, outings and social events in 2024.

If you haven’t thought about entering the club’s competitions, give it a go as it is a great way to improve your skills as all images are judged and judges usually give suggestions on how to improve images. Even if you don’t enter a competition come along to the competition night to see and hear what the judges say about the entered images.

Due to the introduction of generative fill and advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in photoshop the Australian Photography Society (APS) has developed rules regarding generative fill and AI in competitions. The Castle Hill Competition committee reviewed these rules and has adjusted the club’s competition rules to be in line with the APS. The rules will apply to all competitions commencing in 2024.

The New Competition Rules for CHRSLPC are:

5.6.3 Post-production.

Overview of post-production rules

The simplest way to think of the post-production rules is that you must have captured the pixels in your camera. Software can be used to adjust those pixels in the many options that software such as Photoshop provides. You cannot use any pixels that are generated by software or purchased overlays (for example, fog, dust, light rays etc) as they are not your work.

Post-production rules

Post-production processing that is entirely based on pixels in the original image and does not extend the image beyond its original boundaries is ‘acceptable’. The processing must be under the direct control of the photographer, whether that processing is manual such as cloning, painting, dodging, etc or automated such as using filters or plugins.

Content-aware Fill’ or similar modification that is entirely based on pixels in the original image/s and which does not extend the image beyond its original boundaries is ‘acceptable’.

‘Generative Fill’ or the use of ‘Artificial Intelligence’ or other processes that use content generated by software from written / verbal prompts or developed from the work of others is ‘not acceptable’.

by Robert Clarke, January 7, 2024

Competitions are Open for 2024

Members can now enter competitions for 2024. Each month there is a set subject and open competition.

The set subjects for 2024 are:

MonthSet Subject
FebruaryNature
MarchAustralian Landscapes / Seascapes
AprilMonochrome
MayCreative / Experimental
JunePeople Portrait
JulyRush Hour
AugustPanorama
SeptemberWater in Motion
OctoberPlaying with Artificial Light
NovemberPanning

There are two ways to access the competition entry page where images can be dragged and dropped in. Note the maximum image size and dimensions. Images that have received a credit or higher in a prior competition cannot be re-entered into a competition.

Method 1: In the calendar click on the date of the competition. A pop-up will be seen with the set subject guidelines. Click on the pop-up to make it full size. At the bottom of the pop-up there is a link that will take you to the competition entry page where the set subject guidelines are also displayed. Close the pop-up to access the competition entry page. Make sure that you nominate the competition entered, set or open, digital or print.

Method 2: Click on Members. When the page opens at the top right click on the 2024 year selector. All the 2024 competitions that are open are displayed with the closing dates. Click on the competition that you want to enter; a pop-up will be displayed with the set subject guidelines. To enter the competition, close the guideline pop-up.

by Robert Clarke, December 20, 2023