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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
Recent Posts Post archive

New Beginnings for 2024

The year 2023 ended with the sudden transition to MyPhotoClub. A lot of effort has been put in by the Competition Coordinator Rob Clarke and the Webmaster Ian Munro to finish the year with the successful End of Year Dinner and Awards Night Sun Dec 10th.

During the break, MPC will be updated from the initial trial site to add the additional polish that we want for our new site. We now have time to devote to that rather than the effort just to complete the year.

Your committee has been planning 2024 and the competitions have been determined and these will start to appear during the break. The Training has been outlined and potential Lecture presenters have been contacted.

The club starts back on the first Tuesday in February, Feb 6th. You will start to see more entries in the calendar during the break.

I would like to thank the Exec Committee for the big effort during the year and also the out of ordinary effort resulting from te sudden demise of the old website.

And thanks to the members who have helped out in the running of the club.

During the break, take the opportunity to be with family and also to get out and about looking for Nature images for the first competition.

It would be great to see more members coming back to the live meetings.

Have a Merry and Safe Christmas and New Year.

by Peter John O'Brien, December 13, 2023

Results for competitions in 2023 Image of the Year

There were 6 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 2023 Image of the Year

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Shh Stoaway
Dina Gialouris – Image of the Year – Print
Print

Perfect
Paul Prouzos – Top Three – Print
Print

The Shed
Gary Elliott – Top Three – Print
Print

GWM Surfer
Peter Lees – Image of the Year – Digital
Digital

Colourful woodpecker
Linda Frost – Top Three – Digital
Digital

Im watching you
Ian Roberts – Top Three – Digital
Digital

by Peter John O'Brien, December 12, 2023

Award’s Night Prints

We have just been informed that the judge for the Award’s Night partner has tested positive to Covid. At this time our judge is still negative, but that may change.

We are aware that prints should be judged as prints however if our judge does have a positive covid result then our judge will judge the digital copies of the prints. It is not ideal but is the only option available to us at this late stage.

If you were intending to bring your print on the evening, could you please ensure that that you submit a digital image to the competition coordinator, Rob Clarke via email at “rclarke17@bigpond.com” no later than 7:00pm on Thursday the 7th of December.

In the event that the prints are judged digitally, a print won’t receive an award if the print is not on display at the Award’s Night evening. Please ensure that the print is on display as we are hoping that our judge remains negative and will be able to judge the prints at the Award’s Night.

by Robert Clarke, December 6, 2023

2023 Cumulative Point Scores

A Grade Total B Grade Total
O’Brien Peter 139BurtonJohn140
Higgins Geoffrey 129Anthony Clarence 124
Kershaw Andy 124Springall Alex 91
Doric Rosa 123Lack Susan 90
Hakami Hormoz 120Krajnc Matej 80
Moore Ian 120McHardy Steve 76
Brear Maria 117Harris Rodney  64
Wajzer Narelle 115Lack Andrew 59
Clarke Robert 113Ormond Barry 58
Lees Jennifer 108Dechnik Robert 47
Gialouris Dina 107Rhodes Jean 45
Van Acquoy Peter 104Hodgins Geoffrey 42
Sheumack Patricia 103Roberts Ian 41
O’Connor Karen 102Chung Eric 37
Robson Peter 101Gurnett Craig 35
Elliott Gary 98Hicks Jillian 32
Abbott Carol 96Tomazic Edward 30
Brear Robert 95Marotta Nic 29
Harris Lisa 95Lambert Jan 24
Lees Peter 93Little Andrew 24
Frost Barry 91Lees Cheryl 21
Jenkins Terrence 90Munro Ian 16
Frost Linda 88Wright Colin 13
Prouzos Paul 87Kirshaw Ward 12
Hicks Anthony 83SiddleGerard12
Shenstone Bain 78SathKaye 11
Kissun Peter 55Candy Neville 10
Milliken Paul 55Szilard Paul 9
Ricapito Vito 49Overland Timothy 6
Prouzos Suzanne 48Chahine Tony 4
Mellefont David 39Clinch Barry 3
Tavora Dianne 37
Dromblikovic Adalbert 35
StewartWilliam 31
Kemp Colin 30
O’Farrell John 30
Hu Christina 29
Singh Paul29
Mende Rolf 25
Armour Bruce 24
Mavi Manny 21
O’Farrell Sandra 18
Kishan Hari 17
Lilley Terry 16
Fowkes Alan 15
Mulder Monica 15
Tibben John 15
Mahoney Keith 12
Taylor Alan 12
King Roger 10
NguyenTrung10
Brassil Tom 8
Atkins Brett 5

by Robert Clarke, November 29, 2023

Results for competitions in 2023 – November Digital and Print

There were 28 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 2023 – November Digital and Print

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Airborne
Peter John O’Brien – Image of the Month – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Canoe polo 1308
Alex Springall – Image of the Month – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Low Flying
Barry Frost – Image of the Month – open
A Grade Open Digital

Reaching
Terry Jenkins – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Mine!
Terry Jenkins – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Going Down
Jennifer Lees – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

0I7A4704 Clowning around
Bain Shenstone – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

The Catch
Ian Moore – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

There Goes The Hat
Peter John O’Brien – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Over you go
Gary Elliott – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Can I let go?
Gary Elliott – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Textbook Tackle
Cheryl Lees – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Safe or Out
Jon Burton – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Aussie Silver
Jon Burton – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

I got this
Clarence Anthony – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Between Barrels
Ward Kirshaw – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Twi’Light’
Kay Sath – Image of the Month – open
B Grade Open Digital

Flying Fox Drinking
Trung Cang Nguyen – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Dreamtime
Carol Abbott – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

My Fair Lady
Carol Abbott – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

The Boxer
Peter Robson – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Team Effort
Maria Brear – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Mother and Child Sea Otter
Dianne Tavora – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Ruby Red
Paul Prouzos – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Showgirl
Paul Prouzos – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Norseman
Suzanne Prouzos – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Harmony
Rosa Doric – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

BMX 519
Peter Lees – Merit – open
A Grade Set Subject Digital

by Gary Elliott, November 28, 2023

FCC Interclub Results

The FCC is the federation of all camera clubs in NSW and each year they run an interclub competition where clubs can enter up to 10 images in various sections. In this year’s interclub Castle Hill entered five sections and we placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in each section we entered. There were 21 clubs competing. What makes this challenging for Castle Hill is that we can only have a maximum of two images by photographer in each section due to our size.

The selection committee reviews the past 12 months images that have been entered into our club’s competitions for selection into each section of the FCC interclub. For members who have had images selected this is a great achievement in itself.

The FCC appoints a panel of judges and most if not all the judges, judge international competitions. The judges score images from 0 – 15 and to separate the images the judging is harsh, only four images scored the maximum 15 points across all categories from all clubs.

The results shown here are ranked 1st to 10th by section. Thirteen of the images we entered scored 12 or more points that would likely place them in the awarded category in an international competition. We had one image that scored 14 points. We have outstanding photographers in our club and the best way to learn is to come to our meetings and chat with them.

by Robert Clarke, November 22, 2023

Axholme Interclub Competition Results

Castle Hill RSL Photography Club has an interclub competition twice a year with the Axholme club in England. Our club appoints a judge from Australia and Axholme appoints a judge from England. In November CHRSLPC defines the set subject and in May Axholme choose the set subject. Ten images are chosen for the set subject and ten for the open category to make up the competition. Images from CHRSLPC are chosen by the competition committee.

The set subject for this competition was animal portraits.

Castle Hill won the overall points score with Axholme winning the set subject by two points. The scores for the competition by set and open were:

 Axholme Set Subject Total260
 Castle Hill Set Subject Total258
  
 Axholme Open Subject Total252
 Castle Hill Open Subject Total272
  
Axholme Grand Total512
Castle Hill Grand Total530

A comment from the Australian Judge was “A very difficult judging! The majority of the images were of a really excellent standard, and it was very hard to not give every one of the images a 15! Well done to all the photographers.

There were three CHRSLPC images in the open section that scored Gold:

Crecent Head Christina Hu
Ssh Stowaway Dina Gialouris
Surfers Halo Peter O’Brien

In the Set Subject we had one silver:

Hard Life Bain Shenstone

Congratulations to all of our photographers who had images chosen for this interclub competition.

by Robert Clarke, November 19, 2023

Cumulative Points Score Following the Negative Space Competition

A Grade TotalB Grade Total
O’Brien Peter 119BurtonJohn122
Higgins Geoffrey 117Anthony Clarence 109
Kershaw Andy 116Lack Susan 84
Doric Rosa 112Springall Alex 74
Hakami Hormoz 111McHardy Steve 72
Brear Maria 107Krajnc Matej 71
Wajzer Narelle 107Lack Andrew 59
Clarke Robert 107Ormond Barry 58
Moore Ian 105Harris Rodney  55
Van Acquoy Peter 104Dechnik Robert 47
Gialouris Dina 99Hodgins Geoffrey 42
Harris Lisa 95Rhodes Jean 41
Lees Jennifer 93Roberts Ian 41
O’Connor Karen 92Gurnett Craig 35
Sheumack Patricia 91Chung Eric 34
Robson Peter 90Hicks Jillian 32
Brear Robert 86Tomazic Edward 30
Frost Linda 83Marotta Nic 29
Abbott Carol 82Lambert Jan 24
Lees Peter 81Munro Ian 16
Elliott Gary 80Wright Colin 13
Frost Barry 79Little Andrew 12
Hicks Anthony 76SiddleGerard12
Prouzos Paul 73Candy Neville 10
Jenkins Terrence 72Lees Cheryl 9
Shenstone Bain 66Szilard Paul 9
Milliken Paul 55Overland Timothy 6
Kissun Peter 55Chahine Tony 4
Ricapito Vito 49Clinch Barry 3
Mellefont David 39
Prouzos Suzanne 38
Dromblikovic Adalbert 35
Kemp Colin 30
O’Farrell John 30
Hu Christina 29
Singh Paul29
StewartWilliam 28
Tavora Dianne 26
Mende Rolf 25
Armour Bruce 24
Mavi Manny 21
O’Farrell Sandra 18
Kishan Hari 17
Lilley Terry 16
Fowkes Alan 15
Tibben John 15
Mulder Monica 15
Taylor Alan 12
Mahoney Keith 12
King Roger 10
Brassil Tom 8
Atkins Brett 5

by Robert Clarke, November 16, 2023

Results for competitions in 2023 – October Digital and Print

There were 21 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 2023 – October Digital and Print

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

At Prayer_Ian_Moore
Ian Moore – Image of the Month – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Lost by the light
Jon Burton – Image of the Month – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Moving the World
Narelle Wajzer – Image of the Month – open
A Grade Open Digital

Uyuni Salt Flats
Linda Frost – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Not sure
Robert Clarke – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Starry Night
Geoffrey Higgins – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Armen 2023 2
Hormoz Hakami – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Off for a swim
Gary Elliott – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Busker at Rottenburg
Susan Lack – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

On the beach
Andrew Lack – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Drawn
Rodney Harris – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Mental Secretary
Jon Burton – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Cat Lookout
Gerard Siddle – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

The Winner Takes It All
Paul Prouzos – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Catch Me If You Can
Peter John O’Brien – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Getting Flung
Peter John O’Brien – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

I am a pretty boy
Maria Brear – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

I am starving mum
Maria Brear – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Happy Egret
Rob Brear – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Christmas is Coming
Barry Frost – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Jakana on lilypad
Linda Frost – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

by Peter John O'Brien, November 16, 2023

Results for competitions in 2023 – October Digital and Print

There were 21 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 2023 – October Digital and Print

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

At Prayer_Ian_Moore
Ian Moore – Image of the Month – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Lost by the light
Jon Burton – Image of the Month – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Moving the World
Narelle Wajzer – Image of the Month – open
A Grade Open Digital

Uyuni Salt Flats
Linda Frost – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Not sure
Robert Clarke – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Starry Night
Geoffrey Higgins – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Armen 2023 2
Hormoz Hakami – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Off for a swim
Gary Elliott – Merit – set subject
A Grade Set Subject Digital

Busker at Rottenburg
Susan Lack – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

On the beach
Andrew Lack – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Drawn
Rodney Harris – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Mental Secretary
Jon Burton – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

Cat Lookout
Gerard Siddle – Merit – set subject
B Grade Set Subject Digital

The Winner Takes It All
Paul Prouzos – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Catch Me If You Can
Peter John O’Brien – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Getting Flung
Peter John O’Brien – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

I am a pretty boy
Maria Brear – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

I am starving mum
Maria Brear – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Happy Egret
Rob Brear – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Christmas is Coming
Barry Frost – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

Jakana on lilypad
Linda Frost – Merit – open
A Grade Open Digital

by Gary Elliott, November 14, 2023