Bendigo Weekend Away, April 1-3 2016

Join Williamstown Camera Club and you learn things you didn’t realise you needed to know.

Simple things like LR, PS, light trails, bokeh, newborn, landscape and panoramic photography, how to make frames for competition entries, the world of multiple lenses and how to photograph the stars.

How did my life exist before without all this information?!

The recent trip to Bendigo was yet another opportunity to practice newly learnt skills and to learn heaps more. WCC members are very friendly, generous with their time and are happy to share their expertise. Brilliant for a newbie like me!

Kick off for me began when the weekend officially commenced at 1pm at Bendigo Cathedral on Saturday 2nd April. What an awesome space with incredible light. I got lost in there for hours. A highlight was being able to trek upstairs to check out the organ and pipes with a bonus recital by the organist thrown in. Another highlight, which I sadly missed out on, was the appearance of a drone. Belonging to a fellow clubbie, it was a great source of interest as it snapped aerial shots of the Cathedral and surrounds and of dazzled members gazing up at it.

The program for the rest of Saturday included a visit to:

  • Bendigo Pottery – the historical display in the Interpretive Museum provided many photographic opportunities and the Antiques and Collectables Centre gave the purse a bit of a workout. This was also a chance to have a cuppa, a bite and to share shots.
  • Botanic Gardens – Macro lens heaven. A simply gorgeous setting in the late afternoon sun.
  • Rosalind Park in the CBD precinct with the Golden Dragon Museum and its gardens nearby.
  • The Big Marilyn – The oversized sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in downtown Bendigo, was a traffic stopper and provided lots of fun and antics with Club members.
  • Moonlight Market – Live music and art, craft stalls and speciality food trucks provided an interesting diversion before sunset.
  • Poppet Head Lookout Tower for sunset. A great opportunity to give the legs a workout climbing to the top. The view was spectacular but the sunset was a fizzer so we all quickly retreated to the National hotel for a delicious dinner.

Sunday sunrise at a park with a wonderful view of Bendigo’s skyline, was attended by some hardy souls before breakfast at Beechworth Bakery. Then it was off to the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion where we attended a talk and video presentation by one of the Nuns. We viewed the Holy Relics before being given a tour of the new temple (undergoing a lengthy construction) and gardens. The prayer wheels and statues of Buddha were amazing.

Then it was time to head back to Melbourne with various small town stops along the way. Historic Maldon was a favourite for lunch and was a photographic gold mine!

The whole weekend was a wonderful opportunity to get to know people and have lots of fun.

Oh and I also found out that I needed to know how to take a starburst photo, how to magnify the display, how to shoot a sunrise, Snapseed and a little about drones…need I go on?


Winners - Panorama and Open

Novice: Digital

1st Place - Mungo - Julie Neyland

Print: Panorama 

1st Place - Spinning Steel Wool - Karl Zeller

2nd Place - Last Light - Neil Anderson 

3rd Place - Wycheproof Silos - Cathy Buchanan

Print: Open 

1st Place - Follow Me Into The Darkness - Brett Ferguson 

2nd Place - Masked Lapwing - Ron Clarke 

3rd Place - Taking Flight - Phil Taylor 

HC - Hush - Arvin Coloma 

HC - Vervet Monkeys - Neil Anderson 

HC - Shelter - David Male 

HC - Just Passing - Cathy Buchanan

Digital: Panorama 

1st Place - Lake Lonsdale - Cathy Buchanan 

2nd Place - Melbourne Morning - James Troi 

3rd Place - Serenity - Jennifer Empey 

HC - Charlesworth Bay Storm - Neil Anderson 

HC - St Kilda Pier - Phil Taylor

HC - Do You Even Lift? - David McIntyre

Digital: Open 

1st Place - Hosier Lane Spinning Sparkler - Karl Zeller

2nd Place - Reflections - Kris Montgomery

3rd Place - In a Spin - David Male 

HC - Ruffled - Cathy Buchanan


Winners - Monochrome and Open

Digital: Novice

1st Place - Jessie by Jane Njuhi Hughes   

Print: Novice

1st Place - Mildura Airport by Francoise Muller Robbie

Digital: Open  

1st Place - The Lighthouse Keepers Residence by David Male

2nd Place - Escape Hole by Cathy Buchanan 

2nd Place - Fast Food by Chris Brown 

3rd Place - Fairy Martin by Ronald Clarke 

HC - Just Chillin by Trudy Purchas 

HC - Hali Sunset by Neil Anderson 

HC - Balancing Act by Kris Montgomery 

HC - Charlie Peacock by David Wayman    

Digital: Monochrome / Black and White  

1st Place - Dog Beach Puddle by David Wayman

2nd Place - Old Blacksmith Shop by Karl Zeller 

3rd Place - Perspective on Architecture by Suzanne Hamley 

HC - Reaching Skyward by Anne Young 

HC - Shoeshine by Cathy Buchanan 

HC - I Love Bathtime by Sue Searls 

HC - Waiting for Brian by Arvin Coloma  

Print: Open  

1st Place - Chasing the Time by Phil Taylor

2nd Place - The Butcher by James Troi 

3rd Place - Adam by David McIntyre 

HC - Jayde Portrait by Tony Buttigieg 

HC - New Holland Honeyeater by Ronald Clarke 

HC - Water Tickle by Nola Kelsey 

HC - I'm an Alien by Robert Moyses 

HC - The Rose by Chris Brown 

Print: Monochrome / Black and White  

1st Place - Ice Textures by Sue Searls

2nd Place - Brooklyn Perspective by Brett Ferguson

3rd Place - Up and Away by Ronald Clarke 

HC - Eastbound by Chris Brown 

HC - Masaai Lady by Neil Anderson 

HC - Tallship by Karl Zeller 

HC - Aireys Inlet Lighthouse by Tony Buttigieg


Canon Collective Bus Tour

On Saturday, 7th November 2015, 33 members of the Williamstown Camera Club boarded a bus along with Canon Collective Ambassadors, Erin Kostopoulos and Jay Collier.  The destinations chosen for the event were Eynesbury Homestead, Eynesbury and Serendip Sanctuary at Lara, which provided club members a chance to practice a wide range of photography techniques throughout the day.  

Eynesbury Homestead is in a beautiful rural setting surrounded by attractive gardens, historic buildings, ornamental lake and a Gray Box forest.  Club members spent their morning taking a variety of images including macro, architecture, and landscape shots.  Everyone caught up at the homestead cafe for lunch and to compare notes on their morning before departing for Serendip Sanctuary.  The Sanctuary provided an opportunity to walk amongst local bird and wildlife in a peaceful setting.  A number of bird hides are provided for photographers to observe the abundant bird life in the wetlands.

Although club members brought their own equipment along, Canon Collective also provided a wide range of equipment to use on the day.  Attendees were able to try cameras such as the EOS 5DsR and EOS 1Dx and a range lenses suitable for the day, from the new EF 11-24mm f4 and EF 35mm f1.4 to a wide selection of the great whites.  The participants really appreciated being able to get hands on experience with some great equipment as well as having some very knowledgeable people on hand willing to provide tips and advice.  

All attendees enjoyed a great day on the road and had fun participating in the last photographic activity of the day - the all important group photo! This has been a feature of club outings for many years and provides us with some wonderful memories.

The Williamstown Camera Club wishes to thank Canon Australia and their Canon Collective Ambassadors, Erin and Jay for making this great event possible.


Winners - Lighting Like An Old Master and Open

Digital: Novice

1st - Untitled - Suzanne Hamley   

Digital: Open 

1st - Pose - Brett Ferguson   

2nd - Lovely Bloody Trees - Charlie Green  

3rd - Altona Fireworks - Kris Montgomery   

HC - Hippo - Neil Anderson   

HC - Black Shouldered Kite - Ronald Clarke 

HC - Can I Get The Puck Off Him - Tania Chalmers 

HC - Lying in the Meadow - Jennifer Empey   

Digital: Light Like An Old Master 

1st - Still Life With Worm - Cathy Buchanan 

2nd - Master Of His Trade - Kris Montgomery 

3rd - Canola a la Van Gogh - Nola Kelsey 

HC - Homage to Rembrandt - Neil Anderson 

HC - Mandarins in the Moonlight - Brett Ferguson 

Print: Novice 

1st - Jane With The Pearl Earring - Francoise Muller Robbie 

Print: Open 

1st - Contemplation - Brett Ferguson 

2nd - New Holland Honeyeater - Ronald Clarke 

3rd - George the Gecko - Phil Taylor 

Print: Light Like An Old Master 

1st - The Daydreamers - Brett Ferguson 

2nd - Canola a la Rothko - Cathy Buchanan 

3rd - The Eye - Neil Anderson


Keith Hart





The committee and members of the Williamstown Camera Club mourn the passing of our long respected and dedicated member Keith Hart. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

For more information, please contact the WCC Committee.


Winners: Motion-Movement and Open

Digital: Novice

1st - Look, Snow - Charlie Green 

Digital: Open 

1st - Serenading The Sun - Brett Ferguson 

2nd - Augie - Vlad Ast

3rd - Point Plomer Pelicans - Tess Maddocks 

HC - Keep Your Eye On The Ball - Kris Montgomery 

HC - Muscle - David McIntyre 

Digital: Motion / Movement 

1st - Melbourne Star - Chris Brown

2nd - Smudge - Brett Ferguson 

3rd - Movement In The Trees - Karen Rog 

Print: Open 

1st - Sorrow - Brett Ferguson 

2nd - Striped Cymbidium Orchid - Tony Buttigieg 

3rd - Little Buloke Sunset - Neil Anderson 

Print: Motion / Movement 

1st - Shoot - Phil Taylor 

2nd - Forest Drive - Nola Kelsey 

3rd - Walking On Water - Karl Zeller


Winners: Negative Space and Open

Another night of great entries and creativity.

Digital: Open

1st - Guardian - David McIntyre

2nd - Run For Your Life - Cathy Buchanan

3rd - The Baker - Brett Ferguson

HC - Round Them Up - Melissa Massari

HC - Benny - James Troi

HC - Gold and Blue - Vlad Ast

Print: Open

1st - This Old House - Cathy Buchanan

2nd - The Girl - David McIntyre

3rd - Windy - Arvin Coloma

HC - Elliot and Fuzzy - James Troi

HC - Over This One, Where’s The Next One? - Ray Tucker

Digital: Negative Space

1st - The Look - Brett Ferguson

2nd - What Now? - Cathy Buchanan

3rd - Home Alone - David Male

HC - Brandon - James Troi

HC - Lake - Arvin Coloma

HC - The Burgers Are Better At - David McIntyre

Print: Negative Space

1st - Love At The Top - Brett Ferguson

2nd - Positives Spaces - Arvin Coloma

3rd - Pacific Gull - Neil Anderson

Digital: Novice

1st - Sandy Coral - Tess Maddocks

Print: Novice

1st - Skates On Ice - Tania Chalmers


Williamstown Camera Club Celebrates 50 years

To celebrate the Williamstown Camera Club’s 50th birthday, the club will present an exhibition of their members’ photographs during the month of July at the Gallery at the Williamstown Library. Members will be exhibiting their favourite photographs and each image will be accompanied with a portrait of the photographer and a description of their chosen image.

The exhibition is free and runs from 1-31 July 2015. All members of the community are welcome to view the exhibition and learn more about the clubs activities.

The exhibition will be launched on Saturday, 4th July by Hobsons Bay Mayor Colleen Gates and original club founder, Trevor Young. This exhibition has been made possible by a grant from Hobsons Bay City Council.

The club has nearly one hundred active members drawn from suburbs spanning Williamstown, Wyndhamvale, Keilor East and Pascoe Vale.

The Williamstown Camera Club (WCC) was formed in 1965 by Trevor Young. Trevor now resides in Maryborough Victoria and at the ripe old age of eighty-nine remains a life member of the Williamstown Camera Club. He has passed on his love of photography to his children who are also keen photographers.

According to Trevor, the camera club originally evolved amongst the workers at the Naval Dockyard Williamstown but folded due to a lack of interest. Trevor then put an ad in the Williamstown Advertiser calling on interested people to join up.  From this point onwards the club has gone from strength to strength to its current membership. Trevor will be returning to Williamstown to be the guest of honour at the club’s official launch of the exhibition.

With almost 100 active members of varying ages and background, WCC is a friendly and welcoming club. Meetings are held twice a month and there is a range of activities conducted throughout the year. These include weekends away, various hands-on workshops and topic specific competitions. Throughout the history of the club members have been encouraged to enter photographic competitions with guest judges often commenting on the ‘welcoming and friendly’ atmosphere of the club.

The club has many long term members, including Neil Anderson, Margaret Turner, and Joan and Ron Bates, who have been in the club for three or four decades. Joan was given a life membership to recognise all the work she has done for the club.

Over the years the club has moved locations a number of times from its inaugural meeting held at the Welsh Presbyterian Church Hall, Ferguson Street, Williamstown with 36 members attending. The venue changed to the Methodist Church Hall, Pascoe Street and later re-located to a newly renovated building in Electra Street, Williamstown. Later again, it moved to Joan Kirner House in Thompson Street Williamstown. But with the rising popularity of digital photography membership has grown further over the past 4 years and the club has moved to bigger rooms at Walker Close, Altona North.

The Williamstown Camera Club is an affiliate of the Victorian Association of Photographic Societies (VAPS).  The club meets twice a month at Walker Close Community Centre, 180 Millers Road, Altona North.  The Williamstown Camera Club welcomes all members of the public who have a passion for photography.  Come along to one of the meetings as a guest. You might just be a member for the next 50 years!


Trevor Young



Trevor Young with one of his photographs. (Photo by James Troi)


Winners: Portrait of a Club Member and Open

Another night of great entries and creativity.

Digital: Open

1st - The Sentinel - Brett Ferguson

2nd - Kakadu Cruising - Sue Searls

3rd - Prairie Chipmunk - Neil Anderson

HC - Industrial Man - Kris Montgomery

Print: Open

1st - Morning Persons - Arvin Coloma

2nd - The Soprano - Sheet Shower - Brett Ferguson

3rd - Phalaenopsis Orchid - Nola Kelsey

HC - Autumn Fog - Neil Anderson

Digital: Portrait of a Club Member

1st - Clare - Phil Taylor

2nd - I’m Looking At You - Darren Malthouse

3rd - The First Call For Help - Brett Ferguson

HC - Cathy - Trudy Purchas

Print: Portrait of a Club Member

1st - Tony In Mono - Arvin Coloma

2nd - Sue - Trudy Purchas

3rd - Cas - Phil Taylor

HC - Arvin Plus One - Brett Ferguson

Digital: Novice

1st - Autumn Highlights - Karen Rog



Presentation: Paper Bag Challenge

The Paper Bag Challenge is a quick-paced adventure right there in the clubrooms as we are split into teams and given a mystery item to photography. It is always fun to see what the members come up with once presented with the unexpected item. Members who Zoom in will also be able to participate.

In the past we've had Fruit, Pasta, Pegs, Potatoes, Forks... what will it be this year?

Walker Close Community Centre
23rd August 2022 7:30 pm
Weekend Away: Benalla Weekend Away

Itinerary TBC

2nd September 2022 11:00 am

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