Benalla Camera Club

The Benalla Camera Club was formed on 21st January 1954. In 2014, to celebrate the 60th anniversary the club had a birthday party at a local winery. There was a birthday cake and commemorative t-shirts.  The Benalla Art Gallery held a ‘Benalla Camera Club – 60 Years On’ Exhibition. The exhibition showcased a selection of the best recent images taken by members. Over thirty-five works were on display.  Images included portraits, local landscapes, wildlife and architectural sites.


Members meet on the first Wednesday of each month, from February to November.  Meetings are held at the Avon Street Campus of Benalla P12 School.  Meetings include a critique of images, both print and EDI, submitted in monthly competitions, speakers and workshops on a range of photography related topics.  Committee meetings are held at the Benalla Golf Club on Tuesdays following the General Meeting.  The club has its Annual General Meeting on the first Wednesday in October each year.


Since 2012/2013, the executives of the club have been as follows:







Jen Fawkes



Judy McEachern

Daren Fawkes


Jen Fawkes

Deb Gartland

Krystelle Barret-Lennard / Daren Fawkes

Daren Fawkes / Judy Barry


John Spencer

Deb Gartland

Daren Fawkes

Judy Barry


Jen Fawkes

Deb Gartland

Barbara Colman

Judy Barry


Ken Jenkins

Joe Bourke

Sylvia Baumgarten

Judy Barry


Noel Baumgarten

Joe Bourke

Sylvia Baumgarten

Judy Barry


We have a monthly newsletter ‘f-Stop’. This contains general photographic information, competition winners, club news and other information relevant to members.


Our club has a webpage  This provides information about the club, displays winning images and has links to sites of interest. There is a separate ‘members only’ area.  It provides the monthly competition scores and judges’ comments, back issues of our newsletter, tutorials, information sheets and a calendar of events.


In 2016 the club created a Facebook page. It has regular club updates, reminders for meetings, outings and links to tutorials which help members learn more about photography.

York Interclub Competition

In 2015 and 2016, the Benalla Camera Club competed in an International Interclub Challenge with York Camera Club from Pennsylvania. The name of the competition was ‘3740’ which referred to the latitudes of the two clubs.


Wodonga-Albury Interclub Competition

For the last seven years, the club has competed in an annual interclub challenge, called the ‘Paatsch Shield’ with the Wodonga-Albury Camera Club. Each year, each club takes it in turn hosting the challenge. Photographic locations include: Howlong in 2014, Beechworth in 2015, Jindera Pioneer Museum in 2016, and Wandiligong in 2017. In 2018, the two clubs were given the challenge of photographing a choice of twelve subjects over a 55km route. The photographs are always judged externally, and the winning club is announced at a lunch event at the Wangaratta Club.


The Club has held a number of two-week photographic exhibitions in the Swanpool Bowling Club in conjunction with Peter Batey’s ‘Bald Archy’ Exhibition shown in the Swanpool Memorial Hall. Exhibitions include: 2013 ‘A Moment in Time’ (also shown in the Benalla Golf Club), 2014 ‘Still in Focus’, 2015 ‘Exposed’, 2017 ‘Snapshot’. In 2018, the club’s ‘Picture This’ exhibition was held in conjunction with the ‘SCRAP’ Swanpool’s Creative Recycled Art Exhibition.


In 2016, Cooinda Village Inc., an aged care facility in Benalla, commissioned the Club to provide 58

A3 photographic images for display as part of the refurbishment of a new wing.

The theme for the images was ‘Benalla and Surrounds’.  The ‘memory hall’, where the images are on display was to give residents reminders of the places where they lived and grew up.

Benalla Show Sponsorship

The Club annually provides sponsorship of encouragement awards in Junior Photography sections of the Benalla Spring Show.


Over the last ten years, the Club has received numerous grants from organisations including the Benalla Rural City Council (BRCC) and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) for equipment and various projects that not only benefits the Club but also benefits the community. Grants for equipment include a new projector, new laptop and display stands.

In 2018 the Club received two BRCC grants.  The first grant was for ‘A Day in the Life of the Library’ Photographic Exhibition. The project, a joint initiative with the Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Learning Centre (Benalla Library), documented the facilities, visitors and activities that make up the daily routine of our library. The second grant was for studio lights and light painting tools.


Annually we have workshops for members and the community. Workshops include: A Beginner’s Workshop held in various recent years, ‘Capturing the Night’ in 2016 and ‘Getting the Best of Available Light for Your Portraits’ in 2018. In April 2016, the Club hosted an Australian Photographic Judges Association (APJA) Workshop which was attended by members from the Club and other Clubs within the region.