Pakenham Camera Club

History update  2018



Mark Jones


David Belcher


David  Belcher


David Setter


David Setter


Linda Brown


Linda Brown


Linda Brown

Now in its 24th year, the Pakenham Camera Club continues to meet on the third Tuesday of each month, at Beaconhills Secondary College in Pakenham, to cater for its nearly eighty members. The club is very active with regular monthly outings to destinations such as local national parks and gardens, coastal hotspots and the city plus weekends away to photographic opportunistic locations such as Beechworth, Bright, Rawson, East Gippsland and Apollo Bay.  In addition to outings regular Astro, portraiture and Lightroom/Photoshop workshops, beginner's classes and the monthly club competitions also keep the members inspired and busy throughout each year.

In 2013, the club nominated two past presidents, Mark Jones and Pauline Preston, for SSVAPS honours for their services not only to the Pakenham Camera Club, but to the community in an around Pakenham.

At the July 2013 meeting, the Pakenham Camera Club forwent the monthly club competition and held the Inaugural PCC Shootout competition.

The ready and willing participants of Mark Teague, Clinton Plowman, Mark Jones and Daniel Smith, were set the task of creating a 'Self Portrait' using whatever tricks and props they could get their hands on, all within 20 minutes, including editing in Lightroom! It was certainly very interesting watching the four different approaches to the task.  The inaugural winner as voted by the

'clapometer' was Mark Jones.  The PCC Shootout has now become a popular event in the club calendar, with each subject of the night being revealed to the photographer just as they pick up their camera.

Another addition to the Club Competition calendar was the introduction of the Challenge competition in 2013. Created to motivate the more experienced members of the club, the Challenge is held over 3 nights of the year, with each subject designed to technically and creatively 'challenge' the members. Subjects have included 'HDR -Internal Architecture',' High Key - Profile',' Bokeh Still Life’, ‘Multiple Exposure',' Motion Blur Sport' and 'Urban Decay HDR'.  The overall winner each year gets their name engraved on the perpetual trophy.

In 2018, the Photobook competition was added to the club's competition calendar.  It was a hotly contested competition with some inspiring and creative books entered. Adrian Smith had the honour of judging the first competition which Maria Bastin won, with Wayne Gunn coming in second and Linda Brown with third place.

In September 2015, the Inaugural PakWag Interclub Competition, between the Warragul Camera Club and Pakenham was held at Pakenham, with Pakenham being victorious on the night.  The Pakenham Camera Club has continued to participate in inter-clubs with Berwick, Frankston and Warragul, and has also been honoured to compete in the VAPS Interclub, the Mornington Novice Interclub and the Maroondah Interclub competitions. In 2018, the club also placed an exciting 9th in the Australia Cup of Photography receiving an Honourable Mention. The Club successes have been quite inspirational with club members winning a variety of awards, trophies and honourable mentions over the years.

The Pakenham National Photographic Exhibition is held annually in September at the Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham, attracting 1300+ entries each year in twelve categories from entrants all over Australia. In 2018, the 14th Exhibition was run by the club. The most challenging aspect of keeping the Exhibition relevant is ensuring that the Print sections are supported by the entrants. Without the print entries, the Exhibition simply cannot be run!

By all accounts the club remains a very friendly, enthusiastic and fun group of people, which is epitomised by the ever-growing membership numbers.