The Hills Photographic Society is a newly incorporated camera club, meeting at St Joseph’s Hall, Cnr Monbulk-Emerald and Cornish Road of Emerald, Victoria, on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. All are welcome to visit with a view to becoming a member.
We are a not-for-profit organisation, formed to share our common love of photography, as well as knowledge, skills and creativity. The club provides a friendly environment for member to learn and enhance their skills for taking and processing images with their chosen cameras.
Our current committee members are:
President: Paul Bianco
Vice President: Pauline Bunker
Secretary: Daine Alcorn
Treasurer: Allan Pan
VAPS Representatives: David Jenkins and John Weeks
Committee members: Kathie Thomas, Henk Van den Bergen and Steve Wickenton
Some of the members of our club.
2019 has been a successful one for the club with many workshops, contests and outings undertaken but perhaps not entirely successful in respect to our desires for growing membership. Whilst growth is good, size does not equate to being a better club. The level of skill in our small club surprises all judges and keeps on improving. Congratulations to all who have participated in workshops, contests and outings. You have made the club great. It is the committee and membership who matter and who make the group cohesive and welcoming to all visitors. Special thanks must go to:
Paul Bianco, our Vice President and the club’s inaugural President whom I could not have managed without. Secretaries, Henk Van Den Bergen and Allan Pan, thank you both, Treasurer , Julie Richards, thank you, Mike Wharton and Paul Bianco, Competition Stewards, a difficult job, we thank you. Kathie Thomas, Website and Facebook editor, thank you, John Weeks, Marketing, thanks John, especially for the push on Community Radio 3MDR interviewing Kathie Thomas. Well done. And finally, our VAPS Rep, Jens Rumoller, thanks Jens. Running a club takes a lot of time and is especially hard on those who are time poor but with everyone assisting it makes it easier. Just stacking chairs and washing dishes helps. We thank you for that.
To those who have pushed the club by advertising and sharing events to local newspapers and Facebook Communities. Thank you. To Paul Bianco for organising all matters relating to our participation in the PAVE Festival and to Kathie Thomas for organising our club to be the official photographers for the 2020 Bendigo Bank Calendar. Well done Kathie.
We also thank St, Joseph’s Church for allowing our use of their meeting room. It’s been a wonderful venue with all the facilities we need. Thank you to St, Josephs.
A lot of fun was had as well. Workshops were not always work. Take, for example, our portraiture workshop. Thanks to our models Percy and Francesca who came along to help. Our (somewhat) explosive workshops with shooting sparks at the night photography workshop and an explosion at the water splash shoot. (Apologies to Paul for blowing up your studio light).
Excursions were made to the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens, to the Japanese Summer Festival and a weekend was held at Phillip Island with special thanks to Paul and Kathie for accommodating everyone at their homes at Cape Woolamai. A great, fun weekend with some spectacular images taken by those who attended. Thanks to Paul for organising the weekend.
Our events, speakers and competitions for the year are as listed below:
Real Estate Photography
Time lapse Photography
Water Splash Photography
Studio Lighting / Portraiture
Jens Rumoller on Germany
Kathie Thomas on Flinders Ranges
David Jenkins on Antarctica
Brett Luckey & John Weeks-Street Photography
Tony Rawson on Portraiture
July 2018 Made of Wood
August 2018 Shot on 11th August
September 2018 Out of Camera
October 2018 Wheels
November 2018 People
January 2019 Photojournalism
February 2019 Open
March 2019 Real Estate Photography
April 2019 Time lapse (Show & Tell)
May 2019 Open
June 2019 Abstract
July 2019 Open
Our club is active and friendly, new members are welcomed and challenges and opportunities exist for all people at whatever level you are at. Sometimes we will have conflicting views and disagreements but that is human nature and if applied constructively we can grow from it.
2019-20 The year ahead.
I wish the new President for 2019-20 all the best. I know he or she will have a good team supporting him or her. My wish is for the Club to continue to foster creativity, to educate and inform members, to be inclusive of all members regardless of level and to hopefully grow by numbers as well as by ability. I will be available to assist in any way I can.
Thank you all. I have been proud to represent you for 2018-2019.