The Phillip Island Camera Club was formed by a small group of enthusiasts in mid-1994. In 2008, the Club became a special interest group of the Artists’ Society of Phillip Island (ASPI). There are currently 45 members, who have a broad range of photographic interests, including architecture, land and seascape, portraiture, macro-photography and nature, especially birdlife, rocks, bark and trees. They remain committed to sharing ideas and expertise, practising photo evaluation, developing skills, promoting photography as a recreational activity and participating in exhibitions.

We achieve these aims through:

  • Intra – Club competition and workshops
  • Excursions
  • Interclub activities
  • Supporting Community activities; Cape Patterson Aquathon photographs of action & entrants; assisting in recording the National Vietnam Veterans Museum’s exhibits; Wildlife photography for local tourist venue annual charity event
  • Promotion of photography: display of monthly competition winners in local venue; successful entries in district art competitions; promotion of the photography section in the twice yearly Phillip Island Artists’ Society exhibitions; and publishing regular local media reports
  • Computer Skill development: encouraged participation in digital enhancement and photography courses that are provided by the local community centre.

Club Structure

The Phillip Island Camera Club is a special interest group of the Artists’ Society of Phillip Island. The affairs of the Club are administered by a Coordinator and Management Committee.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Convenor: coordinates Management Committee and their activities; chairs monthly meetings; liaises with Artists’ Society of Phillip Island and Phillip Island Centre of Adult Learning, V.A.P.S. and community groups; manages correspondence and media reports; and establishes contact with new members.
  • Committee: Supports the Convenor by: co-ordinating the program of activities, including arranging guest speakers, judges, printing, competition, outings and regular workshop activities for members; newsletters; displaying members’ work in public venues; and maintaining the web-site. The Management Committee meets once a month and is comprised of volunteers.
  • Treasurer: manages Club finances and membership.
  • Print Steward: manages collation of monthly competition entries & liaison with judge.
  • Excursion Co-ordinator: researches, publicises, & manages participant numbers
  • Club Newsletter Editor: encourages contributions, disseminates items of interest
  • Calendar Sales Team: sponsorship, printing, marketing, supply, market roster & sales
  • Medical Centre Display Manager: co-ordinate & update photographs each month
  • Visitor Welcome & Introductions: greet & introduce visitors to other members

Announcements about decisions made by the Committee, are usually made at the next Club meeting and/or communicated via email, or published in the Newsletter.

Should you have any ideas, issues or queries concerning the operation of the Club please do not hesitate to raise the matter with the Convenor or a Format of Club Competitions.

Club competitions are held on a monthly basis from February to December. There are two categories – Open Print and EDPI (Electronic Data Projected Image). Monthly competition alternates between Set and Open topics. Achievements are noted as Commended, Highly Commended and a Judge’s Pick for each category. At the Club’s annual Break-up, held in December, certificates are presented for the ‘Image of the Year’. Images must have been submitted during the year for evaluation and then  re-submitted in November for final evaluation. See full rules for Monthly Club Competition Submission.

In addition to the formal positions described above, Club members are frequently required to assist with the tasks necessary to conduct the various activities and events of the Club. These include contributing to the afternoon tea roster, setting up competition and presentation facilities, and setting up the meeting room. In this way the workload can be shared around.

Club Meetings

Ordinary club meetings are normally held on the first Monday of each month, from February to December at the Meeting Room, Heritage Centre, Thompson Avenue, Cowes. This arrangement may be varied to accommodate public holidays, ASPI Easter & Cup Weekend Exhibitions and special presentations. Members will be notified of changes. Meetings commence at 1:30pm and conclude at 4 p.m. Afternoon tea is supplied at each meeting (roster basis) and members’ gold coin donations cover the costs of beverage supplies and hall hire.

****** Please Note: the November meeting is on the Second Monday each year to allow for Cup Eve*****

Meetings include the monthly competition feedback and usually incorporate either a guest speaker, or practical workshop, as well as a brief administrative session and an enjoyable social break. Extra annual events include A.S.P.I. dinners and the Artists’ Critique Evening.

Image Evaluation

The Club holds a monthly photographic competition. Entering any such event provides numerous opportunities for learning. You will experience: a wealth of ideas and inspiration for subjects; encouragement to try new techniques; and acknowledgement for your effort. The scoring mechanism used can provide a guide of your progress over time. Not only will you hear comments, both positive and negative (but with constructive advice), about your own images, but also about other members’ work – so at the same time you get to see where your technique needs improvement and what you should be aiming for.


Club members sign the attendance sheets at each meeting and for each outing, to ensure they comply with the conditions of the club’s insurance policy. The membership fee for the Artists’ Society of Phillip Island (ASPI), due on July 1st each year, covers this insurance fee as well as the quarterly ASPI Newsletter, governing support for our club and offers members the right to exhibit in ASPI’s two annual Exhibition & Sale events – Easter & Melbourne Cup weekends.


The Club newsletter is prepared and distributed to members on a monthly basis, in electronic format. The newsletter includes announcements about forthcoming meetings and events, reports on recent activities, competition subjects for the next twelve months, and offers items of general and/or technical interest. Please contact the Editor if you have any queries about the newsletter, or any articles or items to contribute, as these are always welcome.


The Club has established this Internet website to provide information about the Club to both members and the public, together with links to other photography related sites. If you are interested in helping to maintain this site, please contact Susan Brereton.


Enquiries about membership and Interclub activities are most welcome and should be directed to Susan Brereton (Coordinator).