Has been in existence as the Gold Coast Camera Club for Approximately 55 years. Changed ame in 2000 to the Gold Coast Photographic Society.
The Club averages 60- 80 members aging from 12 to 80 years, and growing. It meets 3 times per Month plus an outing.
The Club has three grades for competition purposes, A grade, an intermediate AB grade and B (for beginners or new members). There are monthly exhibitions/Competitions with annual awards for each category, Prints both B & W and Colour and Digital projected images, plus a Perpetual Trophy donated by the family of Brian Hall for the best Nature image from any category.
As a club/society we enter into regional interclub competitions each year plus hold joint social events with the Photographic Society of Queensland (PSQ) with which we are affiliated.
We also hold an Annual Exhibition of our work at the Robina Library Exhibition Room, and are involved with the Gold Coast Show Visual Arts division
Individually, members compete in National and International competitions for both Amateur and Professional Photographers.
The vast majority of members are using digital imaging as part of their image making process.
The Gold Coast is a coastal city located in the south east of Australia. The city is 94 km (58 mi) south of the state capital Brisbane. It is the second most populous city in the state, the sixth most populous city in the country, and the most populous non-capital city in Australia.
Around 10 million tourists visit the Gold Coast area every year: of 849,114 international visitors, 3,468,000 domestic overnight visitors and 5,366,000 day trip visitors. Tourism is the region’s biggest industry, directly contributing more than $4.4 billion into the city economy every year and directly accounting for one in four jobs in the city. There are approximately 65,000 bed spaces, 60 kilometers of beach, 600 kilometers of canal, 100,000 hectares of nature reserve, 500 restaurants, 40 golf courses and 5 major theme parks in the city. There have been various prospects and proposals raised for even more theme parks than the current five.
While proximity to highrises, nightclubs, restaurants and shops are major draw cards for Surfers Paradise beach goers, the clean white sand and sparkling surf don’t hurt either. The Gold Coast has the best selection of surfing beaches in the world. If one is blown out, another is pumping. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, options are plentiful.
If waves aren’t your thing, the Gold Coast has some of the most beautiful still water options in Australia including our stunning Broadwater and inland rock pools.
Some of the best still-water swimming to be found is along the Gold Coast Broadwater. The Broadwater stretches from Southport to Hope Island, with great dedicated swimming areas and parks around Southport and Labrador. The western side of The Spit, directly opposite Labrador, is a favourite with local families for swimming, fishing and water sports.
Within 30 minutes beyond the bustling coastal strip lies the Gold Coast Hinterland where the city gives way to farmland, vineyards, quaint villages, sprawling National Parks and rainforest reserves. In the Gold Coast Hinterland, a couple of days spent meandering along the Food and Wine Trail won’t take a lot of effort. All you need is a tank full of fuel, a healthy appetite and a taste for really good food and wine.