We meet on the third Monday of each month at the Annandale Community Centre in Macarthur Drive, Annandale at 7.00pm.
On each Club night we have two themed plus an open competition. Theme one which is straightforward and reflects common competition themes and theme two which will, hopefully, stretch the photographer’s imagination and creative thought.
Members can email digital images for theme one plus the open and submit a print up to A4 for theme two. We also project general images each month. See Snapshot, the newsletter, for details. We also have a Challenge which enables members to use their imaginative and digital manipulation skills.
On the first Thursday of each month we try to have a speaker at our workshops dealing with aspects of photography and other subjects of interest to members as well as showing and discussing general images.
Education and mentoring is provided for members to help them learn how to use their cameras and other aspects of photography. Education and mentoring application forms can be found under Activities.
From time to time we go out and about on field trips. Each year some members enter photographs in the local show and have been quite successful.
Townsville, North Queensland, is Australia’s largest tropical city. Located on the Coral Sea coast near the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is a modern, prosperous and growing city and is also a transport and services hub for outback towns and the mining industry.
Its dry tropics climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, creates an enviable lifestyle for the residents, now approaching 200,000. Economic growth and open physical space has generated a wide range of services and amenities in shopping, entertainment, arts, sport, recreation, with environmental attractions and activities from reef to rainforest, for all residents and visitors.
The city’s iconic landmark, Castle Hill, is a pink granite monolith 286 metres high, surrounded by inner city suburbs and hosts popular walking tracks.
Castle Hill also forms a backdrop to the seafront Strand. The Strand is renowned as one of the best urban public spaces in Australia. This beach front is used extensively all year by the locals for its-barbecue areas, water-park, Olympic-size pool and swimming enclosures, landscaped green spaces and tropical gardens.
Also in the city precinct is Reef HQ one of the world’s large living coral reef aquariums, which brings the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, its corals, fish, and beautiful, delicate eco-systems to visitors for a real, live experience of the undersea world.
Just 8km, and 20 minutes by ferry from Townsville is Magnetic Island. Most of Magnetic Island, with its 23 beaches and bays is national park. The island offers extensive views to the mainland and the Palm Islands group. With its many walking tracks, koalas, historic WWII forts, water activities and a few ‘village’ suburbs on the fringes it caters for every individual and is easily accessible from the city.
For a pleasant change of climate and scenery, travel a little further north along the Bruce Highway and turn left to Crystal Creek and Paluma. These two popular swimming holes offer the perfect place to cool off on a warm day.
17 km south of Townsville is The Billabong Sanctuary. It is an 11-hectare wildlife sanctuary and is one of Australia’s best interactive wildlife sanctuaries.