Welcome to Northern NSW Zone of Photographic Societies’ Convention site


Welcome to the Northern NSW Zone of Photographic Societies’ Convention and Gordon Bowman Photographic Competition Site

2018 Convention hosted by Hastings Photographic Group

at the Laurieton United Services Club, 2 Seymour Street Laurieton NSW

Bookings are now open for delegates to the Northern NSW Zone of Photographic Societies’ convention and for entry into the 2018 Gordon Bowman Memorial Photographic Competition. You can book now on this website to attend the conference.

The convention has been designed to be as practical as possible.  We want everyone leaving this convention with the thought they have experienced and learned something new. To ensure this happens the whole of the Saturday afternoon is practical workshops with some of the best photographers in the country. These workshops are at no extra cost above your convention registration and there is plenty of choice to cater to all photographic interests. Please bring your camera.

Special thanks to our major sponsors Laurieton United Services Club, Myphotoclub and Sony.

Come and join us for a great entertaining and educational experience.

Northern Zone 2018 Program

Speakers, Presenter’s and Workshops

On this site  you can register for the conference.

To  register we’ll need some details. MyPhotoClub is generously providing the site for us.  If you don’t have a MyPhotoClub account then please register.  

You already have an account if you have participated in, judged for, or belong to, a MyPhotoClub club or competition.

Click on the MyPhotoClub above to see a list of MyPhotoClub comps and clubs.


Conference agenda

RegistrationAccommodationMasterclassesThe venue – Laurieton United ServicesClub

Early Registration and Photo Viewing @ Laurieton United Services Club
May 18 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 9:15 am
Northern Zone Conference Opening and Welcome by David Targett and Dr. Roy Killen (MC)
May 19 @ 9:15 am – 9:30 am
Presentation: Symphony of the Earth Project and Infinity Lens by Dr Jim Frazier
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am


Dr Jim Frazier:-

Symphony of the Earth – a Feature film to change the conscious thinking of People inhabiting the Earth.

Plus: Time-Lapse Crystal Filming and Crystal Filming 101 for the Beginner.



Morning Tea
May 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Presentation: How to improve your Landscape Photography by Ben Fewtrell
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Ben Fewtrell:-

How to improve your Landscape Photography with a few tips and simple tricks.

Exhibitors Forum
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Lunch break
May 19 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Practical Workshops
May 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  1. Portrait Studio Workshop with Tim Bauer and John Wallace
  2. Natural Light Photoshoot with Mark Galer or Malcom Fackender
  3. Practical Landscapes with Ben Fewtrell


Afternoon Tea
May 19 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Practical Workshops Continue
May 19 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

1. Sony, Canon, Nikon, Hasselblad camera’s etc;

2. Practical model shoot with studio setup;

3. Practical walkabout of the local area with a model and professional advice to improve your photography;

4. Practical printing.

Northern Zone Committee Meeting: Website Demonstration by Colin Woods
May 19 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Northern Zone Annual General Meeting – for delegates
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Pre-Dinner Drinks
May 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Dinner and Presentation of the 42nd Gordon Bowman Memorial Inter-club Competition – Keynote Speaker Dr Roy Killen, Wildlife Photography in your Backyard and Beyond
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dr Roy Killen:

“Wildlife Photography in Your Backyard and Beyond”
Wildlife photography is often associated with exotic places, lots of travel and expensive equipment. But none of these things will guarantee that you capture award-winning images. This presentation will emphasise the importance of exploring wildlife photography opportunities closer to home in order to develop the skills needed to make the most of the opportunities that arise if you are able to travel. Roy will illustrate his presentation with a range of award-winning nature images.


May 20 @ 9:00 am – 9:15 am
Presentation: The Rapid Development of Image Sensors by Mark Galer
May 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am


Mark Galer:-

Mark will highlight how the rapid development of Imaging Sensors is opening up exciting new photographic opportunities for amateur and professional photographers alike. Photographers now have the capability to photograph with ISO values as high as 409,600 with just the moonlight as their only source of lighting. Not only are these cameras ‘affordable’, but they also come in a form-factor that is light enough to be carried by a drone!

Mirrorless cameras have also ‘come-of-age’ in recent times with the ‘On-Sensor’ Phase Detect Autofocus (PDAF) capability that enable these pocket-rockets to compete with traditional DSLR sports cameras.

The rapid data transfer rates of the new Stacked Backlit Illuminated CMOS sensors with on-board memory chips have enabled incredible 24 frames per second stills and 1,000 frames per second movie capability in entry level cameras. The same sensor technologies also enable 20 frames per second and ultra-fast AF tracking for professional full-frame interchangeable cameras. These developments have been a revelation for action photographers and speed freaks alike!

The ground-breaking and rapid sensor developments are opening up a whole new world of creative opportunities for many photographers at all levels – from the compact camera to the professional ILC. Mark Galer walks us through some of the creative opportunities that we can all enjoy. Exciting times.

Morning Tea
May 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Presentation: Travel Photography and Planning by Malcolm Fackender
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Malcolm Fackender:-

How do you go about planning a trip for the purpose of Photography? Where do you find information and what do you do? What are the pros and cons of travelling on an organised tour, independently or on a tour designed specifically for photography? What equipment do you travel with, and how do you carry it? How do you store all those images as you travel? What do you photograph whilst you travel and how do you shoot? Finally, what do you do with all those images when you return. This presentation on Travel Photography covers all this and more.

Northern Zone Conference Closes
May 20 @ 12:15 pm

2019 Convention Host is also announced and the relevant delegate informs Conference of the location of next year’s event.