Brisbane Camera Group, inaugurated in 1949, is a friendly club for photographers at all levels, from beginner to advanced.
We encourage the development of photographic skills and artistic creativity through lectures, workshops, competitions and other club activities.
Visitors are welcome to attend any of our meetings, and do not need to be invited or give prior notice. Please introduce yourself at the front desk attendee if it is your first meeting. You do not need to bring a camera or any photographic equipment to regular meeting nights except when notified.
Club meetings are held at 7:30 pm at Albion Peace Centre, 102 McDonald Rd, Albion
A map is provided below
BCG also holds outings and field trips throughout the year. For a full calendar of BCG events please see the Program page
- 2nd Monday of the month: Focus (Lecture/Workshop) Meeting
- 3rd Monday of the month : Contemporary Photograph Meeting focussing on digital capture and image processing. Please see the Contemporary Photography Night section below regarding Image Submissions for the Image Show.
- 4th Monday of the month: Competition Meeting
The Focus meetings, held on the 2nd Monday of the month, is open for general discussion and presentation of photographic topics. BCG invites guest speakers to these focus meetings to provide interesting and topical information for our members.
Focus meetings are open to all and cover any and all facets of photography including camera basics and creativity.
A typical meeting would start with a welcome to all and new visitors, the introduction of the night's proceedings and general announcements. We then have quick image show from members' images before a guest of speaker and presentations before a light supper break. The meeting usually ends with either another speaker or image critique and a wrap up of the night's events.
The rules for submitting images to the digital group meeting are:
You can submit up to FOUR images
- The subject matter is completely open
- The image should not be greater than 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels in height.
- The images should be submitted as sRGB JPEG files not greater than 1MB (use the JPEG compression level to achieve the file size required)
- The filename should be in the format 'Member Name - Image Name .jpg'. For example, if Bob Jones submitted an image called Red Rose, then 'Bob Jones - Red Rose.jpg' would be the descriptor title
For details on how to attach images to emails for the digital show, click here
Contemporary Photography Meeting
Contemporary Photography meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month. These meetings are to learn about specific trends in photography and what is relevant to you. We break into Special Interest Groups (SIG) to discuss techniques, show your latest work and organise events.
The International Group meets on the 3rd Monday of Odd months. This group is for photographers interested in competing in international competitions. There is no minumum standard but we do ask that your work be of a consistently high standard and that you want to enter these competitions.
Other SIGs meet on the 3rd Monday of Even months and cover a wide gamut of styles.
If you have an interest in any particular field chances are we will have a group for you, so come along and join in.
| Contemporary Photograpy Nights|
3rd Monday of each month for 2016
|Special Interest Groups||
|International Competition Group||
Held on the 4th Monday of the month, monthly competitions nights are where our member' images are critiqued by a PSQ accredited Judge and assessed for Merits or Honours.
Competition nights are a valuable insight into what makes a good image, and what can make a good image great.
An accredited judge will have received the images, prints and DPIs, two weeks beforehand and will have assessed the images before the meeting night.
On the night each image is displayed in turn and the judge will give his assessment of the image and will discuss why they image received the award it did. Where appropriate suggestions may be made as to how the image may be improved.
For further information on competitions please click here.
By becoming a BCG member you not only help support the operation of the club, but BCG provides the following benefits
Participation in Competitions
BCG runs Monthly and Annual competitions, and also participates in interclub competitions. By being a member you can pitch your still against others in the club and gather valuable feedback from the judges. Please see the details on competitions.
From time-to-time, BCG run workshops and special events for very modest prices or for free. Membership will give you priority invitation or reduced prices to these events. Many of these events are highly sought after and sell out before positions are offered externally.
New members will receive a membership badge as part of the joining fee. Membership fees will remain the same.
- Full membership - $10 joining fee + $50 membership
- Concession membership - $10 joining fee + $25 membership
- Family membership - $20 joining fee + $75 membership
- Renewing memberships are $50 (full) and $25 for affilliate
You can download our membership form here to bring it to a meeting. Membership is half price from July to December.
- Name Badge - $12.50
- Polo Shirt - $25
BCG is affiliated with
- Photographic Society of Queensland (PSQ)
- Australian Photographic Society (APS)
- SE Queensland Association of Camera Clubs
In my professional career I worked as a scientist. However retirement has allowed my passion for photography to flourish. I joined BCG in 2013 and with encouragement from other members started entering club competitions in order to improve my craft. My main interests are landscape and wildlife although I have a developing interest in fine art black and white.
I have been interested in photography for the last 8 years but for about the first 5 of those I was not really working at being a photographer. After joining BCG I really started to work on getting more out of my images. If asked to describe myself the words that I would use would be "class clown" and "competitive".
I have a passion for learning, prior to joining the club I would normally just try learn from watching YouTube and try to absorb knowledge but without an avenue to show my work. Since joining BCG I have learnt so much from watching others and benchmarking against them in order to improve. This coupled with doing a number of courses within and externally from BCG plus still watching YouTube I feel my photography has improved. So whilst on the committee, I will be doing my best to encourage others to just have a go and learn what you can from who ever but have fun doing it.
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|I joined BCG in 2015 to develop my interest in photography through learning how to create better images and find my own creative voice. I also saw this as something I would spend more time on when I retired. My main interest is landscape but saw the competition topics as a way to push me out of my comfort zone and develop new skills.|
|Before retirement I worked as a Civil Engineer, with the last twenty years based in Queensland in the mining industry. Before joining BCG in 2014, at the recommendation of the late Les Harden, my photography had been largely confined to covering our extensive travels in Australia and overseas. BCG has helped me focus on photography as an art form. My interest has been developing in Creative Photography, but covers many other areas.|
I have had an interest in photography for many years and only in recent years have I taken this interest further, taking courses to learn more about my camera, and how to make it work for me. Photography allows me to capture and create and most importantly have fun and learn something new every time I head out. Joining BCG has offered more opportunities to get creative, share images and learn from each other as well as from the competition judges and guest speakers who come to club.
I am a retired Accountant and Economist who specialised in Taxation policy. I travel extensively in Australasia, Europe and North America and Travel Photography in all its forms is a keen interest. There are many fine photographers in the BCG and exposure to their work plus the many interesting external speakers who participate in the club’s program improves my skills and stimulates my interest in photography.
Albion Peace Centre, 102 McDonald St, Albion