Welcome to Toowoomba Photographic Society


Our aim is to promote, improve, share and enjoy photography in Toowoomba and the surrounding district offering many services, all specifically designed to improve photography and photographic skills in a friendly social atmosphere. Membership is open to all comers regardless of whether you are a beginner, an amateur or a professional photographer.

We meet at DeMolay House, 90 Margaret Street, Toowoomba at 7:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

To join our club please follow the instructions at About the Club.  Additional information about the club can also be found here.

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Alice Black Award – September 2018 – “Morning Coffee” by Sandra Neill

To perpetuate the memory of our late member Alice Black, the club has introduced the ‘Alice Black Memorial Trophy’ to be contested each year on a perpetual basis.

At each month’s Aggregate Competition the judge will select an image from all those entered as the monthly Alice Black Image – they will use their own criteria to select the image regardless of the score given.  All images submitted in the Aggregate Competition have the potential to become a possible winner of the Trophy as there is no restriction on the grade of the entrant or the medium in which the image is presented.


For August 2018 the Alice Black has been awarded to Sandra Neill for her print “Morning Coffee”.  This image was entered in the A Grade Mono Set Subject: “Shadows” Print section.

Our judge, Barry Whisson commented “This image has been very carefully staged to put the planter & it’s bowl in massing-counterbalance with the jug and cup, such that you couldn’t have wished for a better combination of shadows…the soft and the hard. The planks of the table provide a texture (of fine line & also surface), and they lend scale to the shot. Look at the subtle part that the small branch (& it’s shadow) play to take our eye to the subject! There’s a great, simple, non-competitive background too. What a so-simple but effective still life. Any improvement?… maybe not having decapitated that lovely plant at the top…but I’m being fussy. It’s OK. Tonal range is just right! Well composed shot! “

Skills Night – 25 September 2018

Our next Skills Night is being held on this coming Tuesday night, the 25th September 2018 at DeMolay House at 7:00pm.

This month we will be exploring light art, using pixel stick illumination. Please bring along your camera, tripod and shutter release cord/remote (if you have one).

For this month the Image Challenge is “Space”.  Please send up to five images for this Challenge, together with up to five images for the Field Day and five for the Favourites to be included in the Skills Night audio-visual to me at graham_harris@westnet.com.au by 6:00pm on Monday 24th September 2018.

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk Day – 6th October

Saturday 6th October is Worldwide Photowalk Day. Come along to the Toowoomba CBD Photowalk. Hosted by your Toowoomba Photographic Society (TPS) and the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). Open to all levels of photographers.

You must log into the Photowalk webpage and register. Limited to the first 50 walkers only.


Skills Night – 25th September – Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our next Skills Night (25th September) will not be Macro, as previously advertised. Instead, we will be exploring light art, using pixel stick illumination. Please bring along your camera, tripod and shutter release cord/remote (if you have one).
Also, I can produce any special imagery or words, that you would like to illuminate behind your subject. Please email the President with your ideas.
Also, bring along a warm jacket in case it is cool outside.


TPS Club Meeting – 11 September 2018

Our next club meeting is at 7:00pm this coming Tuesday, 11th September 2018.  There have been 100 images submitted by 36 club members for our September 2018 Aggregate Competition which will be judged this evening by Barry Whisson.

The Set Subject for this month is Shadows.

We look forward to catching up with you all this evening.

And don’t forget that entries for the October 2018 Competition are required by 12:00 midnight on the 11th September 2018.

September 1st – Stanthorpe Field Day update

Saturday 1st

Meet in Warwick 9 a.m. at the Jackie Howe park (Toowoomba side of 
Warwick before you get to the Condamine River).

Travel to Dalveen via old road and meet with some Stanthorpe members at 
the Jim Mitchell Park -9.45 to 10.00.

Go to Railway tunnel for photos (30 minutes max)

Travel to Thulimbah to Suttons for coffee. Could be some good photo 
opportunities there.

Go to Stanthorpe to photograph –  Big Thermometer, Mt Marley, War 
Memorial, Sentimental Rocks.  If we get away from Suttons early we can 
come via Amiens and visit the start of the Legacy Centre.

Meet with Stanthorpe members at 12.45 for lunch. Venue to be decided. 
I’ll check out a couple this week.

2 p.m. Leave for Tenterfield from the carpark at the Information Centre.

Leave Tenterfield when photography finished.

Toowoomba members drive home stopping along the way for dinner.

The aim will be to car pool. If we could have drivers (with spare spaces) contact me, I can offer up spaces to those interested. If you need transport, similarly, contact me and I will put you in contact with a driver, if one makes themselves available. 


Thank you.

New TPS Understudy Judge

I’d like to be the first to congratulate Dr. Jenny Graff, on behalf of all members and the committee, for her acceptance as an Understudy Judge (USJ) with the Photographic Society of Queensland (PSQ).

Her very varied and highly-regarded portfolio came back with unanimous acceptance from the Judges’ Executive.

Well done Jenny, we look forward to your judging into the future, and best of luck.

Updating your contact details

If you have changed your e-mail address and wish to use that as your login tp access the TPS MyPhotoClub website (rather than your old e-mail address) then you need to update your contact details on the website.  This also assists us to make certain you continue to receive messages from the club.

To do this, log into the webiste and click on the purple “Hi Your Name” button at the top of the page.  This will open up your current profile page where you can change your contact and profile details by clicking on the red “Edit profile and contact details” button at the right of the page.

On the page which appears you can update your contact information and Photography Profile.  Don’t forget to click on the red “Update Details” button once you have made the necessary changes.