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We meet at DeMolay House, 90 Margaret Street, Toowoomba at 7:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. The second Tuesday is our competition judging night and the fourth is our skills night.

Additionally, we meet at Jilly’s Cafe, 181 Margaret Street, Toowoomba at 6:00 pm on the 1st, 3rd (and 5th) Tuesday of each Month. These nights are for our micro skills presentations, developing one small area of photography’s skillsets.

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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.

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2019-20 Aggregate Competition Set Subjects

The TPS Committee have agreed on the Set Subjects for the 2019-20 Aggregate Competition which starts in August 2019. Listed below are the set subjects – you can also download a copy of these together with entry due dates, and the Skills Night Image Challenge subjects, by clicking on this link.

  • August 2019 – Pets
  • September 2019 – Lineal
  • October 2019 – Architecture
  • November 2019 – Conceptual
  • December 2019 – Rust
  • January 2020 – no aggregate competition this month
  • February 2020 – Abstract
  • March 2020 – Self Portrait
  • April 2020 – Antique
  • May 2020 – Dominant Colour
  • June 2020 – At Night
  • July 2020 – End-of-Year Competition

Guidelines for these set subjects will be drawn up and made available on the website in the near future.

by Graham Harris, April 6, 2019

Jilly’s Cafe – Street Photography

The master advising the apprentices! 

Graham Burstow OAM, providing us all his experience on street photography, such a pleasure to hear his stories and sharing his expertise. 

A great series of talks. There will be an outing developed from this series of talks. Stay tuned! 

Thank you Graham. 

by Tryg Helander, April 2, 2019

Alice Black Award – March 2019 – “Pointing heavenward” by Peter Matthews

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 March 2019 the Alice Black has been awarded to Peter Matthews for his digital image “Pointing heavenward”.  This image was entered in the B Grade Digital Mono Open section.

Our judge, Carmen Hunn commented “A very powerful strong image. You have done very well to portray this. Congratulations!”

by Graham Harris, March 28, 2019

Skills Night – Food Photography

Skills Night – Tuesday 26th 7pm, DeMolay House

Bring along food to photograph. Bring your cameras, strobes/flashes, fancy plates, props etc.

Member and professional photographer, Kat Lynn, will be sharing her view on food photography and share some tips on how she sets up for a typical shoot.

See you all there.

by Tryg Helander, March 24, 2019

Tuesday Night Micro Skills – Jilly’s Cafe – 6pm

Tuesday 6pm at Jilly’s Cafe, Margaret Street.

Street Photography- with Graham Burstow.

A talk on the aesthetic appeal, skills and critique of images.

by Tryg Helander, March 18, 2019

Judging Feedback Protocol

Members of the Toowoomba Photographic Society are expected to abide by the code of conduct spelt out in the Membership Info document on our website. In particular members must conduct themselves in a responsible and respectful manner towards fellow members and our guests. In particular we should be respectful at all times towards the judges invited to judge our competitions.

Judges are volunteers who have spent considerable time reviewing your images and preparing their critiques. Judging is a time consuming activity which is by its very nature quite subjective. There are many factors that a judge will take into account in scoring an image and no two judges will see a photo in the same way. As a consequence we may not always agree with the scores or comments given by a judge. But we have to accept that they are the judge and their decision is final.

The TPS Committee provides written feedback to every judge using the Photographic Society of Queensland judging feedback sheet. If you wish to congratulate or have particular concerns about a judging you should make these known in writing to the TPS Committee as soon as possible after the judging. This way constructive feedback can be provided to the judge – this will provide them with considered feedback from our club and keep our club in good standing.

by Graham Harris, March 11, 2019

TPS Club Meeting – 12th March 2019

Our next club meeting is at 7:00pm this coming Tuesday, 12th March 2019.  There have been 135 images submitted by 49 club members for our March 2019 Aggregate Competition which will be judged this evening by commercial photographer, Carmel Hunn from Photos by Carmen, Sunshine Coast.

The Set Subject for this month is “Naked Tree/s”.

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

And don’t forget that entries for the April 2019 Competition are required by 12:00 midnight on the 12th March 2019 – the set subject for that month “Expressions”.

by Graham Harris, March 6, 2019

TPS Skills Night – 26 February 2019

Our next TPS Skills Night is on Tuesday, 26 February 2098 at 7:00pm.   For this month the Image Challenge is “Tracks”.  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 25th February 2019.

by Graham Harris, February 24, 2019

Alice Black Award – February 2019 – “Harrow Homestead Front Room” by Allan Rosser

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.

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For February 2019 the Alice Black has been awarded to Allan Rosser for his print image “Harrow Homestead Front Room” taken at our September 2018 Field Day with Stanthorpe Camera Club.  This image was entered in the A Grade Print Field Day section.

Our judge, John North commented “Outstanding print quality, everything is very sharp.”

by Graham Harris, February 23, 2019

TPS Club Meeting – 12th February 2019

Our next club meeting is at 7:00pm this coming Tuesday, 12th February 2019.  There have been 133 images submitted by club members for our February 2019 Aggregate Competition which will be judged this evening by John North.

The Set Subject for this month is “Coastal”.

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

And don’t forget that entries for the March 2019 Competition are required by 12:00 midnight on the 12th February 2018 – the set subject for that month “Naked tree/s”.

by Graham Harris, February 10, 2019