Who we are:

Canberra PhotoConnect supports members wherever they are on their artistic journey, whether you are looking to take photos of family with a smartphone camera or a professional looking for somewhere to find inspiration and support. We are Canberra-based but host presentations from artists from all over Australia and sometimes overseas. We hold face-to-face meetings and also ZOOM get-togethers so you can join us from anywhere (time zones permitting, of course).

Canberra PhotoConnect aims to foster connections between photographers and artists in other genres and between related organisations. Membership is open to photographers and non-photographers.

We host discussion groups and workshops, support member-based projects and encourage community involvement.

Objectives of Canberra PhotoConnect:

(a) to promote, support and enrich the practice of photography and its links to the arts and society;

(b) to assist, encourage and inspire members, whatever their existing skills and interests, in the development and expression of their artistic vision through shared learning and collaboration;

(c) to encourage the use of photography, together with other visual and expressive arts as appropriate, to create social value and meaning for members and the wider community.

Photography Exhibition

Our Friends at NatureArtLab have a photography exhibition on from 28 to 31 July.

Please see their website for details, and for other events that might be of interest

Upcoming Presentation


"Triple Mayhem: Fledgling Hobby Falcons" by Diane Cutting

Diane Cutting is our featured presenter on August 20th.

Join us on ZOOM to listen to Diane talk about photographing raptors in the Tharwa area

ZOOM, Saturday 20th August 2.30 pm

Please SIGN UP for a meeting link or email us at canberraphotoconnect(at)

What we do:

Images and Ideas: Share via ZOOM, first Sat of each month,

Upcoming meetings, Aug 6, Sept 3, Oct 1 

2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

     Please click here to join our mailing list to receive links to our events.

     Newsletters with meeting links are sent monthly.

     Reminders are sent out the day before each event.

Print Group, second Fri morning of each month.

(Book group will meet separately, details TBA)

10.30 am. Room 9 Griffin Centre.

Upcoming meetings Aug 12th, Sept 9th, Oct 14th .

This group is primarily for the sharing of prints. Members just bring along some examples of their work and we sit around and talk about them in a supportive environment. All levels of expertise are welcome. Prints don't need to be exhibition quality - we are just about sharing and learning and exchanging ideas and expertise.

If you would like to share screen-based (digital) images, please join our Images and Ideas sharing sessions (see above).


Creative Workshop with Chris Holly, second Saturday afternoon

Upcoming meetings, Aug 13th, Sept 10th, Oct 8th.

     Meets via ZOOM on the second Saturday of each month, 2.30 -4.30 pm .

Hedda Discussion Group for women photographers.

Upcoming meetings, 10.30 a.m. July 15th, August 19th, Sept 16th, October 21st.      

      Room 9 Griffin Centre, Genge Street, Civic.

      Please click here to sign up for links for Hedda Group meetings only (this is a separate mailing list). 

Evening Connections:

Next meeting on Tuesday 26th July (last Tuesday of the month). We will confirm venue just before the date. Upcoming meetings 30th August, 27th September.

Meetings at 6.30 pm in the Bistro, Hellenic Club, Woden. 

Under normal conditions, the last Tuesday of each month, 6.30 pm. Dinner and an informal look at art and photography. Hosted by Matt James. Discussion topics vary.

      Please email canberraphotoconnect(at) if you would like to attend.

Post processing group, @nd Wednesday evenings 7.30pm

Next meetings, 13th July, 10th August, 14th September, October 12th .

      Monthly meetings via Zoom, 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.30 pm.

      Informal sharing and discussions and some more formal presentations from time to time.

      Click here to learn more. 

Presentation by invited creative artist

Each month we invite a creative artist to talk about their work. Third Sat of each month 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm via ZOOM.  Again, please join our mailing list to receive zoom links.

Upcoming dates, 16th July, 20th August, 17th September.

August Presentation: Raptors of Tharwa

Saturday 20th August at 2.30 pm via ZOOM.


Diane is a familiar sight in the Tharwa area where she can be seen photographing the many, beautiful raptors in the area. Diane is interested in photographing anything that flies, but raptors are her special interest. Come and listen to Diane talk about some of the things she has learnt from patient observation and "being there" on a regular basis.

Diane's work is on display in the Tharwa Store at 11 North Street, and can also be seen on Facebook and Flickr

"A wedgetailed eagle being harassed by a magpie" by Diane Cutting


Image by Diane Cutting of Diane's Cutting Edge Photography

A Selection of Member Achievements

Congratulations to Lyndall Gerlach and Susan Henderson who had images selected as finalists in the Mullins Contemporary Photography Competition 2022

Night City-ness #1 by Lyndall Gerlach

Everywhere in the Sydney area there are deep water views. The movement of the water often reflects in splashes of light and drifts of fast moving patterns on the buildings. The early evening lights and small boat lights are reflected in deep water, taking on a magic velvet quality. The city's windows reflect the passing people and cares, flashing images or colour, undetermined shapes and chaotic patterns. So busy. In the city everywhere, the city structure predominates. Night city-ness #1 LYNDALL GERLACH

Contemporary lifestyle by LYNDALL GERLACH

We are accepting there will be more Covid deaths, as our society tries to find "normal". Life for some vulnerable "high risk" people is their contemporary lifestyle choice. Time and relationships irrelevant, days merge, contained, among written memories of other times, a far-seeing telescope, a couch to sleep on. Curtains shade reminders of life, alcohol dulls the pain and encourages sleep. Time passes. Painful aloneness, living it, is a contemporary lifestyle for some.


Photography is mostly about capturing the real and the now, often spontaneously, sometimes more consciously. I am fascinated by the conjuncture of the two, the transient opportunity to record the light rather than the subject, to take advantage of nature and the built environment to photograph. Only in the last year have I been able to add the fine scale distortion brought to us by gentle rain which creates a unique moment.

Congratulations to Judy Parker - Mullins 2021 Finalist: click on image to go to gallery of Judy's Conceptual Photography

Our inaugural exhibition "CONNECTIONS" was held at M16 ArtSpace 

An exhibition of photographs by members of Canberra PhotoConnect was held at

M16 ArtSpace, 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith, from Friday 21 May to Sun 6 June.

Gallery hours: Weds to Sunday 12 - 5 pm.


Read a review of the exhibition and listen to Barbie Robinson of Living Arts Canberra talking to Helen McFadden about the "Connections" exhibition

Brian Rope of the Canberra Critics Circle has also written a review of the exhibition that may be read here.

"Connections" Exhibition. Click image to see gallery of exhibited work

Photobooks and Storytelling (Click Image)

A slide show of Member's recent work

Untitled photo

Member Highlights

APS Photobook of the Year, 2020 (Sponsored by the APS Print Group and MomentoPro)

Two Canberra PhotoConnect members have been recognised in the 2020 APS Photobook of the Year Award. Brian Rope won second place in the portfolio category with "Liked"

Watch a video of the book

Helen McFadden won second place in the storytelling category with "If I had my life over I'd pick more daisies."

Watch a video of the book

Click here to see the official announcement and details of all the winners.

Click here to see these and other wonderful photobooks by Canberra PhotoConnect members  or click on the images below to see the winning books in full.

Liked by Brian Rope

If I had my life over I'd pick more daisies by Helen McFadden

Mullins Australian Conceptual Photography Competition 2020

Warmest congratulations to CPC member Judy Parker who has just won the Mullins Australian Conceptual Photography 2020 Competition. For more information about this competition and to see the finalist's work and a virtual exhibition, go to the Australian Photographic Society website.

To see more conceptual photography click on Judy's winning image below.

Dumpster Sketchbook: Waterside by Judy Parker