About Us

The Dapto Camera Club is a small family friendly group of enthusiastic local photographers who meet on the First [ 1st ] Tuesday of each month from 7.00pm - 10.00pm at the Ribbonwood Centre, Princess Highway Dapto.

Yearly membership [1st of July]:
Single membership $ 40.00 and Family membership $ 60.00
Juniors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You do not have to be a professional, beginners are welcome, you just need a love of photography to be a member and you have the opportunity to have your photos critiqued each month.

We have many members who have had a love of photography for many years, and we have members who have only come to the craft recently.

You will find that our members are very friendly and that you will not stay a stranger very long, there are many who will help you, if you are new to photography let us teach you how to get the very best out of your camera.

Visitors are always welcome, come along and view our work, discuss your tips and techniques with us and you are sure to have a good time and a cuppa at our club.

Our History

As remembered by Paul Redmile.[ 1st Club Secretary ]

The club came about as the result of a 'suggestion box' that was up at the 1982 Dapto show.

The results/suggestions were given to Errol Elkins who was a partner in ERA Photographics (a shop that was originally down near the Dapto Pawn shop on the highway). ERA moved closer to Dapto mall between Dolans and the City Coast Credit Union'.

He (Errol) got in touch with a bloke called Dave Atkins (he worked as a rep for Allens lollies) and a meeting was called for at the old Dapto library oppisite Coles on Byamee st.
Turn up to the fist meeting was fairly low but a caretaker committee was formed Dave Atkins president, Paul Redmile as secretary and Kevin Costigain (a teacher) as treasurer.

We first met at the library in one of their meeting rooms and things went from there. Things were ticking along, meetings were well attended untill one day I got a call from Errol informing me that Dave Atkins (our president) had died from a heart attack.

Things became a bit of a blur from then on but we ended up with a new president called Peter Kirton (a chemist at BHP Port Kembla).
The club went from strength to strength with a growth up to 30 plus members at one stage. Committee meeting were held at Peter Kirtons place (up near Emerson road) Kevin Costigain's place (Brownsville) or my place (Parkdale Ave Horsley).

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Photo by Daniel Demaagd