The Douglas Photographic Society Inc was established first as a group in 2009 by teacher and tutor Nada Petrasevic. In 2013 it became a registered non-profit organisation with affiliations with the Photographic Society of Queensland, and the invaluable support of mentor professional photographer Ian Arcus. The club is also supported by Harvey Norman, Cairns, and a number of local businesses.
Nada Petrasevic was president of the group from when it started until 2019, when Tracey Jones took over. Tracey is a professional photographer based in Port Douglas. Tracey has worked in underwater photography for over 10 years and now has her own business teaching photography online.
This club has rapidly grown in popularity ever since its initial formation. It fosters the love and learning of photography as a pleasurable pastime, hobby and vocation. Members are encouraged to develop their proficiency, ideas and knowledge through fun and interesting challenges, workshops and excursions, with camping trips and outings held throughout the year.
Anyone can join – juniors, novices, amateurs and professionals all work together and support each other in a cheerful and positive environment. Contact the club on our email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0497055151 for details.
Monthly outing or workshops are held on the first Saturday of each month at various venues. We also have monthly meetings on the last Tuesday of the month. These meetings include a small competition where a points system is used to reward the hard work members often put into their efforts, culminating in an end of year awards presentation evening. An annual photographic exhibition celebrates the achievements of our members, with many entering their work into other competitions around Australia.
The type of camera is not as important as the passion for taking good photos. Anyone can take a photo, but a good photographic image takes time, patience and skill.