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Exhibition Summary Oct 2020

Cathay Camera Club hosted  its annual photographic exhibition in Hong Kong Cultural Centre, during which, members showed their work to the public.

For the year 2020, Club members  presented  their images on the theme of “MY HONG KONG – A personal perspective”.

Exhibited photographs  included  examples of portraiture, landscape, street photography in both color and black & white formats.

Participating artists:

Andrea Bartolucci, Bharat Khemlani, Brandon Yoon,
Ewa Wilkinson, Henk Jan Pomstra, Ivanna Vivcharyk,
Jeremiah Palmerston, Jeremy H Greenberg, Leo Zank,
Mary Dimitropoulou, Mike Epstein, Mingi Pither,
Mohammed Eldeeb, Phil Pither,  Si Hung Ha (SH),
Valentina Kazanslaya, William Tam, Zoltan Fodor.



All three days of the exhibition were very busy with a few thousands of visitors. It was lovely for the members to be able to share their work with their friends and family, and we were all happy to welcome some of our past Guest Judges –  Robert Ferguson, founder of “Wild creatures Hong Kong” being one of them.

Here are some of the voters’ comments :

Photography can touch the heart ! 

There are many good ones, it was really difficult to choose! 

Wonderful. Very interesting. Great work. Fantastic. Great talents. 

Amazing photos. Simple but amazing.Great variety of styles!

Thanks for opening it to the public and for making it free ! 

Every photo has a meaning and every photo has a soul. 

It is good to see different sides of HK from the photographers,-those impress me.

From the exhibition can be learn a lot 

It is a great initiative to see photography in different perspectives and age groups. All the best to everyone. 

Almost impossible to select the best from among work of such high quality. 

Really appreciate the exhibition as a whole.

I picked the views that can be taken in HK only for the uniqueness 

My favourite ( photo ) one had such symmetry and history expressed with simplicity 

Very impressive photo exhibition with high quality professional standards! 

Was joyful being here, excited to see some more. 

All pictures are very nice, it’s hard to pick my top 3. Thanks for launching this awesome exhibition,  especially that all photos taken in HK 

Every display was awesome, an insight into the artist’s mind and eyes and discovering beauty that lies within. 

Discovered the other side of HK. Very attractive ! 

It is difficult for me to choose three favourite images, because all images are great! 

Thanks for the chance that I enjoy HK images 

Just look forward for more extraordinary photos 

Thank you for sharing the photos about HK and shown the peaceful HK 

The light, expression and the focus of pictures are visible 

Great variety of photos and perspectives! 

All photos are high standard. It is difficult to pick the favourite one!

Excellent ! Mesmerising! Great show! Amazing job !

La premier de tres bien 


Comments from past members of the club:  

Good work colleagues ! 


Great exhibition, excellent images! 

former member John Meldrum


Public vote: At the end of the exhibition, all votes were counted by the committee.

This year the exhibition had a whopping number of visitors and voters – more than 600 people voted for the club’s photos!

The top-5 as voted from the public is as per below:

5th place: “Crystal Clear Waters” by Bharat  Khemlani


4th place: “Multiple Exposures Central” by Andrea Bartolucci


3rd Place: “Buddha Quarantine” by Leo Zank


2nd place: “Super Moon” by Mary Dimitropoulou

1st place: “Mountains High Valleys Low” by Bharat Khemlani

“My HONG KONG – A personal perspective”, was also featured in Press:

Hong Kong Free Press

Sassy hong kong


Sassy Mama

“Smartphone shots” – June competition night

Our June competition night took place at The Social Room (3/F, Won Hing Building, 74-78 Stanley street) and included our usual Open Theme and Special Theme competitions. This months Special theme was “Smartphone shots” and our judge for the night (making a return appearance) was Kirk Kenny (

Special Theme gallery: Smartphone Shots

In addition to our monthly Special theme, we also had our regular Open theme competition, where members are free to submit images on any topic they choose.

Open Theme Gallery

“Abstraction” – May competition night

After our mini “break” in March and our e-meeting in April, it’s high time we resumed our operations in our usual venue. As per normal, our May competition night took place at the “Social Room”, 3/F, Won Hing Building, 74-78 Stanley Street, Central (with appropriate social distancing measures of course).

The Special Theme for May was Abstraction and our judge for this month was David Boyce, a multifaceted artist and a true “Master of abstraction”, as he was introduced to us by his peers.

Those not familiar with his work can have a look at:

Below are a selection of our members images for the special theme….


In addition to the Special theme we also had our regular Open theme. Below are a selection of members images…

“Portrait” – April Competition Night

Following the postponement of our March competition night (new date TBC) the on-going Covid-19 situation resulted in our April meeting moving to a new venue…. Google hangouts. Over the years the club has used a range of different venues including club houses, pubs, photographic studios and restaurants. I believe this is the first time we have hosted a Competition night in Cyberspace.

The theme for the Special competition was “Portrait” and our judge for the night was professional photographer and long time friend of the club, Jo Farrell (Living HERstory). Jo is a photographer and cultural anthropologist who focuses on women’s traditions and cultures; particularly those that are disappearing.

Special Theme Competition

Below are a selection of members images submitted for the Special Theme Competition…


Open Theme Competition

In addition to the monthly Theme we also had our regular Open competition, where members are free to submit images on any topic/genre. Below are a selection of the members Open competition submissions.



“Architecture” February competition night

February’s competition night was the first held at our new venue, The Social Room (3/F, Won Hing Building, 74-78 Stanley street). The theme for the Special competition was “Architecture” and our judge for the night was experienced Architecture/real-estate photographer Grischa Rüschendorf,

Below are a selection of members images submitted for the Special Theme Competition…

Open Theme Competition

As always we also had an Open competition where members submit their favourite images on any theme. Below are a selection of images that members submitted.

“Leading Lines” January competition night

Last night our Club had its first competition night gathering for 2020. The theme for the evening’s Special category was “Leading Lines” and members also entered submissions for the Open category competition. In total members submitted more than 80 images!

Ali Ghorbani ( was our Guest Judge for the night, a returning judge and past Cathay Camera Club Chairman, who we thank dearly for his contribution to a very successful evening!

Again, thank you Ali for making the night such a success! Read More

Best of exhibition 2019

Our annual exhibition at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre is over. 26 Members exhibited a wonderful selection of images on the theme of “Simply Hong Kong”. As usual we asked members of the public who visited the exhibition to vote for their favourite images. The votes have been counted and the results are, in reverse order…..

[drum roll]…..

In third place was Brandon Yoon’s image “Respect” with a total of 33 votes

In second place was Leonid Kazanskiy’s “February Sky” with a total of 51 votes

An in first place Olga Mihova’s image “Trapped” (shown above) with a total of 84 votes

Competition night – “Low Key/High Key”

February’s competition night is approaching (Feb 25th). I am pleased to announce that Aanchal Wadhwani ( will be returning as our judge for the night.

As per normal, the meeting will start at 7:30pm at our usual venue, the upstairs function room at  Iberico & Co, 18 Shelley Street (next to the Escalator, just up from Staunton Street). As courtesy if you are unable to attend please kindly inform us.

1. Special theme Photo Competition

The Special theme is “Low Key/High Key”, how you interpret the Special theme is entirely up to you. You can submit 2 images in any combination (print/digital). There are no geographical restrictions on where images can be taken, however the images should have been taken within the last 12 months. Please give a title to your image but DO NOT put your name on the file and use this link to submit your Special Theme entries:


2. Open theme Photo Competition
You may also submit 2 images for the Open Theme competition on any theme/topic of your choosing and submit them in any combination of Print, Digital or Slide format. There are no geographical or time limit within which they must have been taken. Please give a title to your image, DO NOT PUT your name on the file.


3. Submissions details 
The deadline for digital submissions in Friday [date] at 11.59pm & 59 seconds to allow us to prepare the order of submissions and score sheets for the judge. The judge will then have the chance to make an early judging of the submitted images to speed up events on our meeting night.Also please remember there is a slight change on how to submit your images: DO NOT identify your file with your name, only title pls (more below) and please stick to the deadline as images will not be accepted after deadline. Please don’t forget to use the following link to enter your submission details of each image you upload (your name and image tile, Special or Open) , please select two unoccupied cells and make sure your images are not directly one after the other on the sheet. You will need to enter the details of your uploads on each tab for the special and open categories. This list will then printed and photos will be shown in that order on competition night:

4. Print submissions
You need to arrive no later than 7.15 on the night so that judging sheets can be prepared in time for the 7.30 start. (I am aiming to be at the venue at 6.30) Please ensure your prints are suitably mounted for ease of viewing/judging. Write your name and the picture’s title clearly on the back of the mount.
If you are entering a print please send a digital copy too, so they can be placed on our webpage or/and Facebook. This will also ensure that we have a record of every photo entered in any competition for future perusal.

5. Guests 
Guests are welcome to attend the meeting and may submit images to both competitions. However their scores will not contribute to the year end scoring.

6. Cancellations due to weather 
If a Black Rainstorm Warning or Pre-No. 8 Special Announcement or Typhoon Warning Signal No. 8 or above is issued or in effect 2 hours prior to the meeting start, the meeting will be cancelled without notice.Looking forward to seeing you all!

Annual General Meeting 2018/19

Dear Members,

Firstly let me say a very happy new year to you all.

The club’s annual AGM will be held on Monday 14th Jan 2019 at our usual venue, the upstairs function room at Iberico & Co restaurant at 18 Shelley Street, Central. The meeting will start at 7.30pm.

After the usual Chairman and treasurers reports the main business of the AGM will be to nominate and elect the various committee members and to discuss/vote on themes for the 2019 competition nights. Additionally there will be a few other small matters and any other business the members may wish to bring up and put before the membership.

As always if a Black Rainstorm Warning or Pre-No. 8 Special Announcement or Typhoon Warning Signal No. 8 or above is issued or in effect 2 hours prior to the meeting start, the meeting will be cancelled without notice.

Competition night – “Travel”

And so another year draws to a close. December 10th saw club members meeting at Iberico & Co for a combined Competition Night and Christmas Dinner.

The special theme for the night was “Travel” with 22 images submitted by the members. Below is a gallery of the images submitted….