The Alan Elliott Memorial Scholarship


The Melbourne Camera Club is the longest running photography club in Australia and is a friendly, dynamic, not-for-profit photography club. The clubrooms are situated in South Melbourne – the historic building is owned by the club and provides a gallery, studio and darkroom for members to use. In 2021, the club celebrated its 130th anniversary.

The club owns its facilities and provides members with a diverse range of services including a gallery, studio and a darkroom.

In keeping with the Club’s aim to assist and encourage individuals in their creative photographic pursuits, the club is introducing in 2023 a scholarship to assist young people to participate in the club’s activities and courses through the Alan Elliott Memorial Scholarship.

Alan Elliott

The Late Alan Elliott OAM (1921-2020) was a stalwart of the Melbourne Camera Club for 60 years.

By day, Alan was an industrial chemist, but outside of work, photography was the most enduring of his hobbies and passions. Alan joined the Melbourne Camera Club in the early 1960s and right up until his death in 2020, was a major contributor to the club. 

Over sixty years Alan contributed to the success of the club by entering competitions, helping with the administration of the Club including a term as President in 1969, participating in exhibitions, managing the club archives, writings articles and presenting on various topics to club members. 

All who knew Alan would agree that he was a kind, sincere and knowledgeable man, so it is not surprising that in his will he bequeathed a generous sum of money to the Club which is being used to offer the following scholarship.

The Alan Elliott Memorial Scholarship recognises the incredible contribution made by this special person.  

About the Alan Elliott Memorial Scholarship

The Alan Elliott Memorial Scholarship is open to youths between the ages 18 and 25 who are interested in pursuing their interest in photography through attendance at the Melbourne Camera Club’s “Introduction to Photography Course” and a 12-month free membership of the Club to the value of $535.

The ‘Introduction to Photography Course’ is offered over a four-week period and includes five-week nights and three Sunday mornings. 

The Introduction to Photography course is ideally suited to inexperienced photographers or photographers who wish to develop or revise basic skills in digital photography. The photographer may be moving from a camera phone or point and shoot camera to something more advanced like a Digital SLR or Mirrorless camera, or simply wishes to get more out of their photography.

For more details on the course, please refer to:  

Scholarship Criteria

To be considered for the Alan Elliott Memorial Scholarship, applicants must:

    • Be between the ages of 18 and 25 years of age at 1 July 2023
    • Apply for the scholarship via our website, link at the bottom of this page
    • Complete and submit the application by midnight, 31 May 2023
    • Need to be able to demonstrate why they would be a worthy candidate for the scholarship; strong photography skills prior to application are not a prerequisite
    • Must be available to attend one of the Introduction to Photography Courses offered in 2023 or early 2024. Courses will be offered in the months of February and August
    • Have access to a digital camera

Further Information

Up to five scholarships will be offered in 2023. 

Scholarship participants will not receive any funds but if successful will be confirmed as a participant in the ‘Introduction to Photography Course’ and be automatically granted membership of the Melbourne Camera Club for one year.

The decision on the granting scholarships will be at the discretion of Education Committee and their decision will be final. Successful applicants will be advised by email.

For further information on the Melbourne Camera Club, please refer to the website:

Any questions regarding the application should be directed to: Education Committee by email: