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Welcome to Castle Photography

(Updated 3rd September 2014)

Photos from Creatures of the Night (Melbourne) are now online. General photos from this event can be found at: First Contact Photos

This site hosts Official Photos with Guests from First Contact Conventions, Armageddon in Australia, and Best of Both Worlds events. Reprints of these photos are available for sale, either online, or you can approach me at any event I attend to get on the spot reprints.

For a number of reasons I've had to split my photo archive into two blocks - official photos for which we must control reprints, and all other images taken at events, which are freely available. If you are interested in all the other photos I've taken at these and other events, you may find my others websites interesting. They include: Pete's Fan Photos, First Contact Photos, and Armageddon Photos

As usual please email me if I spelt your name wrong, or if you can tell me the names of people in any photos.

To contact me, send an email to: . Or ring anytime in the afternoon or evening on (+61 3) 9736 9568

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First Contact Conventions - "Retro SciFi Classics Convention"

A blast from the past! Guests include Herb Jefferson Jnr - Boomer from the original Battlestar Galactica, Nick Tate - Alan Carter from Space 1999, and Jane Badler - Diana in V.

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Best of Both Worlds - Convention 26

Maybe their last spectacular event!?

Guests included: Teryl Rothery (Dr Janet Fraiser), David Hewlett (Dr Rodney McKay), Paul McGillion (Dr Carson Beckett), David Nykl (Dr Zelenka), Sonny Whitelaw (Author), and Ivy Isenberg (Casting Director).

There was one full day of workshops, and then our usual weekend of activities: Two one day conventions, cocktail party, banquet and wrap party…

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First Contact Conventions - A Trip Through the Slipstream

Event number three! Guests included Kevin Sorbo (Capt Hunt on Andromeda), Laura Bertram (Trance Gemini), Ken Ludden (Sci-fi Author), David Winning (Director), and a stunt demonstration by Action Stunts Australia…

We also had photos, presentations, cocktails and a lot of fun!

First Contact Conventions was also proud to present Dear Diva, in her first Australian appearance, at the Butterfly Club in Melbourne for four nights last week.

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Best of Both Worlds - Convention 25

Lord of the Rings - our penultimate event!

Guests included: Paul Norell (King of the Dead), Daniel Falconer (Senior designer, Weta), Jonathan Harding (Master Erastor), Sandro Kopp (Gildor), Jorn Benzon (Rumil), Jarl Benzon (Glorfindel), Emily Sturrock (Weta, hero armour and Weapons), Matt Appleton (Orc Director & Saelbeth), Daniel Reeve (Calligrapher & Cartographer).

There was one full day of workshops, and then our usual weekend of activities: Two one day conventions, cocktail party, banquet and wrap party…

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First Contact Conventions - Under Cardassian Occupation

Their second event! This time the guests were Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat, Deep Space 9) and Mike DeMeritt (Assistant Director on Enterprise and Star Trek Voyager).

The one day event included photos with the guests, a fabulous auction, including some exclusive items auctioned for charity, presentations from Marc and Mike, cocktails in the evening, and a lunch with Mike where he talked about the art of Directing.

There was also a wine tour in the Yarra Valley on the Saturday before the convention.

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Best of Both Worlds - Convention 23

Lord of the Rings - our fourth event!

Guests included: Thomas Robins (Deagol), Stephen Ure (Gorbag and Grishnakh), Paul Norell (King of the Dead), David Weatherley (Barliman Butterbur), Brett beattie (Gimli stunt and scale double), Andrew Stehlin (Stuntman), Daniel Falconer (Senior designer, Weta), Mike Grealish (Senior leather master, Weta).

There were two full days of workshops, and then our usual weekend of activities: Two one day conventions, cocktails party, banquet and wrap party…

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First Contact Conventions - A Day with the Siskos

Starring Penny Johnson Jerald (Kasidy Yates, Deep Space 9), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko, Deep Space 9), and Jonathan Hardy (a ring-in from Farscape!).

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Best of Both Worlds Convention 22

Life is a Cabaret!!

We did something different this time. Instead of asking our guests to stand and talk about Lord of the Rings, we asked them to put on a concert/cabaret and show us what they normally get paid to do (when not doing conventions!).

So we had Craig Parker, Mark Ferguson and Joel Tobeck performing improvisation comedy, singing, conducting trivia competitions and many many more things, filling an afternoon and evening. Somewhere in there we also had a banquet dinner.

And for the hardy souls who braved Canberra in winter, there was a tour to Tidbinbilla on Friday and a winery tour on Sunday.

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Best of Both Worlds Convention 21

Our second Lord of the Rings event!! Held in March 2004 in Canberra.

Guests included Craig Parker (Haldir), David Weatherley (Barliman Butterbur), Ben Wootten (Senior Designer at Weta), Warren Mahy (Senior Designer at Weta), Sarah McLeod (Rosie), Mark Ferguson (Gil Galad, FOTR), Jørn Benzon (Rumil and others), Joel Tobeck (Orc Lieutenant, ROTK).

Note: Dominic Monaghan (Merry) was originally coming, but had to drop out as he got a part on a new Disney Pilot which is shooting now. Those of you who didn't come missed out on a live phone link with Dominic on Saturday!!

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Best of Both Worlds Convention 20

A Stargate SG1 Convention, with:
Michael Shanks
Colonel Rick Searfoss (retired), Shuttle Astronaut
Jacqueline Samuda
Douglas Arthurs
David Palffy
Jan Newman