About us

Welcome to the website of Durham Photographic Society. We hope you enjoy exploring the site. For the latest news, fast-track to the NewsBlog page here

Durham Photographic Society was founded in 1892, originally as Durham City Camera Club, and has run continuously in its present form as Durham Photographic Society since the club was re-formed after WW2 in 1947. We are a member of the Northern Counties Photographic Federation and a registered charity.


Pictured: “All the Number 1’s” – all winning images in all the 2016 competitions. Note: Valente Cup is for best 3 prints, Digital Trophy is for best 3 PDI, Hon Members Cup is for best set of 5 or 6 prints on a theme, Iris Trophy is for best set of 5 or 6 PDI on a theme,





Today we have record numbers of members, all enthusiasts for photography, with many and varied photography interests, age groups and levels of experience. Our weekly programme, which includes lectures and presentation from top flight photographers, has been exceptional for many years and long may that continue. Also in the Programme are members nights, competition nights and more – truly something for every

Our other activities include numerous exhibitions, including our Annual Exhibition in Durham Cathedral. We have a practical digital image processing evening (Digi-Night) on the first Wednesday of most months and frequent ‘Assignment’ organised photography outings. As well, there are many informal trips organised with fellow members to popular destinations and events. We have strong links to local institutions and charities, providing photography support and unrivalled experience for members. Increasingly, more members are entering International Salons of Photography, and producing photography books of their work – for which experienced support is freely available. There is an enjoyable and relaxed social aspect and a strong culture of members helping each other and sharing their knowledge and experience. We have a thriving Facebook group for members.

More about the Society is in Welcome to Durham Photographic Society – a guide for new members which is on the Members Page here

Club Night Meetings

We meet Thursdays most weeks with just a break during August, Christmas and New Year. Doors open around 6.30 pm, meetings start at 7.30 and usually run until 9.30 or so. There is a break for refreshments and plenty of time for socialising. New in 2016 are Memorial Summer School practical photography nights on the four Thursdays in August

St Oswalds Church Institute, Church Street, Durham, DH1 3DQ

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Visitors and new members are very welcome. If you are thinking of joining, simply turn up on a club night. You can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome. You can attend up to four meetings before having to commit to membership. Email us via Contact Us on this website if you need more information.

Membership £40.00 pa, half year £20

Student/Junior/External membership £20.00 pa.

Our year runs from January to December. Members joining during the year pay a reduced rate by arrangement with our Treasurer

About our Website

Please enjoy exploring our website, which is run by a community group of members with many contributors and frequently updated and developed. We aim for high picture content as inspired by our former webmaster, now retired, John Brown. Our NewsBlog is essentially a news stream with some blogs, around 400 postings a year, designed to keep members and visitors up to date with club activities and items of interest from the wider photography world.

Meet the website team:

Hands on:- John Attle, Tony Griffiths, Mike Boult. Technical Maintenance,  Darren Pratt

Contributors:- David Forster, Neil Maughan, Joe Grabham, John Cogan, John Clarke, Mike Boult, Sandra Hewitson, Jed Wee, George Hodgson, Angy Ellis, Julie Ferry, Dennis Hardingham, Barry Armitage, Stephen Bell, David Trout, Brian Blake, Jeff Teasdale, Paul Ritchie, Peter Walton

Web advisors:- Joe Grabham (Editorial)     Rob Birrell (technical)

Meet the Committee: Officers and Committee

Hon. Life Members: Colin Armitstead APAGB, Don Bennett DPAGB, Janet Thackray, John Attle, Joe Grabham EFIAP/Silver, David Trout LRPS and Roger Culpin




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