SNAP n Chat #12 Bluebell woods

From Angy Ellis

It was a wonderful morning, the light was bright and the weather was dry so everything was set to have a lovely walk through the bluebell woods Durham snapping and chatting.

Alan Sharp kindly led the expedition walking us from the park n ride to the woods, through the woods and back out again conveniently near the Durham Rugby club, where we enjoyed food & drinks.

The Bluebells were beautiful, the blanket of wild garlic impressive and the hints and tips invaluable.

Thank you to everyone who attended, see you at the next one.

Barrie Forbes

Assignment 68 NELSAM Museum, Sunderland

From Dave Murrell.

Review night confirmed as Tuesday 5th June. 7pm Dunelm Club. Durham. 
Please bring 3 prints to A4 size, one of the challenge (writing) and 2 others. 
Even if you didn’t go then come along and be part of the evening as we will critique all prints and there’s prizes too.

It would be great if our assignment photographers can get 5 images each to Dave Murrell from the Museum. 
Competition format, 1600 x 1200 JPG sRGB. Titled with your name and sequence number. 

Many thanks

The images from the North Shields Fish Quay assignment are now on line HERE


Cathedral Exhibition 2018

We will be starting to collect prints for our Annual Exhibition from Thursday 31

May. (There will be a box at the back of our club room). Our theme for this

year is ‘County of Durham Heritage’ covering an area from the Tees to the

Tyne and across to the Pennines. So there is a great opportunity for great

images! The mounts need to be 20x16ins or 40x50cm. If you wish to enter

some prints please sign the form on the notice board at the club. We need

your support!

Mike Boult

e-news from the PAGB 207:

e-news 207: includes full results from the recent Awards for Photographic Merit Adjudication including Five new MPAGB….HERE

e-news 207 extra: has lots of pictures from successful entrants from the most recent Adjudication for the Awards for Photographic Merit, held in Chorley in April 2018

And not to be missed  ROY ELWOOD RETROSPECTIVE “ sixty years of photography HERE

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Bempton Cliffs Trip

From Brian Blake

Barrie Forbes, Mark Petherbridge, Walter Bulmer and Brian Blake are planning a trip to Bempton Cliffs on 8th June, meeting at 10:00 for coffee/tea. If you fancy popping down too, please respond to the Facebook event Brian has created and he’ll keep you posted. If you don’t have access Facebook, please email Brian at brian_blake(at)

WHAT YOU’LL SEE: The Bempton Cliffs reserve is home to around half a million seabirds (gannets, guillemot & puffins) between March and October, to raise a family on towering chalk cliffs which overlook the North Sea.

Bempton Cliffs is an RSPB site, so there’s a £6 charge for non-members.


Assignment Announcement

Now that we are heading at full speed towards summer our next assignment will be on Saturday the 19th of May at the North East Land Sea and Air Museum at Sunderland.

This used to be the air museum and is situated just off the A19 beside Nissan. Its been a good while since we were there and it should be a cracking day.
We will meet in the car park at 10am. normal entrance fees apply, £5 or £3 for concessions but we will be given free passes to access the Vulcan and Trident. as well as gaining access to some areas that the public normally can’t get to.

There is a small coffee place, picnics are welcome and there’s a good Italian, the 3 Horse Shoes that does snacks and food (and beer) beside the museum.
For more info please follow the link

Hopefully we can have another good turn out.

The Holy Island gallery can viewed HERE

Photo: Tom Simm

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