Harry Holder Memorial Lecture preview

The 2017 Harry Holder Memorial Lecture will be given by Dave Mason from Canterbury entitled “I Shoot People” this coming Thursday 26th October. There is more about Dave Mason to follow, meantime what about the late, great Harry Holder?

Harry was one of the band of members that, in 1947, re-formed the Durham City Camera Club, which had been founded in 1892, as Durham Photographic Society after the break due to WW2. He was a member thereafter continuously until his death in 2008. Along the way, he was President in 1965-66 and again in 1991-92 and became an Hon. Vice President (later known as Hon. Life Members) in 1978

He was an impressive and influential figure, kind and good humoured, with a lifelong love of photography. In 2006 he endowed the annual Harry Holder Lecture specifically to bring top photographers and genres not often seen at clubs at that time. This became the Harry Holder Memorial Lecture after his death and has been a keynote feature of the Society’s annual programme ever since

DPS Website Watch:

A listing of Presidents 1947 to date (in Officers of the Society on the History page) is here

The fascinating story by Joe Grabham EFIAP/s of the Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening 1957 including picture of Harry Holder receiving a trophy from Miss Daisy Edis, of the photographic studio now in Beamish Museum, (in Historical Articles & Reports on the History page) is here

A review by John Clarke ARPS (“… it will go down as one of the best of all time”) of the never to be forgotten 2010 Harry Holder Memorial Lecture given by Dennis Thorp (in Links from the Past 2010 from the History page) is here

Pictured: Harry Holder with renowned documentary photographer Dean Chapman who gave the Harry Holder Lecture May 2007

NCPF Forthcoming Club Events

WhickhamPC: Dave Mason Friday 27th October (this might be relevant to any DPS member who cannot make the Dave Mason night Durham Thursday 26th October)


Hexham & District PS: Don McCullin free film night Hexham Cinema Tuesday 7th November


Western Area: Rikki O’Neil day Houghton, Cumbria Saturday 3rd March 2018


3rd Progress PDI Section A Results

Judge: Michael Vasey

First – Three’s a Crowd by Mark Middleton

Three's a crowd. Mark Middleton. 1st, 3rd Progress A PDI

Second – St Mark’s Square, Morning Light by Walter Bulmer

St Marks Square, morning light. Walter Bulmer. 2nd,, 3rd Progress A PDI

Third – Wild Haliaeetus Albicilla by Michael Watson

Wild Haliaeetus Albicilla. Michael Watson. 3rd, 3rd Progress A PDI

Fourth – The Confederate by George Hodgson

The Confederate. George Hodgson. 4th,, 3rd Progress A PDI

Fifth – Marina Bay by Alison Coatsworth

Marina Bay. Alison Coatsworth. 5th, 3rd Progress A PDI

Highly Commended – Black Crowned Night Heron John Wise

Black Crowned Night Heron. John Wise. Highly Commended, 3rd Progress A PDI

Highly Commended – Human Waste by Angy Ellis

Human Waste. Angy Ellis. Highly Commended, 3rd Progress A PDI

At the conclusion of the three PDI Progress Section A competitions, the winner of The Pixel Trophy 2017 is Mark Middleton with 19 points. (Runners up Michael Watson with 17, Angy Ellis with12). Congratulations all who took part especially the 15 members who scored points

Progress Competitions Points 2017 league tables and all Trophy and Progress Stage winners 2017 to date are in Competitions Results 2017 (on the Competitions page) here

3rd Progress PDI Section B Results

Judge: Michael Watson

First – Power Walk by Gail Elliott

Power Walk. Gail Elliott. 1st, 3rd Progress B PDI

Second – Tynemouth Castle and Priory by David Gallaghan

Tynemouth Castle and Priory. David Gallaghan. 2nd, 3rd Progress B PDI

Third – Aonyx Cinerea at Play by Bob Johnson

Aonyx Cinerea at Play. Bob Johnson. 3rd, 3rd Progress B PDI

Fourth – Blue Rider by Gail Elliott

Blue Rider. Gail Elliott. 4th, 3rd Progress B PDI

Fifth – Reds 6 to 9 by Alyson McMahon

Reds 6 to 9. Alyson McMahon. 5th, 3rd Progress B PDI

Highly Commended – Reflective Cruise by Helen Rigby

Reflective Cruise. Helen Rigby. Highly Commended, 3rd Progress B PDI

Highly Commended – Funfair Ride by David Gallaghan

Funfair Ride. David Gallaghan. Highly Commended, 3rd Progress B PDI

At the conclusion of the three PDI Progress Section B competitions, the winner of The Leslie Buss 2017 is Gail Elliott with 36 points (runners up Alyson Shields 24, Bob Johnson 22). Congratulations to all who took part especially the 6 members who scored points

Progress Competitions Points 2017 league tables and all Trophy and Progress Stage winners 2017 to date are in Competitions Results 2017 (on the Competitions page) here

Photography News Issue 49: Autumn special

Edited by Will Cheung FRPS:

Issue 49: features full test of the new Nikon D850, news of the new APS-C sensor Canon Powershot G1X Mk111 and the “World’s smallest studio light”, the Profoto A1 plus how to make the most of the most colourful season of the year (“Fall Speed Ahead”!) and it’s all here

There will also be some high quality hard copies at the club to share around and pass on

You can also register to read Photography News on the new Photography News website here

Pictured: Autumn Leaves by Julian Harrop and Autumn Leaves by Mike Boult from last year’s Assignment Thorp Perrow Arboretum

More stunning Autumn pictures are in Asssignment Thorp Perrow Arboretum 2016 here

                                               Autumn Leaves. Julian Harrop           Autumn Leaves. Mike Boult

Club Night News: 19th October

Results: 3rd Progress PDI

Judges: A section Michael Vasey Stockton CC

B section Michael Watson Durham PS

Michael Vasey is fairly new on the NCPF circuit; in fact his first gig was two and a half years ago at Durham so a fresh talent and once again he did a great job for us. His observations were interesting and well thought through and expressed the importance and impact of emotions and storytelling in photographs

It was Michael Watson’s second outing as a judge and his commentary was very positive and appreciative, giving well deserved glowing praise to the less experienced B section photographers who showed some superb work that impressed all present

Results to follow …

Michael Vasey started his judging career by attending an NCPF Judges Seminar – open to all, see below for information on the next one in February 2018

DPS Website Watch: Michael Vasey mentioned Ken Holland’s book “A Personal View of Appraising and Judging Photographs” – a link to it is in “Article and Book on Judging” (on the Competitions page) here


Next Assignment is to Thorp Perrow Arboretum, this Saturday 21st October meeting at 10.00 a.m. This will be the last Assignment of 2017 and the last one organised by David Forster and John Carter who are retiring after doing the job so well for so many years (volunteers to take over needed – have a chat with Hon Sec Mike Boult or President Peter Walton)

Assignment #61 Streets of Brass gallery has been posted on the Assignments page which is now in Galleries here

More about Thorp Perrow Arboretum is here

Rod Bennington’s website, with A Year at Thorp Perrow and More at Thorp Perrow galleries, is here


Organised by Angy Ellis, the latest outing was on Wednesday 18th October to Heugh Battery Museum, Hartlepool – see the previous NewsBlog report by David Trout

Coming soon – a gallery of pictures by members from the day to be posted in Galleries 2017 here. Email to Tony Griffiths (address in your printed programme)

Annual General Meeting 23rd November

General Secretary Mike Boult has posted the election of officers listing on the notice board. To stand for election/re-election you need a proposer and a seconder

Also, any paid up member can raise issues they would like the committee to look into. A golden opportunity to make a difference! There needs to be proposer and a seconder and requests should be with Mike Boult by 6th November latest

DPS Exhibitions: Durham Town Hall

Organised by Mike Boult, an open exhibition of member’s prints is now showing in the Town Hall entrance gallery and will be on for the rest of the month. To follow will be Into the Light during November to tie in with Lumiere Durham. A print box is out for entries which must be in by next week 26th October. See earlier NewsBlog here

PftNE Craftspeople exhibition

The latest Portraits from the North East touring exhibition is now showing in a superb setting at Ushaw College

Ushaw’s website is here

More about Portraits of the North East, a collective of Durham PS photographers, is here

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk

The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk took place on Saturday 7th October. Open to all, not just DPS members, the Durham walk was led by our own Tony Mearman with 36 walkers. Internationally there were 1000 walks with 30,000 people taking part, all in aid of Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage

The Worldwide Photowalk website is here

Tony Mearman’s report and Adobe Spark presentation is here

NCPF Lecturers List – show your work to a wider audience!

This is one of the main ways that club programme secretaries can contact potential visiting lecturers from the NCPF circuit. The list is currently being updated. Any DPS member that would like to be on the list can contact Mike Boult in the first instance. Two DPS members have volunteered so far, Jeff Teasdale and Michael Watson

NCPF Judge Recruitment Seminar

Sunday the 25th February 2018 between 10am and 4pm, closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 31st January 2018.

More information is in the earlier NewsBlog here

Wear Area Battle

Hosted by Washington CC, the 2017 “Battle”, a competition between clubs in the NCPF Wear area, takes place this year 24th November 7.45 pm hosted by Washington CC at Shiney Row Community Centre. Judge will be Alan Porrett ARPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP. External Competition Secretary Tony Mearman will be leading our challenge

Members welcome to attend. More info is in earlier NewsBlog here

Wear Area Battle Winning Clubs from 1986 and a picture of the trophy are in External Competition Results in Archives here

DPS Digital Night

Wednesday 1st November County Hall 6.30 pm. Details to follow

Competition Countdown

Next closing date is next week 26th October for the Digital Trophy (best set of 3 PDI) and George Samuel Trophy (Sport or Action). Email your entries to Competitions Secretary correctly sized and captioned. Finally in the 2017 season, closing date for the Valente Cup (best set of 3 prints) is 2nd November

Note: there is no requirement for Digital Trophy (or Valente Cup) entries to be linked by theme or content

Hot Dates

This weekend: Assignment Thorp Perrow on Saturday. Whitby Goth Weekend is 27th to 29th October. Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page has more dates and links here

Next Meeting: Thursday 26th October

It’s the prestigious Harry Holder Memorial Lecture 2017: Dave Mason with “I Shoot People” which promises to be yet another great night in our 2017 calendar. Don’t miss!

Pictured: SNAP n CHAT Heugh group shot

                                                         SNAP n CHAT 8 group picture

SNAP n CHAT #8 – The Heugh

From David Trout

I didn’t know what to expect but it turned out to be one of the best of DPS projects and assignments. Angy’s SNAP n CHAT #8 this week (October 18) took us to The Heugh Battery Museum, a location I hadn’t known about at Hartlepool. And it turned into not just one but three great photo opportunities. First there was the misty morning light over the dramatic Tees Estuary from Hartlepool’s Headland, then the museum itself and thirdly a visit to Angys’ lovely new home overlooking Steetley Pier and the North Sea in glorious sunlight.

Fourteen DPS members turned up and began snapping at the Headland even before the museum opened. Angy had charmed the Battery Museum’s curator Diane Stephens to open up for us on a day that it should have been closed.  Diane treated us to a tour of The Battery with a historical run down on this little gem which ought to be better known on the tourist map.

Because The Headland is a prominent feature on the North Sea coast it’s been a target for invading forces for centuries, probably going back to the Vikings. The present fortification goes back to the 19th century and its guns were used during a furious ship to shore battle during World War One when three German war ships bombarded Hartlepool, killing a number of local citizens. The guns of Hartlepool blasted back and badly damaged one German ship.This was the only battle on British territory since the 17th Century English Civil War and although Whitby and Scarborough were also bombarded at the same time they weren’t able to fight back.

We saw and photographed tanks, armoured vehicles and massive guns and canons as Diane let us loose. She then opened up the cafe for tea and coffee. In the tunnels under the fortification we visited a mock up of WW1 trenches. DPS camera wielding members had the run of the place with all the excitement of a gang of toddlers let lose in a Smarty factory

Back at Angy’s place it was coffee and tea again, this time served by Angy and Martin as we sat round the patio heater. Then to the beach to photograph the Steetley Pier, made famous in the past few years by hordes of photographers recording the dereliction of a massive magnesia chemical plant, now completely cleared away and replaced by new homes.

DPS SNAP n CHAT outings are held on mid weekdays and compliment the ever popular Assignments which take place on Saturdays. Both are great opportunities for members to try new photographic opportunities and are a great way for new members to get active in the club.

David Trout LRPS

Coming soon: a  gallery of members pictures from the day in the SNAP n CHAT section of Members Galleries 2017

Photos David Trout


   David Trout LRPS. Beach photography 2293David Trout LRPS. Hows my driving 2207David Trout LRPS. President Peter Walton with his Canon

Wear Area Battle 2017

From Tony Mearman

Friday 24th November 2017, 7:45pm start

Washington Camera Club

Shiney Row Community Centre

Claremont Drive

Shiney Row DH4 7LR

You are invited to join us at this year’s inter-club photo contest between DPS and 8 other camera clubs in the Wear area. This should be a fun evening when we have a rare opportunity to meet and socialise with members from other clubs and enjoy seeing their images.

The judge for the evening will be Alan Porrett DPAGB EFIAP APAGB and he will be awarding marks out of 30 to determine the winning club and best individual photograph.

The other competing camera clubs are:

Castleside and District

Chester le Street

Consett and District

Esh Winning and District




Wear Valley

It would be great if you can come along to support DPS when hopefully we can all enjoy an enjoyable and productive evening.


17th October 2017

DPS Website Watch: using the DPS Search function, NewsBlog reports of past Wear Area Battles, including our famous win in 2015 are here

Pictured: two entries from past years scoring 30 points – Last Dance by Joe Grabham EFIAP/s and Alcedo at his Fishing by Michael Watson

Last Dance. Joe Grabham EFIAPs     Alcedo at his Fishing. Michael Watson

Lumiere Durham: free tickets available from today

Lumiere Durham 16th to 19th November

Such is the popularity of Lumiere Durham, the UK’s largest light festival, a free ticketing system will be in place once again between 4.30 and 7.30 pm (tickets not required beyond that peak period). Available from today from designated libraries, Gala Theatre and on-line

More information on ticketing and details of this year’s fabulous programme are on the Lumiere festival website here

Durham PS will be putting on an exhibition of prints, with the theme “Into the Light”, during November. Images by members from past Lumiere festivals welcome. Please bring in your entries this Thursday or, latest, next week 26th October

Note: due to the success of Lumiere throughout the City, there will be no DPS meeting Thursday 16th November

Pictured: Lumiere 2015, Market Place Durham. Alan Sharp

                                                            Lumiere, Market Place 2015. Alan Sharp

Club Night Preview: 19th October

Competition Results: 3rd Progress PDI

The 3rd and final stages of the 2017 Progress PDI take place on Thursday when two trophies will be won; The Pixel Trophy (A section for experienced workers) and The Leslie Buss Trophy (B section for the less experienced)

Michael Vasey from Stockton CC will judge the A section and, by tradition one of our own, Michael Watson the B. Points are awarded for images that are in the top 5 positions ranging from 10 for first place to 4 for 5th plus 2 for any Highly Commendeds

DPS Website Watch: Trophy & Progress Stage winners and Progress Points so far in 2017 are on the Competitions page in Competition Results 2017 here

Coming soon: AGM 23rd November

General Secretary Mike Boult has posted the election of officers listing on the notice board. To stand for election/re-election you need a proposer and a seconder

If you wish to raise any matters with the Committee you must let Mike Boult know by Monday 6th November. The matter you wish to raise must be in writing with proposer and seconder. If you wish you can let him know by email. His address is in the Programme Booklet

Pictured: 1st place and runner up in the 2016 3rd Progress PDI by John Wise and Stephen Bell respectively

1st, 3rd Progress PDI A. Great Egret Feeding. John Wise       2nd, 3rd Progress PDI A. Focused on the Win. Stephen Bell CPAGB