The photos from the Presentation evening are now on line.
1 – Invest in People – Angy Ellis
2 – Leaving New York – Angy Ellis
3 – Baltic Stairwell – Karen Stott
4 – Beamish – Mike Boult
5 – With Furrowed Brow – Mike Boult
1st Place. Angy Ellis…. Remember Him
2nd Place. Colin Armitstead….Fertilized
3rd Place Margaret Etherington….Spotted Chaser
4th Place. Roy Hurst…. Misty Day
5th Place. John Brown….Walking in the Rain
1st Copt Hill Winter – David Everett
2nd Amaryllis Duo – John Shotton
3rd Soft Light – Roy Hurst
Images to follow.
The Northern Counties Photographic Federation’s “Knockout” club championship took place on February 7th at the Harraton Community Centre, Washington before a large and enthusiastic audience.
In the first round, the DPS Club entries were awarded an unprecedented (in recent times!) 2nd place in both the Electronic Images and the Prints sections. This meant that we went forward to the finals with a chance, if we were 1st or 2nd, to represent the Federation at the national PAGB finals in October.
In the finals, clubs are bound by fairly complicated rules but, essentially, can re-enter successful pictures from the previous round and introduce new images. In the event, Durham came 5th in the Electronic Images section with 223 points (the winning club had 264 points) and 3rd in the print section with 174 points (the winning club had 180 points). In the print section, another 5 points would have secured us 2nd position and a place in the PAGB finals. So near!
Individual members achieved outstanding scores from the distinguished judges: Neil Maughan (Dawn over Dunstanburgh), Les Travis (Family Squabble)and David Trout (Schizophrenia)all having maximum 15 out of 15 scores, and David Trout and Dennis Hardingham having 14 out of 15 for two more images.
In the Print section, with 3 out of the 6 entries having 15 points being by DPS members, after much deliberation, Les Travis’ Family Squabble was voted best print in the competition.
Well done and congratulations to everyone taking part, and thanks to Don Bennett for co-ordinating on the day.
Les Travis …Family Squabble
Neil Maughan…Dawn over Dunstanburgh
1st Place. Les Travis.
The Kill. Also POY see next Blog entry.
Drink at the Stream.
2nd Place Mavis Ord.
Late evening, the workers have gone.
Early Morning Light.
Beauty in the Windy Rain .
3rd Place. Ian Stafford.
Dancing in the Street.
HC. Trevor Smith.
Fly me to the Moon.
HC. Dennis Hardingham.
Roaming the Wall.
HC. Barry Armitage.
Gentle Old Man.
Mother and Son?
The Print of the Year was awarded by David Richardson to Les Travis in the recent Valente Cup/ POY competitions.
Les Travis…The Kill
Now showing in the Entrance to the Town Hall, Durham, a selection of images of Durham in the snow by DPS President, Alan Stott MA ARPS
This series of ten images are a record of one particular day, the 29th of December 2005, with the City under a blanket of white. Alan says, “It was a magical morning; the snow lay heavy on the branches and the sun began to appear as we made our way round the back of the Cathedral and over Prebends Bridge. Ideal conditions for photography”.
Photo. Alan Stott MA ARPS
Durham Photographic Society members have long known fellow member Joyce Hedley as an accomplished and successful photographer and digital worker. That Joyce, now 81, only took up photography at the age of 70, never having used a computer or digital SLR camera before, proved to be of great public interest following her exhibition, Autumn, at Clayport Library in Durham. With articles in several newspapers and a news item on BBC Radio Newcastle, now Joyce’s story can be seen on the BBC Wear website:
Joyce acknowledges the encouragement and support of fellow member and friend, Ruth Thornton who has been a film, and now top end digital SLR, worker for many years and the help of Mavis Ord, George Holland and others in all things Photoshop. To paraphrase Tony Benn’s father, she has entered “A blaze of Autumn Sunshine” and cannot imagine life without photography.
I have chosen conte jour, or photographing against the light, as the subject for next year’s Fillingham Trophy competition. The art of contre jour is a photographic technique so is not specific to any one category of photography such as landscape, wedding, sport, natural history or portraiture. It means that all photographers, regardless of their particular interests, can enter with an equal chance of winning.
The rules are simple; as in other competitions up to three digital images of the size specified in the programme, can be entered. The pictures must be taken between the date of the annual general meeting which took place on Thursday November 12 2009 and the closing date next May. The competition will be judged in June. The precise dates will be published in the 2010 programme available from our first meeting in January.
There is one change from past years. As the one who chose the subject I will personally judge the competition instead of inviting a judge from another club to do so.
I will be looking for top class photographic technique and, equally, artistic interpretation.
David Trout, president elect.