Two dates to note for next week

Assignment Review Night.
3rd of July starting at 7pm at the Dunelm Club
This will be hosted by our very own Alan Sharp with good critique, prizes and banter.
Please bring 3 prints to A4 size one of which should be of the challenge – Nuts and Bolts

July Digi-Night.
Wednesday 4th at 6:30pm County Hall.
Our very own Jeff Teasdale will take us through preparing images for print using Adobe Software.
Bring your own images for critique and look forward to another involved evening.

Manchester Day Trip – 09:30, Sat 1st September

David Trout & Brian Blake have been planning a to visit Manchester The aim of the day is to give the opportunity for Urban Landscape and Street Photography at Salford Quays and City Centre. We suggest meeting at “Cuppa Coffee”, a cafe in the Lowry Outlet Centre, at 09:30 on 1st September. The journey by car will take around 2h 30m. There are a number of bookable car parks in the area.

We’re planning to be in the area until about 13:00, after which we’ll be heading to Manchester city centre by tram to Manchester Piccadilly (£3.20 off-peak return). There are vibrant street performances around the city centre.

Of course, feel free to do your ‘own thing’ on the day. Just make sure you know how you’re getting home.

There’s an event created in DPS Facebook page to register your attendance / interest. This will also allow you to see who else is attending, or interested. This should help you making your own arrangements for travel. If you’re not on Facebook, please email Brian at brian_blake(at) for the latest list of attending & interested people.

Useful Information

Cuppa Coffee:

Lowry Outlet Centre:

Car Parking:

TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) tram map:

TGfM ticket prices:

Salford Quays Pic © David trout

Happy Gourd Player pic © Brian Blake

Happy Gourd Player

Salford Quays

Sunderland is the start host port for The Tall Ships Races 2018

(Courtesy and evening chronicle)

Sunderland will welcome an international fleet of over 80 Tall Ships in summer 2018. The Tall Ships Sunderland four-day event is expected to attract over 1.5million visitors to the city with a stunning display on the banks of the River Wear and the Port of Sunderland. Tall Ships Sunderland will take place from July 11 to July 14, 2018.

The majestic vessels will congregate in the River Wear and Port of Sunderland as they prepare to embark on a spectacular race covering over three hundred nautical miles to Esbjerg in Denmark, a cruise in company to Norway, calling at the coastal city of Stavanger, then undertaking the final leg of the 2018 Races to the beautiful city of Harlingen in the Netherlands.

In total they will cover more than one thousand nautical miles over three weeks, giving thousands of young people a thrilling sail training experience, developing new skills, sharing fantastic memories and making friendships that will last a lifetime.

The event

As the start host port for The Tall Ships Races 2018, Sunderland expects to welcome a fleet of Tall Ships that will travel from all corners of the globe to reach the city and share in the celebrations. The beautiful vessels are themselves centre stage at this breathtaking event, opening to allow free public access at set times on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the event.

A captivating programme of entertainment and cultural activity will be delivered across the city over four days, stretching from Port of Sunderland, a hidden gem at the heart of maritime activity in the city, over to the North banks of the River Wear, home to University of Sunderland and the award-winning National Glass Centre and also incorporating the twin coastal resorts of Roker and Seaburn, with beach sporting activities and spectacular viewing points as the ships arrive and depart.

Each day will offer something different, keeping the crowds entertained and ensuring that The Tall Ships Races 2018 in Sunderland remains a cherished memory in the minds of visitors for many years to come.

A spectacle from start to finish


Wednesday 11 July

The ships will arrive by lunchtime – some may arrive earlier – making spectacular viewing from the seafront and around the quaysides of the River Wear. The entertainment and festivities will commence across the event site and ships crews will enjoy inter-ship sporting activities. Ships will open at specific times for visitors to explore onboard and discover more about these magnificent giants of the sea.

Thursday 12 July

The programme of culture and entertainment for event visitors continues. The ships’ crews will enjoy a morning of sport and culture before the upbeat Crew Parade weaves through the city from the Burdon Road, along Fawcett Street, crossing Wearmouth Bridge and making its way noisily down towards Event Zone C, University of Sunderland St Peter’s Campus and bringing a true international carnival atmosphere to the streets. The Parade is intended to thank the host port for their hospitality and everyone is welcome to come along and join the celebrations. The Parade will conclude with a Prize-Giving Ceremony at St Peter’s Campus with prizes being awarded to ships and individuals for a range of disciplines and achievements.

Friday 13 July

The festivities will continue across the city and a full programme of entertainment will ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Official Race business starts to get serious as the Captains receive their briefing from Sail Training International officials as they set their sights to Esbjerg. The sail trainees that are about to participate in the Race arrive to join their ships.

Saturday 14 July

The ships will be closed for public access as they make final preparations for the Races. There’ll be lots to see in the Port of Sunderland and along the river banks as the ships get ready to leave. They will undock over the course of the afternoon and move out into the North Sea to partake in a stunning Parade of Sail, sailing northwards and on to their next destination. The coastal resorts of Roker and Seaburn will provide fabulous viewing points as the city bids a fond farewell to the ships. The entertainment will not stop when the ships leave, with revelries and programmed events continuing well into the evening as the city reflects and celebrates a fantastic few days…

Where to see them

Visiting ships will be berthed on both the North and South side of the River near the National Glass Centre on Manor Quay with some of the largest vessels moored on the opposite bank at Corporation Quay. Hudson Dock within the port will also be open to the public so that everyone can get up close and, in many cases, get on-board. Sunderland City Council’s Head of Events Victoria French said: “With many ships signed up so far and the opportunity to get a few more, this is shaping up to be a huge event. “By including quays on the north side of the river and also the west side of Hudson Dock we will be able to host everything from crew activities and visitor entertainment to access to ships and even the opportunity to take a sailing trip on one of these beautiful vessels.”

Latest Competition Results. Judged by Carol Hudson LRPS

Sterling Award: PDI Humour

1st Place Joe Grabham. Envy






2nd Place. Angy Ellis. Having a right good laugh







3rd Place. David Forster. I said smoking is bad for you








HC. Dave Murrell. I Do

Daisy Edis Trophy.PDI Nature

1st Place Michael Watson. Mountain Hare







2nd Place John Race. Sniper







3rd Place Tony Griffiths. Nature reclaiming old slate mine







HC  Michael Watson.Female red grouse at sunset

HC Walter Bulmer. White tailed eagle, on the hunt

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Snap n Chat #14 Models at the Hendon Graffiti Walls.

Twelve keen DPS members met outside the Made4thecage gym on a very pleasant day for photography.

We had 4 super models in Luke, Ashlee, Natalie & Steve, all bringing the right attitude to ensure we walked away with great shots. After splitting into 3 groups we wandered around the area, if you have never been as photographers I suggest you visit with or without a model as the street art is beautiful, we never even saw half of it.

We also had fun using the surrounding business who kindly let us use their premises when one of us had an idea. All the models had the techniques, poses and clothing, they were open to suggestions and made the day thoroughly enjoyable for all.

Obviously we finished at a local Café.

Watch out for the #14 Snap n Chat gallery that will follow soon.


Jack Gilmore 1935-2018

Jack Gilmore was one of Durham Photographic Society’s unsung heroes. A modest man with a keen sense of humour he was widely acknowledged by members at large to be a master of comic audio-visual presentations. For successive presidents he was also respected as the man who kept the weekly programmes running on shedule. He was our sound man responsible for miking up visiting speakers and judges and was always ready to remind the president when it was time to kick off the show. And when he felt tea breaks were in danger of over-running he would prompt the president it was time to quit chatting and get back to business.

A long time member of DPS West Cornforth-born Jack’s keen interest in film and movie photography was sparked by a shop window advert for an assistant cinema projectionist at his local picture house when he was still fresh from school. Working in the projection room Jack’s interest led to his home produced movies and pictures, and eventually to his hilarious send ups of movie ‘trailers’ for DPS AV shows.

His main job was with Durham County Council Education Department and because of his photographic skills he was appointed visual aids officer and had to produce films and photos for the authority. This led to many slide shows for local organisations and various youth clubs.

Jack worked in a number of roles for Durham County Council and at the time of his retirement he was administrative officer for Durham Police Authority

National Service saw him with the RAF in Egypt during the Suez Crisis. His family back home were alarmed when they discovered this meant he had to carry a gun at all times despite a serious arm injury he sustained in a fall when he was 11 that meant he had no chance of him ever hitting the right target.

They were also amused that he had the job of driving an RAF bus in Egypt despite being blessed with an eratic sense of direction.

Jack was married to Hazel more than 50 years ago and their home was in Coxhoe close to his West Cornforth birthplace. Both were devoted members of the local Methodist Church community and he played a major part in the planning of a new chapel building a few years ago. Jack wrote many of the annual pantomime scripts at the church and also appeared as Dame on numerous occasions.

It was in the new St Andrews Methodist Church at Coxhoe that Jack’s funeral took place on Thursday June 7, followed by commital at Durham Crematorium. Minister the Rev Susan Richardson conducted the services. The church was crowded with devoted family and friends and mourners were led by his widow Hazel and children Andrew, Alison and Kathryn and Jack’s grandson Jack.

DPS was represented by John Attle, Tony Grriffiths, Janet Thackray and me.

Jack Gilmore was a lovely man whose quiet charm and dry humour endeared him to many.

David Trout

Jack Gilmore by Jack Gilmore

From the NCPF

Events for the season 2018-19 have now been arranged as follows:-

Awards Presentation Day :-  Sunday November 25th. 2018 Commencing 1.00pm

Club Championship Competition:- Sunday February 24th. 2019 Commencing 12 Noon

NCPF Annuals Competition:- Friday/Saturday  April 5th /6th. 2019

All the above events will be held at Clara Vale Village Hall, South View, Clara Vale, Ryton NE40 3SY

Details  regarding Rules & Submission dates  for the competitions will be announced nearer the dates.

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2nd Progress Print Section B Results

Judge: Malcolm Blenkey

First – Graduation Day by Veronica Barker


Second – Mill Pond by David Chisholm


Third – Kenwood House by Veronica Barker


Fourth – Manhattan Skyline by Martin Stobbart


Fifth – Quarry Reflections by Ronald Craig Williams


Highly Commended – Hannibal by Derrick Hopper

Updated Points Tables on Competitions tab, “Competitions Results 2018”