Club Night News: 18th May

Peter Talbot: Expeditions in a Zodiac Boat in UK, Sweden, Norway and Greenland

Peter Talbot is a young adventurer/ photographer who also lectures widely about his travels, always in aid of Prostate Cancer UK after his father contracted the disease in 2009. Thankfully his Dad has recovered fully thanks to an early diagnosis and treatment. Peter has continued to support the charity ever since and has raised over £20,000 so far, principally from his lectures

He gave his first talk to Durham PS in 2011 and delivered the Malcolm Thurman Memorial Lecture in 2014 and it was great to have him back, this time focussing particularly on his adventures in Greenland. Few places are as remote and bleakly beautiful, dangerous even, and it was a thrilling and spellbinding experience to hear his stories and see his pictures. He has a full time (unrelated) job and his charity work – how on earth does he pack in the planning, organising and experiencing the amazing expeditions?!

More about prostate cancer and Prostate Cancer UK, and the importance of early testing and diagnosis, is here

Any group or organisation interested in booking Peter for one of his talks can contact him by email: p.d.talbot(at)googlemail.com (substituting (at) for @ of course)

David Trout’s obituary of the late, great Malcolm Thurman is on the History page here

Assignment Durham Hot Air Balloon Festival

Saturday 27th May, Houghall College Campus. Early birds may like to be there earlier but all meet at the car park at 12.00 noon (not 10.00 am as reported previously!). Car parking is £5 so car share makes sense. See previous NewsBlog here

The gallery of pictures from the previous Assignment to Tanfield Railway, along with 54 others, is on the Assignments page here

DPS on Tour: Tough Mudder Yorkshire

A golden chance for a bus trip to Tough Mudder, Skipton, 29th July but hurry – needs enough members to sign up to be viable, £15 each plus £10 entry fee – contact Angy by phone, text, email or FaceBook etc to express interest. More info here

Next Digi Night – change of date and star billing

The next meeting will be Wednesday 21st June 6.30 pm County Hall , not 7th June as previously reported due to knock on effect of the Election

The main topic will be Infra Red Photography by Jed Wee ARPS (welcome back Jed!) plus bring your own image for the guys to work on

DPS Annual Exhibition

It will be on in the glorious setting of the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral for the month of August, will feature around 100 prints by DPS members and be enjoyed by thousands of visitors from all over the world. NB It will be an exhibition on the theme of “Treasures of the North” which is completely open to individual members’ interpretation. You can put your name down on the notice board to take part and bring in mounted prints from now

See also earlier NewsBlog from Mike Boult here

DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition

47 photographic prints from 47 members, now showing in the popular Botanic Garden Cafe, the exhibition is on for the month of May. Beautiful gardens, coffee, cake and DPS photography – it’s a telling combination! Entrance to the cafe is free and there’s a small charge to see the gardens. More about the Durham University Botanic Garden is here

DPS UHND Exhibition

Coming soon. Our permanent display on the 1st floor near ENT at the University Hospital of North Durham will have a changeover at the beginning of June. Barry Armitage is the founder and organiser and can tell you more after the Botanic Garden exhibition take down

NCPF/ Empire & Flag/Beamish Weekend

20th to 21st May. Our own Julian Harrop reckons there will be a massive amount to photograph at Beamish, not least due to the numerous activities around the Empire and Flag event. Members can enter the NCPF/Beamish Trophy competition with pictures taken on the weekend. More information is on the Notice Board and on the NCPF website here and Beamish website here

There’s also a Grand Georgian Gathering at Night event, 6.00 pm Saturday 20th link

NB Golden opportunities for “Treasures of the North” pictures for our Annual Exhibition and “Spirit of the North East” for the Fillingham Cup competition!

AV Show Night

27th July – open to all members to show their Audio Visual slide shows but hurry – time is running out! Hand your entries to David Forster on disc or stick asap. David is organising and can also give advice.

Competition Countdown

Next closing dates:

Sterling Award (After Dark) and Daisy Edis (Nature) PDI 18th May

Hon Members and Iris Print and PDI on themes 1st June

Plus: only 27 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit of the North East

Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme or on the Competitions page of this website

Photography this Weekend

The big two: Haworth 1940’s Weekend and NCPF Beamish Weekend. Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page has links for these and many others right through the summer and beyond here

Plus: why not set out to capture stunning photographs for our forthcoming Treasures of the North exhibition in Durham Cathedral. Could be people, landscapes, architecture objects, any genre – the choice is yours. Let’s make this a show to remember for the many thousands of visitors

Next Meeting: Thursday 25th May

Results Night! 2nd Progress PDI – judges Lynda Golightly and John Attle

Note: the meeting on Thursday 8th June will be at County Hall at the earlier start time of 6.30 pm due to St Oswalds being a general election polling station that night

Pictured: Barry Armitage at the DPS UHND exhibition

                                                           Barry Armitage at UHND. Picture Dennis Hardingham

Club Night News: 11th May

Alan Wennington: Wildlife and a bit of everything else

We’ve had many top flight photographers doing talks at Durham PS and Alan Wennington, delivering his first talk to a big audience, is right up there with the best of them. It turns out Alan accepted the invitation, which was instigated by John Attle, out of a desire to give something back after enjoying lectures by DPS members Angy Ellis and Jed Wee at his home club Blyth PS

Thankfully he did because the packed audience of fellow enthusiasts enjoyed a great night of honest photography across the many genres that we all enjoy and to a very high standard. Particularly strong were his wildlife pictures, including an amazing collection of elusive birds mostly captured within the North East region

Alan is a relaxed, congenial performer, giving great insights with the stories behind the pictures and with a nice line of humour around judges

He is a member of the Pentax User Forum, as are quite a few DPS members, and it was good to have some others in the audience as guests too – and he’s also a member of quite a few other on line photography forums. These are communities of like minded people and you can clearly see why Alan is so popular

We look forward to his next visit to Durham, sooner rather than later

Alan’s Pentax User Forum photo gallery is here

Enjoy more of Alan’s photography on flickr here

DPS on Tour: Tough Mudder Yorkshire

A golden chance for a bus trip to Tough Mudder, Skipton, 29th July but hurry – needs enough members to sign up to be viable, £15 each plus £10 entry fee – contact Angy by phone, text, email or FB etc to express interest. More info here

Assignment Barford Raceway

Review night is Tuesday 16th May, 7.00 pm in the Dunelm Club, Old Elvet. Also send 8 images for the Assignments page gallery (and next year’s Assignment Night) to David Forster, normal competition size and captioned with your name and a number

The gallery of pictures from the previous Assignment to Tanfield Railway, along with 54 others, is on the Assignments page here

SNAP n CHAT

SNAP n CHAT #6 was in the grounds and Deer Park of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland with live models. Images from the day are now on the Members Galleries page here

See also Angy’s report here

Digi Nights

The next meeting will be Wednesday 7th June 6.30 pm County Hall all members welcome. Details to follow

DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition

47 photographic prints from 47 members, now showing in the popular Botanic Garden Cafe, the exhibition is on for the month of May. More about the Durham University Botanic Garden is here

DPS UHND Exhibition

Our permanent display on the 1st floor near ENT at the University Hospital of North Durham is due for a changeover at the beginning of June. Barry Armitage is the founder and organiser. Contact him for more information and if you would like to show prints

DPS Annual Exhibition

It will be on in the glorious setting of the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral for the month of August, will feature around 100 prints by DPS members and be enjoyed by thousands of visitors from all over the world. NB It will be an exhibition on the theme of “Treasures of the North” which is open to individual members’ interpretation. You can put your name down on the notice board to take part and bring in mounted prints from now

See also earlier NewsBlog from Mike Boult here

NCPF Beamish Weekend

20th to 21st May. More information is on the Notice Board and on the NCPF website here and Beamish website here

Will include a selling exhibition of NCPF members’ prints. Deadline for entering prints into the exhibition is 18th May – details here

AV Show Night

27th July – open to all members to show their Audio Visual slide shows but hurry – time is running out!. Aim for 3 to 5 minutes. David Forster is organising and can give advice.

Competition Countdown

Next closing dates:

2nd Progress Prints – closed for entries but don’t forget to email PDI versions to Dale Wesley Hill

Sterling Award (After Dark) and Daisy Edis (Nature) PDI 18th May

Hon Members and Iris Print and PDI on themes 1st June

Plus: only 34 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit of the North East

Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme or on the Competitions page of this website

Photography this Weekend

Tynemouth Food Festival this weekend with, later this month, Haworth 1940’s Weekend, NCPF Beamish Weekend, Hot Air Ballooning, Cathedral 5 a.m photography, Sky Diving, Pearl Izumi Tour and Northumberland County Show plus Blyth Battery goes to War! Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page has links here

Next Meeting: Thursday 18th May

It’s a return visit from adventurer/photographer Peter Talbot with Expeditions in a Zodiac Boat in UK, Sweden, Norway and Greenland. Don’t miss! And it will be in aid of Prostate Cancer UK – Durham PS will be making a substantial donation (Peter will not be accepting a fee) and members can contribute individually

Our boys Dave Murrell, Ian Stafford and Jed Wee are just back from Norway – Ask Ian to show you his superb book of photography from the trip

Note: the meeting on Thursday 8th June will be at County Hall at the earlier start time of 6.30 pm due to St Oswalds being a general election polling station that night

Pictured: from the DPS Botanic exhibition – The Eyes Have it by Alyson Shields

                                                           'The eyes have it' Alyson Shields

Club Night News: 4th May

PAGB GB Cup:

The showing of images from the 2016 PAGB GB Cup Open, viewed from the comfort of arm chairs at County Hall, proved to be an inspirational and rewarding experience. We saw all the entries from the top performing clubs interspersed with collections of great pictures from individuals on various themes. There were plenty of creatives but also masses of top flight sports, street and landscape images and more. Bearing in mind this was the crème de la crème of British club photography, it was good to see included 7 pictures from 6 DPS members – John Carter, Sandra Hewitson, Alison Coatsworth, Michael Watson, Tony Griffiths and Joe Grabham

Durham PS came a creditable 20th out of 99 large clubs. 2017 results are also in – we did even better, being 15th Link

Assignment Barford Raceway

The Assignment to Barford Raceway on Sunday proved to be a very good afternoon out. The Challenge was “Combinations of Colours”. Review night to be announced soon. Send 8 images for the Assignments page gallery (and newxt year’s Assignment Night) to David Forster, Normal competition size

The gallery of pictures from the previous Assignment to Tanfield Railway is on the Assignments page here

SNAP n CHAT

SNAP n CHAT #6 was in the grounds and Deer Park of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland with live models. Images from the day are now on the Members Galleries page here

See also Angy’s report here

Digi Nights

The next meeting will be Wednesday 7th June 6.30 pm County Hall all members welcome. Details to follow

DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition

Set up in the popular Botanic Garden Cafe was on Monday 1st May, 9.30 a.m by an enthusiastic DPS Crew in double quick time. Posters are available for members to distribute locally. The exhibition is on for the month of May. More about the Durham University Botanic Garden is here

DPS UHND Exhibition

Our permanent display on the 1st floor near ENT at the University Hospital of North Durham is due for a changeover at the beginning of June. Barry Armitage is the founder and organiser. Contact him for more information and if you would like to show prints. The show is on show for patients, visitors and staff alike

DPS Annual Exhibition

It will be on in the glorious setting of the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral for the month of August, will feature around 100 prints by DPS members and be enjoyed by thousands of visitors from all over the world. The cathedral was recently voted National Heritage Site of the Year by BBC Countryfile magazine ( link ). NB It will be an exhibition on the theme of “Treasures of the North”. You can put your name down on the notice board to take part and bring in mounted prints from next week 11th May

NCPF Beamish Weekend

20th to 21st May, will include a selling exhibition of NCPF members’ prints. More information is on the Notice Board and on the NCPF website here and Beamish website here

AV Show Night

27th July – open to all members to show their Audio Visual slide shows. Aim for 3 to 5 minutes. David Forster is organising and can give advice.

Competition Countdown

Next closing dates:

2nd Progress Prints 11th May (extended from the 4th)

Sterling Award (After Dark) and Daisy Edis (Nature) 18th May

Plus: only 41 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit of the North East

Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme or on the Competitions page of this website

Photography this Weekend

Take a break from election fever (!) and enjoy the weather and your photography. The rest of May is packed with enticing Hot Dates: Tynemouth Food Festival, Haworth 1940’s Weekend, NCPF Beamish Weekend, Hot Air Ballooning, Cathedral 5 a.m photography, Sky Diving, Pearl Izumi Tour and Northumberland County Show. Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page has links (how does he do it?!) here

Breaking News: DPS member contributes to GB international success and wins prestigious Ribbon – coming soon!

Next Meeting: Thursday 11th May

We look forward to Alan Wennington, Blyth PS with “Wildlife and a bit of everything Else”. Don’t forget to bring in your 2nd Progress Print entries

Note: the meeting on Thursday 8th June will be at County Hall at the earlier start time of 6.30 pm due to St Oswalds being a general election polling station that night

Pictured: from the PAGB GB Cup 2016 – “Underground Love” by Alison Coatsworth AFIAP, “Three Wise Bankers by Joe Grabham EFIAP/s” and “Behind Every Great Man …” by Tony Griffiths

Underground Love by Alison Coatesworth AFIAP  Three Wise Bankers by Joe Grabham EFIAPs  Behind Every Great Man ...  Tony Griffiths

Club Night News: 20th April – part 2

SNAP n CHAT

SNAP n CHAT #6 will be to the grounds and Deer Park of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland with live models, Wednesday 26th April. Meet at the Castle entrance gates 10.30 a.m. See SNAP n CHAT news here

Auckland Castle website is here

Assignment Barford Raceway

Next Assignment is to Barford Raceway Sunday 30th April meeting at 12.00/12.30 with the first race at 1.00 pm. All members welcome. See Assignments News here

Coming soon: Assignment Tanfield Railway gallery on the Assignments page here

Digi Nights

The May Digi Night has had to be cancelled. The next meeting will be Wednesday 7th June 6.30 pm County Hall all members welcome. Details to follow

PftNE Craftspeople of the North Exhibition

Still on at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in the ground floor pottery room until 2nd May. See opening event pictures here

See also John Cogan’s latest article on the subject is here

The touring Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize until 4th June link and Sunderland PA exhibition until 7th May link are also showing

DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition

Set up is Monday 1st May, 9.30 a.m. Volunteers needed for a very enjoyable experience (Don Bennett is organising). Posters are available for members to distribute locally. The exhibition is on for the month of May. More about the Durham University Botanic Garden is here

DPS UHND Exhibition

Our permanent display on the 1st floor near ENT at the University Hospital of North Durham is due for a changeover at the beginning of June. Barry Armitage is the founder and organiser. Contact him for more information and if you would like to show prints. The show will be enjoyed by patients, visitors and staff alike

DPS Annual Exhibition

It will be on in the glorious setting of the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral for the month of August, will feature around 100 prints by DPS members and be enjoyed by thousands of visitors from all over the world. The cathedral was recently voted National Heritage Site of the Year by BBC Countryfile magazine ( link ). NB It will be an exhibition on the theme of “Treasures of the North”. More details will follow

Only in the North Bowes Museum competition

Very last call! Closing date is 23rd April. More information is on the Notice Board and here

NCPF Beamish Weekend

20th to 21st May, will include a selling exhibition of NCPF members’ prints. More information is on the Notice Board and on the NCPF website here and Beamish website here

AV Show Night

27th July – open to all members to show their Audio Visual slide shows. Aim for 3 to 5 minutes. David Forster is organising and can advise

Competition Countdown

Next closing dates:

2nd Progress Prints 4th May

Sterling Award (After Dark) and Daisy Edis (Nature) 18th May

Plus: only 55 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit of the North East

Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme or on the Competitions page of this website

Photography this Weekend

Spoilt for choice! As election fever takes hold, there’s also Whitby Goth Festival, Horses at Work at Beamish or Harrogate Spring Flower Show or why not pick up all three – Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page has links here

Next Meeting: Thursday 27th April

Results Night, Des Kelly (landscapes) and Lambert Hedley (portraits) print competitions judged by Martin Vickerman. Two trophies will be won!

Note: the meetings on 4th May and 8th June will be at County Hall at the earlier start time of 7.00 pm and 6.30 pm respectively due to St Oswalds being a polling station on those nights

Pictured: Who needs Goths?

                                                          From left, Neil Maughan, Alex Elwood and Joe Grabham

Club Night News: 20th April – Paul Harris: Brief Encounters

Paul Harris FRGS – adventurer, explorer, story teller – is an extraordinarily prolific and talented pro photographer and film maker. He took us on a spell-binding journey from his time as a documentary photography student under David Hurn at Newport College of Art and design, to projects and commissions all over the world including his current homeland in Nidderdale, N Yorkshire. He gave us a fascinating insight into life as a successful stock photographer and someone with an incredible number of high level commissions and collaborations.

He is an engaging speaker and his approach to photography translates very well to high end enthusiasts (such as our members!). He has a passion for working on projects, always with storytelling in mind. He loves people and working with people – getting in close, putting them at ease. If it’s people at work, get them doing something. Make a list, who’s interesting? Let the sitter be partly in control

Altogether it was an entertaining and inspirational night and we look forward to Paul’s next visit to Durham

Re-live some of the Brief Encounters experience and find out more about Paul’s workshops for photographers on his website here

More about Andrew Sabin’s Coldstones Cut, “Yorkshires biggest and highest Public Artwork” photographed by Paul Harris is here

The book, “The Coldstones Cut, the Making of a Monument” by Paul Harris is available here

More about the book, “2020 Vision, Big Ideas to Rebuild our Natural Home” is here

Kazuyoshi Nomachi’s website is here

Pictures: Paul Harris

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Club Night News: 13th April

An Evening with our own Assignment Group: an AV Extravaganza

And what a great show it was! Terrific photography by a large number of members beautifully projected via our state of the art equipment with an amazing, mood enhancing, sound track. Co producer John Carter selected images from 10 Assignments in 2016, no easy feat with thousands to choose from. Fellow producer David Forster spent many a happy hour crafting the AV as only he can. His music selection was a play list to die for. Clearly he is a music lover, in fact a music collector, as well as a photographer with an artist’s eye

John and David organise the Assignment outings and review nights, spend hundreds of hours creating the AVs … and still carried out their Mr Coffee and Mr Tea duties on the night … and enjoyed every minute. That’s volunteering DPS style!

Assignments have been going since 2010 if not before, providing unique collective photography experiences with great learning and social benefits and are open to all Durham PS members

Links to Pro Show Gold (as used by David Forster) , picturestoexe and Animoto (other software available) are in the Audio Visual section of new improved Useful Links here

Assignment Barford Raceway

And now for something really exciting! Next Assignment is to Barford Raceway Sunday 30th April meeting at 12.00/12.30 with the first race at 1.00 pm. All members welcome. See Assignments News here

SNAP n CHAT

Weather permitting, SNAP n CHAT #6 will be to the grounds and Deer Park of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland with live models, Wednesday 26th April. Meet at the Castle entrance gates 10.30 a.m. See SNAP n CHAT news here

Auckland Castle website is here

Digi Nights

The next meeting is Wednesday 3rd May 6.30 pm County Hall all members welcome. Details to follow

PftNE Craftspeople of the North Exhibition

Now on at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in the ground floor pottery room until 2nd May. See opening event pictures here

See also John Cogan’s latest article on the subject is here

The touring Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize until 4th June link and Sunderland PA exhibition until 7th May link are also showing!

DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition

Set up is 1st May, 9.30 a.m. Volunteers needed for a very enjoyable experience (Don Bennett is organising). Posters are available for members to distribute locally. The exhibition is on for the month of May. More about the Durham University Botanic Garden is here

DPS UHND Exhibition

Our permanent display at the University Hospital of North Durham is due for a changeover at the beginning of June. Contact organiser Barry Armitage if you would like to show prints.

DPS Annual Exhibition

In Durham Cathedral, voted National Heritage Site of the Year by BBC Countryfile magazine ( link ). This will be for the month of August, around 100 prints. NB It will be an exhibition on the theme of “Treasures of the North”. More details will follow

Only in the North Bowes Museum competition

Last call! Closing date is 23rd April. More information is on the Notice Board and here

NCPF Beamish Weekend

20th to 21st May, will include a selling exhibition of members’ prints. More information is on the Notice Board and on the NCPF website here and Beamish website here

Lake District Photography Weekend

The Jeff Teasdale Lakes Experience is 3rd to 5th November. Staying at the Field Studies Council, Blencathra Centre for two nights Friday and Saturday. Only one place left!

AV Show Night

27th July – open to all members to show their Audio Visual slide shows. Aim for 3 to 5 minutes. David Forster is organising and can advise. Register an interest and start producing your AV now! If you need help, ask!

Competition Countdown

Next closing dates

– 2nd Progress PDI 20th April

– 2nd Progress Prints 4th May

Plus: only 62 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit of the North East

Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme or on the Competitions page of this website

Situations “Vacant”

There are always rewarding volunteering opportunities at Durham PS. Currently for instance:

We need a new Treasurer to take over from Dave Murrell who is also Vice President. Speak to Dave for more information

We’re looking for a member to join the sound engineering and projection team (The Lanternists). John Attle and Ian Peele can tell you more

We also need someone, ideally more than one, to be part of the Website team. Speak to Peter Walton, Dave Murrell or Tony Griffiths

If you would like to know about volunteering in general have a chat with General Secretary Mike Boult

This Weekend

Enjoy your Easter break! Perhaps taking a look at classic cars at Ryhope on Sunday. Take time to plan the rest of April, packed with events of interest to photographers, on Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page here

Next Meeting: Thursday 20th April

Paul Harris will be presenting “Brief Encounters”. Once you realise he’s a communicator of the essence of life, landscape and the human condition across the world you will really not want to miss this. For a tantalising preview, check out Paul’s website here

Plus, entries into 2nd Progress PDI need to be in to Ian Peele by midnight!

Note: the meeting 4th May will be at County Hall at the earlier start time of 7.00 pm due to St Oswalds being a polling station that night

Pictured: Barford Raceway by Alison Coatsworth AFIAP

      Barford Raceway 2012 Picture Alison Coatsworth        Picture Alison Coatsworth

Club Night News: 6th April

NCPF 2016 Annual Competitions: Awards, Alliance entry and Selectors’ choice

Originally scheduled for 29th June, this was brought forward due to Mark Parvin being unable to make it because of a severe back injury. We look forward to Mark being with us 29th June

It was good to see so many excellent entries from members of clubs right across the Northern Photographic Federation, not least a good number from Durham PS

Judging and selection of the 2017 Annual Competitions takes place today and tomorrow at Tynemouth link

Assignment Tanfield Railway

The follow up meeting to show and discuss prints will be 7.00 pm next Tuesday 11th April at the Dunelm Club. Bring 4 A4 plus one of the challenge. Also email your 8 PDI sized images for the gallery and future Assignments club night to David Forster. Check out the Assignments page for galleries and more information here .

Assignments night, showing images from 2016 outings, is next week

SNAP n CHAT

Images from SNAP n CHAT #5 Butterfly World are in Members Galleries here

Weather permitting, SNAP n CHAT #6 will be to the grounds of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland with live models Wednesday 26th April. Meet at the Castle entrance gates 10.30 a.m. The Castle is closed for refurbishment but the famous deer park is open with free entry

See SNAP n CHAT news here

Auckland Castle website is here

Digi Nights

After the successful event on Wednesday by David Hickman, the next meeting is Wednesday 3rd May 6.30 pm County Hall.

PftNE Craftspeople of the North Exhibition

It’s now on at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in the gorgeous ground floor pottery room until 2nd May. See opening event pictures here

John Cogan’s earlier NewsBlog is here

The touring Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize link and Sunderland PA exhibition link are also showing!

DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition

Set up day is 1st May, 9.30 a.m. Volunteers needed for a very enjoyable experience (Don Bennett is organising). The exhibition is on for the month of May. More about the Durham University Botanic Garden is here

DPS UHND Exhibition

Our permanent display at the hospital is due for a changeover at the beginning of June. Contact organiser Barry Armitage if you would like to take part

DPS Annual Exhibition

In Durham Cathedral, voted National Heritage Site of the Year by BBC Countryfile magazine ( link ). This will be for the month of August, around 100 prints. NB It will be an exhibition on the theme of “Treasures of the North”. More details will follow

Only in the North

To celebrate the current Only in England Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr exhibition at Bowes Museum (on until 7th May) the Museum is inviting photographers to take inspiration from the show and to share their own unique images of Northern England. £1000 first prize for over 18’s! There is an under 18 section also with prizes of Impossible Cameras in both sections

Closing date is 23rd April. More information is on the Notice Board and here

NCPF Beamish Weekend

20th to 21st May, will include a selling exhibition of members’ prints. More information is on the Notice Board and on the NCPF website here and Beamish website here

Lake District Photography Weekend

The Jeff Teasdale Lakes Experience is 3rd to 5th November, and Jeff has a proforma to fill in to make a booking. Payment (deposit or in full) is due by 29th June but book your place soon. Staying at the Field Studies Council, Blencathra Centre near Keswick for two nights Friday and Saturday. Check out the poster on the Notice board.

AV Show Night

27th July – open to all members to show their Audio Visual slide shows. David Forster is organising. Register an interest and start producing your AV now! If you need help, ask!

Competition Countdown

Urgent: if you have entered the Des Kelly Trophy and Lambert Hedley print competition, don’t forget to email digital versions to Dale Wesley Hill. Some are definitely missing! daledpsprints(at)gmail.com (replacing (at) with @)

Next closing date – 2nd Progress PDI 20th April

Plus: only 69 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit if the North East”

Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme and on the Competitions page of this website

This Weekend

The ever popular Great North Steam Fair is on at Beamish, Living Museum of the North 6th to 9th April. Many more upcoming events of interest to photographers are on Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page here

Next Meeting: Thursday 13th April

It will be a members’ night! Specifically “An Evening with our own Assignments Group”. Organiser David Forster has produced a cracking Audio Visual presentation (early birds had a glimpse last night). This is looking like being one of the highlights of the year

Note: the meeting 4th May will be at County Hall due to St Oswalds being a polling station and with the earlier start time of 7.00 pm

Pictured: Sceptical by George Hodgson from the forthcoming DPS exhibition in the Durham University Botanic Garden cafe

                                                                       'Sceptical' George Hodgson

Club Night News: 30th March

Results night: Dunelm Trophy & Leazes Bowl

Was this the best ever sets of portrait and landscape photographs ever seen in a competition at Durham PS?! Our excellent judge David Illingworth of Morpeth CC certainly had a tough job deciding the placings. However, he did it well with insightful, appreciative commentary, enlivened by good humour. There was no criticism, only “niggles” and his love of the pictures shone through. Interestingly, in the portraits section which depicted a wonderfully diverse array of people, 25% were well executed black and white. One of David’s tips could well take hold – in reading one of your own images, simply flip 180 degrees horizontally and any faults will be more apparent!

Results to follow soon

PftNE Craftspeople of the North Exhibition

Over 40 craftspeople of the North East have been photographed for this project by the Portraits from the North East photographers, all Durham PS members. The latest exhibition will be at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, from 1st April until 2nd May. The opening event will be Saturday 1st April from 2.00 to 4.00 pm, everyone welcome

John Cogan’s earlier NewsBlog is here

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize link and Sunderland PA exhibition link are also showing!

Assignment Tanfield Railway

The follow up meeting to show and discuss prints will be 7.00 pm Tuesday 11th April at the Dunelm Club. Bring 4 A4 plus one of the challenge. Also email your 8 PDI sized images for the gallery and future club night to David Forster

SNAP n CHAT #5 Butterfly World

See previous blog for Angy’s report – more pictures imminent

Members Galleries

Arthur Attle has just posted “111 Seconds in a Potting Shed ….”. Open to all members, Members Galleries and how to enter is here

Digi Nights are go!

The next meeting is Wednesday 5th April 6.30 pm County Hall. David Hickman will be covering the all important subject of work flow. Feel free to bring in images for demos (if time allows). It’s free and all members welcome

DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition: All prints are in and being labelled and framed – on for the month of May. Set up volunteers needed for Monday 1st May (Don Bennett is organising) – many hands make light work! More about the Durham University Botanic Garden is here

DPS Annual Exhibition in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral, recently voted National Heritage Site of the Year by BBC Countryfile magazine ( link ). This will be for the month of August, around 100 prints. NB It will be an exhibition on the theme of “Treasures of the North”. More details will follow soon

Only in the North

To celebrate the current Only in England Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr exhibition at Bowes Museum (on until 7th May) the Museum is inviting photographers to take inspiration from the show and to share their own unique images of Northern England. It would be good if a DPS member won the £1000 first prize for over 18’s! There is an under 18 section also with prizes of Impossible Cameras in both sections

Closing date 23rd April. More information is on the Notice Board and here

NCPF Beamish Weekend

20th to 21st May, will include a selling exhibition of members’ prints. More information is on the Notice Board and on the NCPF website here and Beamish website here

Lake District Photography Weekend

The Jeff Teasdale Lakes Weekend Experience is 3rd to 5th November, and Jeff has a proforma to fill in to make a booking. Payment (deposit or in full) is due by 29th June but book your place soon. Staying at the Field Studies Council, Blencathra Centre near Keswick for two nights Friday and Saturday. Check out the poster on the Notice board. Several superb photographs from past Lakes Weekends appeared in last night’s Dunelm Trophy competition – highly recommended!

AV Show Night

27th July – open to all members to show their Audio Visual slide shows. David Forster is organising. Register an interest and start planning your AV now!

Competition Countdown

Next closing date – 2nd Progress PDI 20th April

Plus: only 76 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit if the North East”

Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme and on the Competitions page of this website

This Weekend

Things are hotting up – Old King Coal at Beamish, motor cycle racing at Croft and Bishop Aukland Food Festival. Many more upcoming events of interest to photographers are on Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page here

Next Meeting: Thursday 6th April

Mark Parvin DPAGB of Washington CC will be presenting on a subject dear to our hearts – “Projects”

Pictured: Ian Peele at work on the Craftspeople of the North exhibition at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, and Alan Sharp’s Highly Commended Dunelm entry from Lakes weekend, Early Morning DerwentWater

Ian Peele at work on the Craftspeople exhibition. Photo Peter Walton     Early morning, Derwentwater. Alan Sharp

Club Night News: 23rd March

David Stout EFIAP PPSA DPAGB: Casablanca to California

Travel photographer and raconteur par excellence David Stout took us on an enthralling journey through Morocco, taking in the Kasbah Fez, and across the USA from Denver to San Fransisco. He showed a stunningly well taken range of pictures from landscapes, to architecture, to travel portraits, even wildlife. He is a much travelled man whose enjoyment of different places, cultures and people was very infectious. He was very good at giving insights into his photographic composition and techniques, and having his wife Carol at the heart of the commentary gave things a heart-warming human dimension

After this, sales of polarising filters, Ansel Adams books, sprigs of mint, and “home made” asparagus soup will rocket. Spot metering will be back in vogue with a vengeance. Iridescent Blue will be the new in vogue paint colour. Members will be adopting David’s mantra when introducing themselves on their travels – “Hi, I know David Stout EFIAP PPSA DPAGB …”. And parking by the side of the road in scenic deserts is “OK” if due to engine over heating

More about Bodie, the ghost town in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California is here

More about David Stout is here

Assignment Tanfield Railway

It was on Saturday 18th March, Tanfield Railway Great War Weekend and a good time was had for sure. Follow up meeting to show and discuss prints will be 11th April at the Dunelm Club at 7 p.m. Meantime email your 8 PDI sized pictures for the gallery and future club night to David Forster

SNAP n CHAT #5 Butterfly World

Tuesday 28th March, Butterfly World, Preston Park, meeting in the car park at 10.00 a.m. All members welcome link

Digi Nights are go!

The next meeting, led by Dave Murrell is Wednesday 5th April 6.30 pm County Hall. It’s free and all members welcome

PftNE Craftspeople of the North Exhibition

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, opening 1st April and on until 2nd May – see earlier NewsBlog here

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and Sunderland PA exhibitionis also showing!

DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition: 47 prints by 47 members – on for the month of May. Set up volunteers needed (see Don Bennett). More about the Botanic Garden is here

DPS Annual Exhibition in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral, recently voted National Heritage Site of the Year by BBC Countryfile magazine ( link ). This will be in August, around 100 prints. NB It will be an exhibition on the theme of “Treasures of the North”.

Only in the North

To celebrate the current Only in England Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr exhibition at Bowes Museum (on until 7th May) the Museum is inviting photographers of all ages to take inspiration from the show and to share their own unique images of Northern England.

More information is on the Notice Board and here

NCPF Beamish Weekend

20th to 21st May, will include a selling exhibition of members’ prints. More information is on the Notice Board and on the NCPF website here and Beamish website here

Lake District Photography Weekend

The Jeff Teasdale Lakes Weekend Experience is 3rd to 5th November, and Jeff has a proforma to fill in to make a booking. Payment (deposit or in full) is due by 29th June but book your place soon. Staying at the Field Studies Council, Blencathra Centre near Keswick for two nights Friday and Saturday, the cost is only £118 full board. Check out the poster on the Notice board. Based on past experiences, highly recommended!

Competition Countdown

Des Kelly Trophy (best print landscape within NCPF region) and Lambert Hedley Cup (best print human portrait) now closed for entries. Digital versions of (normal PDI size) need to be emailed to new Competition Secretary Prints, Dale Wesley Hill by midnight that night:

Email address is: daledpsprints(at)gmail.com (replacing (at) with @)

2nd Progress PDI closing date is 20th April

Plus: only 83 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit if the North East”

Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme and on the Competitions page of this website

Hot Dates

Many upcoming events of interest to photographers are on Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page here

Next Meeting: Thursday 30th March

Results Night: two trophies will be won – Dunelm Trophy for best landscape PDI taken anywhere and Leazes Bowl for best portrait PDI. Judge will be David Illingworth of Morpeth CC

Pictured: Contemplation by David Forster, Highly Commended in the 2016 Leazes Bowl

                                                                                     HC Leazes Bowl. Contemplation. David Forster

Club Night News: 16th March

Dale Wesley Hill: Eloquence, Etiquette and a Fast Escape Route

It’s true DPS members were producing cine films as far back as 1966 (see this one on the History page link). However, Dale Wesley Hill set a new standard with a gripping, entrancing, life enhancing video of one of his equine photography shoots showing just how he does it. Remarkably, from a starting point of knowing nothing about horses too! And, in Lloyd, a new video star is born!

As well as showing great pictures and how he shoots them, Dale then gave a masterclass in Fine Art post capture processing. It really was an excellent night from one of our own members

Dale has four galleries of work on this website, The Expression Glass, The Art of Equine Art, Portrait Perceptions and a portfolio here

Dale’s article, What does it take to Photograph a Horse is in Articles here

More beautiful horses are on at the Cheltenham Festival this week!

Assignment Tanfield Railway

The next Assignment outing will be this Saturday 18th March to Tanfield Railway Great War Weekend with Durham Pals living history group. Meeting in the car park at 10.00 am, all members welcome Link

PS: still time to send your 8 PDI from Assignment Saltburn to David Forster (for a gallery and next year’s Assignment night AV) deadline midnight on Sunday

SNAP n CHAT #5 Butterfly World

Tuesday 28th March, Butterfly World, Preston Park, meeting in the car park at 10.00 a.m. All members welcome link

Digi Nights are go!

The next meeting, led by Dave Murrell is Wednesday 5th April 6.30 pm County Hall

Craftspeople of the North Exhibition

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, 1st April to 2nd May – see previous NewsBlog here

More DPS Exhibitions

Next up, Durham University Botanic Garden Cafe: 47 prints by 47 members – on for the month of May. Still space for 5 more prints from 5 more members! Deadline to bring prints to the club is next Thursday 23rd March. More about the Botanic Garden is here

This will be followed by our Annual Exhibition in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral, recently voted National Heritage Site of the Year by BBC Countryfile magazine ( link ). This will be in August, around 100 prints. NB It will be an exhibition on the theme of “Treasures of the North”. If you have a suitable strapline picture for the Cathedral website email to Ian Peele (address in the back of your printed programme)

Only in the North

To celebrate the current Only in England Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr exhibition at Bowes Museum (on until 7th May) the Museum is inviting photographers of all ages to take inspiration from the show and to share their own unique images of Northern England.
“Through this project, we hope to capture images that represent the distinctive character of the North today. They can show anything from iconic scenery and landmarks, to the people and customs that give Northern England its unmistakable identity and charm

Information is on the Notice Board and here

NCPF Beamish Weekend

20th to 21st May, will include a selling exhibition of members’ prints. More information is on the Notice Board and on the NCPF website here and Beamish website here

Lake District Photography Weekend

There is a poster on the notice board for the Jeff Teasdale Lakes weekend 3rd to 5th November, and Jeff has a proforma to fill in to make a booking. Payment (deposit or in full) is due by 29th June but book your place soon. Staying at the Field Studies Council, Blencathra Centre near Keswick for two nights Friday and Saturday, the cost is only £118 full board. Based on past experiences, highly recommended!

Competition Countdown

It’s closing date for Des Kelly Trophy (best print landscape within NCPF region) and Lambert Hedley Cup (best print human portrait) next Thursday 23rd March. Digital versions of entries (normal PDI size) need to be emailed to Print Secretary Dale Wesley Hill by midnight that night: daledpsprints(at)gmail.com (replacing (at) with @)

2nd Progress PDI closing date is 20th April

Plus: only 90 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit if the North East”

Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme and on the Competitions page of this website

This Weekend

Spring is hotting up. Choices include the Photography Show at the NEC, Tanfield Railway Great War Weekend with DPS Assignment on the Saturday and more. Links and many more events are on Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page here

Next Meeting: Thursday 23rd March

In a change to our printed programme, the ever popular David Stout EFIAP PPSA DPAGB from Whickham PC will be presenting, “Casablanca to California”

Also it’s last call for Botanic Garden exhibition prints

Pictured: Tanfield by Dave Murrell and Dale Wesley Hill by Angy Ellis

                                Tanfield 1 by David Murrell