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   

Club Night News: 9th March

Steve and Ann Toon: Wild Tales – more Wildlife Adventures from Near and Far

Steve and Ann lived up to their billing all right – it was a night of fabulous wildlife photography, adventures in Africa and closer to home, and fascinating insights into their photojournalism practice, workshops and African photo safaris. As for the amazing hides, from luxurious to challenging – who knew?

As Catherine Yates said in her vote of thanks, the Toon’s passion for and love of wildlife shines through

The Toon’s website is picture packed, has more on rhino poaching and with workshops information (still a few places on Shoot Like a Pro in April, booking now for the September Hawk and Owl and more) here

In addition they have a photo safari website, where you can re-live the experience, learn more about Chobe and Zimanga, the houseboat, the Chobe river photo boats and the state of the art low level reflection hides by award winning Hungarian wildlife photographer Bence Máté here

More about Bence Máté is here and here

Assignment Tanfield Railway

The next Assignment outing will be Saturday 18th March to Tanfield Railway (the world’s oldest railway), by happy co-incidence, also 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

Digi Nights are go!

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

DPS Exhibitions

Next up, Durham University Botanic Garden Cafe: 47 prints by 47 members – on for the month of May. Put your name down on the notice board if you’d like to take part – the list closes after 47 names. Mounted Prints (ideally 20×16” but also 40x50cm) can be brought now but latest 23rd March, though sooner rather than later helps organiser Don Bennett DPAGB. More about the Botanic Garden is here

This will be followed by our prestigious and popular Annual Exhibition, visited by thousands from all over the world, in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral in August, around 100 prints. It’s an open exhibition and any member can show prints (probably up to two each). Details to follow

Programme Change

Due to unavoidable work commitments, Guy Richardson has had to pull out of his scheduled night 23rd March

Instead, the ever popular David Stout EFIAP PPSA DPAGB from Whickham PC will be presenting, “Casablanca to California”

The Programme page is up to date with this and other changes

Competition Countdown

Only two weeks away, the next closing date is 23rd March for Des Kelly Trophy (best print landscape within NCPF region) and Lambert Hedley Cup (best print human portrait). Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme and on the Competitions page of this website. Plus: only 97 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit if the North East”

Lake District Photography Weekend

There is a superb 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!

This Weekend

It’s the Zombie Run, Hamsterley on Sunday. A link and many more events in March and throughout the year, complete with more links, are on Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page. Let him know of any others

Next Meeting: Thursday 9th March

Our own Dale Wesley Hill will be presenting, “Equine Photography, Etiquette and a Fast Escape Route!” Don’t miss

Pictured: the Toons at Durham PS. Photo Angy Ellis

                                                              The Toons. Angy Ellis

Club Night News: 2nd March

Results Night: 1st Progress Prints

Judges:

Section A – Alan McCormick ARPS

Section B – Dale Wesley Hill

It was a good night all round with loads of good prints, and really good commentary and helpful critique from both judges. We are grateful to Alan McCormick, NCPF President, for standing in at short notice. It was interesting that Dale highlighted good paper choice and Alan praised good mounting – both great ways of adding value to your work

Results to follow soon

NCPF Championship 2017

As previously reported, Keswick PS won both the PDI and Print sections which was a huge achievement. Durham PS came second and second = respectively link. Galleries of pictures from the Championship are now on the NCPF website here

Joe Grabham’s article explaining the difference between the Championship and the Annual Competitions is here

Assignment Saltburn

The follow up meeting is Tuesday 7th March 7.00 pm in the Dunelm Club, Old Elvet. Bring 4 A4 size prints plus 1 of the challenge of the day, “Vertical/s” for discussion and comments

Also email the usual 8 DPI images (1400 x 1050) for the Assignments page on the Website to David Forster who is recovering well from his accident by all accounts

Digi Nights are go!

Following the excellent session on time lapse photography and working on members’ images on Wednesday, the next meeting is Wednesday 5th April 6.30 pm County Hall

SNAP n CHAT

#4 York at Night on Wednesday was a success – see Angy’s earlier NewsBlog report and the gallery in Members Galleries here. SNAP n Chat #5 Destination will be announced soon

DPS Exhibitions

Next up, Durham University Botanic Garden Cafe: 47 prints by 47 members – on for the month of May. Put your name down on the notice board if you’d like to take part – the list closes after 47 names. Mounted Prints (ideally 20×16” but also 40x50cm) can be brought now but latest 23rd March, though sooner rather than later helps organiser Don Bennett DPAGB. More about the Botanic Garden is here

This will be followed by our prestigious and popular Annual Exhibition, visited by thousands from all over the world, in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral in August, around 100 prints. It’s an open exhibition and any member can show prints (probably up to two each). Details to follow

Competition Countdown

Coming up fast, the next closing date is 23rd March for Des Kelly Trophy (best print landscape within NCPF region) and Lambert Hedley Cup (best print human portrait). Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your Programme and on the Competitions page of this website. Plus: only 104 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit if the North East”

Lake District Photography Weekend

There is a superb poster on the notice board for the Jeff Teasdale Lakes weekend 3rd to 5th November, and a proforma to fill in to make a booking. Payment (deposit or in full) due by 29th June but book your place soon

Mark Gilligan Workshop 2018

Mark Gilligan will be making a return visit to Durham PS 11th October 2018. There is a potential opportunity also for members to join Mark on a 1 day small-group landscape workshop around that time at a cost of £120 each. At this stage, any member keen to take part should register interest with Paul Ritchie (email address in the back of your printed programme). Mark’s website is here

This Weekend

Ushaw College is now open to the public four days a week. A link and many more events in March and throughout the year, complete with more links, are on Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page (how does he do it?!). Let him know of any others so we can share with the great community of fellow photographers

Next Meeting: Thursday 9th March

It’s yet another big event in the calendar; the return of Ann & Steve Toon by popular demand. The clue is in the title of the talk, “Wild Tales – More Wildlife Adventures from Near & Far”. Don’t miss

Pictured: Alan McCormick ARPS and Dale Wesley Hill. Photo Angy Ellis

                                                             Alan McCormick ARPS (left), Dale Wesley Hill

Club Night News: 9th February

Leigh Preston FRPS, EFIAP, MPAGB and friends from the   Chichester Focus Group: John Bradshaw FRPS, Janey Devine FRPS & Iain McGowan FRPS, Bill McKnight ARPS and Robert Heather

We were very fortunate that this amazing group of people took time out from their photographic holiday to the North East based in Frosterley to show us their work, including a large selection of beautiful prints. It was fascinating to see and hear about their individual styles and approaches. Yet there was a common and inspirational theme – that of the value of creating, taking on projects and photography essays, revisiting to fill gaps and see what has changed. Yet another exceptional night for sure

Leigh Preston’s website is here

The Focus Group website, including details of the forthcoming weekend workshop in the Potteries in October and how to buy their new Focus book is here

For future reference, both are on the Useful Links page in Websites of Lecturers at Durham PS here

Leigh Preston is a Permajet lecturer Link

More about Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique paper (as seen in the Bill McKnight prints) is here

Last chance to see “On Track” Exhibition

The last day of the superb DPS “On Track” railway themed exhibition at Locomotion, Shildon NRM is Monday 13th February. Take down is Tuesday 14th – volunteers needed from around 10.00 am

Annual Awards Dinner

Last call to book is next Thursday 16th. Only £20 per head, Bowburn Hall Hotel 17th February. Guests of honour are Paula and Guy Davies from Stokesley . Ideally email Mike Boult to book places

Assignment Saltburn

Next Assignment outing will be to Saltburn, Saturday 18th February, meeting in the lower car park (Cat Nab car park near Camfields Espresso Bar) at 10.00 am for the “Assignment” i.e. challenge of the day. Follow up meeting to re-live the experience and show and discuss prints will follow (date tba) and there will be a gallery of pictures on the Assignments page plus a selection will be shown to the club on Assignments night 2018

SNAP n CHAT

Snap n Chat #3 to Paddy’s Hole gallery of pictures is in Members Galleries now

S n C #4 York at night, Wednesday 22nd February by mini buses.

Details in earlier NewsBlogs and from organiser Angy Ellis

Images for St Cuthbert’s Hospice 2018 Calendar & Cards

Help out with pictures if you can. Members can submit images on CD, drop off at the club by Thursday 23th February and they will be delivered to the Hospice the following day. Open to all photographers of course and it’s a very good cause. See earlier NewsBlog here

Digital Night

Next Digi night is Wednesday 1st March 6.30 pm County Hall led by Dave Nurrell (special requests to him), all members welcome

More DPS Exhibitions

Next up: the DPS exhibition at the Botanic Gardens Cafe: 47 prints by 47 members – on for the month of May. Put your name down on the notice board if you’d like to take part but hurry – the list closes after 47 names. Mounted Prints (ideally 20×16” but also 40x50cm) can be brought in any time now but latest 23rd March. Organiser is Don Bennett

This will be followed by our prestigious and popular Annual Exhibition in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral in August, around 100 prints. It’s an open exhibition and any member can show prints (probably up to two each). Details to follow

DPS Memorial Summer School

For the second year we will be opening in August for practical photography nights. See recent NewsBlog for exciting news here

NCPF Annual Competitions 2017

Rules have just been published on the NCPF website. Go to the Home page and follow the links from here

More is on the Competitions page of this website in External Competitions & Results here

Closing date to DPS is Thursday 23rd February. More to follow soon

Competition Countdown

Next closing date is 23rd February for Dunelm Trophy (best landscape anywhere) and Leazes Bowl (best human portrait) PDI entries. Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your Programme and on the Competitions page of this website. Plus: only 125 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit if the North East”

This Weekend

Judging for the NCPF Championship is on Sunday 12th February at Clara Vale Village Hall NE40 3SY link

Coming soon

Fire and Ice Durham 24th, 25th February. More forthcoming events and links are on the Hot Dates page compiled by Mike Boult

Next Meeting: Thursday 16th February

It’s the first competition results night of the year and 9 long weeks since the final one last year; 1st Progress PDI – ‘A’ section judged by Graeme Clarke LRPS and the ‘B’ section by Peter Walton

Pictured: Inca Child by Alan Clarke – as mentioned in his talk last week, achieved 2nd place in the 2009 1st Progress competition. More competition results, newly re-posted from 2009 to 2012, are in Archives here

                                                                                     Inca Child. Alan Clarke

Club Night News: 19th January

London Salon of Photography: 105th Annual Exhibition 2016

And what a show it was! We enjoyed interesting and exceptional photography, with the first half enlivened by the eloquent, fast paced, insightful commentary of London Salon member Leigh Preston FRPS EFIAP MPAGB FIPF. What a great reader of a picture he is and a fine wordsmith! And with his passion for photography and respect for the talents of fellow photographers shining through

To re-live the experience, all the 8 medal winners and all the other acceptances are on the London Salon website here

Members around at the time will recall Leigh’s hugely enjoyable lecture, A Sense of Privilege, at Durham PS, presented jointly with the RPS, in 2014 and the good news he will be back! Thursday 7th April with Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace

Note that news of the 2017 106th exhibition on their website is imminent!

SNAP n CHAT

#3 Paddy’s Hole Monday 31st January to meeting at 2.00 pm, and to catch the sunset around 4.40 pm (just turn up. Car share available, listing on the Notice Board)

#4 York at night, Wednesday 22nd February by mini buses. First bus full, still places on the second

Details in earlier NewsBlogs and from organiser Angy Ellis

Digital Night

The first Digi Night of the year will be Wednesday 1st at County Hall 6.45 pm led by Dave Murrell. All members welcome

Exhibitions

On Track” at Locomotion, Shildon NRM until 13th February

Craftspeople if the North East” at The Witham in Barnard Castle until 28th January

Next up (something to think about) is the DPS open exhibition at the Botanic Gardens Cafe: 47 prints by 47 members – on for the month of May, followed by the DPS Annual Exhibition: Durham Cathedral in August, around 100 prints. Both open to all members, details to follow

Subs

Time to renew! And it’s only £40 per head for the year, £20 for half year and for International members. All the signs are it will be another great year. Prospective members are welcome for up to four nights without paying any money of course. Details on the About us page

Annual Awards Dinner

For DPS members and guests. Good food, good company, the usual historic (in scale) “Free” raffle, and all the trophies polished, engraved and presented, winning pictures will be sgown. Plus the next recipient of the Vice President’s Award will be announced on the night (past winners here)

All this and it’s only £20 per head! Treasurer Dave Murrell will be happy to accept your payment

Bowburn Hall Hotel 17th February. Guests of honour are Paula and Guy Davies from Stokesley

Next Meeting: Thursday 26thth January

It’s a very welcome return visit from Thomas Heaton of Tynemouth PS, billed as one of the top five best speakers we’ve ever had! With “The New Landscape Photography” it’s yet another, “Please don’t miss this!”. Whether or not you’re into landscape photography, you will be after this

Plus: it’s closing date for 1st Progress Print competitions, Sections A and B. Remember to send PDI versions to Ian Peele also, and check General Competition Rules carefully which are in your printed programme and on the Competitions page here

Pictured: from the “On Track” exhibition, Double Heading Bowes by Michael Watson

                                                                                    Double Heading Bowes by Michael Watson

Club Night News: 5th January

President’s Night: Peter Walton – People, Places, Investigation

There was a huge turnout of members for our first night back and we were treated to an excellent presentation by our new President – from insights into his work in police and forensic photography, to gritty early black and white (including a great portrait of the legendary Jimmy Forsyth), to warmly appreciative pictures from his experiences with fellow DPS members.

Then followed portraits of more legends from his Portraits of the North East experience enlivened by insightful anecdotes about the subjects and the importance of engaging. And to finish, a lyrical AV of pictures from his days as a professional wedding photographer

It was enjoyable, it was entertaining, we saw a whole range of top notch photography and we learnt a lot. Altogether a great start to our 125th new year

See Jimmy Forsyth’s Scotswood Road pictures in the Side/Amber collection here

More about Reeth Show is here (more Country Shows will be in Hot Dates soon!)

Change of Programme – call for Members Night volunteers

Due to having sustained an injury, David Forster will not be able to complete the AVs that he does so well in time for the “Evening with our own Assignment Group” night 2nd February. Get well soon David!

This means the Members Night of 13th April will now be 2nd February with the Assignments night moving to replace it in the April slot

Programme Secretary Paul Ritchie has asked for 7 or 8 members to show some work on that night and talk about it, around 10 minutes each – ideally members new to Members Nights or ones that have not done it for a while. Always some of the best nights of the year, this is a golden opportunity! To volunteer, email Paul but hurry! Likely to fill up quickly

Exhibitions

Already in this New Year we have two exhibitions by Durham PS members up and running. Must be a record! Both at fabulous venues of great interest and free to enter

On Track” at Locomotion, Shildon NRM until 13th February with opening event 2.00 pm this Saturday

Craftspeople if the North East” at The Witham in Barnard Castle until 28th January with the bonus of a display by renowned ceramicist Simon Griffiths who is also featured in the photography

For details, see earlier NewsBlogs

Assignment Durham Christmas Festival

The review night will be next Tuesday 10th January at the Dunelm Club 7.00 pm. The gallery of photographs from the Assignment are already on the website in Assignments here

Annual Awards Dinner

It’s a ‘don’t miss’ event for DPS members and guests. Good food, good company, the usual historic (in scale) raffle, and all the trophies polished, engraved and presented. Plus the next recipient of the Vice President’s Award will be announced

Bowburn Hall Hotel 17th February. Guests of honour are Paula and Guy Davies from Stokesley

Next Meeting: Thursday 12th January

It will be a long awaited return visit from Larry Bedigan of Tynemouth PS with “Wet and Dry”. It’s a definite “Don’t miss”! For a tantalising insight into his work go to Larry’s excellent website here

Plus: it’s closing date for the 1st Progress PDI competitions, Sections A and B. Bring in, or email to Comp Sec Ian Peele by midnight on the night. Please check General Competition Rules carefully which are in your printed programme and on the Competitions page here

Pictured: from the “On Track” exhibition, Tanfield Railway by Michael Watson

                                                          Tanfield Railway. Michael Watson

Club Night News: 22nd December

Roger’s Christmas Quiz

Roger surpassed himself with an even more clever-yet-fiendish Christmas Quiz that had picture posers from his extensive travels, a pot pouri round and another on anniversaries. Yet the massed ranks of members and guests rose to the challenge. Worthy winners were the high scoring Brains of Durham team on Table 1

Outgoing President Angy Ellis gave a sparkling performance in both creating and MCing the festive Music Round, and unavoidably absent member Tom Noble made a surprise appearance (from Bristol) on FaceTime. No-one was more surprised than Tom and it proved to be both the comedy highlight and emotional high of the year!

Walter Bulmer LRPS!

Congratulations Walter on achieving his Licentiateship of the RPS. It was announced during the evening to appreciative applause from fellow DPS members and guests. We were also able to enjoy his LRPS panel of 10 prints on display. Walter said he had been inspired to go for the distinction by visiting lecturers, and thanked fellow members David Trout and Brian Blake for their encouragement and help. More from Walter on his experience soon

There is a Register of DPS Members Distinctions here

GB Cup – call for Nature PDI

The GB Cup is a PAGB inter club competition and we will be competing. There is an open section and we already have members’ images lined up, chosen from internal competitions by our PDI Selection Panel. However, we need some great Nature images. Please email entries to our new External Competition Secretary, Andrew Snowball by 8th January latest – a.l.snowball(at)gmail.com. Combined definitions apply link

If the image is Wildlife within the Nature definitions, please add _w to your title eg White Tailed Eagle_w

On Track Exhibition, Shildon

The exhibition of DPS members’ railway themed work at Locomotion, Shildon NRM is on from Tuesday 3rd January. See also recent NewsBlog from David Trout here

Craftspeople of the North Exhibition, Barnard Castle

This one opens Thursday 5th January at the Witham Gallery until Saturday 28th. More information to follow

Annual Awards Dinner

It’s a ‘don’t miss’ event for DPS members and guests. There will be the usual historic (in scale) raffle, good food and competition winners receiving their trophies. Plus the next recipient of the Vice President’s Award will be announced.

The Vice President’s Award is for meritorious service to the Society. Current joint winners are David Forster and John Carter (aka Mr Coffee and Mr Tea). They and past winners from 1989 are listed here

Bowburn Hall Hotel 17th February. Guests of honour are Paula and Guy Davies from Stokesley

Website – sorry!

We are experiencing technical problems within our WordPress site in that there has been bunching of text within many though not all of the “pages”.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible

Next Meeting: Thursday 5th January

Our 2017 season kicks off with President’s Night with our new President Peter Walton

It will also be a busy night for Treasurer Dave Murrell as members flock to pay their 2017 subs. And it’s still only £40 for full year, £20 for half year and overseas. The reward is 46 brilliant and varied club nights by Programme Secretary Paul Ritchie, plus 4 Memorial Summer School practical nights by Angy Ellis plus numerous Digital Nights and Assignment and Snap & Chat outings. Surely the best value around!

Our 2017 Programme is here

Pictured: Walter Bulmer LRPS and his LRPS panel

                                                            

Club Night News: 15th December

Results: Valente Cup

The final trophy of the year was won, arguably the most magnificent in both prestige and appearance. Judge David Richardson of Ryton CC did a great job for us. As Tony Mearman said in his appreciative vote of thanks, David has been a judge for 32 years and gave us a judging master class. The photography was excellent and altogether another excellent night

Full results will be posted soon. Meantime, all Trophy and Progress Stage Winners 2016 are listed on the Competitions page here

All Valente Cup winners up to last year are on the Archives page (currently in development) in All Trophy Winners 1950-2015 here

Coming soon on this website: 2017 Competition Dates, Judges and Trophies, and General Competition Rules. There are changes!

Snap & Chat #2

The 2nd Snap & Chat outing will be a return visit to Beamish, Living Museum of the North – Tuesday 20th December meeting 9.45 a.m in the cafe in the entrance building. Confirmed: there will be a behind the scenes tour of the renowned storage area thanks to Julian Harrop, as well as picking up some of the areas missed last time Link

Annual Awards Dinner

It’s a ‘don’t miss’ event and not just for trophy winners! Bowburn Hall Hotel 17th February. Guests of honour are Paula and Guy Davies from Stokesley

2017 Membership

The usual membership proformas are in circulation and include the facility to pay for the presentation dinner as well. You can pay with cash, cheque or by bank transfer. Saves queuing to pay on the first night back 5th January

On Track Exhibition, Shildon

On from Tuesday 3rd January – more from David Trout soon

Craftspeople of the North Exhibition, Barnard Castle

By the PftNE DPS members. Opens Thursday 5th January at the Witham Gallery until Saturday 28th – more from John Cogan soon

Next Week:

A celebratory last night of our 2016 season – Roger’s Christmas Quiz is back! Includes Round 4, a musical round compiled by Angy Ellis, Veronica’s cake, Don’s wine and good times! Singing and dancing hinted at but not yet confirmed. Guests of members welcome

NB. All 2016 Trophies must be returned so they can be engraved with the names of 2017 winners!

Pictured: images by Martin Stobbard and Walter Bulmer, from the Crystal Ball Challenge which is currently showing on the About us page

3d. Martin Stobbard.   Ball Pool   9d. Walter Bulmer

Club Night News: 8th December

Crystal Ball Challenge:

Our first ever Challenge review night turned out to be a big success. Remarkably, each contributing photographer had come up with completely different interpretations, some in a style we know and love and can identify, others in a way completely different from what you might expect. Several produced pictures that could be described as art work. It was Jed Wee who came up with the idea and did  a great job of leading the discussions. He was positive, insightful and made all the difference. Jed also promised to show at a Digital Night next year how to emulate John Attle’s trick of suspending a crystal ball in thin air

The next DPS Challenge will be in 2018 and Paul Ritchie would welcome ideas as to what object we could deploy

Coming soon (in a week or so) on this website: all the Crystal Ball Challenge images

2015 Trophies

If you have not already done so, please return next Thursday night so Mike Boult can have them engraved with the 2016 winners!

Assignment City of Durham Christmas Festival

A good number of members enjoyed the Assignment on Saturday 3rd December. Email your 8 images to David Forster soon as he is creating next year’s AVs for the hugely popular Assignment night 2nd February. Print review night will be after Christmas

The Assignments page, with 54 image albums including Assignment Thorp Perrow, is here

Snap & Chat #2

A return visit to Beamish, Living Museum of the North – Tuesday 20th December meeting 9.45 a.m in the cafe in the entrance building. Confirmed: there will be a behind the scenes tour thanks to Julian Harrop for at least a good number of members as well as picking up some of the areas missed last time Link

Website Watch

Don’t miss Joe Grabham’s fascinating The Men in the Straw Boaters article just published here

Coming soon: Savage Amusements by Dennis Hardingham (you will be astounded!)

Also a link to an extraordinary and historic DPS cine film showing scenes of Durham in 1966 made by Robin Wallace and Tom Peel

Annual Awards Dinner

It’s a ‘don’t miss’ event and not just for trophy winners! Bowburn Hall Hotel 17th February. Details to follow

Roger’s Quiz Night

22nd December – members and guests. Veronica’s cake, Don’s wine , MC’d by Roger himself – what’s not to like?

On Track Exhibition, Shildon

On from 3rd January – more from David Trout soon. It’s going to be great!

Next Week:

It’s the final competition results night for the prestigious and historic Valente Cup for the best set of 3 prints judged by Dave Richardson APAGB – we’re in safe hands! It should be a great night

Pictured: a Highly Commended set in the 2015 Valente by Hon Life Member Don Bennett DPAGB

HC Don Bennett DPAGB 1. Look  HC Don Bennett DPAGB 2. Chapterhouse Oil  HC Don Bennett DPAGB 3. Frankland Farm