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 #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

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