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) (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

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