Club Night News: 19th October

Results: 3rd Progress PDI

Judges: A section Michael Vasey Stockton CC

B section Michael Watson Durham PS

Michael Vasey is fairly new on the NCPF circuit; in fact his first gig was two and a half years ago at Durham so a fresh talent and once again he did a great job for us. His observations were interesting and well thought through and expressed the importance and impact of emotions and storytelling in photographs

It was Michael Watson’s second outing as a judge and his commentary was very positive and appreciative, giving well deserved glowing praise to the less experienced B section photographers who showed some superb work that impressed all present

Results to follow …

Michael Vasey started his judging career by attending an NCPF Judges Seminar – open to all, see below for information on the next one in February 2018

DPS Website Watch: Michael Vasey mentioned Ken Holland’s book “A Personal View of Appraising and Judging Photographs” – a link to it is in “Article and Book on Judging” (on the Competitions page) here


Next Assignment is to Thorp Perrow Arboretum, this Saturday 21st October meeting at 10.00 a.m. This will be the last Assignment of 2017 and the last one organised by David Forster and John Carter who are retiring after doing the job so well for so many years (volunteers to take over needed – have a chat with Hon Sec Mike Boult or President Peter Walton)

Assignment #61 Streets of Brass gallery has been posted on the Assignments page which is now in Galleries here

More about Thorp Perrow Arboretum is here

Rod Bennington’s website, with A Year at Thorp Perrow and More at Thorp Perrow galleries, is here


Organised by Angy Ellis, the latest outing was on Wednesday 18th October to Heugh Battery Museum, Hartlepool – see the previous NewsBlog report by David Trout

Coming soon – a gallery of pictures by members from the day to be posted in Galleries 2017 here. Email to Tony Griffiths (address in your printed programme)

Annual General Meeting 23rd November

General Secretary Mike Boult has posted the election of officers listing on the notice board. To stand for election/re-election you need a proposer and a seconder

Also, any paid up member can raise issues they would like the committee to look into. A golden opportunity to make a difference! There needs to be proposer and a seconder and requests should be with Mike Boult by 6th November latest

DPS Exhibitions: Durham Town Hall

Organised by Mike Boult, an open exhibition of member’s prints is now showing in the Town Hall entrance gallery and will be on for the rest of the month. To follow will be Into the Light during November to tie in with Lumiere Durham. A print box is out for entries which must be in by next week 26th October. See earlier NewsBlog here

PftNE Craftspeople exhibition

The latest Portraits from the North East touring exhibition is now showing in a superb setting at Ushaw College

Ushaw’s website is here

More about Portraits of the North East, a collective of Durham PS photographers, is here

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk

The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk took place on Saturday 7th October. Open to all, not just DPS members, the Durham walk was led by our own Tony Mearman with 36 walkers. Internationally there were 1000 walks with 30,000 people taking part, all in aid of Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage

The Worldwide Photowalk website is here

Tony Mearman’s report and Adobe Spark presentation is here

NCPF Lecturers List – show your work to a wider audience!

This is one of the main ways that club programme secretaries can contact potential visiting lecturers from the NCPF circuit. The list is currently being updated. Any DPS member that would like to be on the list can contact Mike Boult in the first instance. Two DPS members have volunteered so far, Jeff Teasdale and Michael Watson

NCPF Judge Recruitment Seminar

Sunday the 25th February 2018 between 10am and 4pm, closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 31st January 2018.

More information is in the earlier NewsBlog here

Wear Area Battle

Hosted by Washington CC, the 2017 “Battle”, a competition between clubs in the NCPF Wear area, takes place this year 24th November 7.45 pm hosted by Washington CC at Shiney Row Community Centre. Judge will be Alan Porrett ARPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP. External Competition Secretary Tony Mearman will be leading our challenge

Members welcome to attend. More info is in earlier NewsBlog here

Wear Area Battle Winning Clubs from 1986 and a picture of the trophy are in External Competition Results in Archives here

DPS Digital Night

Wednesday 1st November County Hall 6.30 pm. Details to follow

Competition Countdown

Next closing date is next week 26th October for the Digital Trophy (best set of 3 PDI) and George Samuel Trophy (Sport or Action). Email your entries to Competitions Secretary correctly sized and captioned. Finally in the 2017 season, closing date for the Valente Cup (best set of 3 prints) is 2nd November

Note: there is no requirement for Digital Trophy (or Valente Cup) entries to be linked by theme or content

Hot Dates

This weekend: Assignment Thorp Perrow on Saturday. Whitby Goth Weekend is 27th to 29th October. Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page has more dates and links here

Next Meeting: Thursday 26th October

It’s the prestigious Harry Holder Memorial Lecture 2017: Dave Mason with “I Shoot People” which promises to be yet another great night in our 2017 calendar. Don’t miss!

Pictured: SNAP n CHAT Heugh group shot

                                                         SNAP n CHAT 8 group picture

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