Club Night News: 25th January 2018

Dr Param Sandhu: Life on the Brink – a Retrospective

It was a joy to welcome Dr Param back to Durham and on even better form, delivering a masterful presentation with wit and humour yet with darker messages about “Man’s betrayal” of the endangered tigers

It was very apparent he has a deep passion and love for tigers. He knows them by name and revisits the jungles and reserves again and again to see how new generations of cubs are doing. By the end, the entire audience was enraptured by these gorgeous, magnificent apex predators – from their “Lovely” paws to their shoulder blades, to their individually unique stripes and markings

His photography just gets better, capturing the beauty and elusive behaviour of tigers in the wild as we’ve never seen before. And frequently from low viewpoints (even from the backs of elephants!). As for the balletic sequence of two young, near adults play fighting … magic!

Param’s Wildlife of India exhibition at the Joe Cornish Gallery in 2016 was reported here

Param is on Facebook here

And his website is here

More about Shivang Mehta’s book, A Decade with Tigers, now published, is here

2018 Membership no increase in fees for 2018!

Good to see so many signing up. Amazing value at only £40 for 50 club nights and many other activities in 2018 (£20 for Juniors, Students and Overseas members). Check out Programme Secretary Paul Ritchie’s great programme of events on the Programme page

New members warmly welcome. You can learn all about us on the About page. Write to our President Peter Walton if you would like to know more via the Contact page

Durham Town Hall – last chance to see

Our latest Town Hall Exhibition has had a good run of four months, but really must come down Monday 29th January


Destination: Newcastle Quayside at Night – Wednesday January 31st meeting at 6:30pm outside the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Angy writes, “Bring tripods and wear warm clothing. We can start at the Baltic walking about together, discussing best viewpoints, helping those who need assistance with long exposure photography hopefully resulting in some cracking pictures”

All members and guests welcome

Digital Night is back!

The first Digital Night of the year will be Wednesday 7th February, County Hall 6.30 pm. Suggestions to organiser Dave Murrell please. Feel free to bring your own image(s) to be worked on during the evening. All members welcome

Annual Awards Presentation Dinner

It will be at the Bowburn Hall Hotel, Friday 16th Febuary. As well as a hugely enjoyable dinner together, there will be the presentation of trophies and the showing of trophy winning images. And of course the giant “Free”raffle which will be MC’d by the sparkling Miss Angy Ellis. Please bring along raffle prize(s) in time-honoured fashion (an opportunity to unload unwanted Christmas gifts and make generous donations!). £20 per head, guests are welcome – sign up on the notice board asap

Assignments 2018

Pictures from the January Assignment are on the DPS Facebook Group page – members can go to Photos, Albums and January 2018 to view

The February Assignment is to Beamish, Living Museum of the North, Saturday 17th February meeting at 10.00 am in the entrance cafe area

Organiser is Ian Peele. How to join DPS Facebook Group and vote for images is here

Society Challenge 2018

This year’s objects: glass mannequin heads! Members can borrow one for a week at a time and use their photography skills to include them in photographs. Please return the following week. Chances are you’ll get another turn if not more

The Society Challenge – Your Images on View will be 15th November

Images from the Crystal Ball Challenge are in a newly restored gallery in Members’ Galleries 2016 on the Galleries page here

Hot Dates

Hot Dates Blogger Mike Boult has been busy posting events, dates and links for Hot Dates 2018. Email Mike (address in your printed Programme) if you have more.

Competition Countdown

1st Progress Prints competitions now closed for entries. Remember to send digital versions to George Hodgson (address inside the rear cover of your printed programme)

Coming soon: our first Results night of 2018 – 1st Progress PDI with judges Alan and Mavis McCormick Thursday 15th February

Next closing date is Dunelm Trophy and Leazes Bowl, Thursday 22nd February

New this year: set subject for the Fillingham Trophy is “The Moment” and for the Sterling Award PDI, “Humour” … and 5 on a theme (rather than 5 or 6) in the Hon Members Cup (prints) and Digital Trophy (PDI). Details on the Competitions page and in your printed programme

Next Meeting: Thursday 1st February

One of the highlights of the year: An Evening with our own Assignment Group. Great pictures and evocative music in AVs compiled by David Forster and John Carter. Having retired from organising Assignments, which they’ve done very well for many years, it’s their Last Assignments Hurrah! Don’t miss!

Pictured: Assignments composite by David Forster

                                                           Assignments. David Forster

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