Jim Bennett – an obituary

One of Durham Photographic Society’s most highly respected members, Jim Bennett, has died. Jim, in his 80s, was a highly skilled black and white worker whose impressive quality prints were an inspiration to all his photographic friends.

Jim joined DPS in 1980 and became society president in 1998 and 1999. He was well known for his superb prints, mostly landscapes, throughout the Northern Counties Photographic Federation and was a past winner in the prestigious South Shields international print salon which for many years attracted world-wide entries.

With Durham colleagues Don Bennet (no relation), Mavis Ord and the late Brian Wilcoxson, he gave lectures to other NCPF camera clubs over a number of years on their special interest in infra red photography.

His photographic friend for around 40 years, Mavis Ord said: ‘He had amazing talent with black and white print photography. The quality of his images was most impressive.’

Scots-born Jim’s expertise was not confined to photography. He began his working life in the Clydeside ship yards and later became a sea going engineer. His engineering skills were put to excellent use in later years when as a volunteer at Beamish Museum he helped restore historic items and he built impressive working model steam locomotives which ran at Beamish and on tracks at Chester-le Street on certain occasions. He lived not far from both these locations in Co. Durham.

To his many photographic colleagues one of his most impressive achievements was building from scratch a Victorian style half plate camera complete with fine woods and brass fittings. And it worked superbly well .

Jim produced some of his finest landscapes with this heavy piece of kit which he carried out on location uphill and down dale just as his intrepid forebears did generations earlier.

Jim was predeceased by his wife several years ago.

David Trout LRPS

2019 Lakes Weekend


Friday 24th – Sunday 26th May 2019.

Booking a place on the Jeff Teasdale weekend.

Please e mail ianmpeele@gmail.com to reserve a place.

Conformation of your place will be sent on submission of £40.00 deposit. Or full payment £130.00


Cheques payable to ‘Durham Photographic Society’ please.

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Instalments can be paid until 4th April 2019

Full payment is required by 4th April 2019.

Jeff Teasdale will be taking over from the Friday until Sunday.

If you have any questions or require details please contact me by e mail or phone 07572403043.

Many thanks


Results: George Samuel Trophy

Judge: Alan Porrett ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP, APAGB

1st Place.  Tony Mearman. Faller at the Last Hurdle. George Samuel Trophy

1st Place. Tony Mearman. Faller at the Last Hurdle. George Samuel Trophy

2nd Place. Ian Peele. Flying horses.George Samuel Trophy

2nd Place. Ian Peele. Flying horses.George Samuel Trophy

3rd Place. Tony Mearman. Tri-Coloured Heron in Flight.

3rd Place. Tony Mearman. Tri-Coloured Heron in Flight.

Highly Commended

John Race. Over The Wall.George Samuel Trophy

HC. John Race. Over The Wall.George Samuel Trophy

John Race. Running for Gold. George Samuel Trophy

HC. John Race. Running for Gold. George Samuel Trophy

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Well Done Durham

An Amazing evening of DPS success last night with a plethora of individual award winners from Regional and National Federations, Tony Mearman with the Wear Area Battle Trophy and winners on the night of the Digital Trophy and the George Samuel Trophy. To many individuals to name…but each and all deserved winners.

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Digi-night 5th December

Wednesday 5th December sees our last digi-night of the year.
We will be delving into the mysterious world of flash photography and finding out just what is happening when you switch on your flashguns.
Don’t forget to bring your own images for comment and critique.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
6:30 pm start at County Hall, Durham.

Dave Murrell

Victory in the Wear Area Battle

Many thanks to everyone that turned up to support Durham PS in winning the friendly “Wear Area Battle” trophy at Washington CC on Friday 23rd November. There were 9 clubs competing in the 40th Annual Competition and DPS achieved 162 points to win the trophy outright.

DPS was in competition with Stanhope, Consett, Sunderland, Castleside, Washington, Esh Winning, Chester le St and Wear Valley.

The competition was judged by Dave Coates ARPS, ESFIAP, EFIAP/p, APSA, EPSA, MPAGB, APAGB who gave an excellent performance demonstrating his skills and experience when analyzing and critiquing this photo competition. The trophy was presented by Jane Black ARPS, FPSA, Hon.PAGB former Regional Organiser for the Royal Photographic Society and currently Chairman of the NCPF International Salon.

Congratulations to Neil Maughan for his ‘Frozen Copse’ image which achieved the maximum of 30 points, our highest scoring picture and presented with the award for the best image in the competition. Other highest scoring images were Michael Watson’s Red Deer in Snow on 29 points and his Mountain Hare in Snow with 28 points. Neil’s image ‘Smack’ achieved 27 points.

Tony Mearman 24th November 2018

Frozen Copse Red Deer {Cervus elaphus) Mountain Hare in snow (1)

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