Year: 2020



Closure for the remainder of the season

Hexham Abbey

In light of the rapidly changing situation with regard to the spread of the coronavirus and the most recent government advice, Hexham & District Photographic Society has decided to suspend the programme for the rest of the season, including tonight’s meeting at the Torch Centre.  We will therefore postpone the AGM and the Society Awards night until the beginning of next season in September if circumstances have improved sufficiently.   We are currently considering running the Print of the Year Competition digitally so that the entries can be received and judged remotely, in order that we can complete this season’s competitions.  Please let me know if you have any objections to this course of action Read More …



3rd PDI Comp 2020 – Smartphone Photos

    The Smartphone PDI internal Competition is now open for voting.     Click Here to access the voting form. Voting will close on 7th April 2020.



3rd Print Competition Results 2019-2020

The 3rd Print Competition of the season was held on 4th February 2020 at the Torch Centre. The judge for the evening was Alan Porrett from Whitley Bay who had about 70 prints to get through. Thanks Alan for an excellent night.   The Mono Beginner winners are: View From Jungfraujoch 1st Pat Johnston Gasp 2nd Neville Holmes Bamburgh War Memorial 3rd Angus Reid Sky Boat 4th Kev Hilton Rough Hands HC Angus Reid Eclesiastical Light HC Sheila Stanger Its A Learning Curve HC Graham Bradshaw Quiet Before The Storm HC Graham Bradshaw   Mono Advanced: Dark Satanic Mills 1st Adrian Christer Anguish 2nd Gerry Adcock Seascape 3rd Bob Turner Done Sailing 4th Gerry Stephens Read More …



LANDSCAPE ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY – My ten year journey – An evening with Ollie Taylor

Ollie Taylor is an international award winning landscape astrophotographer from Dorset. His passion for night photography ignited in Iceland in 2011. He has gone on to establish an international reputation and run very successful astrophotography workshops across Europe.     Take this opportunity to explore exquisite night landscapes from fabulous European locations in the company of a leading exponent of the art.   Tuesday March 3rd the evening starts promptly at 19.30 This evening is open to non members and guests at a cost of £3 on the door. Members – Free For further information please contact: [email protected] or visit: www.ollietaylorphotography.com  



Externally Judged PDI – 7th Jan 2020

Our inaugural foray into an externally judged PDI competition took place on the 7th January 2020. Our judge for the evening was Malcolm Boyd from Castleside & District PC, where he is extremely busy as Treasurer and Secretary. Many thanks Malcolm for an entertaining evening at the Torch Centre, our first meeting of the new decade! The winners of the Mono section:-     The Colour Section winners:- Well done all for the high standard of entries received.



Council Meeting January 8th 2020 Highlights

No formal annual exhibition will be held this year at the Abbey to reduce costs. We will focus our attention on publicity via the quarterly Hexham Courant Feature, exhibiting in shop windows via the Hexham Open Space Initiative and exhibiting at the Northumberland County Show.   A volunteer is urgently required to coordinate our participation in the Northumberland County Show starting in early February – please contact the President if you can help.   Dave and Kevin will develop next year’s agenda in order to transition the Syllabus Secretary duties from Rob.   The Society will sponsor the film Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012) at this year’s Hexham Film Festival.   Competition Rules will be Read More …



Council Meeting Minutes 13.11.19

Present Gerry Stephens (GS), Vice President Kevin Hilton (KH) Secretary Stephen Smith (SS) Marketing Officer Committee members Val Johnston (VJ), Mike Ward (MW), Graham Bradshaw (GB). Apologies Dave Best (DB) Mavis McCormick (MM), David Theobald (DT), Adrian Christer (AC), Rob Halliburton (RH), Gerry Adcock (GA). Minutes of the last meeting were agreed as correct by SS.   AGENDA Workshops progress. The Landscape workshop should be completed Tuesday 19th November. The Sports workshop has now been completed. They have received positive feedback as beneficial part to our syllabus. The next workshop is the Astrophotography in the New Year. DB and KH need to finalise details. In future we will need to charge £2 for attendees, to Read More …