What’s on this Friday 1 March 2024

What’s on this Friday 1 March 2024

Ready to be amazed?

Join us this week to have your world changed forever as we delve into uncharted waters that is AI with our very own computer “guru”, Gerben Van Dijk. It’s your opportunity to watch the magician at work generating images before your very eyes, helping create outstanding photographs without ever leaving your home. There will be the chance to ask questions on this complex but interesting subject. We will also hear from the NCPF President, Alan Wilson, the stance currently being taken in this area by the Federation.

We look forward to welcoming you for a thrilling evening of Artificial Intelligence.

2024-03-01 Meeting
What’s on this Friday 23 February 2024

What’s on this Friday 23 February 2024

“An Evening of Wildlife”

Presentation by WPC members Alexander Permain and Kathleen Dodds.

Both Kath and Alex are wonderful success stories for Whickham Photographic Club, they separately joined some time ago as keen novices. Both having an interest in wildlife and the willingness to learn more about photography, indeed Alex joined as a Junior attending with his Dad.

As time has progressed both have watched and learned, have taken part in WPC and external competitions, have presented on behalf of WPC, both in house and in our “Away Days” to local clubs and spent time on Committee.

Their aim to progress with photography specialising in wildlife, have very much come true both turning into fantastic wildlife photographers with individual style and character.
Please come along on Friday night to join in and appreciate two home grown photographers and their excellent nature based photography in “An Evening of Wildlife”. (19:30 start in small hall, doors open c19:10).

2024-02-23 Meeting
What’s on this Friday 26th January 2024

What’s on this Friday 26th January 2024

Hands On Training Night at WPC

You have taken the photograph – What happens next?

Responding to Members Requests, WPC Present Hands-On Practical training, including:

  • Theory:  Interactive guidance using Photoshop and Affinity Photo software as Post Production tools.
  • Hands on Practical:  How to mount your prints with matte cutter(s). See you at WPC for a 7.30 start.
2024-01-26 Meeting
What’s on this Friday 19th January 2024

What’s on this Friday 19th January 2024

Calling all photographers and art lovers as Whickham Photographic Welcomes Phil Benton to present his talk “My View Of The World”. None members always welcome. We start at 7.30pm, feel free to bring a guest.

Tea and coffee served at 50p a cup. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with Phil’s work as there will be plenty on display to view after the presentation. We hope you will join us for what is set to be an amazing evening of entertainment.

2024-01-19 Meeting
What’s on this Friday 15 December 2023

What’s on this Friday 15 December 2023

WPC 15 December 2023 Assignment night
WPC 15 December 2023 Assignment night

Its assignment night, auction night part 2 and… mince pies rolled all into one for what should be an epic night of images, food, chat and your chance to boost the club funds further as we wander through items that didn’t find a home last week. Don’t forget your “Night time mobile phone images” to share with other club members on the night, up to 10 images can be shared.

Have a great Christmas

What’s on this Friday the 3rd November

What’s on this Friday the 3rd November

This Friday, bring along up to 3 printed images for consideration by the group to represent the club in the South Tyne event. It’s your chance to shine and get your work seen in the wider domain and make your opinion count. Hopefully this will be an entertaining and thought provoking evening.

2023-11-03 Meeting

2023 Annual Exhibition

2023 Annual Exhibition

On Saturday 30th September we held our annual exhibition in the main hall in the Whickham Community Centre.

Here is a gallery of the eight prints that received the most votes from the visitors.

An Impression

Some more images of the day. All in all it was well received and a lot of fun to put together. Thanks everyone who attended and helped out.

Portfolio update Gerben van Dijk

Portfolio update Gerben van Dijk


The updated portfolio from Gerben van Dijk is showing his mini show shown at the club on the 27th January 2023. Calling all members to have a look and submit some images to refresh your own portfolio or create a new one.

Programme update

The programme has been updated. Covid is still affecting our schedule and there is a higher than normal rescheduling. Please note that reasonable effort is put in to keep this up-to-date. But in some cases the event list on the home page will be more up-to-date than the programme page.

Peter Strassheim LRPS

Peter Strassheim LRPS

Congratulations to Peter Strassheim on gaining his Licentiateship from the Royal Photographic Society. His LRPS panel can be found here.

Updated portfolio Carol Stout

Updated portfolio Carol Stout

Carol updated her portfolio on the website and added postcards. These postcards were shown on the 21st May when we had a members night. You can find the portfolio here.

Summer Programme 2021

The official 2020/2021 season is now over. But meetings right through the summer will continue. The programme on this home page on the right will be coming soon.

Lookout for announcement by email for login details.

Virtual Season

Virtual Season

Our season has been extended during the summer. In stead of meeting in person at Whickham Community Centre, we continued online and have met 17 times already. We are continuing our online meetings for now while looking at other safe options. If you are interested in joining in but are not sure how or are concerned about online safety please contact Gerben or use the contact form.

WPC Emergency Isolation Photography competition

WPC Emergency Isolation Photography competition

Dear members

Using extraordinary emergency Presidential powers, WPC will be holding additional photographic competitions during the emergency coronavirus lockdown period.  I invite ALL members to enter – especially if you have never submitted to a competition before (see below).

These competitions (there may be several depending on the length of the emergency period) are:

  • In addition to the regular WPC competitions
  • Designed to help with potential lockdown boredom
  • Encourage photography.
  • Create discussion at WPC Virtual meetings, if appropriate.

There will be two categories for each round:

  1. General member and
  2. Member who has never submitted an entry to a WPC competition

An additional prize will be awarded to the most amusing photograph (in either category)

Unfortunately the competition is for digital jpeg electronically submitted images only. Prints can not be submitted. I don’t want your germs!


Competition rules      Title  “Spring isolation”

  1. Competition open to all paid-up members of WPC
  2. Photographs must be taken with the camera within your place of isolation (home/garden).
  3. Photographs must be taken during the emergency period 2020
  4. Closing date for first round: 15 April 2020
  5. Photographs to be submitted to l.richardson@btinternet.com using usual competition format (jpeg, resolution, membership number etc, see WPC web for details)
  6. The judge’s decision is final. The President will chose the judge.
  7. Photographs may be discussed at WPC “virtual” meetings during the emergency period or at actual meetings next season.
  8. 3 prizes for each round may be awarded:
    1. General member submission
    2. Submission from a member who has not submitted photographs to a WPC competition previously
    3. Most amusing photograph.
  9. Each member may submit a maximum of 2 photographs for each round. The number of rounds we will hold depends on the length of the emergency.
  10. Members who submit photographs not taken from within their home/garden will be shot (N Korean photographic club rule number 23a)
  11. The winners will share in £1 million prize money (unfortunately this rule has been withdrawn as I had to buy some toilet rolls)
  12. All rules apply except for 10 and 11.

Get your cameras out and take some photographs!

Season suspension

Dear WPC Members and Friends of the Club

Following recent Government guidelines WPC Committee have made the decision to suspend all club activities till further notice.

  • Friday night meetings.
  • Outings
  • AGM and committee meetings

Majority of peer clubs have also temporarily closed their doors.

President David Richardson advises: We shall keep members updated via e-mail and newsletter regards summer outings, start of next year’s programme and any changes.

Please keep in touch and stay well.


Alan Wilson

Chase Park Photographic Competition

Chase Park Photographic Competition

Have you ever tried photography?

Have you entered a photography competition?

This monthly competition is open to the general public.

Photographs must be of (or within) Chase Park, Whickham.

2 categories:  1. 17 years and under

                        2. 18 years and over

£25 gift card prize for each category every month.

Send your photograph(s) electronically (jpeg preferred) to tracyevans@gateshead.gov.uk.

Please include your contact details (name, e-mail and mobile telephone)

and which of the 2  categories you wish to enter: 0-17 years or 18+years

The competition runs monthly from January until June 2020. Entries to be received by the last day of the month (to be included in that month’s competition).

RULES:  terms and conditions can be found at https://www.whickhamphotographic.club/club/competitions/competition-rules/

A maximum of 3 photographs per entrant is permitted.

All photographs must be of or within Chase Park and permission of any people shown must be granted prior to submission.

All photographs entered maybe used by Gateshead Council and its advertising partners. The images may be used in a Chase Park Calendar.

Photographs may be displayed in Whickham Photographic Club’s Annual Exhibition to be held in September,

All entrants will be notified within 14 days of the closing date each month.

The judges’ decision is final.

Competition run by Friends of Chase Park and Gateshead Council in conjunction with Whickham Photographic Club.

WPC Bits-n-Pieces E-News 10th October 2019

Magnificent donation by Alan and Doreen Fowler ~ “Land of Ice and Fire” on Friday ~ The NCPF Awards and Alliance Entry last Friday ~ Presidents Evening ~ Tea Rota ~ WPC web update ~ Our members out and about ~ St Nicholas Cathedral ~ Outings ~ NCPF Positions vacant ~ Advert ~ Even more bits-n-pieces. Download here.

Open Evening 12th July

Open Evening 12th July

Whickham Photographic Club Members Open Evening

Open to All as a Taster Session / Open Evening 12/07/2019

Friday 12th July. Doors open 19:10 for 19:30 start

It has become customary for WPC to have a Members Evening mid-way through the Summer Break. This close-Seasons session is next Friday 12th July, where members can show their work as print or Digital Images.

Perhaps as a Panel (or a single image) requesting guidance and constructive critique.

Perhaps 10 images telling a story on how the photographer achieved  their aim with the final images and lessons learnt along the way.

Or: Perhaps just a nice selection of recent work.

Open to The Public as a Taster Session / Open Evening. We are a fantastic club with a great programme of events and extend a warm welcome to friends of the club and those interested in photography.


We hope to see you this Friday – Entry is Free.

Open night Friday 12th July

Open night Friday 12th July

Friday 12th July is an open night for anyone to come and enjoy. Members will show and discus their work. Everyone welcome at Whickham Community Centre, see https://www.whickhamphotographic.club/about/ for location. Meet at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

Avenue of Trees by Paul Burdon

A public Popular vote during our Annual Exhibition saw our Paul Burdon’s Avenue of Trees come in first place. Taken at Thorp-Perrow Arboretum during a club outing. People commented on the wonderful colours and how the eye was drawn into the image with use of perspective and leading lines.

Exhibition In Derwent Care Home, Low Westwood, 19 – 25 November 2018

Exhibition In Derwent Care Home, Low Westwood, 19 – 25 November 2018

The Club has responded to an invitation by the Care Home to put on an exhibition of members’ work and nineteen members will be taking part. The show is open to residents, their visitors and members of the public, and visitors are being asked to choose their favourite print.

The Home is on the A694, the main road though Low Westwood. It is a large building on the right if you are heading towards Shotley Bridge and almost opposite a blue painted cabin that sells snacks. There is a car park behind accessed via an entry almost opposite the blue cabin, between the home and a hairdressers. Steps lead from the car park to the home or you can go round to the front.

The post code is NE17 7PL and more information on the web via ‘dewent care home low westwood’

Chance Encounter

Thorp Perrow outing

Thorp Perrow outing

A goup of members visited Thorp Perrow on the 8th November. Here is an impression.

David Stout

Kathleen Dodds

Carol Stout

Alan Fowler

Kevin Morgan

Portfolio update Brian

Portfolio update Brian

Our members Brian Curry has updated his portfolio. They can be viewed from the home page on the portfolio strip or by direct link here:

Brian Curry

Portfolio update Roy

Portfolio update Roy

Our members Roy Elwood FRPS MPAGB APAGB EFIAP has updated his portfolio. They can be viewed from the home page on the portfolio strip or by direct link here:

Roy Elwood

Portfolio updates

Portfolio updates

Our members Peter Dixon ARPS APAGB DPAGB and Gerben van Dijk LRPS have updated their portfolio’s. They can be viewed from the home page on the portfolio strip or by direct link here:

Peter Dixon

Silky waters by Gerben

All members invited to send in their work. Email to Gerben.

Photo competition playing websites

There are numerous photo sharing websites out there. Some have the more serious photographer in mind. Here are my favourite picks at the moment.

Gurushots is a very nice website with associated apps for android and iphone (although I could not find one for iPad). Emphasis is on competitions and rankings. It’s fun to play and although they encourage you to buy things it’s not necessary and easy to avoid. Check it out here. Link opens in a new tab and I have to disclose that I get a few trinkets that help me play the competitions.

Viewbug is along a similar vein. They also run competitions, called challenges. You can earn badges with a bit more variety than Gurushots. It looks like you can create a challenge yourself straight away, unlike Gurushots. Viewbug is available on the Apple app store but not on Google Play store.

Playing competitions gets you thinking about your own images and your fellow competitors. Somewhat addictive but thoroughly enjoyable.


Social night

On 21st April we had a our social night at Whickham Golf Course. Here is an impression.

Tom Cook – Honorary Vice President

Tom Cook – Honorary Vice President

It was with great pleasure that our President Carol Stout officially confirmed the title of Honorary Vice President to our long serving member Tom Cook, the honour suggestion had been put forward by members and happily ratified by committee with Roy Elwood speaking of Toms contributions to WPC from the very first year as an always positive member supporting the club and being regularly involved in initiatives.

Congratulations Tom and welcome to the very short list of Honorary Vice Presidents joining Brian Wright and Trevor Ermel.

We very much look forward to your continued company, insights and humour at WPC – as well as your remarkable images.


Photo: Carol and Tom by AW on HTC1 Mobile phone

Background: Prints from Sue Hingley’s talk “Discovering Vietnam”

Roy on Facebook

Roy on Facebook

Co-incidentally:  There has been a flurry of WPC Facebook activity regards our Honorary President Roy Elwood where a photograph from last years Annual Exhibition preview evening has had multiple hits and very positive comments.

Good to see you Roy!

Image by Trevor Ermel with Roy in front of his 2017 Exhibition Prints, consisting mainly of colleagues from Russian Convoy Reunion

New Member

New Member

New Member WPC are delighted to welcome our latest New Member Alexander Permain. Alex is a first year student at Newcastle University and a keen Nature Photographer.

NB: On hearing of a University Student joining our ranks some members advised concern over potential unruly conduct and untoward behaviour  but don’t worry, after a  word from Carol the committee have promised to behave!

Image by Alex Permain: Puffin Landing


2017 Annual Exhibition

2017 Annual Exhibition


With 181 printed images on display and a continuous loop of projected digital images rotating on screen there was plenty for the 147 members of the public and 22 attending club members to see.

After the group tidy-up, all agreed regards success of this, our 14th Annual Whickham Photographic Club’s Exhibition. Well done and thank you to all involved especially Les Lewis who managed arrangements and setting-up on the day.

Visitor judging

Issued with a pen and slip of paper marked 1,2,3, visitors were requested to indicate their favourite prints. This bit of fun had visitors taking a serious look at the images, many stating how hard it was to judge with such good and varied work on display.

Quality really does rise to the top and with 95 voting slips returned: David Stout’s already very successful “Berber Tribesman” had most votes with Alan Fowler’s “Follow your Dreams and “Visitor” taking both second and third place.

(Another benefit of the slips was that 7 people left details advising potential interest in our club).

End of Season

Though the annual exhibition traditionally ends our club season please watch this space, our website http://www.whickhamphotographic.club and newsletters for announcements of future meetings, outings and learning opportunities.
Meanwhile the diary is set for next year, starting with Members night and Mini show promulgated for Friday 01st September 2017 at 19:30. So, now enthused with today’s display over to us to get out and about, cameras in hand taking new and exciting images for competition and show during the 2017/18 season. Happy photographing!

Lucinda Grange

Lucinda Grange

Whickham Photographic Club Presents New York based photographer and urban explorer Lucinda Grange
Friday 17th February 7.30pm
Whickham Community Centre, Front Street, Whickham, NE16 4JL
Entry is free
Please support our raffle on the night

Lucinda has exhibited regionally in North East England, London and New York

See also this pdf about Lucinda Grange visit.

Berber Tribesman by David Stout

Berber Tribesman by David Stout

Our member David Stout has just won the mono pdi section in the NCPF International 2016.

The image gained Northumbria Trophy in Mono section of NCPF International Exhibition 2016, David Stout, EFIAP, PPSA, DPAGB, Whickham Photographic Club.

Berber Tribesman by David Stout

Berber Tribesman by David Stout


Some photo’s of a recent visit to Beamish by our member Gerben van Dijk.

Smoking a Pipe The Fireman The Georgian Bard The Stoker Three Dressed Up

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