Annual Photographic Exhibition 2022

Annual Photographic Exhibition 2022

On the 24th September the club is holding their annual exhibition in the Whickham Community Centre.

Everyone is welcome from 10am to 4pm. Free entry.

Exhibition 2022

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.

Portfolio Fred Wright

Portfolio Fred Wright

A set of images from Fred Wright is now published on the website.

You can find the portfolio 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 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

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

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 27-12-2019

Bits-n-Pieces: 27-12-2019 A message from WPC President David Richardson, What’s next on, Auction Night Collection and other news. Download it here.

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.

Photographic Exhibition

Photographic Exhibition

Photographic Exhibition on Saturday 17th August 9am-1pm at the Rectory Hall Whickham.

Exhibition Whickham 17 August 2019


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 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 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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