Newark & District Photographic Society

Spotlighting the Best in local Amateur Photography

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Most of the Society's activities take place on Monday evenings and are open to members, prospective members, and non-members interested in a single event.

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The Society

Newark & District Photographic Society has existed to promote and provide support for Amateur Photography in and around Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England since 1938.

A keen group of photographers, we meet weekly between September and April to hear guest speakers talk on their photographic techniques & experiences, and to receive constructive criticism of our own work.

This website was created to allow parties interested in photography both locally and further afield to see what we do. You will find contact details, news, reminders of upcoming events and competition deadlines, our current programme, society and competition rules, guidelines for nature competitions, preparation guides for print and projected digital image competitions, and several galleries of members' work.

Latest News

Reminder of Themes for 2016–2017 POY Themed Section


Just a reminder that the themes for the coming season's POY Themed section are:

Heat 1: Landscapes, Seascapes, and Riverside
An opportunity to champion the more natural environment; no urban landscapes allowed although that does not mean you cannot include buildings or evidence of man shaping the rural landscape.

Heat 2: Vintage and Retro (to include, fashion, portraits, transport, etc from those eras)
Not just re-enactments, if it's not just the photographer but what's in front of them (or just perhaps the style of photography) that's old then this is the heat.

Heat 3: Architecture and City Scenes
The urban environment, buildings, and architectural details; an opportunity to champion the man made environment we see around us every day, whether on a grand scale or isolating some specific feature.

Heat 4: Sport, Action, and People at Play
The full gamut of Sport, Action, and People at Play images ? not just people playing games or sports. Please note, this is not the same as last year's People and Play theme which allowed Portraits, figure studies, and groups as well as anything playing, or theatre. Nor does it include the broader concept of Movement unless it is part of illustrating Sport, Action, or People at Play.

Heat 5: Woodland (to include flora and fauna)
An opportunity to show off your more pictorial images of trees, plants, animals, etc. FIAP's Nature (and Wildlife) rules do not apply here so don't worry about making the image recognisable, simply let your creativity (and not just the birds) fly.

Heat 6: Still Life (to include textures and patterns)
An old classic, whether an arrangement of objects, including fruit and flowers, objects contrasting with these in texture, such as bowls and glassware, or simply textures or patterns. Hint: don't limit yourself to patterns in the artistic sense, any form of arrangement of the elements in a season can imply a pattern but the key think most judges will be lucking for is the inanimate made interesting.

Results of the 2016 AGM


At the 2016 AGM, all 20 rule proposals were accepted by unanimous or majority vote with minor changes:
Proposal #2 – frivolous nature titles being unacceptable;
Proposal #8 – reduction of bird free heats from 3 to 2;
Proposal #9 – change of new awards from 'overall' to 'best all-rounder in';
Proposal #16 – addition of rule requiring juniors to be accompanied.

From the 2016–2017 season:
Nature images (including Wildlife section entries) must identify the subject;
Birds are inadmissible in POY Nature section heats 2 & 5;
Two new awards will be presented to members who score the most across all sections of the POY in Prints and in Projected Digital Images respectively;
Natural Environment awards will no longer be presented in the Annual;
Wildlife images may be entered for judging as such in the Annual Exhibition whilst still being included in judging of Nature images.

The members agreed to remain at the current venue and for subs & fees to remain unaltered.

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Upcoming Competition Deadlines

12/09/2016 Photographer of the Year Heat 1 PrintsLandscapes, Seascapes, and Riverside
26/09/2016 Photographer of the Year Heat 1 PDILandscapes, Seascapes, and Riverside
10/10/2016 Photographer of the Year Heat 2 PrintsVintage and Retro (to include, fashion, portraits, transport, etc from those eras)
24/10/2016 Photographer of the Year Heat 2 PDIVintage and Retro (to include, fashion, portraits, transport, etc from those eras)
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