Welcome to the Website of the Tynemouth Photographic Society.
Tynemouth Photographic Society first opened its doors in March 1903 and has been in operation since that date. We are a well-known camera club in the North East of England and have won many recognised trophies in local and major competitions over the years. The society is an active member of the Northern Counties Photographic Federation and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.
Our weekly meetings bring together people with an interest in photography, no matter what their level of experience or expertise. Our members produce work on a wide variety of subjects, in digital and/or film format, presenting their work either as projected images or as prints. Our competitions have beginners and open sections and at the end of the season we hold an exhibition of members’ work.
We meet in our own club rooms above the library in Front Street, Tynemouth on Thursday nights at 7:30, September to May (sorry we do not have a lift).
Meetings are a mix of illustrated talks on a variety of subjects, competitions, and instructional evenings given by visiting experts or our own members. At the end of every meeting there is a chance to socialise and chat about photographic matters over a cup of tea or coffee. We keep in touch throughout the summer with monthly outdoor meetings and our newsletter (The Film Pack).
Our special interest groups, video, digital, nature, record and art (for those who like to paint and sketch), have separate meeting nights. One membership fee covers membership of all sections.
Visitors and prospective members are always welcome to attend our meetings. Just turn up on any meeting night, see what is happening and meet some of our members. Feel free to attend three meetings before deciding whether to join the Society. If you wish to find out more about us before you visit, complete the form at the bottom of the Contact Page and a member will get in touch with you.
IMPORTANT LEGAL WARNING : All images and content appearing on this website are copyright of the photographer and of Tynemouth Photographic Society. No image or other content from this site may be reproduced in any form without specific written permission and to do so without such permission is an unlawful act which may result in legal action.
Revised Competition Rules
Tynemouth Photographic Society has had a very Successful Year.
Tynemouth Photographic Society has been celebrating its most successful season in a long time.
It all started last November when they achieved equal top marks in the North Tyne Area Interclub competition print competition, against 6 other clubs.
Early December saw them competing in their annual print battle against Sunderland and Gateshead clubs. No one at Tynemouth can remember when they last won this, but they did this time and Larry Bedigan of Tynemouth had the top marked print 'The Fox Hat'.
February saw them win the Northern Counties Photographic Federation Club Print Championships, against 16 other clubs and this means they will be representing the NCPF at the national competition at Ellesmere Port, later in the year.
At the end of March the NT Area Projected Image competition was held at Ponteland club and, once again, Tynemouth scooped the award. This is a trophy close to the heart of many Tynemouth members and it is always good to win it. On top of that, a Tynemouth member, Larry Bedigan, won the Bonser Trophy for the top marked picture - 'Barn Owl'.
The NCPF Annual competitions are closely fought but in April, Tynemouth came out top out of 30 competing clubs in the Colour Print competition, to win the Bewick trophy - a trophy donated by one of their own members in 1984.
Within these annual competitions, two Tynemouth members also won individual trophies - Arthur Smith for the 'Best creative Colour Print', 'City of Dreams' and John McGuinness the Past President for the 'Best Creative Projected Digital Image', 'Steel Wheels at Seaham'. John also won a trophy at the NCPF International Salon last November with 'Angel Eyes', judged 'Best Creative Entry by an NCPF Member'.
All of these awards are due to the hard work of many members, but they say that the club cannot rest on its laurels and has to try to get better. The new season starts in September and new members are always welcome at the clubrooms, above the library in Front Street. You do not have to be an expert. If you are interested in joining, you can contact Howard Wilson, Syllabus Secretary at email@example.com and he will send a copy of the new syllabus when it is published.