Coming up at DPS

From our trusty Secretary, Judith:

Coming up at DPS


25th March, 11:59pm
DPS Projected Image Exhibition entries close at 11:59pm on 25th March
Open and Nature Sections. Up to 6 images in each section. Check the Society Rules and Bylaws (revised Aug 2021).
Enter at DPS Online Submission Form

25th March, starting at 1pm

NatMAT hosted field trip to Kaikorai Stream
Meet by the bridge on Donald Steet, Kaikorai Valley.
Stream walk. Light industrial area. Saturday morning car shoppers.

27th March
Meeting at Mornington Church Hall.

  • 7:15pm Prints for Print of the Month due on the table. Theme: Open.
  • 7:30pm Meeting.
    • Print of the Month
    • “What makes an image good?” a DPS panel.
    • Kaikorai Stream field trip images


1st April Dunedin Festival of Photography – 50th Anniversary Exhibition entries OPEN
Our very own national competition. The 50th Anniversary Exhibition invites print and projected images in open, nature, monochrome and portraiture categories. Come and join the hundreds of photographers who have participated in this exhibition since its inception in 1968.
Opens: 1st April 2023. Closes: 16th April 2023.
Details: Dunedin Festival of Photography

3rd April, 7:30pm
Online meeting in the DPS Zoom Room
Check her for Zoom tips to register.

16th April Dunedin Festival of Photography – 50th Anniversary Exhibition entries CLOSE
Entries Close on 16th April 2023.

Details: Dunedin Festival of Photography

Welcome to 2023!

From DPS Secretary Judith:

Formal DPS activities for this year are starting off very soon. Some focus groups are already underway.

Upcoming events


Closing time for the first Projected Image of the Month is: Friday 10 February 11:59pm.
Theme: Summer.
Upload your images here:

Social meet-up: coffee, chat, & photography

Saturday 11 February
Maggies Cafe (was Morning Magpie), 46 Stuart Street, Dunedin.
10am for Coffee – Chat – Gossip – Conversation.
Break for photography, if you wish …
12:30pm back for Coffee – Chat – Compare images.
More photography, if you wish …


Monday 13 February
Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Terrace, Mornington, Dunedin.
Speaker is Kavan Chay, showing and talking about some of his recent astrophotography images and successes.
See some of Kavan’s images at Instagram: or website:
Projected Image of the Month. Theme: Summer.
Focus Group introductions.

DPS Honours focus group successes

Successful Licentiate set by Tulipa Briggs

The DPS Honours group was formed last year to encourage and support members to submit for a PSNZ honour, such as Licentiate or Associate. We meet each month and in February some of us submitted a set of photos for assessment. There was then a very long wait due to Covid-19 restrictions delaying the assessment panel meeting. This week we received the results. The following people can now use letters after their name:

  • Gary McClintock APSNZ
  • Greg Hughson LPSNZ
  • Gordon Speed LPSNZ
  • Judith Swan LPSNZ
  • Ross McIvor LPSNZ
  • Tulipa Briggs LPSNZ

One other member of the group was unsuccessful this year but is planning to start earlier for the next submission and hopefully, the feedback from this year will be useful.

Congratulations to all those who did the hard work of applying. This year the Honours Board approved 49 people for an LPSNZ so our club made 10% of those numbers. I think this is a great result for the focus group and I personally found it very useful both for knowledge and feedback, and for motivation to keep working towards a goal. Our group continues to meet with a plan for working towards another submission next year and has been working through a series of exercises. We will now have to up our standards for the next submission.

All members of DPS are welcome to join our group and we will help each other to work towards the goal of a PSNZ Honour. We meet on Zoom on the third Monday of each month. It is a friendly group, and everyone is supportive and willing to share their information and knowledge. If you are interested drop me an email at and I will welcome you to the group and add you to the reminder emails that I send out.

  • Gordon Speed

All members welcome

Just a reminder that there is a lot of activity going on in the focus groups each month, and all members are welcome to join any/all the groups whenever they would like.

You don’t have to be able to make every meeting, but if you would like to join at any point, all the details are below.

In addition to these meetings there are fieldtrips, photowalks and meetups planned. These will be advertised to all members and you are welcome to join any/all – you don’t have to be a member of the specific group.

  • NATMAT Group (Natural history, Macro, Astro, Timelapse)
    • Every Sunday at 7.30pm on Zoom – just use the regular DPS Zoom meeting link
  • Affinity Group (Affinity is photo editing software)
    • Every Thursday at 7.30pm on Zoom – just use the regular DPS Zoom meeting link
  • Projects Group (Focus on working towards photographic project of some description)
    • 3rd Monday of month at 7.30 on Zoom – just use the regular DPS Zoom meeting link
  • Honours Group (Working towards PSNZ honours)
    • 3rd Monday of month at 7.30 on Zoom – just use the regular DPS Zoom meeting link
  • Street/Urban Group (Out and about with cameras)

– Melanie

Focus Groups: Projects and Sets Photo-a-day challenge

Earlier this month, the Projects and Sets focus group ran a 15 day ‘Photo a day challenge’, which was fantastic practice for the current lockdown 😲 The only criteria was that the photo should be taken on the day it was posted – no other limits. About 11 people took part, and it’s certainly spurred many of us on to keep creating. Thanks very much to David Steer for running it all, and Ferg Campbell for being star commenter! Here are some of our highlights:

If any other Focus Groups or members have any projects or news they’d like to post here, please let me know at

– Nicola

What’s On: September 2021

Image by Ferg Campbell

A bit of a disappointing ending to last month with Covid rearing its ugly head again, but hopefully we can slowly start emerging from lockdown very soon. In the meantime, a reminder that we’ll be running ALL DPS activities online until we’re back at Level 1, just to be on the safe side. This means that some activities may need to be cancelled or postponed, and all club meetings will be held on Zoom until then – keep an eye on government announcements if you’re not sure where we’re at 🙂 Covid Alert Levels and Updates

7:30pm, Monday 6 September  View Finder #12: Esther Bunning – NZ Pacific Studio ANZAC Flags project Zoom
7:30pm, Monday 13 September  Club meeting: Noelle Bennett – Rules? What rules?  Projected Image Of The Month: Edges  Zoom  
Saturday 18 September  Festival judging   Zoom  
7:30pm, Monday 20 September  Focus group meetings   Zoom and various  
6pm, Thursday 23 SeptemberField Trip: Glenfalloch Night Garden N.B. THIS WILL ONLY RUN IF WE ARE AT LEVEL 1Meet at 6pm towards the Strathallan Street end of the Bunnings carpark, to catch the free bus to GlenfallochGlenfalloch
7:30pm, Monday 27 September  Club meeting: AGM
Neale McGowan: Postcards of Old Dunedin
Phil Hollard: A First for New Zealand  
Print Of The Month: Open  Zoom (or if at Level 1: Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce)  
TBCField Trip: Monarch Wildlife CruiseAll details TBC – an email will be sent out when they are confirmed 
  • Nicola

Street/urban focus group

The latest focus group to be established within the club is the Street/urban group. We have a broad focus, encompassing everything from photographing people in the streets, to the buildings of our city. Our idea is to circulate links about a photographer of interest each month, so that we can have a look at their work and discuss when we meet.

The first meeting was held on Thursday 22nd July at Dog with two Tails. We had 8 members attend (plus a mini associate) which got the group off to a great start. Mark McGuire had shared links to the first photographer for discussion – Peter Black. Peter is a Wellington-based street photographer who has photographed social landscapes all over the world.

Brisbane 1973. Peter Black’s first photograph. Source:

You can find Peter online via the following links:

Photos can have the magical ability to stop time and thus allow us to examine the world, but in the end the best of them become art – yet they remain as mysterious as a dream.

Peter Black

After a good discussion around Peter’s work and the direction of our new group, it just remained for us all to grab our cameras and hit the streets ourselves.

The next meeting will be 11am Thursday 19th August at Dog With Two Tails, and all are welcome. The photographer of focus this month is Vivian Maier. If you would like to join the mailing list to receive links and updates, please email Melanie.