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.

An update for our 13 June meeting

An update from our President for our 13 June meeting:

We have had another reminder that Covid remains an issue with our speaker for monday night having to pull out as she has contracted Covid and is unwell. Obviously this has required a significant rejig for Monday. We do want to go ahead with our long awaited face to face meeting.

A reminder that masks are required unless you have an exemption. I am aware that at least one member does have an exemption and so will not be wearing a mask. We expect to be able to operate this on trust and will not be asking to see exemptions.

The new programme for Monday 13th June:

  • Welcome
  • Print of the month (please make an effort so we have plenty of entries)
  • My Recent Photography (extended version) Noelle Bennett
  • Images from the Natmat hosted museum outing
  • Presentation of certificates (has not been possible until now)
  • Portrait inspiration and small group discussion

I am looking forward to see you on Monday night.

The return to in-person meetings!

Our first meeting back in person will be this coming Monday! The speaker will be Shelley Harvey.

From Pres Gary: Please bring a mask and wear this throughout the meeting. The restriction on visitors to Dunedin Public Hospital recently is a reminder that Covid remains active and that mask wearing is a protective measure for all. Remember to get your print ready for our Print of the Month competition. We will not be having supper at this stage however you are welcome to stay on and catch up with fellow members.

What’s On: March 2022

The old Rialto by Nicola Pye

Last week the Council decided we’ll continue with online meetings up until the end of May, then re-assess month by month as we see how things are going. Field trips and photo walks will still be an option, for a bit of safer in-person socialising, and this month the Street group will be organising our activity – details to follow!

7:30pm, Monday 7 March  View Finder #16: Mieke Boynton – Landscape and Aerial Photography, an interactive presentation Zoom
7:30pm, Monday 14 March  Club meeting: Speaker: Linda Robertson – Inside photojournalism
Focus Group feedback: Honours
Projected Image Of The Month: Open      Zoom  
7:30pm, Monday 21 MarchFocus group meetings       Zoom and various  
10am, Saturday 26 MarchPhoto walk: We will checkout the protestors if still there, the people and architecture of lower Stuart Street, street art, farmers market, railway station, and skate park.
Coffee after at The Corner Store (has outdoor seating)
Meet by Ko te Tūhono in the lower Octagon
7:30pm, Monday 28 March  Club meeting: Speaker: Rachel Gillespie – Travel and tourism in the Mackenzie Country
My Recent Photography: Ian Thomson and Gary McClintock
Projected Image Of The Month: Photojournalism  Zoom  
  • Nicola

What’s On: February 2022

Apologies for lazy photo choice: have blatantly chosen one simply for attention, of our old dog eating a carrot. And now that he has your attention, please see below for upcoming activities 😀 Don’t forget, while we’re at Red, all of our club meetings that would have been at Mornington will be held via Zoom.

7:30pm, Monday 7 February  No meeting (Waitangi Day)  
7:30pm, Monday 14 February Club meeting: Speaker: William Patino: Composition options.
Our Recent Photography: Holiday & picnic images from members.
PIOTM: Open      Zoom  
7:30pm, Monday 21 FebruaryFocus group meetings       Zoom and various  
7:30pm, Monday 28 February  Club meeting: Activity: Printing and matting, a how to. (Where and when to meet to be confirmed?).
My Recent Photography: Tulipa Briggs and Judith Swan.  
PIOTM: Deliberate Composition  Zoom TBC  
  • Nicola

Welcome to 2022 with DPS!

Ngā mihi o te tau hou! Greetings for the new year! Once again, things are looking like they won’t be back to normal for a little while yet, but we’ve got an excellent programme planned for the year and our trusty Zoom as back-up if things get nasty again. In the meantime, Council has met to discuss how we can keep our members as safe as possible, while also protecting the venue we use, and the other people who also use it. As you’ll know from Gary’s recent email, it has been decided that while we are at Orange, it will be a requirement that anyone attending our meetings at Mornington must have a valid Vaccine Pass and must wear a mask, unless they have an exemption. Although masks are not a legal requirement for our meetings at Orange, we feel it’s important that we err on the side of caution in regards to the safety of our more vulnerable members.

Keep an eye on your emails and on the programme for any changes, and don’t forget our Zoom link here.

  • Nicola

What’s On: November and December 2021

Looking through Chiharu Shiota’s ‘The Web of Time’ – Nicola Pye

It was decided at our last Council meeting that we’ll keep using Zoom for our meetings for the rest of the year, regardless of any possible Covid level changes. The underlying reason for this decision is to protect the health of all members, and the issue of vaccination requirements is key. While the Council strongly supports vaccination, any decision around vaccination requirements will likely need to come first from the government and from the Maryhill church where we meet. In the meantime, we’ll carry on as we have been, with meetings over Zoom, and field trips or photo walks in areas where we can socially distance as needed (at least as long as we’re at level 2 or better). Fingers crossed things will be closer to normal when we return next year!

7:30pm, Monday 1 November  View Finder #14: Tony Carter – Another World, portraits from Ōhura Zoom
7:30pm, Monday 8 November  Club meeting: Speaker TBCProjected Image Of The Month: Open      Zoom  
7:30pm, Monday 15 NovemberFocus group meetings       Zoom and various  
9:00am Saturday 20 NovemberField trip: Maple GlenMeet at Bayfield Park carpark for carpooling at 9am, to reach Maple Glen about 11:30am. Bring lunch and a cash donation to enter the gardens.Wyndham and surrounding areas, possibly Invercargill?
7:30pm, Monday 22 November  Club meeting: Ferg Campbell and The Projects Group  Projected Image Of The Month: Reflections  Zoom  
10:00am Sunday 5 December  Photo walk: Annual Photo Scavenger HuntMeet at the main gate to the Gardens, at the corner of Great King St and Opoho Rd, finish with coffee/lunch at Croque-o-dile café.  Botanic Gardens and surrounding areas
7:30pm, Monday 6 DecemberView Finder #15: Judy Stokes – The art of painting with your camera   Zoom
7:30pm, Monday 13 December  Club Meeting: President’s Evening Final meeting of the yearZoom
  • 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

What’s On: August 2021

Wildings by Nicola Pye
7:30pm, Monday 2 August  View Finder #11: Paul Hughson – Real estate photography in Norway Zoom
7:30pm, Monday 9 August  Club meeting: Stuart Clook – Alternative Photographic Processes – the art and practise of the handmade photographic print  Print Of The Month: Open
Appraised by Paul Sorrell        
Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
7:30pm, Monday 16 AugustFocus group meetings   Zoom and various  
Saturday 21 – Wednesday 25 AugustPrint ExhibitionSelectors: Karen Lawton (Open) and John Hart (Natural History)Moved to Zoom  
7:30pm, Monday 23 August  Club meeting: Meeting at Dunedin Community Gallery  Projected Image Of The Month: Flow  Dunedin Community Gallery, 20 Princes St, Dunedin CBD  
1pm, Sunday 29 AugustField Trip: Taieri Historical Society and MuseumMeet at: -12:15pm at the Bayfield Inlet to carpool
– or at the Wobbly Goat at 1pm for a pre-photo coffee
– or at 2pm at the little museum
Bring $5 cash per person for museum donations
Outram area
Sept/Oct TBCField Trip: Monarch Wildlife CruiseAll details TBC – an email will be sent out when they are confirmed the ocean
  • Nicola