WELCOME TO THE DISABLED PHOTOGRAPHERS' SOCIETY


The Society is a registered National Charity which began in 1968 when a group of photo enthusiasts in Richmond invited severely disabled ex-servicemen from the Royal Star and Garter Home to join their meetings and share their interests.
It now has members all over the U.K. and is run by unpaid volunteers dedicated to the aims and development of the Society.
The links to 'About the DPS' and 'What's In It For Me?' will provide you with details of the Society and it's functions.




Our aim is to encourage anyone with an interest in photography, be it an individual, friend, carer or group.

We act as a source of information on photographic matters for the disabled. We also collect equipment, modify them as necessary and produce camera supports etc. for people with specific handicaps.

Equipment is supplied to members on loan for the duration of their membership of the Society, free of charge apart from maintaining the annual subscription.

Membership is open to everyone with a registerable disability(although you do not need to be actually registered to apply). It is not only for disabled people but for anyone with an interest in the disabled who can join as a 'friend'. Schools, day centres, hospital groups and similar organisations are eligible for the special terms offered

As some members may not have access to or be able to use a computer, the DPS also produces a quarterly 'In Focus' magazine to keep all members up to date on the current news and events, much of which is reproduced here throughout the site.

THINGS TO DO

We have regular photo competitions and also participate in monthly and annual leagues nationwide.

You can also submit work to be judged for photographic achievements.

In addition we organize 'disabled friendly' holidays, days out, photo opportunities and stage a very successful Annual Photographic Exhibition.


Visit the Gallery Page
to view all past Competition Winners







The Home Page will keep you up-to-date on what's being organized in the future as well as current news and events or just click on any of the links throughout the site for more about what may interest you.

******ANNOUNCEMENTS*****
 

We received a fax from Terry Murphy, Chairman of BILCO in Ireland who did not leave contact details.
Please provide this, so that we are able to contact you.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) has now become law.

More information is available about how it could affect you on our
'News Page '

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We have been asked to bring the following to the notice of visitors:

FUNDRAISING EVENT BY VITALISE
(In Aid of Holidays for the Disabled)

"I am delighted to invite you to a unique fundraising event - The 'Inspiring Images' Photo Exhibition in aid of Vitalise (formerly Winged Fellowship Trust).
As you may know, Vitalise has been a leading provider of holidays for disabled people for over 40 years, and we operate five accessible centres across the UK, providing around 8,000 holidays for disabled guests and their carers every year. This exciting fundraising event will take place on Wednesday 23rd February (6.30pm - 9.30pm) at Christie's prestigious auction rooms in King Street, London.

Guests will have the opportunity to view this wonderful venue, whilst enjoying drinks and canap閟 and a unique exhibition of celebrities' holiday photos. These include pictures (most of which are autographed) of Sir Norman Wisdom, Frank Skinner, Denise Van Outen, Joe Pasquale... and an autographed photo of Sir Ian McKellen in full Gandalf costume! Guests can then bid for these photos in a silent auction, and there will also be a live auction of various tiems including original albums signed by Elvis, John Lennon, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra!
Sir David Frost is joining us for the evening - along with several of the celebrities who kindly donated their holiday snaps ...including Esther Rantzen, Cherie Lunghi, Richard Dunwoody, Arthur Smith, Anna Carteret, Jack Wild, Danny John-Jules and Timmy Mallett.
It should be a fabulous evening, and it will be a great opportunity for you to entertain clients or simply to enjoy a unique evening with friends and family. Tickets are � and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The event should raise around �,000 - which will provide 34 breaks for disabled people over the winter months.
We do hope you will join us - for more information or to book tickets, please call me on 0207 017 3436 or email events@vitalise.org.uk. Best wishes - hope to see you there."
Sophie Cox Events Manager, Vitalise


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.....BOOKINGS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN FOR THE DPS PHOTOGRAPHIC HOLIDAY.....

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FOR FURTHER DETAILS OF THE 2005 HOLIDAY IN LLANDUDNO, PLEASE VISIT THE NEWS PAGE *****



*****PRINT COMPETITION RESULTS*****
 

'My Favourite Things'




MARGARET MEARS
(& granddaughter Antonia - born Jan 2nd 2005)
Congratulations to Margaret Mears for being selected overall winner in the 'My Favourite Things' competition. Margaret's picture, 'Peace at Last' has won her some photographic paper plus 10 points in the first round of the 2004/5 league.

Margaret writes
"I was born in Corby 66years ago, my husband and I were born on the same street!
My husband started photography aged 11 but I only got interested in 1997 when I joined a class at Corby Photographic Club and also the DPS. I sent an entry and won the Konica prize that year. I was one of the first people to get my LDPS.
I enjoy the competitions and crosswords in the 'In Focus' magazine, also hearing about other people from all over the country in a similar position to myself.
Let us hope that the DPS club continues to get more members as the more we get, the better for everyone. Photography is fun for all, able and disabled."

Congratulations also to John Miller and Margaret Walters for winning 2nd and 3rd places respectively with their entries 'Reach for the Sky' and 'Hands On'

PEACE AT LAST

To view these and the Highly Commended entries together with the current
league tables visit the Competitions Page

The next round of the competition is 'My Home Town' and the closing date is
1st February 2005

Advance Warning: The following round will be entitled 'Winter' and the closing date will be during April 2005

The rules of entry are displayed on the Competition Page - please ensure that you comply with them and please do not send oversize prints as these cannot be judged! The winning shots are displayed on the Competition Page and will also be published, with one or two of the other entries, in the next newsletter.


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