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Norwich and District Photographic Society 106th Annual Exhibition

With roots dating back to the mid-19th century, the Norwich and District Photographic Society (NDPS) is one of the oldest photographic societies in the country.

An annual exhibition of members’ photographs has been held every year since the first annual exhibition was held in Norwich for three days from March 17, 1904. The only exceptions being during the two world wars and more recently due to the pandemic of Covid.

NDPS is therefore delighted to return to the prestigious and historic setting of the Hostry of Norwich Cathedral, where our exhibitions have been presented for many years.

The exhibition runs from Tuesday, September 27 to Saturday, October 29 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays). Free entry.

Today, NDPS has members of all ages who work in all kinds of industries and professions, whose photographic skills range from beginners beginning their photographic journey to seasoned experienced photographers.

The 106th annual exhibition showcases new works by this diverse group of photographers and demonstrates the range and extent of their shared joy for photography.

This year’s exhibit is also in memory of Mike Trendell, who passed away in March of last year, and has been designated the “Mike Trendell Memorial Exhibit”. A pillar and giant of the Society for nearly 50 years, Mike was first elected President in 1979-80 and again from 2001-2002, and served as President of the Society from 1984-1986. Mike has been, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Society over many years, elected an Honorary Fellow in 2019. As Exhibition Secretary, Mike curated the Society’s annual exhibition at Norwich Cathedral in the North Transept for many years before the new Hostry exhibition space opened. Mike was also a recognized authority on religious architecture, his photographs being widely exhibited in specialist photographic exhibitions held, for example, by the Royal Photographic Society and the Cathedral here in Norwich.

Alongside the annual exhibition, NDPS is once again holding the Open Public Photography Competition which awards three local photographers and one junior photographer from our local community the opportunity to exhibit one of their photographs in the exhibition.

NDPS members all look forward to greeting the many familiar faces who regularly attend our annual Expo and of course to meeting new friends. You can learn more about the Society and its members at or follow NDPS on Facebook at @ndpsinfocus.

The exhibition runs from Tuesday September 27 to Saturday October 29 and is open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays). Free entry.

There will also be a vernissage for NDPS members and their guests on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.