Background to Dundalk Photographic Society  


Dundalk Photographic Society were formed in 1979 and were originally called Dundalk Practical Photographic Society. From the start the Society has been affiliated to the Irish Photographic Federation ( IPF) and has taken part in and indeed hosted many regional and national events.

Various locations in town has hosted the club including Dundalk Badminton Club, The AOH hall, the Imperial Hotel, McGeoughs Pub, and we are curently proud to call Conradh Na Gaeilge in Seatown, home.

The society has always been very informal and welcoming in nature. Having fun with photography is the goal and the emphasis has always been on the pictures rather than an over emphasis on equipment. Beginners have always been well catered for. Since 1982 the annual Beginners Classes have been a main feature of the program. In this time more than 800 aspirational local amateur photographers have been initiated in the art and craft of photography.

Since 1987 the Society has undertaken an annual weekend-away trip, both around Ireland and abroad. With up to 20 enthusiastic photographers particpating each time, the weekends have been extremely successful, both in photographic and social terms.

In 2009 DPS celebrated its 30th anniversary & in honour of the occasion Dundalk Photographic Society published a limited edition book entitled "Dundalk Photographic Society, Celebrating 30 Years: The Art of Photography" in November of that year. The book featured over 200 images from members of the club and contained a foreword from President Mary McAleese.

DPS' greatest success to date came in December 2010 when the club was crowned the 2010 FIAP Club World Cup Champions making Dundalk Photographic Society the premier amateur photographic club in the world in 2010/2011. The winning panel is available for viewing the Gallery section.

For club highlights and results over the past number of years please see the news section of the website.

The clubs constitution can be found here.