THE stunning work of photographers from across Wearside is being showcased at an annual exhibition.
The Sunderland Photographic Association (SPA) launched its long-running display at the city’s Museum and Winter Gardens.
Judy Beveridge, president of the SPA, said: “The exhibition has been running for quite a few years now.
“The work focuses on pictures taken during the year, although the event is not topic based.
“The members can choose whatever photographs they like.
“They don’t necessarily need to be of a local scene. There is a real mixture.”
Pax Garabedian, the president of the Northern Counties Photographic Federation, officially opened the event, which includes a colour and mono print competition for members, in the Burdon Room.
“The club is now in its 124th year,” said Ms Beveridge. “It opened in 1888 and over the years has counted among its members many well-known names from the professions as well as prominent persons from the town.
“Starting in the very early days of photography, members used glass plates and then progressed on to working with film. Now the medium is generally digital.”
The club, which currently has about 35 members, meets weekly from September to April and features a range of lectures, competitions and special members’ evenings.
“The club is going really well,” said Ms Beveridge. “There is a strong interest in photography in Sunderland.”
The free exhibition at the museum in Burdon Road, which is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, will run until June 3.