Founded in 1948, DUPA is committed to creating a photography community on campus. Committee members hold classes and invite professional photographers to speak or hold masterclasses. A range of digital as well as film cameras, tripods, and photo books are available to rent. Exhibitions are held multiple times each term, providing members the opportunity to showcase their work. DUPA is also proud to have two student darkroom on campus that are open for members to book.

DUPA also distributes photographic supplies to Ireland from manufacturers such as Film Ferrania and BelliniFoto. We are currently working on making these products available.

5 Reasons to join DUPA


Lessons on everything including taking better photographs, using an SLR camera, Adobe Photoshop, studio portraiture work and darkrooms.


Take what you’ve learned and try it out. Take photos on our trips around Dublin, around Ireland and around the world.


Want to print some digital photos? Avail of our members discounts at John Gunn Camera Shop on Wexford Street and Conn’s Cameras on Clarendon Street and save yourself a fortune.


As a member, you’ll get free access to our two darkrooms and the opportunity to borrow film SLR cameras, digital SLR cameras, lenses, tripods, flashguns and photography 


We’ll have major exhibitions throughout the year. Show off your work or just relax and enjoy our free refreshments.

If you are interested in signing up for membership, please visit trinitysocietieshub.com, log in with your TCD email account and search for DUPA under Arts and Culture. Membership is valid for the current session and costs €3. 

NB: Some years/nominations are not listed. 

Society Of The Year Awards 2023

Nominated for four awards across thirteen categories. Won four:

  1. Best Poster – An Improvised Image
  2. Best Fresher – Froya Mostue (First Year Rep)
  3. Best Individual – Henry James (Darkroom Officer)
  4. Best Online Presence – WINNER


Society Of The Year Awards 2021

Nominated for seven awards. Won one:

  1. Best Medium Society
  2. Best Event – Christmas Exhibition: Transcendence
  3. Best Online Innovation – Virtual Exhibitions [WINNER]
  4. Best Poster – Christmas Exhibition: Transcendence
  5. Best Online Presence
  6. Best Individual – Elžbieta Claassen, Chair
  7. Best Fresher – Izzy Donnery


Society Of The Year Awards 2017

Society Of The Year Awards 2016

Nominated for eight awards across seven categories. Won four:

  1. Best Medium Society
  2. Best Event – Habitat [Winner]
  3. Best 4th Week Event – Light Painting Workshop [Winner]
  4. Best Poster – Habitat [Winner]
  5. Best Poster – Christmas Exhibition
  6. Best Society Journal – DUPA Photobook 2015
  7. Best Online Presence – duphotos.net [Winner]
  8. Best Individual – Gearóid Gibbs, Chair

Society Of The Year Awards 2015

Nominated for four awards. Won two:

  1. Best Medium [Winner]
  2. Best Individual  – Andrew Murphy, Chair
  3. Best Publication
  4. Best Overall Society [Winner]

Society Of The Year Awards 2010

Nominated for four awards. Won two:

  1. Best Medium Society of the Year [Winner]
  2. Special Achievement Award – Gabriele Pierantoni, Class Officer & former Chairperson [Winner]

Society Of The Year Awards 1999

  1. Best Medium Society of the Year [Winner]