About BPS

The Society always welcomes new members, especially keen photographers and we are sure you will enjoy sharing your interest in photography with others in our Society. Our membership includes a wide range of people from beginners to photographers well known nationally. We meet every Wednesday evening for a couple of hours, starting at 7.30.

You are welcome to attend for a few evenings to find out about Bristol Photographic Society (there is a small charge of £3 per visit for a maximum of 3 visits, refundable on joining). Please introduce yourself to our Membership Secretary, Carol,  who will be delighted to welcome you and please feel free to chat to members especially during the coffee break.

The main activities are lectures, many of which are by nationally known photographers, and competitions for members to participate in. We also have monthly meetings of special interest groups such as studio work and digital imaging which are open to all members. We have good studio facillities including backgrounds and studio flash equipment for use by members. The Society organises a photography course every year starting in September with First Principles, which has proved to be very popular in recent years. We also have a well stocked library of photographic books on a variety of subjects if you wish to explore an aspect in greater depth.

In 2015 Bristol Photographic Society moved into new premises; these were purpose built to suit our needs and hopefully will see us well into the 21st Century. The clubrooms consist of ground and first floors.

Clubroom Panorama

Gound Floor

Seat 100+

Main clubroom is capable of seating 100+ Persons​

Projector & Screen​

Ceiling mounted digital projector and electric projection screen connected to both Lectern (at from of stage) and the PC desk at the back of the room


Integrated CCTV camera to reproduce printed images onto screens to allow all to see the prints

Microphone & Sound​

Fully integrated microphone and sound system ​

Hearing Aid Loop​

Induction Loop Installed to enable those wearing hearing aids to hear the speaker

Meeting Room > View front of stage and the PC desk at the back of the room

Clubroom in Action


Clubroom also can be converted into a purpose built studio area which includes a state of the art Bowens HiGlide studio lighting system which we believe to be the only one of its type in any camera clubrooms in the Country.


Small kitchen suitable for preparing hot drinks and buffet style catering.

Tea & Coffee

Clubroom has a small area which is used for serving tea and coffee, it can also be used for smaller meetings.


Separate Mens and Ladies toilet facilities with the Ladies doubling as a disabled toilet with wheelchair access and DDA compliant fittings.

First Floor

Meeting / Committee Room

On the first floor there is another room, again fitted out for both print display and projected images

Prints Display

Throughout all rooms the walls are fitted with a simple picture display system which allows for up to 150 50cm x 40cm mounted prints to be displayed.

Air Con & Daylight Lighting

All rooms have air conditioning and the lighting throughout is "daylight" to ensure that pictures always display at their best.


Mixed gender WC

Tea & Coffee Area


How to book or find out more about our Clubrooms!

If you would like information about booking the clubrooms for your own organisation, please contact the Bookings Manager, Mike Bigger, bookings@bristolphoto.org.uk

Club Facilities, Structure & Affiliations

In addition to weekly meetings and competitions, the Society provides a number of facilities to its members.


The Clubrooms consist of a studio/lecture room equipped, at present, with display area, display boards, both tungsten and flash lighting, backgrounds, both digital and slide projection equipment, toilet, kitchen and a library. Members can book the studio for private sessions at a cost of £35 per session including the use of lighting, or, at reduced cost without lighting equipment. Use for commercial activities is not permitted. All bookings are to be made through the Clubroom Booking Steward and a deposit has to be paid for the key.


The library currently has about 160 books and is open most Wednesday evenings in the clubrooms.


This is updated regularly and contains information and news about the Society as well as images and advice. The Website Editor welcomes contributions and members can submit articles directly.


The declared objectives of the Society are to promote science and art through photography and in particular:

1) To arrange lectures and demonstrations.

2) To promote and sponsor competitions and exhibitions.

3) To maintain a permanent collection of the outstanding work of its members.


The Bristol Photographic Society is a Company Limited by Guarantee, the maximum liability of each member being limited to £1.00. All members of the Society are members
of the Company and have equal rights at General Meetings. The management of the Society is controlled by members of the Council of Management of the Society who are elected at the Annual General Meeting. Members of the Council are directors of the company. Full details of the Society’s objectives and powers are given in its Memorandum of Association. The Society is a registered charity and its affairs are governed by its Articles of Association, company law and its rules ( a copy of which is available to all members) .

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