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Who would have thought that a basic “Introduction to Photography” course would sow the dangerous seeds of a lifelong preoccupation? Since those early days Sue has photographed on five continents and in many remote places, enjoying (and winning awards in) a variety of genres including landscapes, wildlife, abstracts, photojournalism, and above all, people. As a keen “salonista” Sue has achieved EFIAP/d1, though she’s lost count of the number of international acceptances and awards this represents. In 2019 she gained a gold medal in the London Salon (with exhibitions in London, Edinburgh and Dublin) as well as being accepted in the prestigious PAGB Masters of Print exhibition. Her work has been exhibited in many other venues including the Royal Geographical Society, RPS House UK, and Photokino Germany. She has been awarded in “USA Landscape Photographer of the Year”, “National Geographic Traveller” and “Travel Photographer of the Year” (four times). Her work has also featured widely in the photographic press including Black and White Photography, Amateur Photographer and CanonFoto, Germany. Sue is a PAGB judge, member of the WCPF judge training team, and regular club lecturer.
John has been a prolific photographer for nearly 40 years. He gained the Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1984 and the Fellowship the following year. Until December 2009 he was a member of the RPS. Travel Distinctions Panel and Chair of the Visual Art Panel. He has also served on the RPS Nature Panel. He was a member of the RPS. Distinctions Advisory Board and the Fellowship Board as well as Chair of the Multimedia and Narrative Panel. In 2008 he was awarded the Fenton Medal and Honorary Membership of the RPS. for services to the Society. As well as belonging to the London Salon, he is a member of Arena and President of the Zoological Photo Club; membership of each is by invitation.
His images have been exhibited extensively in Britain and in various countries around the world gaining many awards and he has also acted as a selector at countless national and international exhibitions. His AFIAP and EFIAP were gained in the nineteen eighties and his MFIAP in 2007.
He works mainly in colour with his current images being captured digitally. In his own work he is essentially a ‘photographer’, rather than a digital artist. He tries to get everything ‘right’ at the taking stage!! As well as pictorial and creative work and images taken on worldwide travels, he is an extremely active nature photographer with a particular love for Africa, a continent he has visited nearly thirty times.
Eddy has travelled extensively photographing Wildlife, People and Landscapes. A busy PAGB Judge, he is a Past President of the Western Counties Photographic Federation and remains active on the WCPF Executive and the Judges Panel where he helps mentor and train new judges.
A member of Wiltshire club Nonpareil, his portfolio includes Sport and Audio-Visual in addition to his passion for the Natural World. A lover of prints and contributor to Salons, RPS and PAGB events, he promotes print competitions and exhibitions in the many clubs and other organisations that he visits every year.
His travels with his wife Pam have given Eddy material for the many Talks he gives around the UK and abroad. These include the Antarctic, the Arctic, India, Kenya and Namibia. Adventures to Galapagos, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the South Seas have also provided Eddy with knowledge of photography from all around the World.
Leo first became interested in photography when a schoolboy and taught himself how to take, process and print films. When colour film became more readily available, he changed to colour slide work – though does still print, occasionally.
He has been a camera club member for 50 years and is currently an Hon. life member of Spectrum (Guernsey) who he represented at the Southern (Counties) Photographic Federation for many years. He has twice been President of that Federation and was their Executive member on the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain where he acted as Secretary to their Awards system. He was President of the PAGB (2013/2015) and, in 2016, was awarded Hon.PAGB for his services to UK club photography.
Leo classes himself as a “jobbing amateur photographer” photographing whatever takes his fancy. In recent years he has shown a special interest in environmental portraiture and natural history subjects, many of which are taken on his Annual visits to India.
He has judged numerous National and International Exhibitions and is also a keen Exhibitor himself with a modicum of success. His “talks” – he hesitates to call them presentations or lectures – are in great demand as they appeal and encourage club members to realise that you do not have to be an expert to produce interesting images.
Leigh has been interested in photography for as long as he can remember. Early encouragement came when he won his first ever competition at the age of 11 on a primary school trip to Bristol Zoo His first proper experiences of photography came as a result of visiting Formula One Grands Prix all over Europe from about 1981 onwards. However, membership of Gwynfa Camera Club followed in the mid-1980s as he sought to widen his subject matter. A love of taking landscapes was born. These days Leigh will have a stab at photographing anything, but landscapes remain his passion. For him the joy of photography is being there, standing at some remote location with a complicated box of Japanese electronics thinking “what can I make of this…?”
In the 30 or so years since joining Gwynfa he has made numerous very good friends from this wonderful hobby. He has also gained some photographic distinctions namely AWPF, EFIAP and DPAGB and particularly enjoys the challenge of such awards. He is planning to try for a few more in the near future.
Around twelve years ago he began judging photography viewing all genres of photography and the skill and imagination of the club photographer never ceases to amaze him.
Jenny have always been interested in photography from the young age of 11 but has been taking it more seriously since 2007. Jenny enjoys all aspects of photography from sport, landscape and portrait but her real passion is wildlife photography.
Jenny gained her AWPF in 2007 and was the first photographer from The Welsh Photographic Federation to receive the prestigious award of Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (MPAGB) in 2010 & EFIAP in 2015; all mainly with Natural History images.
Jenny supplies images for use by the RSPB and gives talks to camera clubs as well as judging. She is a member of Bridgend and District Camera Club and has travelled extensively throughout the world taking images of wildlife within the Arctic Circle, Finland and Japan, as well as going on a Migratory Expedition in Mongolia.
Although she has always enjoyed photography, it was retirement that gave Maureen more time for taking pictures and processing them, initially in a darkroom, and more recently and more enthusiastically, in Photoshop.
Her interests lie in many genres of photography, including colour, mono, creative, nature, travel, people and landscape, and she has won national and international awards in all these areas. Since Judging the exhibition in 2017, she has attained EFIAP Diamond 2, (100 awards + 30 different works in 6 different countries), The first women in the UK to achieve this, she also has the necessary qualifications for Diamond 3, (200 Awards+ 50 different works in 10 different countries).
Also gained FBPE, (British Photographic Exhibition); only about 25 people have achieved this, so she is very pleased to be one of them.
She lives in the New Forest and is a member of both Southampton Camera Club and Ordnance Survey PS. For many years she was print secretary of the Southampton International Exhibition with her husband David. Maureen has enjoyed judging many national and international exhibitions, which she has found to be not only a source of inspiration but a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded and dedicated people.