Programme of Talks 2017 – 2018

Visitors are always welcome, but for certain meetings should check with the society for available seating

4 September: Welcome to HPS Evening

HPS welcomes new and returning members with a preview of the forthcoming Programme of Talks and introductions to the various internal specialist groups. Important information about this year’s annual print competition. Annual subscriptions are due.

New members are welcome and would find this meeting particularly useful

11 September: Bill Ingalls (USA) : My Work and Images of the Space Business

Bill has been Senior Contract Photographer to NASA since 1979 and has travelled the world photographing missions taking him from inside the Oval Office to the cold Kazakh Steppes. His images have been published throughout the world on television, magazines, newspapers and books and he is only the second photographer ever to receive the prestigious National Space Club, Press Award, a former recipient being legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. Joining us from Kazakhstan by Skype, expect to see some amazing images.

Visitors should check with the Society for available seating for this meeting Tel: 07720 891 002

18 September: Des Ong (Leicester): Captivating Nature- Wildlife of Britain and Beyond

Des is a full-time nature and wildlife photographer. Although devoting much of his time to British species, his portfolio also includes work from other parts of the world – from the humid rain forest in Borneo to the arid desert of Arizona. His work has won many awards and is widely published.

25 September: Adrian Dennis (Hampshire) : Sports Photography

Adrian is a sports photographer  working for Agence France-Presse. He has twice been named “Sports Photographer of the Year” by the Sports Journalist Association. His images have won many accolades including “Photograph of the Year” for his for Olympic Equestrian Cross-Country images, Barclays Premiership “Shot of the Season”, “Nikon Sports Photographer of the Year”. He has worked internationally including freelancing for publications from  the New York Times to the National Enquirer.

2 October: Paul Mitchell (Buckinghamshire): Spirit of Light: Pinhole Photography

Paul was winner of the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, winning the Sunday Times Choice Award in 2013 and being the Urban Category winner in 2015. He has also had recent successes in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year and the International Garden Photographer of the Year.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and currently serves on the Fine Art Distinctions Panel.

Paul will be speaking on the subject of Pinhole Photography about which he has published his book, “Spirit of Light”

9 October: Judge for Yourselves

What makes a good image? An HPS Panel will critique images submitted anonymously by members. This evening will conclude with important information about the forthcoming print competition.

16 October: Mike Shaw (Whitby): Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, Photographer of Whitby

The beautiful photographs taken by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe live on at The Sutcliffe Gallery in Whitby where, for the last 56 years, the Mike Shaw’s family have been the custodians of the collection, always conscious of being responsible for a great National archive.

Frank Meadow Sutcliffe was born in Leeds in 1853 – just 14 years after the birth of photography and moved to Whitby in 1870 where he decided to make his living with a camera producing photographs which were not only of the highest technical merit, but also displayed great artistry. He was awarded over sixty gold, silver and bronze medals at exhibitions as far a field as New York and Tokyo,  as well as at major exhibitions in this country. Sutcliffe developed photography as an art form and he became world famous as one of the greatest exponents of pictorial photography and was made an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society in 1935.

23 October: Ian Day (Leeds): Press Photography: One Photographer – Many Disciplines

Ian Day is is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and currently the Deputy Editor of Yorkshire Post Newspapers. During his 25 year career, he has held the roles of Group Picture Editor at The Yorkshire Post, Head of Sports Photos at The Press Association, Deputy Picture Editor and Chief Photographer at the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, Picture Editor and Photographer at Ross Parry Picture Agency.

During his career, Ian has covered many major events from the Sydney Olympic Games, Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Open Golf Championships through to the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire.
Ian has been a photographic judge for the British Press Awards, Sports Journalists Association Awards and the Irish Press Photographers Association Awards. This year he was the Chair of Judges for the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards.

30 October: Practical Skills Market

Learn from our own HPS experts how to mount images to competition standard, how to print your own images and how to use an outside professional print lab, how to create quality books using Lightroom and Blurb and see the latest cameras and kit from local photographic retailer Bass and Bligh and  local photographic printer Square Studios

6 November: John Hooton (Ireland) : Dingle, My Only Place

John is an award winning landscape and seascape fine art photographer inspired by the Irish Atlantic coast. A fellow of both the Irish Photographic Federation (IFP) and the Royal Photographic Society, he was awarded an MFIAP, the  highest award given by the International Federation of Photographic Art. His work has appeared extensively in salons throughout the world and he has also held a number of personal exhibitions both in Ireland and abroad. He is a distinguished judge serving on the IFP National Distinctions panel and for numerous competitions.

13 November: Annual Print Competition (1 of 3)

Judge: Erica Oram CPAGB BPE1

20 November: Gered Mankowitz (Cornwall) : Pop Culture

Internationally acclaimed photographer Gered Mankowitz, is probably best known for his candid portraits of The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, alongside creating iconic music imagery over the past 50 years. Many of his photographs became the covers of these artists’ most successful albums. In the Seventies, he photographed the likes of Kate Bush and Elton John, and continued making iconic photographs of Eurythmics, ABC, Duran Duran, The Jam, Wham! and Kim Wilde in the Eighties. In 1982 Gered had a major solo exhibition at London’s famous Photographers’ Gallery, which toured the UK for 2 years. It was the first exhibition in the UK to focus on music photography & at the time broke all visitor records. He continues to be a regular contributor to various major publications, such as The Sunday Times Magazine and Mojo. He has worked in all divisions of the photography industry including fashion, music, advertising, news, and private photography. As well as exhibitions, Gered  has published numerous books of his work.

27 November: Annual Print Competition (2 of 3)


4 December:Annual Print Competition (3 of 3)

Judge: Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP FBPE

11 December: Mark Gilligan (Cheshire) : A Bit of a Journey

Mark is an award winning landscape photographer, author and writer specialising in the Lake District and the north of England. In 2016 he won the coveted #OMGB ‘Amazing Moments’ section in the Sunday Times Landscape Photographer of The Year competition, his winning image being selected by Visit Britain to promote the UK across the world. Mark spends a considerable amount of his time living and working in the Lakes as well as undertaking commercial shoots for all different types of photographic work with commissions for well known and international brands. Mark is an official Ambassador for FUJI

18 December: Image Matching Battle

The gauntlet has been laid down and picked up by York Photographic Society as we challenge them to an Image Matching Battle. Highly competitive  and massive fun for the festive season!!

18 December & January 1st 2018: NO MEETING


8 January: President’s Evening – Graham Roberts:  Smorgasbord 

15 January: Steve Gosling (Harrogate): Hyperbole, Exaggeration and Distortion

Steve presents an insight into his philosophy, beliefs and the principles that underpin his work. His discusses the proposition that photography should be less about technical perfection and more about communication and that photographers should be true to their vision rather than  be constrained by a need to please others.

22 January: Projected Digital Image Competition (1 of 4)

Judge: Tillman Kleinhans  ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB

29 January:

Projected Digital Image Competition (2 of 4)

Judge: Andrew Linscott LBIPP LRPS

5 February: Chris Upton (Nottingham) : Thoresby Colliery..The End of the Mine

Chris Upton is a Nottinghamshire based, award winning, photographer and educator specialising in  Social Documentary, Travel and Landscape photography.

Thoresby Colliery, the last pit in Nottinghamshire, closed in July 2015 bringing to an end over 900 years of mining in the county. Chris’ talk tells the story of how the project came about, how it was shot and the resulting exhibition, AV, book and extensive publicity. A great example of “how to implement a project”

12 February:

Projected Digital Image Competition (3 of 4)

Judge: Andrew Rothery

19 February:

Projected Digital Image Competition (4 of 4)

Judge: John Williams MPSA EFIAP/b DPAGB

26 February: John Gardner (Leeds) : Creative Portrait Lighting

John is an experienced professional photographer producing stunning images in various genres such as fine art, commercial and portraiture. His expert use of lighting sets his images apart  and his talk will explain some of the principles and practice involved.

5 March: Dave Mason (Kent) : A Slice of Life

Dave is a photographer who “takes great pleasure in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary” His passion is street photography and his images are captured in camera with little if any post processing. He is a regular speaker at camera clubs throughout the UK.

12 March: Members Work

HPS members present a selection of their latest work.

19 March: Ann Miles (Cambridge) : Creative Techniques with Camera and Software

Ann Miles has been an active photographer for the last 30 years and, for about 10 years, taught general and nature photography at university degree level. She is a Member of  The London Salon, a position that keeps her in touch with the best of pictorial photography around the world. She gained ARPS in Nature and FRPS in Visual Arts and served as Deputy Chair of the Fine Arts Panel for 8 years. This reflects a wide spectrum of photographic interest. In her photography, sometimes combined with watercolour painting she uses all the available digital techniques: camera, manipulation and printing to depict the interactions of people, architecture, nature and landscape. Ann lectures all round Britain and also gives workshops and individual tuition.

26 March: Giles Rocholl (Tadcaster): 37 Years as a Yorkshire-Based Professional Photographer

Giles Rocholl has over 37 years of professional photographic experience covering a broad range of assignments regionally, nationally and internationally. He currently supplies Landscape, Art, Public Relations, Corporate, Architectural and Construction photography to his many clients. After an extensive and successful career in photojournalism, Giles set up his own company eighteen years ago to serve the needs of the Yorkshire business community.

2 April: Easter Monday – NO MEETING

9 April: Chris Benbow (Crewe) : Night Photography (Noctography)

Chris Benbow styles himself as “Nocturne”. Light painting has been his passion for over 10 years. He shoots exclusively at night in abandoned locations around the UK and, using many techniques, some of which he has developed himself, creates some fascinating colourful mages.

16 April: Members work – Outings

An evening to revisit our Summer outings through members’ images

23 April: Matt Emmett (Reading): Urban Exploration

Matt Emmett has spent the last 4 years seeking out and photographing Europe’s most intriguing and fascinating ruins. From the vast rusting industrial remnants across Northern Europe to the crumbling villas and chapels of Italy and everything in between. The locations echo with whispered stories of their previous existences and the life that once filled them. He has recently won the Arcaid Architectural Photographer of the Year Award 2016 and has published his book “Forgotten Heritage”

27 April (Friday): Annual Dinner and Presentation of Awards

30 April: AGM + Preview of 2018/2019 Programme

Election of Officers, review of 2017-18 and discussion of current concerns.

Meetings are held at 7.30 pm on Mondays in
The Friends Hall, Homestead Road, Harrogate HG1 5QR unless otherwise stated below.
Presentations will be via projected images unless otherwise stated.


Summer Garden Party
Sunday 23rd July 2017
Jonet and Richard Bown have kindly offered use of their garden for what is always an enjoyable day (weather permitting).

HPS Annual Photography Exhibition
Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd October 2017, St Peter’s Church, Harrogate
There is no specific theme for this year’s exhibition, rather it showcases some of members best images from 2014-2017.

Annual Print Competition
Entries due in by Monday 23rd October 2017
Competition results presented Mondays 13th and 27th November and 4th December 2017.

Annual Projected Digital Image Competition
Entries due in by Monday 18th December 2017
Competition results presented Mondays 22nd and 29th January and 12th and 19th February 2018.

Monthly Print Competition
Entries due in
Round 1: Monday 25th September 2017
Round 2: Monday 30th October 2017
Round 3: Monday 27th November 2017
Round 4: Monday 8th January 2018
Round 5: Monday 29th January 2018
Round 6: Monday 26th February 2018

Photographic Postcard Travelling Exhibition
19th February 2018

YPU Annual Competition
Entries due: 19th February 2018

HPS Annual Dinner & Awards Night
Friday 27th April 2018

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