Crash, bang wallop… what a picture!
We at Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton are great believers in retired people taking up new hobbies or rekindling old passions. Hobbies are a great way to meet people, add interest to life and can be a great source of personal achievement.
With this in mind we would like to introduce you to Southport Photographic Society who proudly boast that they are the top photographic club in Merseyside for the 3rd year running. Don’t let this put you off if you are a beginner though, newcomers to the hobby are especially welcome.
The club meets every week. From September to April meetings are held on a Monday at 7:45pm at New Hall, Emmanuel Church, Cambridge Road, Southport PR9. Why not pop along if you would like to see the club in action. There is a mixed programme of talks & live judging of member’s photographs in internal and inter-club competitions. Visitors are always welcome and a £3 fee is charged but this is deductible from the membership fee should you decide to join.
In the summer a group of photographers meet up in different locations all over the NW to take photos together. In the past they’ve been to West Kirby Lighthouse, Salford Quays & Fleetwood boat wrecks; but most sessions usually end up in a pub as they’re a sociable lot!
Many of the members joined when they took retirement and with the encouragement of other members and guidance of judges, you can steadily improve your photography skills and make new friends who share your interest.
Once a month the club holds a member’s improvers group in Southport Fire Station’s community room where more experienced members help others with specific aspects of photography like resizing images and enhancing images with photoshop.
From time to time club members also organise club trips further afield. In recent years these have included trips to Anglesey, Farne Islands and the Lakes.
The biggest event of the year is our annual photographic exhibition. This is really 3 exhibitions in 1. There is one for local school children, one for SPS members and the main exhibition (nationally recognised by the British Photographic Exhibitions) which features some of the best photographers in the country.
This includes both digital images and prints. The exhibition judging takes place over the next few weeks and the best will be displayed in Wayfarer’s Arcade from 24th March to 7th April. Just getting into the exhibition is a feather in your cap as only around 10-20% of images submitted are selected by the judges.
Make a note of the dates in your diary so you don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to view the best work from the UK’s top amateur photographers and before then why not pop along to one of our weekly meetings.
If this article has inspired you to dig out the camera then either pop along to one of the Monday evening meetings or visit Southport Photography Society’s website at http://www.southport-ps.co.uk