WPS Newsflash !!

WPS Contingency Planning for Covid-19

From Gavin Bowyer MA ARPS, WPS President 2019-2020


WPS exists to provide for the photographic interests of its members – but the committee is mindful of the risks that the current situation poses to the membership, particularly recognizing the Society’s demographic. The situation is evolving rapidly, and advice from government is also changing – we will not debate the wisdom or rationale for that advice.
We have to take some difficult decisions to balance our two duties: duty of care and obligation to provide photographic events. The primacy of care for members should be obvious. We believe there are some actions that will impact our photographic activities but will mitigate health risks for members. Where possible we will seek alternative photographic activities for members. 

The season at the DC and other indoor venues is cancelled until further notice.

More details can be found on the WPS Contingency Planning for Covid-19 page and the newsletter.

Welcome to Winchester Photographic Society.  Founded 1923

Member of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation
Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain

The WPS Training Programme

2020 Members Print Exhibition
  This exhibition has now been cancelled.
Our next Print Exhibition is scheduled for 2021 and provisional dates have been agreed. 

Consult the next WPS members handbook (20/21), when available, for further details.



Distinctions Galleries

Our Distinctions Gallery has been split into two pages
A page for CPAGB and LRPS and a new page for DPAGB and ARPS

LRPS Gallery
  Congratulations to Philip Terry on his LRPS. Philip has added his LRPS Panel to his WPS page and it is also on the WPS Distinctions Galleries Page

LRPS Gallery
  Congratulations to Linda Gates on her LRPS. Linda has added her LRPS Panel to her WPS page and it is also on the WPS Distinctions Galleries Page

LRPS Gallery
  Congratulations to Atul Kshirsagar on his LRPS. Atul has added his LRPS Panel to his WPS Web page and it is also on the WPS Distinctions Galleries Page

Some of the images from our competitions


Winchester National Exhibition - Affiliated to British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE)

Links to all the accepted images can be found here 2019 National Exhibition Galleries

WPS - PAGB Distinctions Group
This is a new group aimed at offering a different type of qualification to RPS.

More details here.

The Most Liked Image for January 2020

The image with the most “likes” from our Facebook page is by Stephen Govan. The image can be seen here  with our past favourites.
  150 x 106 2020 Jan  Stephen Govan   Starling murmuration at Shapwick Heath 


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Winchester Photographic Society (WPS) was founded in 1923. It is now one of the largest clubs in the southern region with a thriving membership of around 180 and with weekly attendance averaging 80. Our members' photographic interests are broad and we try to reflect this in our programme of events. In terms of photographic skills, our membership covers all levels, from absolute beginners who have yet to purchase a camera, to those who travel the world producing sensational images of people and places, flora and fauna.

We meet on Tuesday evenings 7:30-10:00pm from September to May at the Performance Hall in the Winchester Discovery Centre. See the Contact tab for map and directions.

Extensive information about membership can be found under the Membership tab.

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The President's Welcome

A very warm welcome to the Winchester Photographic Society website. I hope that you will find here any information you need as a member – and if you are considering membership, or would like to visit us, then I hope you’ll be inspired and encouraged to do that.

We are one of the largest, and most active, photographic clubs in the South of England. We have 200 members and try to offer something for all levels of photographer – we encourage and support our members to get what they want out of photography, and provide opportunities to take their photography further.

We offer a diverse and interesting speaker programme, with 14 presenters this season, covering travel photography, wildlife, creative and the music industry among other topics. Our highlights are our Autumn and Spring lectures: David DuChemin, renowned world and humanitarian photographer is speaking to us in November on “The Heart of the Photograph” – what makes a picture appeal and resonate. In March 2020 Alison Baskerville, documentary photographer and educator, is speaking about gender representation in photography, and her experiences photographing in a military and conflict setting.

We also have plenty of opportunities to submit your own work in competition and for critique. We have social events, outings and workshops. We cover specialized areas of photography, but also cater for those just beginning to capture images, process them and present them. A look under our “What’s On” tab will show the range of activities available, and you will see that there are usually several activities available each week during our early September to early June season.

Non-Members are very welcome to our Tuesday meetings (although subgroups, outings and workshops are restricted to members); simply turn up, pay the £5 visit fee, sign in and take a visitor badge. You can attend as a visitor up to 4-times a year and if you then decide to join the society those visitor fees can be deducted from your joining fee. Full details about membership can be found under the Membership tab. Due to the success of the society we usually have to run a waiting list for new members.

The society has just undertaken a major survey of the membership’s views. It is gratifying to see the level of approval that there is for the society’s activities across its programme of talks and competitions, wider events such as outings and workshops, and indeed for education and training. We strive to be a welcoming and friendly society.

We have an accessibility policy, and we want to make our events and services open to as many members as possible. If you have a particular need, for instance an easy access seat, then let us know and we’ll do what we can to help.
Our Membership pages offer much more detail about what our society has to offer. Whether you are new to photography or an established and experienced camera user, come to Winchester Photographic Society and share your interest and passion with like-minded, friendly and supportive enthusiasts.

Gavin Bowyer ARPS. President 2019-2020

More information on what we do can be found here.