Photographic Society is one of the leading photographic societies
in Great Britain. For over thirty years SPS has enjoyed unparalleled
success in the world of club photography. It has been winner
or runner-up no less than 18 times in the annual "Top
Club" slide competition run by the Photographic Alliance
of Great Britain. It has also won the equivalent PAGB print
competition for its first three years. In 1997 it won outright
the first photographic 'World Cup' organised by the Austrian
its ranks it can boast more than 20 Fellows of the Royal Photographic
Society and many more with prestigious international honours.
Our current membership is in excess of 250 covering all abilities
and age profiles. It is an ideal platform for the newcomer
to photography, as our more experienced members relish the
opportunity to pass on their knowledge and expertise. If you
are looking for inspiration, look no further, as you will
have the opportunity to view work of the very highest standards.
The work on show at our members' annual exhibition is equivalent
to that seen at many International Exhibitions. Members' work
is regularly sent worldwide to foreign exhibitions, gaining
medals, trophies and international recognition.
Society also plays host to many other important visiting exhibitions
throughout the year, the SPS headquarters being used by the
Royal Photographic Society for many of its group meetings.
of the highlights of the Society is our main programme, that
takes place every Thursday at 8pm (except Christmas week).
Top lecturers travel from all parts of the UK, and occasionally
from abroad, to present the best in club and professional
photography. Competition nights include helpful critique from
qualified assessors in Colour, Monochrome prints and projected
images at various levels of photographic skill. Other evenings
are devoted to help you master digital photography, studio
lighting, darkroom techniques and for all of our members,
we run small-group tuition sessions and support for gaining
RPS and PAGB distinctions.
over 30 years the Society has organised the Smethwick International
Exhibition of Photography, one of the UK’s most prestigious
exhibitions. Our exhibition attracts thousands of entries
from photographers across the globe, and is presented during
the first half of January each year as an exhibition of colour
and monochrome prints, an audio-visual of pictorial projected
photography with informative presentations of natural history
and travel projected images.
social side of the Society is not neglected, with day trips,
nature photography excursions and weekend trips across the
UK and Europe. Members meet in our lounge socially before
and after the evening's programme, where there is a free interchange
of ideas and thinking.
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