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2022-23 Winter Lectures

For the current season we are continuing to live-stream our meetings for the benefit of members who are still minimising their exposure to infection because they or a close family member are extremely vulnerable. It also helps those who are unable to attend in person for other reasons.

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About Mark and his talk

Mark is an underwater photographer based in Glasgow, UK. With inspiration drawn from childhood experiences of the rugged Scottish coast, he aims to bring the weird and wonderful of UK sea life to the wider public with a particular focus on the ethereal life found in Scottish seas.

Mark sells print and stock photographs and has worked with charities such as Seasearch, Sea Changers and Froglife. He is keen to donate to and work collaboratively with any convervation or educational body and is available for hire on any underwater photography project. Mark’s work has featured in national media outlets such as the BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, CNN, National Geographic Kids and Diver magazine as well as a number of marine and diving books.

He has won multiple national and international competitions, including British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021.


Mark Kirkland Underwater Photography on Facebook

Mark Underwater on Instagram (offline at 6.12.2022)

Interview with Mark in Scuba Diver Magazine

About Ken’s talk: Summits and Secrets

A special new retrospective by Ken Scott, celebrating forty-five years of travels and adventure.

My photography grew up in the mountains where, for the first thirty years or so I simply went for walks – sometimes very long walks – and climbs with a camera. None of my photographs was preconceived; each was made in the moment, as a direct response to light and to the mountain experience.

I took this approach with me on all of our travels, not to exotic places, but intimate, personal journeys to places that hold very special places in our hearts.

My photography has diversified in recent times into a daily flow of fleeting moments and observations. All of this stems from the same responsive state of mind, and is now the basis of my coaching work and retreats.

This presentation is a celebration of my experiences with a camera over a lifetime, with a select few of the people most special to me, using photography to paint an authentic picture of who we are and to tell the stories of Summits and Secrets.”

… Ken Scott ARPS APAGB
November 2022

Judge and speaker: Ken Scott ARPS MBPsS

Ken Scott

Ken Scott – Photographer, Coach, Speaker, Adventurer
Photo credit – Yvette Gorman Photography

Ken is a long-standing member of Steyning Camera Club and a PAGB judge. He leads the Judging Advisory Team for the SCPF where he devised a new programme for training and mentoring judges.

He is a popular workshop leader and has been running his own workshops in France and Spain for a number of years.

He has visited WPS as a judge (2014/15 Print Round 5) and as a speaker (Walking the Coast of Britain in 2017, and The Joy of Seeing in January 2022).

He became well-known though his talk “Touching the Light” about mountain photography which he describes as his headline presentation and which has been his photographic brand since 1998.

Ken about himself

In his LikedIn profile, Ken describes himself as

a freelance training and development professional with business teams and individuals, specialising in Leadership and skills development programmes, and in creative retreats.

In my work I coach the things I love doing and that I know about: business and personal skills, sports, and photography as an art and as an expressive personal development outlet.


Last updated 15 December 2022

Advice Evening Tuesday 10 January 2023, The Arc

This Tuesday evening will provide you with:

  • Advice on selecting images for the Exhibition
  • Advice on preparing images for the Exhibition
  • Advice on the printing workflow
  • Clarification of the rules for each class

By the end of the evening you should be able to answer these questions:

  • Is it okay to replace the sky in my landscape entry?
  • Can I put a texture layer on my nature entry?
  • Can I remove those unsightly pylons and power lines in this Hampshire view?
  • I have 8 excellent nature images – may I put 4 in Nature and 4 in Free?
  • Is this picture of someone being whipped appropriate for the Sin category?
  • Where can I now enter my “action” shot?

We will have a pre-view of the touring exhibition from the National Gallery, Sin, which is running in the main gallery at the time of our exhibition  – hence our own special category this year “Sin”. What constitutes “Sin” – and what is acceptable to show in our exhibition?

The final part of the evening will provide an opportunity to bring along a selection of your own work to discuss, in the café area, with experienced WPS photographers happy to offer advice and mentoring

Do come along, feel free to bring some images, and find out more about our Annual Exhibition – the highlight of the WPS year.

More details:

For more about the 2023 Annual Exhibition, including key dates, see

About Joe Houghton

Originally from Lincolnshire, Joe Houghton is a Dublin-based photographer, judge, speaker and trainer.

Joe and his wife Penny, also a photographer, run Houghton Photography. They run 1-1 sessions, photowalks, video training and workshops.

Their website lists sixteen tutorial sessions which Joe’s happy to give to camera clubs in the UK and around the world.

About Joe’s talk

Joe’s been working on his Streets of Dublin project since the beginning of 2018, shooting black & white street photography in Dublin, Ireland.

He’s also written a book discussing the process, illustrated with over sixty of the images created during the project, which is available as an e-book and paperback from Amazon, or direct from Joe as a signed copy.


Houghton Photography

Joe Houghton YouTube channel

Joe Houghton on Facebook

Joe Houghton on Instagram

Images from © Joe Houghton reproduced by permission of the author

About the talk

David created this lecture as a follow up to his talk ‘The World of a Wildlife Photographer”

It is aimed as an inspirational lecture that enthuses and encourages the audience to develop more creative ideas.

It is for any photographic ability and the whole point is not to show images that are very difficult to achieve, but to show great shots that almost any club member could do with enthusiasm and efforts, it is all based around thinking more creatively and this lecture will certainly help.

More about this talk and David’s other lectures at

Speaker: David Boag, Wildlife Photographer, Author and Lecturer

For more about David, see his website:

About David

David writes on his website:

I am a wildlife photographer and the author/photographer of 18 published books. My first book ‘The Kingfisher’ was published in 1982 and contained a wealth of unique photographs illustrating the life of this remarkable bird.

Encouraged by my publishers and driven by my enthusiasm, my next book was about another spectacular bird, and ‘The Atlantic Puffin’ and was published a couple of years later.

For several consecutive years my work became the subject of the television programme ‘Out of Town’ and I have since been involved with both television and radio, either in an advisory capacity or as a knowledgeable guest or presenter.

I lecture regularly throughout the country to a wide variety of natural history, photographic and general interest audiences. On numerous occasions I have spoken at major conferences for organisations such as the National Trust, the RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology and the Royal Photographic Society.

Some of David’s images

All images © David Boag – reproduced by permission
Many more at

Last updated 15 December 2022

In the WPS weekly Newsletter dated 23 August 2020 Trevor described his latest trip to Ukraine

Last year I visited Chernobyl for the second time. After that intense visit we spent some time exploring Kiev. One of the most memorable places was the Mezhyhirya Residence. The entire complex is enclosed by a five-metre tall fence along the perimeter; the Ukranians had no idea what was behind that fence prior to 2014.

The Mezhyhirya Residence is an estate to the north of Kiev where Viktor Yanukovych lived when he was Prime Minister and then President of Ukraine. It is now a museum displaying Yanukovych’s luxurious lifestyle. Yanukovych lived in the estate from 2002 to 21 February 2014, when he fled the country during the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.

The estate is over 350 acres and is situated on the banks of the Dnieper river. There is a yacht pier, an equestrian club, a shooting range, a tennis court and other recreational facilities as well as hunting grounds. The estate also has a huge automobile garage displaying some of Yanukovich’s former exotic cars, a golf course, an ostrich farm, a dog kennel, numerous fountains and man-made lakes, a helicopter pad, and a small church. 

Of great interest to me was the garage where his personal collection of vehicles were kept, including a number of USA military types. Probably over 50 vehicles of all types in perfect order. Amazing.

When the revolution was successful and Yanukovych fled to Russia, the Ukrainians (Ukraine is still a poor country) were staggered at the luxury their President had created for himself. The estate is now open as a museum and a reminder of the excesses of power.

Marianthi Lainas is a fine art and landscape photographer who has exhibited and displayed her work across the UK.

She writes (on

Having spent most of my life living a stone’s throw from the beach, my work is inspired by the transient beauty of the littoral landscape. At the dynamic edges of the land, the shore is in a constant state of flux. Temporary lines and textures are formed by wave and wind, the landscape reshaped twice daily.

I combine photographic techniques with mixed media processes to visually interpret these cycles of ebb and flow. Most recently I have been working out at the strandline with light-sensitive papers and back in the studio with wax, fibres, pastel and paint.

Marianthi Lainas website

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Recordings are available, by permission of the speakers, for members only.

See Watch Again for Members for a link to the currently available meeting recordings