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Jane Black ARPS
Jane has been Regional Organiser for twenty years. She gained her Associateship in 1989 and was awarded a Fenton Medal in 2003 for services to the Royal and to photography.
She been involved in amateur photography since joining a photographic society whilst at college in 1959.
She has supported Northern Counties Photographic Federation and the clubs since 1962 and is presently in charge of all their competitions including the International Salon which she set up in 1980.
Brian Pearson ARPS
Brian is a member of Whitley Bay Photographic Society.
He joined the RPS 1991 and gained his LRPS in 1992 and his ARPS 1995.
He became a member of the North East Region committee before becoming the Northern Region Treasurer in June 1998.
David Shaw ARPS
David is a member of the Sunderland Photographic Association and a member of UPP Circle 19.
Since retiring he has had more time to pursue his interests ranging from travel, wildlife and nature photography to collecting Sunderland Pottery.
Hilary Shaw ARPS
After a lifetime in the architectural world with pen and pencil in hand, I came to photography as a means of expression rather than recording, relatively recently.
I joined the Sunderland Photographic Association in 1995 and very quickly caught the bug.
Through club competitions I learned a great deal, and successes encouraged me to look at the wider photographic world. I gained my DPAGB after a few years and started to send images to International competitions. Encouraged by acceptances I put together a panel of work to submit to the RPS, this was successful and I was awarded the ARPS in 1996.
I also belong to the UPP, which brings yet another perspective, and enlarges my circle of experience and friendships.
My main interest outside of photography, but definitely linked to it, is travel. My husband and I have been lucky to have had opportunities to travel to countries in the developing world for work, as well as enjoying holidays, from Outer Mongolia to darkest Africa.
My hopes for the future are that we can continue to discover the world at home and abroad and enjoy our photography.
Peter Reid ARPS
Retirement, from teaching in 2002, brought with it an unimagined degree of freedom that has allowed Peter to divide his time between England and France. It has also enabled him to devote a great deal more time to his twin passions of Music and Photography.
Peter joined the RPS in 2006 and was awarded ARPS the following year.
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George’s interest in Photography started in his teenage years when he joined Consett Photographic Society in 1978. His interest developed ‘hand in hand’ with his passion for natural history having joined Durham Wildlife Trust in the same year.
However due to the needs of a young family and ever increasing demands of work his photography took a back seat until the late 1990’s when after seeing their summer exhibition he joined Hexham Photographic Society and later rejoined Consett Photographic Society.
He retains a first interest in Nature Photography but has widened the things he will point a camera at, thanks to the demands and opportunities of two very active clubs.
He gained his DPAGB in 2008.