About Us

Known as a friendly Region, the North West, including the Isle of Man, has over 700 members. We previously had as many as 12 to 14 events per annum but have now narrowed down our activities to focus on quality rather than quantity.

Annual events include Christmas lunch, Portrait Day and spring and autumn landscape events in the Lake District, which provide an excellent opportunity to photograph its glorious colours and light in the two seasons. We also have a Monochrome Group which has been running for about five years.  We are currently arranging events to develop and improve members' photographic skills and encourage them to work for Society Distinctions. Distinctions Advisory Days are also very much in demand and we hold at least one every year.

Our members regularly enter The Society’s Annual International Print and International Projected Image Exhibitions and The Society’s Biennial Members’ Print Exhibition, with a high level of success. 

Dr Afzal Ansary ASIS FRPS

Regional Organiser



The North West Region Committee

Dr Afzal Ansary ASIS FRPS

Regional Organiser



I have worked all my professional life in Medical Scientific & Forensic Imaging. I am the principal author of the book entitled "A Colour Atlas of AIDS in the Tropics" which won the Lancet Award in 1990. My images have also been used by the Discovery Channel, BBC and Channel 4 to mention a few and widely published.

I am now semi-retired and live in the North West of England. I now enjoy my life long passion for photography as a hobby and when the opportunity allows travel photography. I frequently visit Africa, more particularly South Africa and Kenya, which is a paradise for photography.

I joined the RPS North West Region in 2002 and immediately got on the committee. I have now taken over as the RPS North West Regional Organiser. Besides being the Regional Organise for the North West I am also the Chair of the Medical Group.

In 2013 I was awarded Fenton Medal and Honorary Life Membership of The Society.


Brian Smethurst ARPS





Involvement in photography began in the 60's with a Kodak Brownie and a bedroom darkroom. My interest continued to develop until it was interrupted by the needs of family life and my work as a chartered civil engineer taking me overseas for several years.

My passion was rekindled on my return to the UK, culminating in the award of LRPS in 2009.

I will photograph just about anything which captures my
imagination, but particularly enjoy travel photography.



Sylvia B Jones





Photography has been my major hobby since the age of twelve, when my father gave me an old quarter plate camera (circa 1910), and I continued to use it until I could no longer obtain the roll film for it (monochrome of course!).

Education and a career in accountancy, however, took precedence and it was only in the early seventies that I had sufficient spare time to join my local photography club, Bramhall P.S.  I was their Secretary for six years.   In 1975 I became a member of the Royal Photographic Society, and since 1998 have been serving on the RPS North West Region Committee as Treasurer.

Most of my work has been in black & white, but I did a little Cibachrome printing when it first came out, but soon returned to monochrome printing.

Since retiring from business, I have spent many more pleasant hours in the darkroom. Although, more recently I have ventured into the realms of digital photography.



David Briggs ARPS

Committee Member



David Briggs ARPS, MCMI is the committee member with special interest for South Cumbria; he organises two events each year.

David specialises in colour and mono landscape photography and his prints have been exhibited throughout the North of England: he is also co-author of two books on the Lake District. For further information visit his E-commerce web site at:




Ben Gorman ARPS

Committee Member


Ben was awarded the RPS Associateship Distinction in 2008. He has recently completed a two-year project photographing woodlands around the UK. His work is now focussed on landscape extracts and natural form.



Roy Appleby LRPS

Committee Member




I recently took early retirement from my position with Manchester City Council. I worked for fourteen years as an Assistant Headteacher and Media and ICT Manager at one of the largest secondary schools in the city.
Prior to my career in education I worked for over 20 years in commercial radio. I was a radio presenter, producer and Head of Presentation, presenting and producing my own daily radio show.
I have a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Learning Technology and Research and I have enjoyed photography as a hobby for over 35 years, I have been a member of a local camera club since the 1980's and a member of the RPS for nearly 20 years.