Committee Team

Paul Gilmour LRPS

Regional Organiser and Webmaster

Email:           Mobile: 07899042372

Born in Far North Queensland, Australia, my passion for photography started when I was about 13 years old. I was a keen bird watcher and would often borrow my mum's old Kodak rangefinder to take photos of the surrounding bird habitat, flowers and learn various techniques. Although I would have to duck and run away from those pesky Australian magpies and the swooping plovers!

I moved to England in 1995 and developed an interest in landscape photography. My main interest now is landscapes but I also enjoy macro, abstracts and fine art. Many of my current images are of the south of England, in particular the South Downs National Park. In 2003 I proudly gained my Licentiateship distinction by portfolio and am currently working towards my ARPS.

I'm married and am the father of 3 young boys.


Simon Wardle ARPS

Regional Treasurer

I was given my first camera in 1971, a Polaroid Instant Camera. I wasn’t totally overjoyed at the time as I’d asked for football boots for my birthday present! I “progressed” to a Zorki a few years later. This put me off rangefinder cameras for life. I was lucky enough to be able to study Photography in General Studies in the 6th form and looking back, this was a significant part of my development as a photographer as we were taught by an arts teacher rather than just a keen photographer. I continued to dabble in photography whilst at University and when I started work.

The biggest step change in my photography was in 2002 when a reorganisation at work saw me transferred to Solihull and I joined Solihull Photographic Society. Joining a club with such high standards really got me to think about my photography and to raise my standards. I have since specialised in sports and nature photography, with my Associateship panel being in Nature. Another work move saw me join Newbury Camera Club for a few years.

My current photography is mostly sports photography, especially American Football and Motor Sports.

The photographers who have inspired me are Andy Rouse, Galen Rowell, Lord Lichfield, Ansel Adams, W Eugene Smith, Patrick Eagar, O Winston Link, Nigel Snowdon, Jeff Bloxham, John Stott and Austin Powers.


David Ashcroft LRPS

Northern area representative

Email:       Mobile: 07710302684

David Ashcroft LRPS is our event organiser and representative for the northern area of the Southern Region. This includes the areas of North Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire that fall within the Southern Region.

I started photography in my early teens and I am still enjoying it and trying to improve some 50 years later!

I achieved my LRPS a few years ago and I am now working on my ARPS panel (which proving is a lot harder than I imagined!) My interests lie in Landscape, architecture and fine art nude genres.

Some of my favourite and influential photographers are Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Helmut Newton, David Bailey, Man Ray, Andre Kertesz, Duane Michals, Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, Horst P. Horst and Bob Carlos Clarke.


David Peckham

Western area representative

Email:          Mobile: 07434170644

David Peckham is our event organiser and representative for the western area of the Southern Region. This includes Dorset and The New Forest National Park, Hampshire.


Martin Silman

Portsmouth area Organiser

Email:    Mobile: 07703598303

Martin is our event organiser and representative for the Portsmouth and surrounding area.


Lilian Hobbs LRPS

Central area representative

Email:       Mobile: 07785264684   

Lilian is our event organiser and representative for the central area including Salisbury, Southampton, and surrounding area.

Lilian has owned a camera from a teenager with her primary interest being astro-photography. Today, using a specialist CCD camera, she photographs deep sky objects, such as galaxies and when they are visible, the planets. However, living in the UK, with so many cloudy nights, Lilian also enjoys photographing sports events, and landscapes, especially when she is travelling the world on her motorbike. 


Kate Lomax LRPS

Newsletter editor

Email:         Mobile: 07442 179771

As newsletter editor for the Region, I am always on the hunt for interesting news and articles.  Please email me in the first instance, with your news or items of interest.