Meet the Team

Paul Gilmour LRPS

Regional Organiser and Webmaster

Email:           Mobile: 07899042372

Originally from 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 - often ducking and running away from those pesky Australian magpies and swooping plovers!

My main interest is landscape and macro, but I have recently become interested in abandoned urbex photography and heritage photography that tells a story.

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.


Marie-Ange Bouchard ARPS


Email:         Mobile: 07985 950405


David Ashcroft LRPS


Email:       Mobile: 07710302684

David Ashcroft LRPS is our event organiser for the northern area of the Southern Region. This includes the areas of North Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire that fall within the Southern Region. He also fulfils the regional secretarial role.

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.


Dave Peckham

Event organiser

Email:          Mobile: 07434170644

Dave 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

Event organiser

Email:    Mobile: 07703598303

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


Lilian Hobbs LRPS

Event organiser

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. 


Eric Ferbrache ARPS

Event organiser

Email:        Telephone01481 255902

Eric is our event organiser and representative for the Channel Islands. 

Eric gained his LRPS in the early 1970's (soon after its introduction), and followed with an associateship in Audio Visual in 1976. He is a member of the Audio & Visual, Digital Imaging and Natural History Groups, and past president of local club Spectrum. His principal field of interest is Natural History with an emphasis on wild orchids.



Newsletter editor


We are currently looking for a volunteer to filful the role as editor for our Southern Region Newsletters. We are always on the hunt for interesting news and articles.  Please email in the first instance, with your news or items of interest.