Committee Members

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

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

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

Eastern area representative

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


Graham Harrison ARPS

Committee member

I am a professional photographer and news cameraman, working predominantly in the military environment.  My passion is documentary photography and storytelling through all forms of imaging.

I am inspired by the works of the great Time, Life and Magnum photographers and would love to be able to take images like Trent Parke.


Mick Venner LRPS

Committee member

I was 12 when my father gave me his Pentax SP500 and spent my younger years using film and filling up slide boxes. In 2005 brought my first DSLR, a Nikon D50 and immediately hooked on the digital format, but didn't own or know how to use a computer until 2007!!!

As soon as I did I was amazed with how applying an artistic flare together with your photography, that you could get your own style and feel out there.

Although I enjoy all genres of photographing but my heart lies with people and the retro scene.