The Committee




Travelling on about six cruises a year for Cruise & Maritime Voyages gives me the chance to take many photos and to share my hobby with others as I provide Lectures and Workshops on the subject.

I am no expert and do not teach 'Photography - the correct way' but I hope to inspire others by showing them 'my way'. No not a cue for a song but it brings together all that I enjoy, Travel, Photography, Meeting People and being looked after by my wife and the wonderful crew aboard the ships.

By the way – Just in case you are wondering, I never had a Box Brownie. My boyhood camera was a Eastman bellows courtesy of Grandad. No need for an enlarger. Contact prints were great.

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SECRETARY: John Speller‚Äč

John started taking photographs while at school and has passed through the stages of a home darkroom processing black and white prints and latterly colour prints and reversal in the family bathroom. He has now progressed to a 4th generation digital camera and lightroom in the spare bedroom.

Having now retired he hopes to have more time to be able to take more images, balancing those that please him against those which are required to succeed in the market, competitions or distinctions panels.

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TREASURER: Robert Akester LRPS

Robert Akester won his first (and so far only) prize for a photograph while still at school. Since 1999, however, he began to take his photography more seriously, achieving his LRPS in 2002, when he also became a member of the Travel Group. The ARPS still eludes him, but constitutes an important retirement project.

Travel has been a major part of his life, with a job that required visits, albeit brief, to many parts of the world. Some, but not all of these countries are on a long list to revisit at a more leisurely pace, this time with more comprehensive photographic kit.

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TRIPS: Keith Pointon LRPS

Travel and photography have been an enduring part of Keith’s life since an early age. His first camera was a Christmas present when he was 12 years old and living in Malaya. He never looked back. He quickly learned to develop and print his own black and white prints and has always enjoyed the qualities of monochrome images.  A former teacher of Geography and Geology, it is not surprising, that landscapes and travel have been the backbone of his photography. Field trips and holidays to wide ranging places, Iceland, Antarctica, India, North Africa and the Mediterranean are a feature in his work.

On retirement he joined the RPS and the Travel group. He was elected a Committee member in 2007 and became Secretary in 2009 .  He has been a member of the Ludlow Photographic Club for more years than he cares to remember and was its Chairman for 12 of them. At his first attempt at a RPS competition he won the Gold Medal in the Open Digital for 2008 and knew that, from then on, it was downhill all the way.

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Kath Phillips ARPS

Kath first used a camera when she was very young but bought her first SLR for a trip to India and Israel as the result of a Goldsmiths' Company Travelling Grant in 1977. She was hooked from then on! Travelling and photography have featured large in her life since and she was delighted last year to be able to return to Israel in search of images for an A panel.

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Richard Lewis ARPS


Richard has been a member of the Travel Group ever since he joined the RPS in 2008, and has been involved with the Committee for most of that time. His interest in photography goes back to school days and has remained with him ever since, albeit in cycles according to work and family priorities. He was fortunate to be able to travel extensively around the world while working as an engineer, including to many photogenic locations, but the shortness of most trips precluded serious photography. Upon retiring, he engaged with photography's digital age and was able apply his newly learned skills to his prime passion – travel. The more relaxed pace of leisure travel has given him many photographic opportunities, including a trip to Ladakh in northern India where he was fortunate to successfully develop an Associateship panel.

Safeena Chaudry


Safeena is a London based photographer whose travel has greatly inspired her photography and vice versa.  Her first solo exhibition – Women Against Crimes– took place in the summer of 2018 at the Gower St. Gallery. It featured a series of portraits of women in Nepal and South Africa who campaign, work or fight against human and wildlife trafficking.  She first became involved with the Travel Group when she submitted a travel article on The Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal to the Travel Log.

As well as being on the Travel Group committee, she organizes photography and literary events. She is currently working on a series of photographs about courage, compassion and conservation. 

Steve Parris


Steve is a Chartered Building Surveyor, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors who lives in Bedford. His wife is Glynis. They have four children, ten grandchildren, two dog and three cats.

He enjoys flying in hot air balloons but is not a pilot. Steve used to teach photography from beginner to degree level. He likes all photography and is a big fan of Freeman Patterson. He also dabbles in watercolour.




The Travel Group committee has worked hard in recent years to deliver an interesting programme of trips and other events, a revised and revamped Travel Log, a vastly improved website section and a presence on Facebook. Our membership has more than doubled in the last few years and has reached an all-time high of over 700.

We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help maintain our activities and develop new ones. We would love to hear from you, even if you might not want to be on the committee but are willing to lend a hand.

If you feel you have something to offer and would like to help, please get in touch with our Chair, John Riley.

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