About Us

Chester Photographic Society aims to be a friendly meeting place for those who appreciate quality images. It is a place where members can learn from each other, and from invited speakers, as to how their own work can be improved. Some members have reached high levels of achievement, while others just set out to enjoy their hobby.

The core programme consists of weekly meetings, held on Tuesdays from early September, through to May. Many of these meetings are addressed by experienced photographers and capable speakers, ranging across different photographic interests – such as Landscape, Wildlife and Natural History, Portraiture, Sport, and more. They are entertaining as well as being instructive.

In addition, there are a number of internal competitions both for printed work, and, increasingly popular, for Digitally Projected Images. Registered external judges provide constructive analyses to help members develop their standards. The society submits entries into competitions with other clubs, and individuals are encouraged to participate in exhibitions on their own account.

A number of workshops are held on Sunday afternoons, on topics suggested by members. Recent events have provided teach-ins on photographic software, on macro photography, and how to present your work.

Local events often involve the organisers working with the society, to generate material they can use for publicity, whilst giving our members access to photo opportunities. Recently the Chester Triathlon, and the Chester Marathon have been covered. Outings are organised to locations that present photo opportunities. Some social evenings are arranged.

The main activities can be found in the programme.

Meetings are held on Tuesdays, at 7.30 pm, in either the Grosvenor Museum lecture theatre, or the United Reformed Church on Green Lane, in Vicars Cross.

Chester Photographic Society was founded in 1887, and is a section of The Chester Society of Natural Science, Literature and Art We are affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, through the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union. Our subscription is modest.

Visitors and prospective members are welcome to our meetings. If you find the idea interesting, do come along – we will be pleased to see you. Further information can be obtained from the Hon Sec, John Dernie - on 01244 300166, or our Membership Secretary, David Melville, via the contact form