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DIG Committee

The people who help to run the DIG
Chair : Janet Haines ARPS

Janet joined the RPS and DIG several years ago and found it an inspiring environment.  She says "I learnt to do a lot of my creative work in the early days by either using the DIGIT tutorials written by members, or trying to imitate others work. Taking the various Distinctions has also helped enormously to improve the quality my work."  Now working mainly in the art nude genre, much of her work is montage or textural photographic art.
Taking on the role as DIG Chair in February 2014, she has also been a past Secretary to DIG

Secretary : Janet Davies ARPS

Janet is still thrilled to have been awarded the ARPS a few years ago, and her journey started way back when she was given a Brownie 127 which used black and white film. Now she has moved from the monochrome darkroom into the Digital World where, although the camera may not lie, there is certainly a lot of software to help us do so. She considers this to be great fun! There have been a few bumps along the way, for example when her career reached  the stage where there was little time to pursue any hobbies. Now she belongs to two local camera clubs, being happy to work on both committees, and tends to use her photographs to make books and AVs, with specific aims in mind.

Deputy Chair: Daan Olivier FRPS

Daan Olivier has been active in photography and fine art for over 40 years as an international award-winning photographic artist whose work has been widely exhibited in many countries.  His preferred styles are abstract, conceptual, contemporary, surreal and minimalist.  In 2018 he was awarded a Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society in the Conceptual Genre.

Recruitment: Marilyn Taylor ARPS

Marilyn has been using a camera of one sort or another since her teens, but became much more enthusiastic when digital cameras came out. She has used Photoshop since 2000, and loves the creativity options it offers. She joined Guildford Photographic Society in 2007 and started on her RPS distinction programme in 2008.  Marilyn was Chairman of GPS for four years, but is now looking after External Competitions and Exhibitions. She joined the SPA Committee in 2012, as Chairman of the Exhibitions and Events sub-committee

Print Exhibition : Sue Totham

Sue’s interest in photography took off when digital first came on the scene, firstly with a 3mp compact, quickly followed by a Minolta 7D, a top of the range SLR camera with an eye watering 6mp sensor! She has since moved on. Sue has been an active member of her local camera club since those early days covering most committee posts including workshop secretary, competition secretary and is currently Chairperson. She’s been a member of the RPS & DIG TV for many years and Sue now hopes to expand her experience and give something back for the support she has received.

Catalogue Editor: Greg Dunn

Greg joined the RPS in 2015 and earned his Licentiate distinction the following year. The experience of living and travelling throughout Europe, along with the support of an active Benelux Chapter, helped him rekindle the artist within. Now that he has returned home to Canada, he is looking at his beautiful, and immense, country with new eyes while working towards his ARPS. Knowing how much he has benefited from his RPS membership, he felt it was time to return the favour through volunteering; grateful that his experience as a graphic designer will benefit the DIG and RPS members.

PI Competition Organiser: Ian Thompson ARPS

Ian stained his fingers in the darkroom over 4 decades prior to the advent of digital photography, which – having embraced it fully - he finds liberating.  He joined the RPS in 2009 and soon after this achieved his ‘L’  with his ‘A’ following a year later, having persuaded the assessors that his feeble attempt was somehow worthy.  He is a very active member of Beacon Camera Club, Malvern, UK having served as competition secretary for 4 years and thereafter as Chairman since 2013, also teaching the subject ‘classroom-style’ to beginners at the club.  His photographic interests are eclectic, though his abiding passion is for heavy weather, being happiest up to his tripod head in seawater, or - very recently – storm-chasing on the high plains of the southern USA

Regional and Centre Coordinator: Barry Senior Hon FRPS

Barry was an RPS Council member and trustee from 1999 to 2009, serving as President from 2007 to 2009.  He followed Barrie Thomas as Chairman of the Group and joined the committee again in 2009.
Barry was the founder of the RPS Thames Valley Region and the Regional Organiser for over 8 years.  Since 2000 he has been organising DIG meetings in the Ringwood area and will now be working with the RPS Regions to organise joint regional meetings with the Group

Assistant Accolade Editor: Holly Stranks LRPS

Holly joined the RPS and DIG in 2017. A serving police officer for 21 years, Holly recently had to take ill health retirement from Suffolk Constabulary. Being able to take on an administrative role that she can perform from her own home in her own time has proved a great way of keeping busy. Holly is also a member of Bungay Camera Club and following the encouragement from other RPS members in the club she took her LRPS. Holly is now attempting her ARPS. Her subject matter of dog portraiture originally fuelled her enthusiasm and growth in photography. she also enjoys many other genres of photography, particularly seascapes and landscapes. Holly also loves the technical side of photography - Photoshop etc, and has migrated from a Nikon DSLR system to Sony mirrorless. She keeps an eye on future developments in both software and hardware.

DIGIT Editor: Gary Beaton

Gary has enjoyed all things photographic for many, many years. He specialises in no specific discipline or technique but loves to try anything new (to him) – sometimes with greater success than others! Still a regular film user, he will happily share his experiences with home processing and darkroom printing and using ‘alternative’ processes including developing film in instant coffee. Although having had a digital camera for some years, he recently decided he really should learn how to use it more productively and joined the Digital Imaging Group to benefit from the wide experience of its members. Over the years he has been active in the Society’s South-East Region activities and has had the privilege of sitting on the Advisory Board. Now living outside the UK (currently in Luxembourg), his involvement with the Society is more often limited to those available on-line, but this will be no impediment in his role Competition Catalogue editor, a role he looks forward to greatly. Prior to leaving the UK Gary was an enthusiastic member of a local camera club, and latterly judged club competitions around the Kent and Sussex area. He uses an eclectic variety of equipment to capture images, whether digitally or otherwise, ranging from Canon SLRs, through pinholes and zone plates, to home-made gadgets and accessories to supplement the more conventional equipment found in a camera bag. When working with digital images, his primary tool is Photoshop. Despite wistfully looking forward to retirement, he has not yet managed to find a way to retire, take photographs (ideally in exotic places) and eat. Consequently, on working days he can usually be found on an airport and working in the aviation industry.
One day, he promises he will try and get a distinction!

DIGIT Assistant Editor: Barrie Brown LRPS

Barrie is a retired forensic/clinical psychologist who was born, raised and still lives in London. An avid collector of art and photographic prints for many years, he only started taking a deeper interest in photography in 2010. He joined a local camera club where he enjoyed the support, and benefitted from the expertise of other committed and more experienced club enthusiasts. His passion for photography is primarily focused on natural history - possibly a legacy of his scientific background. He uses a Canon 5D Mk III and  a 100mm Macro lens for close-up images (particularly butterflies, bees  and dragon flies) and a 70-200 telephoto lens, with an extender where possible,  for other natural history subjects. As his network of contacts within the club photography world grew, however, he also found himself increasingly interested in landscapes, architecture and candid street photography, typically using 16-35 and 24-105 lenses. He prefers to go photographing with a small group of colleagues, and finds sharing practical experience and talking with others informally about how they capture and process their images the best ways to learn to improve as a photographer. He uses Photoshop CC and Lightroom for post-camera work, dipping sparingly into Nik, On-One and other specialist software to achieve specific effects. He works with a professional printer friend to print and mount his images for competitions and exhibitions because he likes to experiment with a range of papers and varying colour balance and brightness during the printing process itself. In 2014 he successfully obtained his LRPS Distinction and joined the RPS Digital Group. He is currently working on his ARPS panel in the Applied genre. Barrie will hope to make good use of his network of contacts in the photography community in his role as DIGIT Assistant Editor.

Accolade Editor: Dennis Knowles

I have always enjoyed my photography having had my first camera at 12 years old and over the years have tried all types of subjects
I enjoy taking landscapes and hopefully I am working toward my LRPS Distinction
Forty years ago I went into business in Tiverton and retired at 75
My photography has given me a lot of pleasure over the years having had my own darkroom in the days of B&W and in later years colour came on the scene but now we have Digital it has turned out to be a wonderful hobby
In 1966 I was a founder member of the Tiverton Heathcoat Photographic club and still attend as their President For some thirty years I ran my own business but now retired joined the RPS some years ago then had a break in membership and re-joined five years ago and became the treasurer for DIG Western.
Now hopefully I can give something back to photography by being the DIG Membership Secretary and Accolade Editor

Web Editor: Chas Hockin

Chas' interest in photography was inspired by a holiday with a friend who had a Voigtlander camera and produced wonderful images. This caused him to buy a camera from money saved working in the summer holidays. There have been a number of cameras since! He joined his local camera club in the mid 1980's and has been a regular member since then. He joined the RPS on achieving his Licentiate in 2009 and now that he has retired would like to contribute to the organisation using some of the skills he learnt in his former employment as Web Editor.

Operational Manager: Rex Waygood

Rex is currently the honorary secretary of the Fordingbridge Camera Club. He joined FCC in 2003 and very quickly joined the committee becoming honorary secretary in the second year of membership. Rex joined the RPS as he wanted to discover more about the organisation. He entered into the DIG forum and has enjoyed participating and tried to share his photographic feelings and knowledge with others in a supportive way. Rex is now semi-retired and has some additional time on his hands. He therefore feels he can contribute effort and ideas in a team for DIG.
Rex's responsibilities on the Committee include the new membership programme