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North West

About Us

Known as a friendly Region, the North West includes the Isle of Man.

We have over 700 members and host a wide variety of events, including field trips twice a year, portrait days and presentations by renowned photographers. We  have an active Monochrome Group which has been running successfully for many years, with events which are always informative and well-attended.  

With Society Distinctions very much in demand, we aim to host two Distinctions Advisory  Days per year.

In April 2019, we formed a new committee and are actively working to provide new events to engage with North West members and Special Interest Groups. We aim to improve our communication regarding activities and will be sending emails to all members regarding future events on a regular basis.

This is your region and the North West Committee is here to serve you.

Please contact: 


The North West Region Committee

Roy Appleby LRPS

Regional Organiser

I took early retirement from my position with Manchester City Council. I worked for fourteen years as an Assistant Headteacher and Media and ICT Manager at one of the largest secondary schools in the city.

Prior to my career in education I worked for over 20 years in commercial radio. I was a radio presenter, producer and Head of Presentation, presenting and producing my own daily radio show.

I have a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Learning Technology and Research and I have enjoyed photography as a hobby for over 40 years, I have been a member of a local camera club since the 1980's and a member of the RPS for nearly 20 years.

I was elected Regional Organiser at the AGM in 2019 after serving on the Regional Committee for 8 years.


Jon Allanson LRPS


I am retired after 29 years of primary school teaching. I have been a member of the North Cheshire Photographic Society for 30 years and served in a number of positions.

I have been listed for many years as a judge and lecturer for the L&CPU and currently serve on the L&CPU Executive with responsibility for their archives.


Alan Angel FRPS

Committee Member

I took up photography as a three year old in the 1970's, after being given a camera. Subsequently, I attended evening classes where I was taught  not only how to take photographs, but to develop and print my own work. I was then hooked on photography.

After gaining distinctions in all seven of my City and Guild modules, I achieved LRPS in 1989 and ARPS in 1994. In 1997, I achieved FRPS and FMPA.

I have been the organiser for the NW Monochrome Group for over ten years, arranging numerous events and presntations.


Brian Smethurst ARPS

Committee Member

Involvement in photography began in the 60's with a Kodak Brownie and a bedroom darkroom. My interest continued to develop until it was interrupted by the needs of family life and my work as a chartered civil engineer taking me overseas for several years.

My passion was rekindled on my return to the UK, culminating in the award of LRPS in 2009 and ARPS in 2013.

I will photograph just about anything which captures my imagination, but particularly enjoy travel photography.

We welcome comments and suggestions  regarding any matter related to our region and in particular feedback on events and suggestions for future activities.