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Ed. Bylina: Joint Regional Organiser

Ed has been keen on photography for over 50 years, particularly when he was a student when he did some developing and printing of black and white photographs, he’s planning to try it again. He also used colour slide films for many years until he got his first digital SLR. He mostly uses a mirrorless camera now. However working full time as a family doctor and the arrival of two sons severely restricted his photography. Ed retired from clinical practice in 2015 (apart from doing Covid Vaccination clinics throughout 2021). Fortunately he’s managed to do more photography since 2015 and is also involved with a couple of local photography groups. 

Ed has been an RPS member for many years and is particularly interested in landscape (rural and urban), travel and natural history photography. Since 2016 he has also become interested in the history of photography.

The RPS is often seen as a retired white male middle class organisation and it is good to see more women photographers involved, however it needs to reach out to younger folk and those from our diverse ethnic minority population. Hopefully with working with schools,  colleges and photography clubs, it can broaden out its membership.

Mary Crowther ARPS: Joint Regional Organiser

A past Regional Organiser, and still very much involved with the Regional Committee and work they do. Now working with RPS volunteer support to fill vacant RPS Yorkshire Committee roles.

Currently also involved with the Education Committee. Previously Co-chair of both the RPS Standing and Representative Committees

I have been a member of the Royal Photographic Society since 1993. My two great passions art and photography, going back to basics in a combination of these applications and imagination to create imagery. As part of my personal development to achieve success the end result is duly overtaken by the learning journey.

Qualified and experienced Photography and Graphic Arts tutor.

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Treasurer (VACANT)


Les Firbank

Les Firbank LRPS: Secretary

Les Firbank was raised on a small farm in North Yorkshire, and worked as an ecologist looking at the relationships between farming and the environment. He has been taking photographs throughout his career, and obtained his LRPS last year after his retirement.

He is a member of the Visual Art and Documentary groups, and of the Leeds Photographic Society.

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Andrew Fitzgibbon
CREDIT: Fitzgibbon Photography

Andrew Fitzgibbon ARPS: Web Editor

Andrew volunteered to become RPS Yorkshire’s web editor in May 2023. He thought it would be straight forward because he knows Wordpress well but it’s taken quite some familiarisation!

Andrew is originally from Somerset but for many years has lived in North Yorkshire, on a small holding with his wife and two children. While travelling the world during a corporate career, photographing the street in his free time, Andrew studied a BA (Hons) Photography with The University for Creative Arts, graduating in 2022 with a 1st. As well as being an RPS member, he is a member of the Craven Arts and the Red Eye Photography networks. He has been featured on BBC Radio and in regional newspapers and magazines.

Andrew’s photography is not tied to a specific genre but he is particularly interested in how space is shaped by social and cultural interactions and people’s relationship with place.

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