Welcome – from the President


A warm welcome from Chorley Photographic Society, one of the UK’s premier photography clubs. We were founded back in 1896 when photography was young and we are still at the forefront of local photography!

Photography is an exciting hobby and when people buy their first digital camera they frequently look for guidance, inspiration or how to take better photographs. Chorley Photographic Society can provide that guidance and help and our members have a wide array of skills and knowledge, ranging from the “keen to learn” beginner through to the professional.

We are committed to the advancement of photography as a craft and an art form, while promoting friendship, cooperation and the exchange of ideas among members. We achieve this by focusing on three key areas:

Firstly, we run an engaging and first class programme of events, which include sessions on at least a weekly basis for our members. These include:

  • Regular Monday evening meetings with visiting lecturers, competitions, presentations and social gatherings.
  • Practical Tuesdays, which are tutorials based on the use of equipment and software tools, such as Photoshop.
  • Our Critique Group meets to support members wishing to improve their standard of photography and enter images into International competitions.
  • During the Summer months, we run a full schedule of outdoor photography shoots, at least weekly.

Secondly, we work closely with the local community on a range of activities to promote photography in the community. We have recently held exhibitions with other local groups and Chorley Council, with whom we have a strong relationship.

Finally, we compete in both National and International photography competitions where Chorley Photographic Society is building a reputation for excellence. We are consistently in the top 10 clubs in the UK and the top 20 in the world.

I invite you to join us and have fun with your photography!

Will Stead
President