Recent Speakers

David Boag

A firm favourite with Newbury Camera Club, David has an easy and enthusiastic style which makes for a very entertaining and informative evening

David has a very informative website Natural Focus where there is plenty of informative information and inspiring photographs.  David lectures throughout the country to a large number of audiences, including National Trust Associations, R.S.P.B. Groups, Camera Clubs and Wildlife Trusts, and has been invited to speak at several major conferences.   He is also a regular cruise ship speaker.

Title of Presentation: How to Photograph Wild Animals (October 2018)

Peter Crane ARPS

Peter is a qualified Western Counties Federation judge who has judged many camera club competitions in Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Somerset.

Apart from judging, Peter is photographer who has a passion for Street Photography.  As Peter says on his website

"Street photography for me is an instinctive urge and after six or seven years of wandering the streets with my camera it still is to some extent about staying curious and inspired – and then looking for that decisive moment. I have to admit, I just love it"

To find out more about Peter Crane ARPS - visit his website

Judged: Group 2 Round 1 Competition (September 2018)

Quote from Peter for Peters 2019/2020 talk to the club - Subject: Street Photography My Way.

“Street photography tends to be in black & white, however I prefer to work mainly in colour which I believe is harder as colour often ‘distracts’ in images.  My post-processing work is minimal, perhaps straightening, cropping and adjusting contrast, brightness and sharpness etc.”

This quote defines Peters work.

Matt Emmett

Matt is from Reading in Berkshire. He is an award winning photographer. With an excellent website Forgotten Heritage.  He spends his spare time seeking out Europe’s abandoned places and industrial remnants. What started as an exciting and fascinating hobby back in 2012, has grown into an obsession with forgotten architecture. The talks feature a look at numerous locations and the experiences had in capturing the images and a section at the end of the talk on post processing technique.

Matt says,

“There is a thrill in exploring an environment that allows you to step into a previously unknown world and discover something first-hand, taking your time and noting the details as you go. Having a camera with me allows me to prolong that thrill long after the building is gone. It’s an often quoted cliché but there really is a strong sense of palpable history present in abandoned buildings, the items left behind like paperwork in a drawer or plaques or signs in an industrial plant, allow you a glimpse into the past. I consider experiencing these places to be a great privilege”

Title of Presentation: 
Re-discovering our Forgotten Heritage  (2018)
Title of Presentation: Forgotten Heritage Part 2 (September 2018)



Bernard Galewski

A photographer whose passion is street photography, studio and live gigs.

Bernard lives in the Oxford area.

Subject:  Street of Passion. A talk on what is street photography, how it is seen as both art, pro photography and violation of personal space. Raising both praise and critique from viewers and photographers alike. (2019/2020 Season)

Robert Harvey

A Chartered Natural Scientist and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, Robert brings to his work a detailed understanding of landscapes and astronomy. His extensive technical knowledge of photography is matched by creative determination to show the natural world in new ways. Over 250 of his images have been accepted in international exhibitions worldwide.

Subject. Landscapes for all Seasons. (2019/2020)

Seasonal change is an inspiration to landscape photographers. Spring wildflowers, summer harvest, autumn mist and winter snow transform the countryside from ordinary to exceptional. Exploring favourite locations throughout Britain to illustrate light and composition, the talk shows how to make the most of conditions, capture reflections and panoramas, use filters and explains techniques such as focus stacking

David Hogg LRPS

coming soon 

Darren Nisbett

Darren’s passion in photography is for infrared and decayed architecture both interiors and exteriors, sometimes he can fulfil both of those passions like the trips he made to the Chernobyl exclusion zone with my infrared camera

Darren preference is black and white photography.


The hidden world of Infrared Photography. The hidden world of infrared

Beauty in decay (or a combination of the 2 subjects)

Andrew Mills MA. MEd. CertEd. C&G(Dist). ARPS

Diplomas in Photography and Graphic Design. (Coventry College of Art)

City and Guilds – Typography (Dist)

Certificate in Further and Higher Education.  (Bristol Polythechnical)

Master of Education (Psychology of Education)  (Bristol University)

Master of Arts (Photographic Studies) (University of Westminster)

A professional photographer specialising in Advertising, Editorial and Commercial photography for over thirty years.

Title of Presentation: Street photography (2017)

History, contemporary, and my own take on the subject with lots of examples and many PDI’s

What makes a good photograph? (2018)

This is a talk which takes an alternative view to the accepted norms of club photography.

We look at many other styles of photography and take a look at what made great

Photographs historically. Looking at composition, lighting and subject matter.


Sue Morris

A revisit from a Summer Presenter. Sue deserved this booking after an excellent presentation in the summer.

Sue is a Professional Portrait, Wedding and Commercial Photographer as well as an excellent Wildlife photographer


Reached final stages in Wildlife photographer of the year

Published in Bird photographer of the yearbook

Runner up in SWPP wildlife photographer of the year.

Subject:  Visions of Nature:  A more general talk with wildlife images from the UK and abroad both wild and captive. Sharing background stories and techniques for getting great images whether you are in the wilds of Alaska or visiting a Zoo (2019/2020 Season)

Glyn Patton

A respected judge presenting his personal interest in travel, people, architecture and landscapes.


A photo journey across 3 continents.  As well as a narrative photographic journey there will several “before and after” pictures with tutorials on processing techniques to get the best out of your images. 

The emphasis is entertainment plus information

Maurice Pugh

A member of Southampton Camera Club Maurice is an award-winning photographer of butterflies and natural history, it is his life-time passion. His favourite subjects being butterflies, moths, orchids, dragonflies and fungi, though by his own admission he will photograph anything in nature.

Title of Presentation: Looking at nature. Part 2. Images taken on his 2019 vacation. (2019)


Former President of the PAGB

Well respected amongst his peers, Leo has been one of the judges used to critique the best images submitted into the Southampton International Exhibition.


Leo says,

“I can offer an alternative "The Idle Rich ...sliding into Digital"   which, as the title hints, is a digital "presentation” but at the same poor quality as my slides.  A couple of clubs have found it of interest”

Title of Presentation:  Idle Rich, sliding into digital, one computer illiterate man’s struggle converting slides to PDI, did I succeed?

Ken Scott ARPS

coming soon

Ash Smith

Ash Smith is a Street Photographer, now based in Berkshire and offer talks and workshops to camera clubs and societies.  His talks cover a wide variety of street photography topics including the history of street photography, working the street, working a scene (composition), approaching the subject, technical skills for the streets, editing and post production, plus some tips and tricks. He shares the stories behind his images. 

Ash also runs street photography workshops for individuals and clubs.

Workshops are either 3 or 6 hours and can be held in the local area or in central London. 

Read more about Ash's approach to photography in the article below:

And see more examples of his work here:

Jeremy Sugars

coming soon

Bob Brind Surch

A familiar and popular presenter. An excellent communicator. Bob runs a lot of photography workshops and has an excellent website called Natures Photos

Bob says

I am an experienced photographer and naturalist passionate about my work and sharing my observations of wildlife with others. I have been a keen naturalist from a very young age and a photographer from my late teens. I am foremost a naturalist who photographs what he observes rather than a photographer specialising in wildlife. This is very important to me and goes back to why I started taking photos in the late 60s.My early photography consisted of taking colour slides to illustrate talks I gave on wildlife”

Title of Presentation: Tanzania, a virtual Safari (2018)

“A virtual safari across northern Tanzania when I do just that and take the club on safari illustrated by photographs

Tom Way

Tom is a professional award winning fine art wildlife photographer based in the UK. He has been awarded in various competitions with his most recent success being awarded in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 competition with his image ‘Beauty, Power, and Majesty’.

Tom is well remembered a photographer who had just began his career when he did his first presentation at Newbury.

Title of Presentation: Wildlife Through a Lens.

Within this talk Tom goes into what it takes to be a Wildlife Photographer. Talking about the importance of light, the right angles and the emphasis on trying to compose a sellable image when looking through the lens. Tom describes his adventures over the last few years, and how he has gone from working in a gym to now taking wildlife images around the world and exhibiting them over the UK.

Chris Weston

Chris is a passionate wildlife photographer. A truly inspiration speaker.

How Chris approaches photography, the role of photography in conservation, the importance of telling stories through your photographs, a little technique, amusing anecdotes and inspirational messagess says,

“We are storytellers. Photography is about more than simply recording events and moments in time. We're storytellers and it’s these visual stories that make photography an intensely personal pursuit”

Title of Presentation: Animals on the Edge (2018)
Title of Presentation: Keynote Lecture (December 2018)

Brian Worley

Mr Canon. Brian is the go to man for all things Canon. An excellent communicator and has the ability to break down any subject to a level we can all understand.  He has given presentations at the club and we are also happy to announce that he has agreed to run a set of workshops in our 2019/20 season.

Title of Presentation:  Movement in Photography. (2018)

Brian says,

“Capturing movement takes a little more thought than setting the fastest shutter speed possible. Do you want to freeze or show the movement itself?”

Brian explores how movement can be captured or accentuated for technical and creative effects using a variety of photographic approaches.

A wide variety of information can be found on Brian's webpage

Brian will be presenting three workshops in 2019 / 2020 on how to use a camera.  

Tony Worobiec

Studied Fine Art at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne and spent 18 years as head of a large design faculty in Dorset. He has won awards for photography in the UK and internationally, and has had work exhibited in London’s Barbican Gallery, The Independent Photographers Gallery, The Fox Talbot Museum and Bradford’s National Museum of Photography. Members will remember the excellent "Fragments of an American Dream" presentation a couple of seasons ago.

Title of Presentation:  A workshop style presentation that examines the many compositional strategies used by both artists and photographers. The rule of thirds is positively “kicked into touch”.

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