Rosemary Wilman HonFRPS APAGB | Profile

Rosemary's photographic interests are diverse and include travel, landscape, natural history and 'whatever takes my eye'.  Most creative aspects of her work are in camera with the computer used to control image quality.  In 2011 Rosemary completed two years as President of The Royal Photographic Society and siince has been able to enjoy more time for her own photography.  She is currently one of the  Chairs of the Society's Licentiate Distinction Panel.  A member of both Epsom Camera Club and Molesey Photographic Club Rosemary also enters exhibitions, lectures and judges.

The Royal Photographic Society: I had served as an elected member of Council and Trustee of The Society for some years and felt very privileged to be elected President, for a two year term, in 2009. As a Trustee I sat on many committees over the years and particularly enjoyed the role of Chairman of the Exhibition's Committee from 2001, when it was formed, until 2007, continuing my involvement for a further four years. I have also been a member of the Licentiate Panel since 2005, although taking a break whilst President, and am currently one of the Panel Chairs. The Society Distinctions are recognised worldwide as a measure of achievement and have long been an area of interest and great importance to me: as President it was an area I focused on. This is a very rewarding role which includes providing advice to candidates individually and at Advisory Days as well as sitting on assessment days. In 2017 I received a Fenton Medal ('awarded for an outstanding contribution to the Society'). Being a member of The Society, has opened my eyes to the many aspects of both the art and science of photography, as well as allowing me to expand my knowledge and make many wonderful new friends.

Lectures: I frequently revise my lectures, introducing new work as well as introducing new lectures. In 2010 my exhibition 'About Time' was shown at Fenton House, The RPS headquarters in Bath. Including a selection of older favourites alongside recent work this is included in my current Print Lecture - 'About Time' and More and can also be included in a projected presentation. 'The Royal Photographic Society and its Distinctions' is a Society illustrated lecture, suitable for clubs, which I can present in the South East.

Judging: I am a PAGB and SPA Judge. For many years I have been a member of the SPA Judges' Committee and in 2016 have again become chairman. I was a selector for the Shanghai International Photographic Art Exhibition in 2010 and a member of the IPA 2011 Jury and have twice been a selector for Digital Camera POTY. In addition to serving as Chairman of the RPS Exhibitions Committee for 6 years I have judged exhibitions, including Southampton and Bristol Internationals and have visited a number of PAGB Federations. Please contact me.

Discussions: Much can be gained by discussing images in a group environment. I believe this critique based approach to be valuable within clubs and I am happy to lead such evenings. Please contact me to discuss further.

Exhibitions: Having gaining my BPE5* in 2006 and my AFIAP in 2009 I currently support the British Photographic Exhibition circuit and the UK International Exhibitions. Receiving Gold, Silver, and Bronze RPS Medals at Southampton in 2008, along with acceptances in The Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition and The London Salon of Photography are my most memorable exhibition achievements. In recent years I have also exhibited as part of Photo 8 and Spectrum Photo Art.

Club and Federation service: In 1993 I joined the Surrey Photographic Association Committee and was Chairman from 2001-2003 and Chairman of the Judges' Committee from 2005-9, when I stood down from the main Committee. I continue to sit on the Judges Committee. I served on Epsom Camera Club’s committee from 1990 - 2009, at various times holding the offices of Secretary, Vice-Chairman, Chairman and Programme Secretary. I am currently External Competitions Secretary. In 2017 I was awarded the APAGB.

So, how did it all begin? My major interest in photography was sparked in 1987 when Keith Vaughan, a research chemist from Nova Scotia doing collaborative work with my late husband Derry, stayed with us for a month. He just happens to be one of Canada's top amateur photographers. This rekindled Derry's interest in photography and I very soon decided I was not going to just carry the tripod, so went out and bought a new camera. Our two children also became interested in photography and in the late 80s we all joined Epsom Camera Club and later, to provide a new challenge in our photography, Derry & I also joined Molesey Photographic Club. Having joined The Royal Photographic Society in 1991 Derry, rapidly followed by our son, Paul, and myself gained the LRPS. In 1997 it was a rare event when both Derry and I were awarded the ARPS in the Nature category on the same day, making for a very happy drive home. From first joining Epsom Camera Club Derry and I rapidly became involved in photographic administration, firstly at Club level, then within Surrey Photographic Association and in the late 90s I became an elected Trustee of The Royal Photographic Society. Photography became and remained a major interest which we shared until Derry’s death from cancer in 2004. Polar Bear Walking on Ice is my favourite image from his visit to Churchill, Manitoba in 2003.

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