Rosemary Wilman HonFRPS APAGB ABPE
My photographic interests are diverse and include travel, landscape, natural history and 'whatever takes my eye'. Most creative aspects of my work are in camera with the computer used to control image quality.
Lecturer, Judge /Critique : For my interest and activity in these areas please go to Lectures and Judging
Exhibitions: Having gaining my ABPE in 2019 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.
The Royal Photographic Society: In 2011 Rosemary completed two years as President of 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. I have also been a member of the Licentiate Panel and subsequently one of the chairs from 2006-2019, taking a break whilst President. 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 was 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 was awarded the Fenton Medal, for services 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.
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 continued to sit on the Judges Committee and became Chair again in 2016. 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. Returning in 2013 I am currently External Competitions Secretary.
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.