Forthcoming Events

Associate Advisory Day

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Saturday 13 January 2024 at 09:30


The Nature Group is hosting an Advisory Day for Associate Distinctions by Zoom
You will see a wide variety of different prospective panels as well as some successful panels. You will hear comments from the Assessors and have a chance to ask questions. There will be information on what makes a good panel, what to avoid and, most importantly, how to plan your project and where to get further advice
Associateship, this is our second level, applicants must submit a body of work/project consisting of 15 images and a written statement and presentation layout. The images must be all be of a high standard.
There are limited Advice spaces so apply early to secure one of these £15 (see booking link).
There are plenty of Observer places and whether you are thinking of preparing an Associate application or are just interested in seeing a wide variety of images you will get a lot from the day. You will see lots of different prospective panels as well as some successful panels. You will hear comments from Panel Members and have a chance to ask questions. There will be information on what makes a good panel, what to avoid and, most importantly, how to plan your project and where to get further advice. Observers £10. (see booking link).
To book a place please follow this link:
For problems with Booking, please email

Still Photographing Wild Birds

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Saturday 27 January 2024 at 16:30


Chris Gomersall

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Chris Gomersall was the RSPB staff photographer from 1984 to 1998, thereafter a self-employed professional photographer. He won the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2007, and have enjoyed a few successes in the NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year - including acting as a guest juror in 2009.He has written two books on bird and wildlife photography. Now he acts as a workshop tutor and tour leader, notably for Nikon School UK and Nature’s Images.

Photographing Insects

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Saturday 17 February 2024 at 16:30


Andrew McCarthy

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I have been photographing our larger invertebrates for well over a decade now. In 2022, I achieved an RPS Fellowship with a panel of 20 UK invertebrate images, all taken in or close to my garden in Devon. The talk will set out the techniques, field craft and thinking behind my photography, and will explain how I moved my close-up work from a very much novice approach at the beginning, to Fellowship level.
To book a place please follow this link:

My Wood

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Saturday 23 March 2024 at 16:30


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David will tell the story of how he has transformed his 4 acre wood in to an outdoor photographic studio for bird photography. Then in 2022 he built an artificial badger sett and adopted six orphaned badgers. Not everything went to plan, David will recall the highs and lows of releasing the badgers into the wild and his subsequent photographic project as he attempted to document their lives.
He is one of the World’s most widely published wildlife photographers renowned for his artistic images of birds. TV and film work have seen appearances in front of the camera on Springwatch and The One Show, while David has worked behind hhe camera making short films and with author Jonathan Franzen on the documentary Emptying the Skies.
For 16 years David was a judge for the British Birds Bird Photographer of the Year and was a judge for Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) for 6 years. He currently judges Wild Art Photographer of the Year (WPOTY).

RPS Nature Group Summer Residential trip to Yorkshire including Diving Gannets and Bempton Cliffs

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Wednesday 5 June 2024 at 09:00  —  Monday 10 June 2024 at 09:00

Dates: Wednesday 5th – Monday 10th June 2024
During this two-centre nature photography trip, we will stay at Cameron Court Guest House in Flamborough and Cober Hill in Cloughton.
Wed 5th - Friday 7th June will be spent at Cameron Court, this includes B&B and packed lunches.
Fri 7th - Mon 10th June at Cober Hill, Coughton, Scarborough Includes the same as above, plus 3 a Course evening meals
A spectacular six-hour diving gannet photography boat trip, led by Steve Race of Yorkshire Coast Nature, is planned for the morning of Thursday 6 June.
There will be opportunities to photograph a variety of flora and fauna with both your macro and telephoto lenses.
Cameron Court B&B – either a twin/double room occupancy £92 per person. If you are in a shared outside cabin, the price is £102 per person. Single room occupancy is £132 per person, but this option is limited. Please speak to James Foad for further details.
The Cober Hill Hotel stay is £437
Diving gannet boat trip is £135 (In the event that the diving gannet trip is cancelled by Yorkshire Coast Nature due to poor sailing conditions, a full refund will be given).
Eleven spaces are available, and anyone on the waiting list from last year will be prioritised.
A deposit £248.50 is required to secure your place upon booking. This deposit is non returnable unless there is someone on the waiting list who is able to take your place.
It is strongly advised that you take travel insurance in case you need to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances
For further details and to book your place please phone: James Foad LRPS on 07834 810430
You may also email James, but for a quick response, a phone call is the preferred option.

Featured Items

Winner of November's Monthly Competition

Congratulations to Gianpiero Ferrari on winning November's Monthly Competition with his image Hard Working Blue Tit.

Please click here, or on the image above, to view a gallery of the high-scoring entries from the competition.

The results of December's competition will be published here in due course.

Working Towards a Fellowship - What Makes an Image Distinctive by Mick Durham FRPS

The YouTube link for Mick's Talk is:

Winner of October's Monthly Competition

Congratulations to Kevin Pigney on winning the inaugural Monthly Competition with his image Brown Hares Boxing.

Please click here, or on the image above, to view a gallery of the high-scoring entries from the competition.

Noise Reduction and Sharpening Talk

The Recording of the recent talk "Noise Reduction and Sharpening - The Sequel" by Ian Wilson ARPS is is now available on YouTube:


You have been linked for Nature Group Events to what is now the Nature Group's main Portal for displaying our Events, and for Members to take part in lots of extra activities such as the Monthly Competition, a Lightbox for your images, Forums to exchange ideas, sell items etc and Critique groups. It is now ready for Members to Register so please go to Register and follow the prompts.

We hope you will all enjoy the new Members' area. (Canada Goose by Chris Holt)

Monthly Competition

The Monthly competition started in October, so watch this space for the monthly image voted the group's favourite

News and Information

North Norfolk Weekend

Seven members participated in one or both of the days at Hunstanton on Saturday and Titchwell on Sunday  18th/19th November. The forecast for the two days of frequent rain showers proved inaccurate as it was almost entirely dry though cloudy most of the time. Hunstanton was amazing for the sheer numbers of waders, gulls, geese, fulmars etc and the variety of wader species. Titchwell had a lot less to look at but there were star species to keep us happy such as a party of six Snow Buntings, a Goosander and Spoonbills.(Images by Bruce Kendrick and KevinPigney)

Bradgate Park Comes Up Trumps

For the first time in several years of running this annual visit to Bradgate Park we had perfect weather with a beautiful sunset on the Sunday evening followed by a misty sunrise on Monday. Lots of Rutting Red and Fallow stags bellowing and clashing antlers plus a few toadstools to direct the cameras at (Stag, Greg Lovett; Misty Sunrise, Dave Belton).

Abundant Fungi at Brandon

Spiders Enjoy Very Hot RSPB Lakenheath

A group of Nature Group Members visited Lakenheath on Thursday. With the temperature around 30 degrees, most insects and birds were sheltering  away fron the sun but the Dragonflies and, especially, the  Spiders relished the hot conditions. We watched the courtship rituals of the spiders some ending in disaster for the males but at least one successful attempt.

Breaking News

Members of the RPS Nature Group recorded the first occurence of a Wasp Spider at Summer Leys Nature Reserve right at the start of their outing there today. By lunch time there was a steady stream of photographers come to snap the very impressive spider - amazing how fast news spreads these days