Welcome to LSAPS

Lytham St. Annes Photographic Society is one of the largest and most active camera clubs in the North West, with a current membership of about 100 covering a broad spectrum of age and photographic experience. Weekly meetings are held between September and June at The Pensioners’ Hall (next to the YMCA) in St. Albans Road, St. Annes FY8 1UZ on Thursday evenings at 7.30 p.m. and usually last about two-and-a-half hours.

The principal aim of the Society is for members to help one another with all aspects of their hobby, catering for novices through to the very experienced and qualified. This is reflected in our programme which each season includes lectures by experienced and professional photographers on a wide range of topics from nature and landscapes to architecture, street photography and creative work using advanced techniques. We also review portfolios from national competitions and of course hold judging nights for our internal competitions.

Help is given both to absolute beginners (including via a programme of tutorials) and to those aiming to obtain photographic distinctions. We have equipment, such as studio lights, available for free home use by members.

Subscription Rates

The annual subscription is £38 per adult with approximately pro-rata rates for people who join us later in the season. Rates for under 18s available on request. Just contact the Membership Secretary on the main information email address info@lsaps.org.uk, or use the Contact Form.

We also have a useful fact sheet for new members.

How To Find Us

The club meets every Thursday evening at 7-30pm between September and June at The Pensioners’ Hall (next to the YMCA) in St. Albans Road, St. Annes.  The meetings are a generally a mixture of lectures, reviews of competition images or judging of club competitions, so there is no requirement to bring (or even own!) a camera.  Full syllabus details are on the syllabus page.

Postcode: FY8 1UZ

A Bit Of History

The inaugural meeting of the society was held at the County Hotel, Lytham on the 1st April 1948. About twenty people attended and agreed to form “THE LYTHAM ST ANNES & DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY” with the objective being ‘to promote the science and fine art of photography’. The words ‘& DISTRICT’ were dropped from the title in 1951. The society also joined the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union in that year.

Fortnightly meetings were held at the Girl Guides hut, Station Road Lytham, at a basic annual subscription of 21 shillings (£1.05), discounts being available for juniors and married couples.

The first annual exhibition (now called ‘Photoshow’ ) was held in 1950 and generated a considerable influx of new members. Today, Photoshow remains the main public exhibition of members work each year and attracts visitors from far and wide.