Lytham St. Annes Photographic Society is one of the largest and most active camera clubs in the North West, with a current membership of just over 100. Our membership includes people of all ages and experience.
The Pensioners’ Hall
(next to the YMCA)
St. Albans Road
If you are interested in joining the Society you will be made very welcome. You are invited to come along for a few weeks (no charge) to decide whether you like what you find, before committing yourself to membership. If you’re interested in seeing examples of our work look at the Gallery on this website or, even better, come along to our annual exhibition, Photoshow. The exhibition takes place each August. .
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. 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.
Enrolment night for the new (2017/18 season) will be on 7 September 2017 . The programme for the season will be published shortly.
In case you want to know how it all began …..
L.S.A.P.S. – the beginning (a brief 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. Sixty-six years later, Photoshow remains the main public exhibition of members work each year and attracts visitors from far and wide.