Welcome to the Southern Photographic Society website

This page gives you the essential details (where we meet, how much it costs, that sort of thing) and you can see examples of our members’ photography.

But the best way to find out what we are like and whether we are what you are looking for is to come along and give it a try. Visitors are always welcome and for just £2 towards room hire (tea/coffee included) what is there to lose? 

If you have questions or wish to get in touch with us, just click on the Contact Us link at the top of the page. We’ll get straight back to you.

What We Do

We try to make our fortnightly meetings interesting for everyone, whatever your experience and camera of choice. We aim to improve our photographic skills, learn what makes a good image, and sometimes how to manipulate the files using a computer and imaging software.

These will include presentations and demonstrations from skilled local photographers or members of the club with knowledge of a specific topic, and workshops and practical evenings when we bring our cameras and can try something different.

We encourage all members to enter, whatever their level of experience. New members may find the idea daunting but competitions can help to improve your image-making and decisions. Constructive feedback from judges is often useful and it can aid your learning process to see your work on display and being discussed.  But if you decide not to take part that’s fine; you can learn a lot just by looking at other members’ images and hearing the judge’s comments.

As a Society, we take part in annual inter-club competitions with the other societies on the island, which are great opportunities to meet other photographers and see their best work.

We arrange a variety of trips and outings for photography, mainly during the summer months, but hope to add more outside activities and workshops during the season if there is interest and support. We always welcome suggestions.

We have a permanent display of over 40 prints upstairs at Noble’s Hospital. They are available to purchase and a share of the proceeds goes to the Noble’s Patients’ Comfort Trust.
Every summer we exhibit members’ prints at events in the south of the island, which are excellent opportunities to raise awareness of the club and speak to other photographers.

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About Us


The Southern Photographic Society was set up in October 1971 to cater for photographers in the south of the Isle of Man. Over 50 years later, the purpose of the club is still to promote and encourage photography but we welcome members from all over the Island and further afield.

Meetings take place in the clubhouse at Colby Football Club on alternate Wednesday evenings from early September to May. We hold regular practical and instructional sessions, presentations by visiting experts and monthly competitions for all abilities – both internal and against other clubs.

During the summer there are social events like trips and photo walks, and we exhibit prints at events in the south of the island and at Noble’s Hospital.

We welcome new members of all ages and abilities, from beginners to photographers of all standards who wish to improve their skills or share their knowledge.  You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t need the latest and greatest camera, so pay us a visit if you would like to find out more: we’re an informal and friendly group.

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How to Find Us

We meet on alternate Wednesdays from September to May, starting at 7.45pm and usually finishing by 10pm.

The venue is the modern clubhouse at Colby AFC, which has a large car park at the end of the lane marked ‘Colby Juniors’ on the map below. Use the entrance door on the far side of the building.

From the south: Travelling along the A7 from Port Erin through Colby, the signposted entrance is just after The Colby Glen public house on the opposite side (right-hand side) of the road.
From the north: Travelling via Ballabeg on the A7, the entrance is on your left just before the pub.

Follow the lane over the railway track and turn right; the car park and clubhouse are ahead of you and the entrance door is on the far side of the building.

Colby AFC Clubhouse, Station Fields, Main Road, Colby IM9 4LR.

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A note about our venue: Another group uses the venue until 7.30pm and we cannot begin setting up before then, so there is no need to arrive much before 7.40pm unless you wish to help with setting up.

Check our Calendar for the next meeting and if you need any further information use the Contact Us link or email info@southernphotographicsociety.org