Thank you for taking the time to visit the Southern Photographic Society website.

If you are here to find out more about us, this page will tell 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 just click on the Contact Us link at the top of the page.

What We Do

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

These will include presentations and demonstrations from well-known local photographers or from members of the club with particular knowledge and experience on a specific topic, or practical evenings and workshops where we bring our cameras and learn or try something different.

We encourage all members to enter whatever their level of experience. New members may find the idea daunting but competitions are an excellent way to improve your image making. Constructive feedback from experienced visiting judges is often useful and it can help 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 two annual inter-club competitions with the other societies on the island, when each club puts forward their best digital images to be judged against each other.

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

We have a permanent display of over 40 images upstairs at Noble’s Hospital. All prints are available to purchase and a share of the proceeds goes to the patients’ comfort fund.
During each summer break 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.

Recent News

3-Way Battle 2021

The island’s three photographic societies met in Douglas last week for the annual “3-Way Battle”. This year, it was the turn of the IOM Photographic Society to host the Western and Southern Photographic Societies for this digital competition, in which each club enters 30 images with no more than five by any one member.

About Us


The Southern Photographic Society was set up in October 1971 to cater for photographers in the south of the Isle of Man. Almost 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 various social events like trips and photo walks, and we also exhibit prints at Noble’s Hospital and at events in the south of the island.

We are keen to welcome new members of all 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 if you would like to find out more just come along; 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 unmade 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, 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 the tables and chairs etc.

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