UPP President

Francis Ouvry LRPS
 
President’s welcome
Welcome to the official website of United Photographic Postfolios of Great Britain – “UPP”. We came into existence in 1931 as an entirely postal group (with “post” now including “on-line” posting), hence our slightly unusual name. Our motto of “the club that comes to you” became even more relevant in 2020: with travel restrictions in place, and normal club meetings stopped, UPP continued to “meet” at least on-line if not always by post.  We now have over 240 members from all over Great Britain (and beyond), many of whom have been members for over 40 years and members range from the distinguished and very experienced to those wanting to learn.
We operate in “Circles” of up to 15 (see “about us” for more information). Most are “open” or general interest but there are specialised Circles for such as Natural History, monochrome, AV and pictures from mobile phones. Some Circles are still for prints, and these can be digital or negative, light-room, dark-room or trade-processed, mostly up to A4 or A3 size but there are also “small print” Circles for A5 or 12 square inches.  However, several Circles now operate entirely with digital images on-line.     
Additionally, one positive result of the lockdown was the idea of Zoom Circles: 4 new Circles were initially created in January last year, and that number has now grown to 11, including some specialising in monochrome, infra-red or panels: they are generally non-competitive, though still choose an entry to the annual Exhibition. The Zoom Circles meet monthly, and of course continue the principle of bring the Club to members’ homes.
As a Club we meet in person annually, just outside Birmingham, for the AGM, Exhibition, lectures and semi-formal dinner. 2020 of course had to be cancelled, but 2021 saw normal service resumed. We also keep in touch by posting out a well-illustrated magazine, the “UPP Journal”, twice a year.
There is also a “social” element in the Circles where members are able to chat in a “notebook” or ask questions about anything photographic – someone is sure to know the answer – and many lifetime friendships are made.
Regardless of experience, everyone takes part on an equal basis and it is an excellent forum for developing your photographic skills, in both picture-taking and assessment. While for some it is still their only Club as they can’t get to a local club (hence our logo representing the single photographer operating on his/her own), for many it is also an ideal addition to membership of a conventional club, and it provides an opportunity to “try out” pictures before entering them in the local club. Critiques are in more depth and broader than from a single judge or from social media.
Please see elsewhere on this site for other details, including members’ pictures and an application form.
Francis Ouvry LRPS
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