The Barbados Photographic Society’s schools photography teaching programme continues to reap rewards.
For this reason, re-elected president Jeremy Greenidge has vowed that its continuation will be one of the main focal points of his new board.
Greenidge, re-elected for another term at the society’s recent annual general meeting, said that so far the programme had benefited more than 150 children, and that it was critical to have it reaching many more. Through the programme children are taught the principles of photography, camera craft and photographic composition, among other areas.
Additionally, Greenidge noted that such a course could benefit the children not only academically but personally, since several of them had gone on to win awards for their work in the annual NIFCA competition.
The programme was started in 2008 with a class at the Luther Thorne Memorial Primary School. The St David’s Primary School, the Ellerton Primary School and then Graydon Sealy Secondary School subsequently came on board.
The regular activities of the society included 16 weekend photo field trips to various scenic and human interest locations around the island. Among them was the participation in the annual Scott Kelby Photowalk which last year was a historic Bridgetown tour.
In summarising the overall performance of the society in 2013, Greenidge confirmed that the Barbados Photographic Society had experienced improved performance in all areas of its activities, including its membership, photographic and training activities, as well as its financial standing.
However, the society head stressed there would be further focus this new term on the growth of membership of the society, along with the mounting of its annual exhibitions and overseas tours.
The 11th annual general meeting, which was held at the 3Ws Oval at UWI Cave Hill, saw the outgoing executive re–elected to serve for another two years. The committee include vice president Hugh Walker, secretary Markley Bryan, treasurer Gaitri Mahabir, public relations officer Victor Gittens and floor members Yvette Reid and Shareka Bentham.
Sixty members of the society were in attendance to witness the presentation of the president’s report, the financial report and submissions of the other members of the executive who headed up committees responsible for education, photographic field trips and website.
During the evening’s proceedings the president presented special awards to Sherika Bentham, Martin Frost and Victor Gittens in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the society. And he also reported on the presentation of a photobook to the management of Apes Hill Development consisting of scenic views taken by members of the society on a specially conducted tour of the golf course.