About Us

About SUPS

The Southampton University Photographic Society is one of the oldest societies at the University of Southampton and the oldest Photographic Society in England. Formed in the late 1950s, we were originally known as the Camera Club. The society has always enjoyed a large membership, having consistently over 100 members join each year.

In 2012, the society became an active member of the National University Photographic Society and regularly co-operates with other university photographic societies around the country to put on trips and events.

We also launched our Events Team in 2012, now SUPS Events, which provide professional quality event photography at competitive prices. For more information about SUPS Events, please visit the Events Team page.

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Our Committee
Josette Crispin
President
Hi, I’m Josette, I’m in my third year of studying Education and I’m this years SUPS President after being secretary last year. My job is to manage the overall running of the society, and making sure you get what you want out of it and enjoy being part of the club. This year the club will probably run slightly differently due to COVID but along with my fantastic committee we are hoping to still give you lots of amazing lectures and workshops to enjoy and increase your passion for photography.

I’ve always had a love for photography which has only increased since being part of the society. I enjoy all photography from film to digital, and love taking photos of anything and everything. The past year and a half I’ve gained a main passion for nightlife photography which I’ve had the best time doing so far as a job. I’ve also just begun to delve into the world of wedding photography which is all very new and exciting. But at the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with a bit of landscape photography which I especially love doing at sunrise or sunset along the coast.

If you have any questions to do with SUPS or photography, please do just drop me an email at president@suphoto.org.

Alexander Wright
Vice President, Events Coordinator & Webmaster
Hi there! I’m Alex, your VP, Events Coordinator & Webmaster for SUPS and a fourth-year Medical Student. My main role within SUPS is to help Aimée organise event bookings for our SUPS Events whilst also making sure our website and social media are all up to date. I often run and present weekly lectures and workshops to society on a number of different photography topics. Outside of SUPS, I primarily shoot minimalist architecture with my Nikon D5500 and a mixture of lenses (although my present favourite is my 10-20mm wide-angle!). I’ve also recently got into Film photography and looking forward to experimenting with different film stocks over the coming months. You can check out my full portfolio on my Website and Instagram.

Website: alexwrightphotography.co.uk
Instagram: @alexwrightphotos
Email: ahbw1g14@soton.ac.uk

If you’re interested in hiring SUPS Events, please don’t hesitate to contact me via photosoc.events@gmail.com or Messenger.

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Ella Kenyon
Secretary
Hey, I’m Ella. I’m a 3rd year marine biology student and the secretary for SUPS. I shoot a variety of styles but mainly focus on portraits, events and nightlife. I’ve recently upgraded to a Nikon D850 and hope to be second shooting at a few weddings with it later this year.

This is my third year being part of the society so hopefully, I’ll be able to answer any questions you have and will be more than happy to help in any way possible!

Instagram: @ellagrace_photos

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Tom Cupis
Treasurer
Hi there, it’s Tom. I’m a second-year Computer Scientist who will be the new treasurer this year! I’ve always liked taking photos but discovering YouTubers like FStoppers, Kai W and Peter McKinnon inspired me, they showed me what cameras are capable of! I still use my entry-level Canon 1200D body but have decided to invest in good glass. I used to own Canon’s fast 50mm f/1.4 prime but changed to my Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 for more everyday photography. My interest in photography has been a journey in many areas but nowadays I find myself more in the computational photography world, finding new ways to present the same photo fascinates me! I look forward to taking some great photos this year and inspiring others to go out and do the same!
Aimée Orchel
Events Coordinator
Hey, I’m Aimée, I’m a Chemistry student and one of the SUPS Events Coordinators. Alongside being SUSU’s Disabilities Officer, I help provide professional event photography to the University of Southampton, Students’ Union, and local clients. I’m passionate about promoting physical and mental health well-being because I’m a disabled photographer. That’s something you don’t see every day.

My interests are wide, from wildlife to events, sports to nightlife. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel with my cameras to Canada and Tanzania, but now I’m in Southampton for the time being. I shoot with a huge variety of lenses with a Nikon D810 and Nikon D5100. I work both personally and with SUPS Events. You can find my full portfolio on my Website and my Instagram.

Website: aimeeorchel.co.uk
Instagram: @aimeeorchel_photography
Facebook: /aimeeorchel
Email: hello@aimeeorchel.co.uk

If you’re interested in hiring SUPS Events, please don’t hesitate to contact me via photosoc.events@gmail.com or Messenger.

Matt Jamieson
Technical Manager (Darkroom)
Hi I’m Matt, I study Civil Engineering and Architecture and I’m the SUPS darkroom technical manager. I shoot 35mm black and white or borrow the societies D800 when photographing live music. During first year I started developing and enlarging film and really got into it. This year I want to expand and pass on my knowledge and experience with film photography and darkroom as well as maintaining and improving the society facilities. Get in touch if you want to talk film or get some time in the darkroom!
Joshua Tyler-Jones
Technical Manager (Studio)
Hi, I’m Joshua, a fourth year Computer Science student and the Studio Technical Manager at SUPS, responsible for maintaining our equipment and managing the studio. I’m pretty new to photography – I got my first DSLR (a Canon EOS 250D) last summer, and learned to shoot over the last year as a new member here at SUPS. My favourite so far has been wildlife photography, but I’m looking forward to trying something new this year…

Instagram: @joshuatjphoto
Email: joshua@tylerjon.es

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Previous Committees

2019-2020
President – Alexander Wright
Vice President & Technical Manager (Studio) – Stephen Potter
Events Coordinator – Aimée Orchel
Technical Manager (Darkroom) –Matt Jamieson
Treasurer – Lauren Stedman
Secretary – Josette Crispin
International Trip Secretary – Laura Hayward
Domestic Trip Secretary – Jake Weeks
Social Secretary – Ella Kenyon
Webmaster – Katie Walker

2017-2018
President – David Evans
Vice President & Events Team Coordinator – Alexander Wright
Treasurer – Dommi Spicer
Secretary – Nikhil Mistry
Technical Manager – Joe Lamming
Trip Secretary – Jessica Gildemann & Marieke Wandel
Social Secretary – Marieke Wandel
Webmaster – Charlie House

2015-2016
President – Oli Crump
Treasurer – Christopher James Carlyle Tacon
Secretary – Sarah Jaber
Technical Manager – Antoine du Baret
Events Team Co-Ordinators – Hattie Hall & Alexander Wright
Trip Secretary – Chris McGeehan
Webmaster – Matt Brown

2013-2014
President – Robert Hayes
Technical Manager – Dan Bowes
Treasurer – Tim Heffernon
Beginners’ Rep – Lawrie Brailey
Events Team Co-ordinators – Vincent Song & Jack Hamilton
Secretary – Joni Potter
Trip Secretary – Chris McGeehan
Social Secretary – Katherine Theobald

2011-2012
President – Michael Cooper
Vice President – Katie Stenson
Treasurer – Richard Oliver
Secretary – Harry Allerston
Susu Rep – Jeroen Van Schaik
Darkroom Manager – Robert Hayes
Social Sec – Ivie Erediauwa
Standing Member – Reuben Carter

2009-2010
President – Sam Anderson
Vice President – Emily Cannon
Treasurer – Jiaqiang Wang
Secretary – Virginia Hosking
Trips Manager – Charlie Sinclair-Lack
Darkroom Manager – Florian Tialde Van Beek
Standing Member – James Messenger

2003-2004
President – Lucy Tricker
Vice President – Ben Cole
Treasurer – Jean-Marc-De Vertevil
Secretary – Beth Wagstaff
Publicity Officer – Tanya Healy
PR + Sponsorship – Rebecca Moreman
Webmaster – Toby Vickers
Standing Member – Nigel Massen
Standing Member – David Norton

2001-2002
President – Simon Blazquez
Treasurer – Katherine Henderson
Secretary – Lucy Tricker
Publicity Officer – Michael Ignatiadis
Webmaster – Simon Thompson
Training Officer – Nigel Massen
Standing Member – Dave Norton

1999-2000
President – Richard Horan
Vice President – Amy Randall
Treasurer – Louisa DeLange
Secretary – Julienne Rathore
Publicity Officer – Andrew Rice
Webmaster – Andrew Young
Ordinary Member – Amy Thorp

1997-1998
President – Peter Askew
Vice President – Yucel Evrimen
Treasurer – David Norton
Secretary – Lois Bowd
Ordinary Member – Folkert Van Galen

1995-1996
President – Mike Sadler
Vice President – Andrew Parish
Treasurer – Heather Went
Secretary – Amy Spenlove-Brown
Ordinary Member – Peter Koronaios

2018-2019
President (Semester 1) – David Evans
President (Semester 2) & Events Coordinator – Alexander Wright
Events Coordinator – Kabi Ratnasingam
Treasurer – Dommi Spicer
Secretary – Molly Bacon
Technical Manager (Studio) – Stephen Potter
Technical Manager (Darkroom) – Anna Massey
Trip Secretary (Domestic & International) – Josie Buckingham
Social Secretary – Yumnah Awan
Webmaster – Charlie House
Ordinary Members – Euan Ramnarine & Daisy Hunter

2016-2017
President – Hattie Hall
Treasurer – Jake Robert Weeks
Secretary – Alice Tuffery
Technical Manager – Christian Obe
Events Team Co-Ordinator & Webmaster – Alexander Wright
Trip Secretary – David Evans
Social Secretary – Jessica Gildemann

2014-2015
President – Tim Heffernon
Treasurer – Josh Quickfall
Secretary – Chris McGeehan
Technical Manager – Will Yeong
Events Team Co-Ordinators – Karolina Kacevaitė & Lanceric Tse
Beginners’ Rep – Lawrie Brailey
Social Sec – Pascal Lally
Trip Secretary – Jess Bilbrough

2012-2013
President – Robert Hayes
Vice President – Richard Oliver
Treasurer – Sai On Tang
Secretary – Angela Sweeper
Events Team Co-Ordinator – Emily Mansfield
Beginners’ Rep – Flavia Dinca
Social Sec – Nick Vines
Standing Member – Harry Allerston

2010-2011
President – Virginia Hosking
Vice President – Katie Stenson
Treasurer – Jeroen Van Schaik
Secretary – Angela Sweeper
Events Coordinator – Harry Allerston
Darkroom Manager – Ella Barnett
Standing Member – Fleur Van Beek

2006-2007
President – Ben Schumann
Treasurer – Cavit Er
Secretary – unknown
Webmaster – Jolian

2004-2005
President – Ben Cole
Treasurer – Rebecca Moreman
Secretary – Katie Martin
Publicity Officer –Alex Wan
Darkroom & Stock – Nava Whiteford
Webmaster – Jawit Erginsoy

2002-2003
President – Simon Blazquez
Vice President – Caroline Gilbert
Treasurer – Toby Vickers
Publicity Officer – Lucy Tricker
Webmaster – Michael Ignatiadis
Standing Member – Nigel Massen
Standing Member – David Norton

2000-2001
President – Andrew W. Young
Vice President – David Birchall
Treasurer – Katherine Henderson
Secretary – Julienne Rathore
Publicity Officer – William Jones
Webmaster – Simon Thompson
Training Officer – Alex Doak
Standing Member – David Norton

1998-1999
President – David Norton
Vice President – Louisa Hirst
Treasurer – Folken Van Galen
Secretary – Julienne Rathore
Publicity Officer & Webmaster – Richard Horan
Ordinary Member – Amy Randall

1996-1997
President – Heather Went
Vice President – Peter Askew
Treasurer – Mark Jordan
Secretary – Amy Spenlove-Brown
Ordinary Member – Mike Sadler

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Our Constitution

Our constitution is the set of guidelines that the committee and society follow. You can view our current constitution here, which was approved by a meeting of the committee on the 11th June 2012, and converted into a PDF on the 5th November 2016.