In the Herald - Club Chair's Talent Awarded

Date Published 
Wed 9 Nov 2022

Many people join a camera club because they want to improve their photography.  At Irvine Camera club our members are inspired and motivated to continually learn new skills as well as to hone their appreciation of what makes a good photograph.  None more so than our Chairperson, Tracy Ross, who joined the club in 2019 as a beginning photographer.  

After tremendous success in her first few years in our club Tracy decided to also join the Royal Photographic Society and to begin to work towards gaining a distinction for her photography.  I am pleased to announce that at a recent assessment day, Tracy has been awarded the distinction of Licentiate of the Society.  

Tracy had to submit a panel of 10 images showing variety in approach and technique, evidence of creative ability and a high technical standard, together with a comprehensive knowledge and ability.  It was essential that Tracy demonstrated range of photographic skills within her submission. 

These are precisely the skills that Tracy had been working on, and achieving, at Irvine Camera Club through a combination of listening to our speakers, attending workshops and field trips, and entering our club competitions.  What this meant was that Tracy had a large selection of images to use as candidates in her submission to The Society.  Working with an RPS mentor and by attending advisory sessions, she was able to finesse her photographs down to a final selection.  Tracy’s submission shows a fantastic visual awareness and large range of skills.  She presented a variety of subject matter from nature to architecture, street photography to abstract still life, all handled with the same high level of ability.  It was no surprise to me that she achieved her LRPS at the first attempt.

Tracy said “I am thrilled to achieve my LRPS, but I really couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement of Irvine Camera Club”

The Royal Photographic Society is the UK’s leading photographic organisation with a distinguished heritage, a relevance to the present, and a vision of the future.  The Society’s mission is to promote and encourage the highest standards of photography through exhibitions, publications, and activities, and to support individual achievement through education and recognition.  Both a charity and a membership organisation, with around 11,600 members worldwide, The Society is open to anyone with an interest in photography. 

If you would like to take the next steps on your photographic journey we would love to see you at Irvine Camera Club, and who knows perhaps you, like Tracy,  will take your photography to a whole new level.  You can find all our details at



What an amazing achievement in a short time. Well done Tracy.

Thanks very much John.

Submitted by tracy-ross on Wed 16 Nov 2022 1:38pm