Royal Photographic Society Award for Janet

A Torquay photographer is one of two Devon women to have been awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Fenton Medals.

Usually, no more than three or four Fenton Medals are awarded each year.

Since 1998, this award has carried honorary membership in the society and is given to a member or non-member who has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the PRS.

This year two ‘not so young women’ from Devon – Janet Haines from Torquay and Susan Brown from Newton Ferris – have been awarded for their many years of volunteer work.

Janet Haines joined the RPS in 2003 with a desire to improve her photography with the goal of earning her RPS accolades as part of this journey of self-improvement.

With an ethos that should be “give back” to any group she benefits from and benefits from, her volunteer work has seen her organize sub-groups and meetings for members, helping members understand the processes and standards of distinction.

With two years on the board, Janet has experienced most aspects of the company and will continue to volunteer her time and experience for the benefit of others.

“Volunteering is not without its rewards,” said Janet. “There’s no better feeling than knowing you’ve helped or inspired others on their own photographic journey.”

Janet’s work is what she calls photographic art; that is, fantastic compositions made up of many images that she takes and compiles using Photoshop into the finished work.

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Sue joined the RPS in 1980 in pursuit of a hobby after becoming a mother and she has never looked back.

She has seen a lot of changes over the years. At that time photography was generally dominated by men, there are now many women who are actively interested in it and are very successful.

Sue’s love for photography is the landscape, especially the coastline.

After being actively involved in the RPS by giving talks and organizing events, Sue became an evaluator for the honors department, served on two evaluation committees, chaired one and served on the honors committee which was responsible for the awards process. .

Sue said: “There is nothing more gratifying than seeing candidates’ satisfaction and joy in achieving their goals.

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Michael E. Marquez