PhotoSoc Receive National Recognition

Back in March, after a fantastic year of growth, professionalism and a plethora of new events, Royal Holloway Photography Society received the ‘Most Improved Society’ award at Socs Ball.

Shortly after this achievement, we were thrilled to be nominated and find ourselves shortlisted for ‘Best Arts Society’ and ‘Most Improved Society’ at the National Societies Awards 2019.

On Tuesday 30 April, two of our committee members travelled to Manchester Metropolitan University for the awards ceremony. The event hall was filled with inspiring societies from all across the country, achieving unbelievable things and setting an incredible example of what student-led societies can accomplish.

We are overjoyed to announce that amongst these phenomenal student groups, we were awarded runners up in the ‘Most Improved Society’ category. This means that PhotoSoc is the second most improved society in the UK – no mean feat, and something that we have worked tirelessly to achieve.

Beaming: President Matthew Phillips and Secretary Emma Cole celebrate their success at the National Societies Awards

2018/19 has been a brilliant year for Royal Holloway Photography Society. Our membership increased by 250% and we also saw the introduction of ‘premium membership’ (where members can get extra items and tuition), weekly practical sessions (with regular theory sessions too) and held some excellent trips including one to the Lake District (which also won silver for ‘Best Event’ at Socs Ball).

With an upcoming summer trip, London trips and our very own awards ceremony, we are looking towards even more improvement in the forthcoming months and years!

Winners: PhotoSoc pose with their 'Best Event' certificate at Socs Ball

VP Societies and Media Holly Hughes commented: “I am delighted to have had the honour of working with the PhotoSoc committee this year. They have shown all of us, staff and students alike, what can be achieved with grit, perseverance, creativity and an open mind.

They truly have revamped Photography Society and set a precedence for years to come, not only within their own student group, but for groups across the board.

The Student Opportunities team and myself are extremely proud, and look forward to seeing what they go on to achieve as both a group and individuals in the future.”

Emma Cole // Secretary, Royal Holloway Photography Society