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Sheffield Photographic Society  Exhibition . Picture shows...  Judy Smith,President with Exhibition co-ordinator Keith Allchin
Sheffield Photographic Society Exhibition . Picture shows... Judy Smith,President with Exhibition co-ordinator Keith Allchin
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Put in the picture... Snappers shows work at exhibition

THEY are stunning photos taken all over the world; from Tokyo in the east to the US in the west, from the snow-peaked mountains of Scotland to the sparkling seas of Arabia.

One even captures Hogwarts School Of Wizardry And Witchcraft - no small feat considering it’s a fictional place.

But, while the subjects may be separated by thousands of miles, these pictures all share one common geographical trait: they were taken by snappers from our fair region.

The Sheffield Photographic Society holds its annual exhibition this month - and the 180 incredible images going on show prove perhaps two things: the members have plenty of talent, and they’ve racked up plenty of air miles.

“That seems to be a bit of a theme this year,” agrees president Keith Allchin. “I think if you’re into your photography, it can become an obsession and you’re always on the look out for a great picture - including when you’re on holiday or travelling.”

He thinks for a second. “Although I don’t think you can beat Scotland.”

The exhibition, at the Workstation complex in Paternoster Row, will feature pictures by 49 city snappers. They have been whittled down from more than 300 entries originally submitted to judges from the Royal Photographic Society.

“And that means,” says Keith, 72, and a member of the 149-year-old society since 2001, “these really are the best pictures taken by people from the region.”

The annual exhibition - previously hosted at Sheffield Cathedral - is always something of a hit.

“We usually get several hundred people along which is great,” says Keith, of Ecclesall Road South, Whirlow. “And, for my money, the quality improves every year. This time, there will also be members on hand to give advice on the hobby for anyone just starting out.”

Not all the pictures are taken in far flung corners, either. Several capture wildlife in the Peak District, while one shot of Sheffield’s Skyline at dusk is perhaps as stunning as any city scape you’ll see.

Oh, and that Hogwarts snap? There’s also a bit of South Yorkshire mixed in there too.

Photographer Adrian Richardson took a picture of the huge model of the school on show at Warner Brothers Studio in London. He then snapped the sky behind Park Hill and merged the two to create one (slightly engineered) finished photo.

“My usual photography is high end architecture,” says the 38-year-old of Warley Road, Arbourthorne. “So this is very different. I’m delighted it’s gone down well. To be part of the exhibition is a huge honour.”

* Runs Saturday March 16 to Thursday March 21.