Member Bios

Andrew Hersom, PPSA

Andrew Hersom, PPSA

I live in Hull, East Yorkshire, England and retired as a pharmaceutical quality consultant in 2014. I have been taking all sorts of photographs since a teenager but only got serious about photography in 1980, joining a local camera club and entering prints and slides in international exhibitions until 1995 when stopped by pressure of work. I have been a member of PSA since 1984. I am a member of F4 Photo Group and secretary of YPI Camera Club. I mostly photograph travel, industrial, landscape or maritime scenes, using Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mkii or Canon EOS M cameras edited with LR CC, PE12, PSPX4, Topaz, ON1 software to produce AV sequences. I obtained the QPSA distinction in October 2018 and PPSA in July 2019. I am PSA Country Membership Director, England and PSA Country Liaison Officer for England.

Photo courtesy of Laurie Friedman




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Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4

I am a retired Chartered Forester having spent my career mainly with a private company in the UK. I live close to the small market town of Llandeilo in South West Wales a scenic area with strong historic connections.

My interest in photography was stimulated by my father who taught me how to develop and print shots taken on a Box Brownie in a makeshift darkroom in our home. Through the years I have progressed through black and white, colour transparency, E6 home processing and Cibachrome printing. I took up digital in 1999 scanning prints and negatives for a couple of years before taking the plunge into digital capture. All my work has been in Photoshop and I print using Epson printers.

I have always been more interested in producing images than in the latest piece of kit and so all my equipment is relatively modest. I firmly believe in taking pictures which I enjoy; if they are also appreciated by others then that is a great bonus. I am an Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation (AWPF). I joined PSA in 2005 and gained MPSA in 2013. I hold the Excellence award from FIAP and have just gained it's Platinum level(EFIAP/p). I have also gained a four crowns award from Global Photographic Union (GPU-Cr4).
I regularly judge club and inter club competitions throughout South Wales,and International level have judged in Wales, England, India and Ireland.




Mark Southard, FPSA

Mark Southard, FPSA

Joined PSA in 1994; Served as International Publicity Director, then as Vice President - Conventions. Ran Conventions in Orlando, Florida and Toronto, Canada and selected Albuquerque, New Mexico and San Diego, California as future sites.

Retired from Sears in 1993 after 35 years, mostly in corporate buying functions. Last assignment was as Managing Director of Purchasing for Northern Asia while residing in Seoul, Korea from 1988-1992.

Was active in 3 Chicago camera clubs before moving full time to South Florida (West Palm Beach area) in late 2014. Active in Boynton Beach Camera Club and the Photographic Association of South Florida.

In the olden days, taught basic black and white fine art printing at Wright College. Also give workshops on matting and framing and was a Consumer Use Consultant for Polaroid, giving workshops on Creative Art Photography, i.e., Image and Emulsion transfers and Time Zero manipulation. Today he privately teaches Photoshop Elements.

I use a Nikon D800, and a Nikon D 70 (converted to shoot infra-red), and a lot of Nikon lenses, my favorite of which is the 105 macro.. Latest toy is the I phone which is taking over the world.

I am a native of New Mexico but have lived in Chicago for 35 years (minus the time spent overseas in Asia).




Mike Cowdrey, MPSA

Mike Cowdrey, MPSA

I am a Chartered Accountant by trade, living in Nottingham, England. I have 5 grown up children and 11 grandkids. I joined PSA in 1990, and have enjoyed entering exhibitions ever since. In 2014 I managed to achieve Galaxy 9 in PID and 5 Star in Natural History, enabling me to qualify for MPSA. I have also been lucky enough to have been awarded ARPS, EFIAP and MPAGB. I enjoy creative photography, and before the advent of Photoshop I gained some success via slide manipulation. I have found digital imaging to be a steep learning curve, but an enjoyable one.




Jim Hagan

Jim Hagan

I grew up in Chicago and went to school there. After high school, I lived at home and commuted to Northwestern University where I received an MBA in1963. I worked for several years in public accounting and five years with International Harvester. I moved to Ohio in 1969 for a Controllership position. The rest of my business career was mainly in accounting and finance.

When I lived in Chicago I was a PSA member for a few years but dropped my membership in 1969 when I moved to Ohio. After retirement, in 1999, I and my wife moved to Toledo to be near our daughter and her young family. Then in early 2017 I entered several photos in the Detroit International PSA Contest. I had several acceptances and, after almost a 50-year hiatus, I rejoined the PSA.

I especially enjoy the study groups and the fact that we can share our opinions about the art form that we all enjoy.




Jennifer Empey

Jennifer Empey

I am Jennifer Empey.

I live in a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

I have 2 children and two grandchildren.

My passions are art and abstract photography, which evolved into my personal style. My new art photography directions are composites and self-portraits.

In the late 1990s, I studied Audio Visual Technology. During the course, I learned to use a SLR, and develop and print black and white film. But then, photography took a backseat.

Photography, as a form of escapism, lead me to join a local camera club in 2015. There, I enter the competitions. In 2018, my image achieved A Grade print image of the year. Then in 2019, I joined the APJA and PSA to learn more about evaluating images.

I use a Canon DSLR crop body, and Canon 18-200mm and 100mm macro lenses, and a couple of Lensbaby lenses. Recently, I upgraded to the Canon 80D because I was struggling to focus. For post-production, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz, and NIK.

I have changed direction since my last position ended in 2017. Another reason is that I am challenged by chronic illnesses.

In 2018, I graduated with a Diploma of Family History.

At the moment, my focus is on my small business in art and abstract photography, family history, and blogging. So that, I can work from home. Additionally, now I am creating my own digital and handmade textures. And, I am considering branching out into photography for creative businesses as my next venture.

My goal is to inspire others to be creative.

Enjoy Your Journey!




Kerstin Köneke

Kerstin Köneke

Hi - I am living in North-Germany, near the the Baltic Sea. In 2000 I started with a pink colored Kodak camera (and 1 mio. Pixel!! ;-)) just because for vacation pictures and because I’ve had a computer. I really didn’t intend to go at photography more earnestly. But with buying a row house and our own garden I’ve good addicted to planting roses and catching their beauty. So I’ve got in 2003 an HP compact camera and was contend at all. 2007 was the end of her lifetime and the and of an old job (at least with a nice pay-off) - and the start into my first DSLR was born with a Canon 400D. 7 years later I’ve added several lenses (right now I am considering a Tamron 24-70 mm), photoshop CS6, lightroom 6, a membership in a regional photography club and since 2015 I’ve got persuaded to join the PSA and I am already starting to compete in some PSA Salons. Luckily I am getting a lot of help in my current photography club for it.

I can't decide , what subjects are my preferred ones. But since my poor Tamron 90 mm just died a second time of rubbed through copper cable, I guess I am taking a lot of macros ;-).

I am really looking forward the photo assignements here. Thank you, that I can join your group Nr. 12 :-).