History

 

First Society RulesIn a span of fifty years (1961 – 2011), the Malta Photographic Society has grown from a handful of members, meeting in a store-room in the corridors of St Augustine’s Priory in Valletta, to the present status of a National Society with its own headquarters and with a membership averaging the 250 mark.

 

When Mr Joseph Sammut, a businessman from Valletta, got together a handful of his friends and offered his store as the first “headquarters” of the Society, he never imagined that his baby would grow into the mature adult it is today.

 

Through the good services of Fr Celestine Portelli OSA, another Founder member, the first meetings were held in the Priory in Old Bakery Street, Valletta. As in all beginnings, the first meetings were held in quite difficult conditions, but in spite of all these handicaps, the Society plodded on.

 

In 1966, through the generosity of a good friend and past President of the Society,Charles A. Herbert, the Society moved to the present premises in the same street and only a few hundred meters away from the Augustine’s Priory. This was undoubtedly the turning point of the Society. Members started to join rapidly. In a short time, both amateur and professional photographers looked upon the Society as the sole means of furthering their photography. Local photographic firms and agencies, as well as individuals extended their support by presenting handsome trophies for the Society’s various competitions.

 

First News LetterThe activities of the Society are by no means restricted to local shores. Through the work of the members, the name of the Society and that of the Maltese Islands has spread to the four corners of the world.

 

MPS members are now regularly winning gold, silver and bronze medals and a variety of citations. They have received the highest distinctions from the top photographic federations in the world.

 

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Danish Photographic Federation, the Society became a full member of FIAP in 1983 and was represented in most FIAP Congresses since then. In 1986, the Society celebrated its 25th Anniversary with the first and only photographic journal to be published in Malta.

 

In 1989, a reciprocal agreement was signed in Italy between the National Italian Federation and the Malta Photographic Society. This led to a number of visits by leading Italian photographers to our Islands to form part of the various judging panels.

 

The 30th Anniversary of the Society was marked with the publication of the “Malta Photography Yearbook”.

 

MPS organizes an Annual Photographic Competition and Exhibition. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded, and international judges are regularly invited to sit on the judging panel.

 

First Press ReleaseThe Malta Photographic Society enjoys the high esteem of the Ministry of Education and works very closely with other Ministries such as the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

 

Local Councils and other locally constituted bodies and Embassies in Malta often seek the help of the Society in organizing their own photographic exhibitions.

 

Members’ works were also shown in collective exhibitions in China, Italy, Japan, Libya and Germany. In 1996 the Society held its first International Exhibition of Colour Slides which drew over one thousand entries.

 

In 2003, the Society held the 4th edition of the prestigious international Slide Exhibition and since then another two digital international competitions have been held.

 

Locally, seminars are organized, sometimes with the help of local representatives of leading photographic materials and equipment. Regular courses are also held every year covering basic and digital photography. To keep abreast with modern technology, the Society’s records have been computerized. The Society has now invested in a second computer and digital photographic equipment to enable it to present Power Point presentations by members and guest speakers.

 

In 2011, the Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary since it was set up. It published a hardbound book entitled “Celebrating Photography in Malta” to commemorate this event. This was the third publication by the Society.

 

 

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