Local snappers impress at awards event

Eileen McCauseland showing off one of the Novice competition images
Eileen McCauseland showing off one of the Novice competition images

THE new year is shaping up to be a busy one for local camera clubs but novice photographers, including representatives of the Cookstown and Dungannon branch, led the way at a packed event hosted by Bangor & North Down Camera Club when the Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA) Novice competition was held.

Three photographers in particular were in real winning form thoughout, while Dungannon and Cookstown Camera Club’s Stephen Donnelly took a commended in the colour prints category.

Dungannon’s Eileen McCauseland, Bangor’s Ray Magill, the NIPA president and chief judge, along with Lisburn’s John Belshaw, all praised the terrific work that went into the top six in each category but also gave appreciated constructive feedback on the remainder of the 200 images that were submitted in total.

Ray in particular remarked on the high standard this year which is consistent with results coming through in the NIPA inter-club competition championship.

Just prior to the event, at the NIPA council meeting of all the member clubs, the pace of the new year was recognised with the closing date of the special web based competition for NIPA affiliated club members being extended until 31st January.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Picturk Ltd, there will be prizes in three categories, and a trophy for the overall winner.

A panel of three highly qualified judges (all at FRPS level) has been appointed for this open competition with more information available from NIPA club reps or online at www.picturk.com

Club members were also reminded to submit their 2013 NIPA exhibition images and their next NIPA competition ‘Open’ category images to their club representatives as soon as possible as the closing date is in early February.

The five round competition scene is hotting up also and at the meeting clubs were reminded to ensure that entries are in on time.

The 1st February showing of the ‘Triangles’ competition at Belfast Photo Imaging Club (BPIC) will be of extra interest to all as it is the first subject round of the season and should see some very interesting interpretations of the theme.

February also sees the NIPA Audio Visual Group host the 2013 AV festival at Newtownabbey so it will be a busy few weeks for local club workers to get all work submitted in time.

Full details of the entry rules for the AV festival are also available on the NIPA web site www.niphoto.co.uk

The APM weekend received high praise from Peter Cheetham, the PAGB President.

Peter will be back in the province to select entries for the NIPA exhibition to be held in the Waterfront in March, and will give a special lecture on 23rd February at Shorts Camera Club near Holywood.

This evening, free to NIPA club members, will also be a highlight of the year and clubs are asked to remind members to come along to what promises to be a great evening.

Peter will bring some one hundred prints with him and along with his wife Carol will present their acclaimed ‘Two Together’ series which will be illustrated with prints and digitally projected images.

Anyone that has just got a new camera for Christmas and wants to find out how to get best use from it will be welcomed by any of the NIPA registered clubs throughout the province.

More details of forthcoming NIPA events, and details of camera clubs throughout the province, can be obtained from www.niphoto.co.uk