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John Hooton visit to BPIC

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Thursday 13 December 2018 saw the return to BPIC of the renowned Irish landscape photographer, John Hooton FIPF FRPS MFIAP. John brought with him literally a car boot full of large prints. He doesn’t project his images and when you see the quality of his prints you can clearly see why. To say that the quality is outstanding seems inadequate. It’s not often that you see, on such a scale, in photographic prints, in one evening, such a range of delicacy and vibrance in colour, softness in mood and sharpness in detail, close up landscape detail and large scale vistas, and truly eye-popping three dimensionality. We knew John’s work was up there, but I think it would be fair to say he managed to exceed our expectations by quite a way.

And that was just the Landscapes! The second half of the evening featured a series of large prints from his latest work, Ireland, The Way We Were. Just fantastic! We were all in awe.

Not only did we get to see John’s prints in close up, glorious Permajet colour, but John’s description of his images and technical insights was not only educational and entertaining but also truly inspirational.

Thank you John Hooton

Member Driven Night 11 October 2018

Our 6th meeting of the new season was a member driven night aimed at sharing tips and techniques that might help all members of the club improve their photography in one way or another. The focus this week was on achieving better output in terms of image quality, and in particular colour images, whether the image would be shared as a digital image, or as a print.

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BPIC Annual Dinner & Prize-Giving 2018

On Friday 1st June 2018 the Club held its annual dinner and prize-giving at Brooklyn SQ in Belfast.  There was a great turn-out from Club members and a fantastic time was had by all!

After the food and suitable refreshments, newly-appointed Club Chairman Kevin Vernon was on hand to present the prizes.  

These included the Lesley Porter Shield, the first and very worthy winner of which was Steven Pratt, Novice Photographer of the Year.  Steven, who was clearly moved by the award, said it was an honour to be the first recipient, particularly given that he and Lesley joined the club at the same time.  He said he was extremely humbled to accept the award as the first novice to do so.

Previous Chairman Brian Maguire was presented with the Advanced Photographer of the Year trophy, for the second year running.

Margaret Goodall was presented with a framed image of the stunning image that came out top in the Novice Outings Competition.

All winners were also presented with their cash prizes and special certificates to mark their achievements.


List of Prize-winners:

POTY – Novice

First Place             Stephen Pratt – Winner of the Lesley Porter Shield
Second Place        Mark Davison
Third Place            Glen Banna 

Top Mono Print        Chris Andrews
Top Colour Print        Stephen Pratt 


POTY – Advanced

First Place               Brian Maguire – Winner of the POTY Advanced Trophy
Second Place         Matthew Canning
Third Place             Lionel Mitchell 

Top Mono Print        Lionel Mitchell
Top Colour Print        Michael Byrne 


Outings Competition top Novice image

Margaret Goodall        (Framed Print)


POTY – Round 1 PDI Competition

Top mono Novice - Glen Banna.  
Top mono Advanced - Brian Maguire. 
Top colour Novice - Steven Pratt. 
Top Colour Advanced – Rory O’Donnell. 
 

BPIC Photographer of the Year (Advanced) Results

After a ridiculously close contest I am pleased to announce the top three in BPIC’s Photographer of the Year Advanced Section for 2018. But first I need to commend our adjudicator tonight on his great insights and decision- making on such an important night. Donal has contributed significantly to BPIC’s season and we look forward to him doing so next season.

 Donal McCann FRPS - doing his thing....

Donal McCann FRPS - doing his thing....

After seven rounds of competition the owner of the Advanced title was settled by only three points. The top three demonstrated their enviable talents throughout the season and showcased some fantastic images round after round.

So without further ado I can announce that in third place is Lionel Mitchell. Lionel scored highly in rounds three and five and made a big impact on tonight’s proceedings. We look forward to Lionel‘s highly valued contributions to the club next season.

In in second place is Matthew Canning. I really do not need to say how highly rated Matthew’s work is and scoring 12 in one round says everything. Matthew’s value to the club cannot be overstated and he pushed the winner right to the last category of the last round of POTYA. Well done Matthew.

The winner of the POTYA 2018 is Brian Maguire.  Brian has sustained the quality of the competition with his stunning images. Brian’s images speak for themselves and what they say is “pay attention”. Congratulations are well deserved.

Kevin Vernon, Vice Chairman and Competition Secretary.

BPIC Photographer of The Year (Novice) 2018 - Results!

The BPIC Photographer of The Year (Novice) 2018 Final Round took place at Morton on Thursday 26 April 2018.

 

The overall BPIC Photographer of the Year (Novice) 2018 was Steven Pratt.

Second Place Mark Davison.

Third Place Glen Banna.

 

 

Well done to everyone who took part in the BPIC POTY (Novice) 2018 competition. After a closely fought campaign that took things right to the last round I am pleased to annouce that this year's BPIC POTY (Novice) is Steven Pratt. Steven produced some fine work over the year and is a worthy winner.

 Matthew Canning judging the mono entries

Matthew Canning judging the mono entries

In second place is Mark Davison. Mark mirrored Steven in quality and effort the whole way done the line.

In third place Is Glen Banna. Glen produced some beautiful images during the competition and should be proud of his achievement.

The quality of work presented by each spoke for itself with some astonishingly high scoring rounds from all three over the course of the competition.Congratulations to all three and well done to Steven.

 

A special mention to Matthew Canning who stepped up to the plate to judge tonight. His knowledge and passion was clear for all to see. Many thanks.

Well done also to Chris Andrews with his fine portrait "Deep in Thought" which took best mono print. And to Steven Pratt for his shot of "Donaghadee" which took best colour print.

A great evening and well done to all.

Gold for Matthew!

 Intensity, by Matthew Canning LIPF - PAGB Gold Medal

Intensity, by Matthew Canning LIPF - PAGB Gold Medal

A massive congratulations to BPIC member Matthew Canning LIPF for winning a Gold PAGB medal in the South Birmingham BPE Exhibition with his superb portrait 'Intensity' which was awarded the maximum 15 points by the judges.

Matthew also had acceptances for his images 'Jude' and 'Dingle Stone'.

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Jude

Matthew's winning image 'Intensity' was actually taken during a BPIC Club Studio night when Matthew was still a novice -  it has been very successful in the British Photographic Exhibitions to date and was also part of the 2016 BPIC exhibition at Belfast City Hospital.

Matthew also had acceptances for his images 'Jude' and 'Dingle Stone'.

 Dingle Stone

Dingle Stone

Intensity, Dingle Stone and Jude were accepted into the Exhibition which will take place on Saturday 12th May 2018, at Kings Heath Friends Meeting House, Colmore Road, Birmingham B14 7PE.

Celtic Challenge 2017

The Celtic Challenge is an informal grouping of 7 or 8 Celtic regions in the British Isles and Brittany which together organise the annual Celtic Challenge. There are three sections, Monochrome Prints, Colour Prints and PDIs.  The venue for the competition and responsibility for its organisation rotates around the Celtic Regions, and a judge is chosen from outside these regions.  The Celtic Challenge is won by the region which has the highest total of marks over the three sections.

Individual awards are given to the authors of the top entry in each section.  Entries for the competition are selected by NIPA from the work of individual members of its member clubs.  Club members can submit mono prints, colour prints, and open PDIs (including Nature PDIs) for selection for the 2017 Celtic Challenge. Prints should be mounted on 50cm x 40cm boards. PDIs should be in JPEG format and not more than 1600 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high.

This year a significant set of images were considered by NIPA to select the NI entry and the following images were selected:

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Well done to Brian Maguire on having two of his image sselected as part of the NIPA entry - his images are below.

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Tower Trails

 Storm Watching

Storm Watching

 

 

 

Round 1 Inter Club Competition 2017

Round 1 adjudication of the NIPA Inter Club competition was jointly hosted by CPA & BPIC at Morton Community Centre on Wednesday 25 October and saw BPIC achieving a very respectable third place position, with two images by Brian Maguire being starred.  Several other BPIC entries scored highly, with images by Matthew Canning, Stephen Pratt and Gareth O'Cathain all scoring 12 points.  Full results are here.  

And here are Brian's starred images.

 Dun Briste

Dun Briste

 One Way Traffic

One Way Traffic

More LIPF Success for BPIC

A massive congratulations to Kevin Vernon LIPF - the latest BPIC member to achieve his Licentiateship accreditation with a fantastic panel of images which he presented at the IPF Distinctions sitting at Carlow on Saturday 23rd September 2017.  Kevin's panel is below - more examples of successful BPIC panels can be seen here.

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LIPF Success for BPIC Members

A huge congratulations to Matthew Canning on achieving his LIPF accreditation at Mullingar on Saturday 13th May 2017.

Also successful at Mullingar was the panel of the late Lesley Porter, who sadly passed away the previous day.