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Coming Up: 28th November - Beginner's Competition

The results of the last few weeks working with their mentor's are about to be revealed.

The club will see the finished images and select their favourite mono print and PDI. There will be plenty of discussion of how the mentor helped the photographer bring the best out of their image.

Which beginner will be victorious and more importantly, which mentor will reign supreme?  Barry Lau ARPS or Dermott Sweeney LIPF?

Fantastic achievement by BPIC Vice-Chairman

BPIC Vice-Chairman Barry Lau ARPS has had not one but TWO of his images selected for the highly prestigious Royal Photographic Society PortfolioTHREE book.   This is a superb achievement - congratulations Barry!

(please click on the images to see them in their full glory) 

PORTFOLIOTHREE is The Royal Photographic Society’s triennial publication showcasing the best of photography and imaging science associated with The Society over the past three years.

You can read more about PortfolioTHREE here.  

12/13 Season Review

As the 12/13 season draws to a close it's a great opportunity to thank everyone for making it a great season and to look back over the highlights from the last 12 months.

June 2012

July 2012

August 2012

  • Stephen Wilson had an image selected as the runner-up in the BBC Countryfile Photo Competition
  • BPIC hung an exhibition at Belfast City Hospital

September 2012

  • Brian Bennett received an EAPU Panel Award at the East Antrim Open
  • Brian Bennett's mono print "Christine" was selected for inclusion in the NIPA entry in the Celtic Challenge 2012
  • Karen McCrea, Melissa Gordon, Martin Lamb and Brian Bennett each had images selected for the Celtic Challenge
  • Roger Eager's image came second in the Shorts Camera Club - My Titanic Belfast Competition

October 2012

November 2012

December 2012

January 2013

  • Vivienne Beck placed first in the PDI section of the Roy Finlay Memorial Natural History Competition
  • Club Trip: Donegal
  • Guest Speaker: Roy McKeown FRPS
  • Guest Speaker: Glenn Norwood
  • In the NIPA Novice Competition Gareth O'Cathain placed 1st in the Mono print section with "The Blacksmith", placed 2nd in the Colour print section with "Helen's Wool" and received a Commended for his PDI "Zimbabwe Danger".

    Mel Boyle received a commended for his Mono Print "Indian Labourers".

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

May 2013

End Of Season Dinner

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Last night was the end of season dinner, there was good company, pizza and beer aplenty.  There were even a few prizes given out!

Photographer Of The Year 12/13 - Advanced Category Winner

BPIC's Photographer of the Year competition was held over three rounds, 2 PDI and 1 print.

Congratulations go to Dermott Sweeney  LIPF who is the 12/13 advanced category winner and to Barry Lau  ARPS who came runner up.

Here are Dermott's entries from the three rounds.

The Day After The Night Before

Hi Everyone.

Just to confirm that, following the AGM on Thursday evening, the Club Officers for the remainder of this season and for the 2013/2014 season, are as follows:

  • Chairman: Brian Maguire
  • Vice-Chairman: Barry Lau
  • Secretary: Helen Weir
  • Treasurer: Matt Jeanes
  • NIPA Rep: Mark Overell

Other Committee Members: Gerald Gribbon, Russell Birch, Paul McGivern

Barry will also be taking on the role of Beginners Liaison officer. Donal McCann, whilst he has stepped down from the Committee, has indicated he is willing to continue to act as mentor for those members seeking accreditation. Michael Byrne has taken on the role of Club Outings Organiser and Gareth O'Cathain has agreed to assist Mark in the NIPA Rep role.

Thanks to all those who attended the AGM and engaged in the lively discussion. Minutes of the AGM and Chairman's report from Barry are attached.

Details of how to renew membership online will soon be circulated - I would encourage all members who intend to rejoin to do so as soon as possible, as this will greatly assist us in planning for the new season.

Finally, a special word of thanks to Barry for his exceptional performance as Chairman over the past year, and for agreeing to stay on as vice-chairman this year, despite the imminent new addition to the Lau family!

I'm looking forward to another great year ahead for BPIC.

Regards

Brian
Club Chairman

BPIC Photographer of the Year - Round 1

Hi All,

First of, well done to everyone who submitted images into the round. As last night demonstrated, the standard was extremely high throughout both categories with a wide range of photographer interpretations displayed.

Novice

1st - Vivienne Beck - Seagulls

Vivienne Beck - Seagulls

2nd - Roger Eager - Beacon

Roger Eager - Beacon

3rd - Brian Maguire - Binnian

Brian Maguire - Binnian

Advanced

1st - Barry Lau - In Time

Barry Lau - In Time

2nd - Dermott Sweeney - The Shower

Dermott Sweeney - The Shower

3rd - Brian Bennett - Seagull

Brian Bennett - Seagull

Once again, well done to everyone who contributed. It's still very much anyones game with two rounds to go!

Please take some time to view the full novice and full advanced submission galleries.

NB - There will be NO official club meet next week due to being Easter. The club will resume 11th April 2013.

Have a Happy Easter.

Thanks,

Barry Lau

Chairman

Young Artist of the Year

Fantastic news!

Our very own Chairman Barry Lau has reached the final of the Ballymena Rotary Club Young Artist of the Year 2013!

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He will be attending a very posh award ceremony this week in The Braid. I hear there is champagne at it (very posh for Ballymena lol)

I am sure you will join me in saying congratulations on getting so far in the competition and wishing him all the best for the awards, we are all behind you!

Good luck Barry xx

NIPA Annual Exhibition 2013

Hi All,

I am absolutely delighted to say that BPIC has yet again done amazingly in the NIPA Exhibition! We have managed to get a massive 14 images accepted in both the print and PDI sections, which is fantastic considering only 75 can go forward for the whole of Northern Ireland.

Acceptances from the following members:

  • Alan Lavery x 3
  • Brian Bennett ARPS x 2
  • Mel Boyle x 2
  • Barry Lau ARPS
  • Stephen Wilson
  • Gerald Gribbon
  • Russell Birch
  • Matthew Jeanes
  • Suzi McBride
  • Nolan Duffy

Award Winning members:

  • PAGB Silver Medal - Forgotten Ballerina - Nolan Duffy
  • PAGB Bronze Medal - Sikh Cycles - Mel Boyle
  • PAGB Ribbon - Alone - Alan Lavery
  • PAGB Ribbon - Doagh Island - Alan Lavery

Congratulations to everyone that got an image selected and to those who managed to gain an award. All of the images will be on display at the Belfast Waterfront from Wednesday 13th March.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed into the exhibition.

Thanks,

Barry Lau

Chairman

Nolan Duffy - The Forgotten Ballerina

PAGB Silver Medal - Nolan Duffy - The Forgotten Ballerina

Mel Boyle - Sikh Cycles

PAGB Bronze Medal - Mel Boyle - Sikh Cycles