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?

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

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.

BPIC Photographer of the Year - Round 2

Last night saw the judging for round 2 of BPIC POTY, the theme for this round was "Still Life at Home" as chosen by last year's round 2 winner Donal McCann.

This was a print only round.

The winner of the novice section was Roger Eager.

Roger Eager

And the winner of the advanced section was Dermott Sweeney.

Dermott Sweeney

You can see the novice winners here and the advanced winners here.

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.


1st - Vivienne Beck - Seagulls

Vivienne Beck - Seagulls

2nd - Roger Eager - Beacon

Roger Eager - Beacon

3rd - Brian Maguire - Binnian

Brian Maguire - Binnian


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.


Barry Lau


Architectural Competition Results

This month we held an internal competition just for fun.

Members were able to submit one colour print, one mono print and one PDI under the category of architecture.

All members who attended the judging night were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite as well as give feedback on the submitted images.

Here are the full results along with the top image from each category.

Colour Print

  1. Donal McCann
  2. Stephen Wilson
  3. Saravanan Appukuttan
Donal McCann  FRPS

Donal McCann

Mono Print

  1. Russell Birch
  2. Donal McCann
  3. Gareth O'Cathain
Russell BIrch  CPAGB

Russell Birch


  1. Brian Maguire
  2. Stephen Wilson
  3. Dermott Sweeney
Brian Maguire

Brian Maguire

The full gallery of winning images is here.

Congratulations everyone!

NIPA - 12/13 - Round 3

On Friday the 1st February the round 3 judging night took place at BPIC, here's how we fared.


  • Gareth O'Cathain - Passing Through - 9
  • Stephen Wilson - Looking Up - 9
  • Julie McGovern - Triangles - 7.5
  • Dermott Sweeney - Light Triangle - 7


  • Matthew Jeanes - Rough Skin - 10.5 (Starred Image)
  • Stephen Wilson - Windows - 9
  • Gerald Gribbon - Doomsday - 9
  • Mark Davison - Triangles - 9


  • Russell Birch - Sunshade - 10.5
  • Brian Bennett - Titanic Triangles - 10.5
  • Gareth O'Cathain - Head For Heights - 9
  • Gerald Gribbon - Titanic Triangles At Sunset - 7.5

After round three BPIC is sitting in 4th place with a score of 277 points, congratulations everyone!

Following is the top scoring image from each category, and here is the full round 3 submission.

Gareth O'Cathain - Passing Through

Gareth O'Cathain - Passing Through

Matthew Jeanes - Rough Skin

Matthew Jeanes - Rough Skin

Russell Birch - Sunshade

Russell Birch - Sunshade

Success at Athlone

Fantastic results from Martin Courtney AIPF, Melissa Gordon LIPF, Jaime Valente LIPF and Dermott Sweeney LIPF, registered under Imagemakers who were successful on Saturday 19th May 2012 at Athlone. Commiserations to David Donnelly, Ryan Wilson and David Reid at their attempt of the LIPF and also to Ross McKelvey who bravely attempted the FIPF.

Well done to everyone for their hard work and efforts. Images of the panels are due to appear over the next few days.

Jaime Valente Panel


Dermott Sweeney Panel