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

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.


Club Chairman

Coming Up: 21st Mar - Double Header

Hi All,

Coming up this week, we have two very different presentations from BPIC's Gerald Gribbon and former member Paul Hanley.

Gerald will take us through his workflow, detailing how he processes his images to achieve his very distinctive style. If any member would like Gerald to process one of their images on the night, please send this onto him or myself prior to Thursday evening.

Paul will give a presentation on Infrared photography. He will chat about how this style of photography is captured, the equipment used and the various subject interests that work best.

I look forward to seeing everyone there.



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.


Barry Lau


Nolan Duffy - The Forgotten Ballerina

PAGB Silver Medal - Nolan Duffy - The Forgotten Ballerina

Mel Boyle - Sikh Cycles

PAGB Bronze Medal - Mel Boyle - Sikh Cycles

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

Last Night: Critique Night

We kicked off last night's session by reviewing the PDI submission for NIPA round 1, members can find full results and judges comments here.

We then spent the rest of the evening in an informal critique of member's work, many thanks to Terry McCreesh and Gerald Gribbon for leading the proceedings with their insightful and constructive comments.  

We also encouraged feedback from the audience and were delighted with the amount of participation from a largely novice audience, as well as keen insights from the more experienced members.

We also introduced this season's membership card, please see Helen to receive yours.  A special shout out goes to Gerald Gribbon for the design and Brian Maguire for arranging the printing.

Ulster American Folk Park


Barry, Martin, Aysha, Gareth, Gerald, Steve, Debbie, Dean, Brian & Matt

Today a small, but perfectly well formed, band of intrepid BPIC'ers traveled up hill and down dale all the way to the Ulster American Folk Park. Their goal was to have some fun and take some decent pictures. Here are some of those pictures:

The full gallery can be viewed here.

Thanks to everyone who attended and made it a great day out.

Shadows Interpretation

BPIC won the Top Club Title with a strong performance in the Final 'Shadows' themed Round of the NIPA Inter-club competition. The members put a lot of effort into producing creative pictures with shadows as the main theme - the brief given to members was to produce pictures where a neutral person would say 'that picture is all about shadows' - rather than producing a picture that simply had a shadow in it. The distinction is crucial to success in a themed Round!

The following are some of the images which members produced, some of which were selected as part of the Club entry, and some of which were not selected - but the Club Committee would like to extend its thanks to members for putting so much effort and imagination into the Shadows Competition.

Ross McKelvey


Helen Weir

Helen Weir

Terry McCreesh

Terry McCreesh

Gerald Gribbon (Selected)

Gerald Gribbon (Selected)

Tommy Dickson

Tommy Dickson

Ross McKelvey

Ross McKelvey

John Lawell

John Lawell

Paul Jepps

Paul Jepps

Matt Jeanes (Selected)

Matt Jeanes (Selected)

Ross McKelvey (Selected)

Ross McKelvey (Selected)