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

Coming Up: 29th Nov - Double Header

Hi All,

Coming up this week, we have two presentations from our very own members: "Shooting Kids" with Karen McCrea, followed by Donal McCann FRPS, "From Flickr to Fellow".

As members already know, Karen McCrea is a wedding/portrait photographer who has a special flair for children's photography.

Donal McCann has set himself up as one of Northern Ireland's greatest architectural photographers in a relatively short space of time.

It is much appreciated that both Karen and Donal are giving up their time and passing on their expertise to other club members, I for one am really looking forward to it.


Barry Lau

NIPA - 12/13 - Round 1

On Thursday the 25th October the round 1 judging night took place at Christian Brothers, here's how we fared.


  • Karen McCrea - Woodland - 11
  • Mark Davison - Mouse - 10
  • Brian Bennett - Field Ready - 10
  • Vivienne Beck - Piggy Back Ride - 9


  • Brian Bennett - Friends - 12
  • Karen McCrea - Freckles - 8
  • Alan Lavery - Milan - 8
  • Brian Maguire - Wondering - 10


  • Brian Bennett - Sunflowers - 10
  • Stephen Wilson - Lone Tree Sunset - 13 (Starred Image)
  • David Donnelly - Down The Duff - 11
  • Brian Maguire - Havana Dude - 14 (Starred Image - Top Colour Print)

After round one BPIC is sitting in 4th place with a score of 99 points, congratulations everyone!

Following is the top scoring image from each category, and here is the full round 1 submission.

Karen McCrea - Woodland

Karen McCrea - Woodland

Brian Bennett - Friends

Brian Bennett - Friends

Brian Maguire - Havana Dude - Starred Image - Top Colour Print

Brian Maguire - Havana Dude - Starred Image - Top Colour Print

13th Sep - Basics & Distinctions

Last night was the first proper session of the this season and we kicked things off with a packed session.


Karen McCrea gave a great presentation on the basics of photography.  For those that are still struggling with the juggling act you might find this cheatsheet useful, it's a handy resource for your camera bag and was found here.


Donal McCann  FRPS then gave a fascinating talk on distinction panels, specifically RPS and IPF distinctions.  We were treated to a selection of club members who displayed and discussed their distinction panels;

  • L Panels: Helen Weir   LRPS & Melissa Gordon  LIPF
  • A Panel: Brian Bennett  ARPS
Brian Bennett discussing his A panel

Brian Bennett discussing his A panel

Brain's ARPS Panel

Brain's ARPS Panel

Next up Jim Moreland   FRPS FBIPP talked about the RPS and Fellowship panels.

Finally Ross McKelvey  ARPS DPAGB BPE2 discussed PAGB and FIAP distinction routes.


Here is a handout detailing RPS assessment dates throughout 2012/2013.  


The Committee would like to extend its thanks to everyone that helped to setup and clear away the room.  As you can see, with such a large turnout that help is invaluable in ensuring that we kick off and finish in good time.  There'll be plenty to do throughout the year and we'd ask that people pitch in as and when they can.  Thank you.

Coming Up: 13th Sep - Basics & Distinctions

Coming up on this Thursday's session we have a fantastic double header for our club members.

Beginners Liaison Officer, Karen McCrea will be covering the basics of photography.

Distinctions Officer, Donal McCann (and very special guests) will be providing information on the different routes for distinctions a photographer can explore.

It's going to be a packed night, but bring your cameras as we might get a chance to play with them.

BPIC Photographer of the Year - Round 3

Tonight saw the judging of the 3rd round of the BPIC Photographer of the Year competition.  The subject of this round was Narrative Photography and was a print only round.

There was a fantastic selection of prints submitted making the job of our guest judge Stanley that much harder.

In the Novice category Roger Eager placed first with a maximum 20/20, followed closely by Brian Maguire who scored 19.

In the Advanced category first place was taken by Ross McKelvey with 19/20 and second place want to Karen McCrea with 17.

It was a great show from the club Novice category, with both members scoring higher than their Adcanced counterparts :)

Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Roger Eager


Brian Maguire

Brian Maguire

Ross McKelvey

Ross McKelvey

More images from this round can be viewed here.

BPIC Photographer of the Year - Round 1

Thursday 29th March was Round 1 of the BPIC Photographer of the Year Competition. Entries were submitted as PDI's and the Judge was Peter Knott from Ards and City of Belfast Clubs. The theme for Round 1 was 'Evening Colours.'

The standard was high, and 2 people scored the maximum 20 points - Laure Leman and Karen McCrea, with Laure taking the main prize!

Laure Leman

Laure Leman

Karen McCrea

Karen McCrea

Here's a selection of other entries: