Congratulations Matt Jeanes - Sony World Photography Awards

A massive congratulations to Matt Jeanes who was successful with one of his images in this year's "Sony World Photography Awards".  Matt's photo was commended in the top 50 images in the Architecture Category in the Open Competition.

This is an incredible achievement given that 139,554 images entered from 166 countries!

"In addition, thirty three images by British photographers were Commended across the ten Open categories."

See below Matt's entries.  Commended image will be announced next week! 


Collective Spectacle Curated by Northern Ireland Photographic Association

"This group show of selected works offers a variety of interpretations of visual spectacle by a range of Northern Ireland based photographers."

This exhibition comprises of 33 prints and 8 triptychs.

Of the 33 prints a staggering 11 of them are from BPIC members;

  • Brian Bennett - Flowers
  • Helen Weir - Suncatcher
  • Mark Winning - Chasing Pigeons
  • Mark Winning - The Cranes Belfast
  • Mark Winning - The Peace Camp Downhill
  • Mark Winning - Titanic Quarter Belfast
  • Matthew Jeanes - Rough Skin
  • Matthew Jeanes - The Rise
  • Ryan Wilson - Cotopaxi Dawn
  • Stephen Wilson - A Dark Tree
  • Suzi McBride - Ghost Train

Congratulations everyone!

Please take a minute to stop by The Belfast Waterfront and view this exhibition, it is on display until the 29th June. 

This exhibition is part of the 2013 Belfast Photo Festival

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

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

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)