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

Photographer Of The Year - Round 3 Results

Last night saw the 3rd and final round of BPIC's Photographer of the Year 12/13 competition.

The theme for this round was Panoramic Landscapes and was chosen by last year's round 3 winner Roger Eager.

In the novice category 1st place went to Roger Eager;

01 - RogerEager__Oxford Island_novice.jpg

And 1st place in the overall category was awarded to Stephen Wilson;

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Congratulations to Roger and Stephen!

Advanced Category Submissions

Novice Category Submissions

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

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

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

John Craven Loves Stephen Wilson!

Dark Tree

Dark Tree

Congratulations to BPIC member Stephen Wilson!

We've just heard that Stephen's fantastic image Dark Tree was selected as runner-up in the BBC Countryfile Photo Competition out of a staggering 50,000 entrants.  His image will be used in the 2013 Countryfile calendar.

Our sources on the inside also report that this image was one of John Craven's favourites.

Congratulations Stephen!