Ballycastle photgraphers gear up for spring

Local camera clubs throughout the province are gearing up for spring already and on Friday 24 February the different clubs will converge at the Belfast Photo Imaging Club (BPIC) for the fourth round of the Minter-club championships.

This year has seen very strong entries to date in the five round series and with the final round being for images with a Shadows theme then there will be plenty of opportunity for artistic expression to come out in early March.

Artistic expression was abound recently too when novice photographers showed off their potential in the Northern Ireland Photographic Association’s Novice competition and also when photographers from throughout the province put forward their best work for the NIPA exhibition at the Waterfront Hall.

Donaghadee’s Danny McCaughan, the NIPA president, commented after the recent NIPA council meeting: “This is another great season and it was very encouraging to see such a large entry in the Calumet supported Novice competition. Congratulations to Brendan Hines from Christian Brothers, Stephen Wilson from BPIC and Jay Palisco from City of Belfast club for their winning entries and also to all that came close or were highly recommended.

“For sure, some of the advanced workers will have some very strong competition in the future and that will all help keep the standard of work high, as has been demonstrated at the very high standard exhibition which also runs at the Waterfront hall until the 24th February.

“A large number of entries have been submitted from all over the province with eighteen images also receiving PAGB awards.

“The representatives from each club that make up NIPA have recognised a need also to give intermediate photographers a special focus and at our recent NIPA council meeting it was agreed that next season will see the introduction of a special intermediates competition. At that same meeting there was also plenty of debate on the format for next year but recognising the strong desire for clubs to have a challenge throughout the year the multi-round series will continue.”

Anyone with an interest in finding out about local camera clubs can obtain their details at the NIPA web site www.niphoto.co.uk as well as see how the local clubs are faring out in this year’s inter-club series.