Northern Ireland Photographic Association
The Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA) was formed in 1967 by the common consent and agreement of all the Camera Clubs and Photographic Societies in Northern Ireland at that time, and is now the Parent Organisation of all such clubs and societies, now known as the Member Societies.
The prime object of the Association, as stated in its constitution is “the advancement of photography in all its aspects”.
In seeking to fulfil this objective the Association organises Lectures, Exhibitions and Workshops, sometimes amongst the Member Societies themselves, but frequently by inviting acknowledged experts, speakers and judges. from outside the Association. Such speakers and judges usually come from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) or the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF).
Within a few days of the Association’s formation it became a member of the PAGB, which is the parent organisation for camera clubs and photographic societies throughout the UK.
For the PAGB’s purposes, the UK is divided into fifteen regions of which Northern Ireland is one. The benefit of PAGB membership to the NIPA, its clubs and the individual members of those clubs is considerable and is set out elsewhere on this website.
In turn the PAGB is a member of La Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) which is a world wide organisation to which over forty countries belong.
The Association also has a friendly and co-operative relationship with the IPF. A regular feature of this co-operation in an annual North/South Audio-Visual Competition which forms part of the Audio-Visual Festival held in February each year. Since last year (2006) the NIPA has co-operated with the IPF in the production of the Irish Photography Yearbook which features a selection of photographs from both organisations.
While all of the above is important what is equally important is the pleasant, friendly, and co-operative way in which the Association operates. All Member societies are open and friendly where anyone interested in photography can develop their photographic skills to whatever degree they wish, from learning to get the best out of quite modest equipment to striving for the highest levels of photographic art, and all in an unpressured atmosphere.
A list of the current Member Societies is available on this site together with details of who to contact if you would like to visit or join any of the clubs. If there isn’t a club near you and you along with a few fellow photographers in you area would like to form a club and need help going about it then contact the Hon.Secretary of the Association.
This is merely an introduction. Explore this site for more detailed information on the Association’s activities including the current programme, while individual photographers in the current Member Societies can keep abreast of the latest news.
Top DPI of the year - Tranquil - Tom McCarthy - Enniskillen Photographic Society
Top Colour Print of the Year - Early Catch - Michael Maguire FRPS - Banbridge Camera Club
Top Mono Print of the Year - Smoking - Rosemary Hughes - Dungannon & Cookstown CC