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Busy couple of weeks coming up...


Newtownabbey and L’Derry will be the centre of the amateur photographic scene in the province over the next two weekends and will be busy times for local camera clubs within the Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA).


This incoming Friday 17th and Saturday 18th February sees the NIPA Audio Visual (AV) festival take place at the Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl,585 Doagh Road, Newtownabbey BT36 5RZ.  Guest Judge, Colin Balls, FRPS APAGB, will be tasked with finding the top AV’s in both the NIPA AV Championship and the All Ireland Competition run with entries from both NIPA and Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) club members.


This Friday evening, starting at 7.15pm will include AV shows of International standard and a show by Colin titled “ 80 degrees North – The High Arctic – scenery and wildlife around Svalbard Islands”.  This Saturday, starting at 2pm, will include the main competition judging sessions, presentation of entries followed by the awards presentations.  The festival has an exclusive Novice Section along with Special categories e.g. Best Photography or Best Northern Ireland Theme.


The following Saturday afternoon (25th February) sees Foyle Camera Club, Pilots Row Camera Club and Strabane Camera Club team up to host the fourth round of the Calumet supported NIPA inter-club competition series, where 27 member clubs compete with Monochrome prints, Colour print and Projected Digital Images (PDIs).


The adjudication of over 350 images will start at 2pm at Pilots Row Community Centre, Rossville St, L’Derry BT48 6LP and will see the panel of three eminent judges comment on a range of the images.  Adjudications, like this one, are free to attend.  Anyone with an interest in amateur photography is welcome to come and find out more about their local clubs and the camera club scene.  Information on all the NIPA member clubs, results to date, competition details and samples of the images from the different clubs and competitions are all available on the NIPA Website


Queens University of Belfast Camera Club hosted a superb round 3 adjudication recently at Riddell Hall, Stranmillis, Belfast.  After that event, Finaghy based Catchlight CC leads the inter-club championship with Christian Brothers PPU CC from Antrim Rd Belfast a close second.  Bangor and North Down CC are only two points behind in third with Central Photographic Association (CPA) fourth and Banbridge CC in fifth.  Round 4 host clubs Pilots Row and Strabane CC are jointly tied in their bid to get into the top ten overall so this Saturdays adjudication will be of big interest to the clubs in the North West of the province.


Anyone that wishes to attend the 21 & 22 May NIPA 50th year celebration lecture and workshop tickets, for the 50th anniversary dinner or a photographic practical afternoon should visit the updated NIPA website to book their tickets. 


Ahead of that, on 23rd March, the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and NIPA will exhibit a special set of ‘historic’ images selected from the 50 years of NIPA competitions.  All club members are welcome with the evening starting at 6.30pm until 8.45pm.  Full information of both events is available on the NIPA Website


In the lead up to the 50th celebrations, any club that wishes to nominate someone for a NIPA recognition award should do so to the NIPA Secretary by 23 February.

NIPA wins PAGB Inter Federation competition and launches 2016 Exhibition 


Following on from a major win at National level in late June by the Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA), ArtCetera Studio, 43B Rosemary Street, Belfast, BT1 1QB will be the focus of public attention for the launch and opening of the NIPA Annual Exhibition Thursday 7th July, featuring one hundred large size monochrome and colour prints, along with a selection of projected digital work by local camera club photographers from around the province. The exhibition was selected by International judge Gabriel O’Shaughnessy FIPF FRPS from Dundalk Camera Club.


The exhibition, which is the highlight of the NIPA annual calendar of events celebrating the best in club photography across the NIPA member camera clubs throughout Northern Ireland will run thereafter from Tuesday to Saturday each week until 27th July (except for 12th & 13th July). 


NIPA President Vittorio Silvestri recently commented “Following this year’s Camera Jungle sponsored five round inter-club series of competitions, which culminated recently in the Top Print & Projected Image competition at Christian Brothers Past Pupils Camera Club in May, this exhibition once again shows the extremely high standard of photographic skills by the camera clubs across the country”. 


“As an example, in late June NIPA picked up the top monochrome award for its excellent standard of photography in the prestigious Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) Inter-federation Championships held at Ashfield Girls School, Belfast with support by NIPA.  This result is a first for NIPA in modern times and is hugely significant for the camera club fraternity throughout Northern Ireland.” 


The exhibition award winners will be formally presented on launch night with their certificates along with trophies, medals and ribbons recognising their work.


On Saturday 9th July, at 1pm the PAGB Print Exhibition will be launched in the Mid-Antrim Museum at the Braid, Bridge Street, Ballymena featuring the work of club photographers from all 15 regional federations of the PAGB, selected from entries in the Inter-Federation Competition recently hosted by NIPA in Belfast. The exhibition will be on display at the Braid until Thursday 25th August.


Further information on all the NIPA member clubs, results to date and the images from all the competitions this year and previous years are all available on the NIPA Website  Information on the 7th-27th July exhibition will also feature on the website and on the NIPA Facebook pages.