Exhibition Launch IWPOY 2006

The launch of the first ever IWPOY Exhibition took place at the Quay Arts Centre on Wednesday 14th February 2007. Over 80 guests and visitors were treated to an impressive ‘wall of images’ in the cafe gallery. The drinks reception started at 6 p.m. and the organisers were pleased to note that people had been queueing to view the exhibition.

Everyone commented on the quality and diversity of the 50 images on display from local Island photographers. A special thank you is due to Charles Chapman, Patron of the Arts and Chairman of the Isle of Wight County Council for once again supporting the IWPOY.


Charles Chapman pictured with winner Kevin Mitchell. 

IWPOY 2006 Exhibition Launch

The 2007 IWPOY was launched at the exhibition reception and once again will afford Isle of Wight resident photographers, both amateur and professional, the opportunity to enter for this prestigious award.

Due to increased interest from sponsors and Island businesses this year’s competition is themed as ‘lifestyles’ and all images must reflect the Island’s people, places, events, leisure, work or any other activities.

Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year 2007 Judging Panel

Mick Smith – Director Quay Arts CentreIWPOY Judge 2007

Mick has most recently been involved in a SEEDA funded scheme run by Southampton City Council and Southampton University, supporting the setting up of 30 creative businesses, and was the driving force behind the Emerging Arts Talent (EAT) festival in the city.

Previously Mick has enjoyed International recognition as a pianist and songwriter and has also spent several years as the Director of a National charity.

Among his plans for the centre are a programme of outreach activities that will take Quay Arts into the community with artist led workshops and activities.  “Quay Arts is a great place with a good reputation but I can see ways that I could take that forward to serve a wider section of the community”. Mick aims to develop Quay Arts’ relationships with Island artists and to promote their activities by working collaboratively with Mainland organisations.


 Jennifer Burton – Chief Photographer Isle of Wight County Press

IWPOY 2007 Judge

  • Taken on as trainee photographer at the tender age of 18

  • After completing NCJT training, was promoted to deputy chief photographer

  • Took sabbatical leave from CP and went travelling around Australia and Thailand, which gave me the chance to experience travel photography

  • Left the Isle of Wight and moved to Swindon to work as a senior photographer at the daily newpaper at the Swindon Advertiser

  • Was offered the chief photographer postition at the County Press due to former chiefs retirement

  • Started as chief photographer in October 2006 at the age of 25 with a team of four staff photographers – and I am still learning!


    I have a major interest in press and travel photography, and would love to develop skills in wildlife photography. Working for a newspaper I work digitally using a Nikon D200, but when travelling I stick with my faithful Canon T90 which was the camera I learnt my trade as a trainee. My best jobs for the County Press have been the Trafalgar 200 celebrations and the Isle of Wight Music Festivals.


David L White – Professional Photographer

IWPOY 2007 Judge

David is a well known and established professional photographer living and working on the island. During his busy and extensive imaging career he has worked on assignments for all of the top u.k. newspapers and glossy magazines, as well as many leading world wide publications.

David has photographed many well known people including members of the Royal Family such as Prince Charles, the late Princess Diana, Prince Phillip, the Queen Mother, Prince Edward, and on many occasions the late Lord Louis Mountbatten. Top show business personalities, politicians and photographers such as Bailey, Litchfield, and many more have been captured through his lens.

During his many years as a professional he has diversified in the imaging profession to include in his activities photographic seminars presentations, and video filming. Travel photography has also featured within his career having visited many exotic and remote regions especially within South America recording the dramatic scenery and beauty there.

David is a member of the governing board of the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust at Dimbola Lodge and has along with fellow board members helped over the years guide it to its present success. He is also one of board members involved with exhibition selections as well as “THE TRUSTS OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER” with the arts label of “photographer in residence”.

We are very pleased to welcome our new panel of judges for the 2007 IWPOY awards. We know from experience that their task will be a difficult one, but we also know that their combined talents, skills and qualifications are more than adequate for the task

2006 IWPOY Awards Evening

 2006 IWPOY awards

The first ever IWPOY awards presentation evening took place at the Riverside Centre on Saturday 2nd December 2006 to a packed house of Island photographers and distinguished guests. After a brief introduction by the IWDIG, who hosted the event, there was an illustrated presentation by Brian Hinton M.B.E. and professional photographer David White.

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Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year 2006 Judging Panel

Peter Bargh IWPOY Judge 2006

As well as being the editor of ePHOTOzine, the UK’s leading online photography magazine, Peter Bargh is also a published author with several digital photography books under his belt including Teach Yourself Digital Photography and the Guide to Great Photography.Prior to this he launched and edited one of the world’s first digital photography technique magazines way back in 1997. Peter has been an enthusiast/semi professional photographer for over 25 years and has tried almost all genres. He has judged many competitions and is currently responsible for ePHOTOzine exclusive Editor’s Choice award where he selects the best pictures from over 4000 uploads per week: www.ephotozine.com



David Betts

IWPOY 2006 Judge

David has been involved in photography for the past 30 years, in the early years he was a member of the local photographic society and his work was mainly creative black and white images on various subjects.Gradually David realised his main direction was in creatively photographing the female form, and over a period of about 10 years his work was published in various photographic magazines and culminated in the publication of his book Island Maidens. In the late 90s he produced 4 calendars under the title of Wight Beauty, showing the female form in the local landscape of his birthplace, the Isle of Wight. David is currently involved in wedding photography but has a couple of new projects in the planning stage. David may be found at: www.davidpaulbetts.com



Jack Whitemore APAG CPAG

For many years Jack Whitemore has been involved in photography with both film and more recently digital. He has had close links with the Southern Photographic Federation (SPF) being their president at one time.He has worked as an ‘A’ list judge for the SPF but is now retired. He has gained a great wealth of photographic knowledge over the years and still gives lectures from time to time. He is a regular entrant in exhibitions and has now gone 100% digital. www.viewfinderscameraclub.org.uk


The IWPOY team would like to take this opportunity to thank the judging panel for agreeing to take part in this the first ever Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year competition. Thank you for your judging skills and taking part.