Isle of Wight Young Photographer of the Year Announced

Young Photographer of the Year

The 2010 IWPOY competition’s themes, rules and details are due to be announced shortly and the organisers are very excited about the format for this the 5th IWPOY. New for the 2010 competition: The Isle of Wight Young Photographer of the Year category will run alongside the main Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year competition, bridging the gap and encouraging up-and-coming photographers aged 16 yrs and under to enter and demonstrate their photographic skills. Over the last year we have received a great deal of interest from schools and young person’s organisations and so we thought it approriate to introduce this new category for 2010.
The IWPOY is the Island’s biggest photography competition and as always free to enter. Its organisers already have a wealth of experience in running photography competitions as they have been doing so since 2005.  The first being a national competition, closely followed by an international competition and then eventually settling at home with the Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year launching in 2006.
The competition is sponsored as always by the Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group with help in kind from the main organising body. You can find out more about the IWDIG here. The IWPOY is pleased to work in association with our regular sponsors including; Island Photo Centre, Isle of Wight Quay Arts, Dimbola Lodge Photographic Museum and Island Pulse Media – You can find out more about the sponsors by following the links in the right-hand column of this main page.
We will be announcing further new and exciting changes to the 2010 IWPOY soon so keep checking back, let’s make 2010 special and of course we are really looking forward to seeing your images once the IWPOY 2010 is underway.

The 2010 IWPOY competition’s themes, rules and details are due to be announced shortly and the organisers are very excited about the format for this the 5th IWPOY. New for the 2010 competition: The Isle of Wight Young Photographer of the Year category will run alongside the main Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year competition, bridging the gap and encouraging up-and-coming photographers aged 16 yrs and under to enter and demonstrate their photographic skills.

Over the last year we have received a great deal of interest from schools and young person’s organisations and so we thought it approriate to introduce this new category for 2010.

The IWPOY is the Island’s biggest photography competition and as always free to enter. Its organisers already have a wealth of experience in running photography competitions as they have been doing so since 2005.  The first being a national competition, closely followed by an international competition and then eventually settling at home with the Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year launching in 2006.

The competition is sponsored as always by the Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group with help in kind from the main organising body. You can find out more about the IWDIG here. The IWPOY is pleased to work in association with our regular sponsors including; Essential Signs & Print, Island Photo Centre, Isle of Wight Quay Arts, Dimbola Lodge Photographic Museum and Island Pulse Media – You can find out more about the sponsors by following the links in the right-hand column of this main page.

We will be announcing further new and exciting changes to the 2010 IWPOY soon so keep checking back, let’s make 2010 special and of course we are really looking forward to seeing your images once the IWPOY 2010 is underway.

Above image copyright Mike Cooper – All Rights Reserved

Awards Were Buzzing For IWPOY 2009

The Anthony Minghella Theatre at the Quay Arts was buzzing in anticipation on Saturday 21st November, with over 120 people awaiting the news of who was going to be the winner of the Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year 2009.

Isle of Wight Photographer Awards 2009

The winning photographer of the annual competition was David Vennings of Wellow, with ‘Hey Good Looking’ Second place went to Ian Scovell with ‘Solitude in a small world’ and third place was secured by Jason Swain with ‘Rise Above Plastics – it all ends up somewhere’.

The organisers said it ‘was the biggest crowd in the history of the IWPOY  and as always it was refreshing to see so many new faces and more reasons this year to celebrate photographers if not photography on the Island.’ 

Bob Aylott for the Judges said; he ‘was so impressed with the standard and the diversity of images that it had made him rethink his own photography and encouraged him to go out and take more photographs.’ 

Earlier in the year the IWPOY was enlisted by the Islands Biodiversity group Wild on Wight  in providing an opportunity to budding nature and Wildlife photographers to Go wild on Wight in  ‘It’s a very small world’ category.  These awards were presented by Tina Whitmore of Wild on Wight and Ian Boyd of Island Trust 2000.

Go Wild On Wight Winners 2009

The winner of the title was Gay Farmer with an exquisite study in her image of a ‘Dragonfly’ this was closely followed by Stuart Shore with ‘Red Squirrel’ and Paul Blackley with ‘Male Barn Owl’.

IWPOY Awards Photojournal 2009

Other awards presented on the evening, included the winners of the recent ‘Church at the Heart of the Island’ Newport Minster Photo Competition.

The overall winner being Nick Kidd with ‘Evensong’, 2nd place Roger East ‘Another Fine Day In Newport’ and 3rd place to Vanessa Harris with ‘In The Distance’.

The annual Julia Margaret Cameron Award was won by photographer and Manager of the Island Photo Centre in Newport Chris Barton.  The silver trophy was presented to a very surprised Chris by last year’s recipient Eric Mitchell. Whilst this award is not necessarily for the best photographer it is awarded for services to the photographic community.

Main Judges for the IWPOY 2009; Bob Aylott, Larry Ellis and Bob (Robert) Barclay who attended and stepped in to award various winners with their prizes and winning certificates.

In presenting the shortlist certificates, Bob Aylott gave a special mention to the youngest lady photographer 14yr old Roxanne for ‘ Crazy Daisy’ and presented the main IWPOY winner David Vennings with a copy of the hottest photography book on the island (possibly worldwide) ‘The Isle of Wight Festival 1970: Six Days That Rocked The World’ *

All in all the event went without any major hitch and was a very successful evening, with Bob Aylott giving closing credit to Amanda Johnson and Gary Early for making this annual photographic event possible for so many people on the Island.

All of the fifty shortlisted entries from the main IWPOY category and Go Wild on Wight winners will be exhibited in the Quay Arts and at other venues in 2010.  This will further enable more people to recognise the quality and the skills of our Island photographers.

A special vote of thanks comes from IWPOY organisers Amanda and Gary to the IWPOY technical team of the evening; Lorraine Skipper, Sandra Trigg, Lucy Johnson, Colin Trigg and John Graney.

“We are already making plans for next year and have much more news in the pipeline; keep checking the IWPOY website for further details www.iwpoy.org

Special thanks to: Island Pulse for their continued support: www.islandpulse.co.uk  and Essential Signs & Prints for their continued support and exceptional quality canvas prize prints www.espiw.co.uk 

IWPOY Welcomes Larry Ellis as Judge for 2009

larryellispressA warm welcome to former press and celebrity photographer Larry Ellis as a judge for this year’s IWPOY.

Press Photographer Larry Ellis was born in East London in 1931. Like many who were eager to join  the rank and file of Fleet Street, he started at the bottom – as a messenger boy for Central Press Photos – before quickly progressing to darkrooms and  assignment work.

In 1951 he joined the Press Association and was taken on by the  Daily Express, soon working his way up to be their official Show Business Photographer.  In fact Larry performed a dual role he’d shoot celebrities for the Daily Express during the week and would switch to sports coverage over the weekend  for the Sunday Express – predominantly football, rugby, golf and cricket.

Larry, now retired lives on the Isle of Wight and can still talk the hind legs off of a donkey.   In fairness to the Donkey Sanctuary we will keep that location under wraps – his favourite phrase is “to cut a long story short…”  but he never does! Continue reading

Only a few days left to register & enter IWPOY 2009

This is the final call for Isle of Wight photographers to register and enter this year’s IWPOY 2009. Local photographers have less than one week left to capture their winning image for this competition.

For those budding or accomplished photographers that are wondering whether to have a go, there’s still just enough time to register and enter.  Those that have already registered don’t leave it much longer to get your photographs in! This year’s IWPOY competition closes on 18th October 11.59 p.m. Continue reading

IWPOY Welcomes Bob Aylott as Judge for 2009

Bob Aylott

The IWPOY is very pleased to Welcome former Fleet Street photographer and freelance writer Bob Aylott as the second judge for this year’s competition.
At 15 Bob started his career in journalism by becoming tea boy at ‘The Sport & General Press Agency’. He later moved into the darkroom at ‘Fox Photos’ and  became a photographer in 1967 with ‘The Keystone Press Agency’. In 1968 he was named British News Photographer of the Year; he joined the Daily Sketch and the Daily Mail in 1969 and then went on to The National Enquirer based in Los Angeles.
He returned to London in 1987 to join Express newspapers and The Daily Star. As an award winning photographer he covered assignments around the world and won numerous awards including Colour Sequence of the Year and a World Press Award for his prison pictures of killer Charles Manson.
We are very grateful to Bob for agreeing to assist with the judging this year and thanks to him for donating a copy of his new book ‘The Isle of Wight Festival 1970: Six Days That Rocked The World’ as an additional prize for the overall winner. For the full story on this exciting new book click here:

The IWPOY is very pleased to welcome former Fleet Street photographer and freelance writer Bob Aylott as the second judge for this year’s competition.

At 15 Bob started his career in journalism by becoming tea boy at ‘The Sport & General Press Agency’. He later moved into the darkroom at ‘Fox Photos’ and  became a photographer in 1967 with ‘The Keystone Press Agency’. In 1968 he was named British News Photographer of the Year; he joined the Daily Sketch and the Daily Mail in 1969 and then went on to The National Enquirer based in Los Angeles.

He returned to London in 1987 to join Express newspapers and The Daily Star. As an award winning photographer he covered assignments around the world and won numerous awards including Colour Sequence of the Year and a World Press Award for his prison pictures of killer Charles Manson.

We are very grateful to Bob for agreeing to assist with the judging this year and a special thanks to him for donating a copy of his new book ‘The Isle of Wight Festival 1970: Six Days That Rocked The World’ as an additional prize for the overall winner. For the full story on this exciting new book click HERE:

IWPOY Welcomes Chris Packham as Judge for 2009

A special thank you is due  to Chris Packham for agreeing to be a judge for the 2009 IWPOY and ‘Go Wild on Wight’ competitions. We are very excited to have Chris onboard  and know that his knowledge and skills as a photographer will be a great asset.

Chris was born in Southampton in 1961 and as soon as he was crawling around suburbia Ladybirds were being desiccated in matchboxes and tadpoles tortured in jam jars. Husbandry skills improved and the menagerie expanded to large collections of reptiles (inside) and birds of prey, foxes, badgers, squirrels etc (generally outside). A precocious young scientist, swot and nerd in training he studied Kestrels, Shrews and Badgers in his teens and undergraduate days at the Zoology department of Southampton University. He also embraced Punk Rock and played in a band and the DIY ethos and determination to never take ‘no’ for an answer are forcefully retained. Continue reading