A Tribute to the First Ever IWPOY Winner

We are deeply saddened to report that Kevin Mitchell passed away this afternoon 13th February 2009 at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. Kevin was inspirational to all who knew him through his involvement with theatre, photography, fund raising and his smile. He was an active member of the IWDIG and crowned the first ever Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year in 2006 and runner-up in 2007.

Although Kevin will be missed by very many people he will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with John and Kevin’s family at this difficult time. A tribute to Kevin has already been presented on Island Pulse HERE

Final Show for IWPOY 2007 Shortlist 50

The 50 shortlisted entries for the IWPOY 2007 are now being exhibited at Freshwater Library until the end of January 2009. The organisers were very pleased that after seeing the quality of the images, at the Dimbola exhibition, Freshwater Library asked if they could exhibit the IWPOY 2007 entries themselves.

The IWPOY shortlisted entries for 2007 have now been exhibited in three locations across the Island and these images will have been viewable in total for well over three months.  This proves that popularity and interest in the IWPOY is growing from strength to strength. Thanks to everyone involved with the IWPOY and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2009.


IWPOY 2008 Winners Announced

Yesterday saw the Award presentation evening for this year’s IWPOY held at the Quay Arts Centre, Newport to a packed house. Most of the shortlisted photographers attended and eagerly awaited the announcement of this year’s top three winning entries.

After a brief introduction thanks were given to the judges. Chris Barton and Steve Gascoigne gave a short talk on how difficult their task had been due to the quality of the entries this year.  The sponsors were thanked and then the first award of the evening was the presentation of the Julia Margaret Cameron trophy. Provided by Dimbola Lodge, supported by Brian Hinton MBE their chairman, this award is given to a person, not necessarily for their photographic talents, but to someone who promotes photography in whatever form on the Island.

This year’s holder of the trophy: started photography at the age of 14; was a member and chairman of Sandown & Shanklin District Camera Club; to this day is the club’s president; in 2000 brought together the major camera clubs on the Island for a joint exhibiton at the Quay Arts Centre; runs courses in pinhole photography; supports world pinhole day every year in April; still works with film and traditional darkroom along with a little digital photography and supports and helps other Island photographers where he can.

The JMC trophy  was presented  by Amanda Johnson, who held the trophy for the previous year, to Eric Mitchell. Congratulations to Eric for an award that in our opinion is well deserved. Eric was so pleased and shocked that the only comment he was able to make was “I’m staggered!”, probably the shortest acceptance speech of all time but well done Eric.

After a short break Alan Marriott, editor of the Isle of Wight County press was invited to present the certificates to the photographers who had made the shortlist. Finally it was time to announce the top three winners and Chris Barton was asked to present the prizes sponsored by Nikon in association with IPC whilst Alan Marriott agreed to present the certificates along with the canvasses of the winning photographs.


Third place: Mist over Brading – Kelly Fraczynski
Second place: Shanklin Sunrise – Neil Hunt (2007 IWPOY winner)
First place: Spiral into Darkness – Tina Nicholls


All in all this was a great evening for Island photographers and photography. New contacts and friends were made, skills and talents were recognised and most left in anticipation of the new theme being announced for the 2009 competition.


Congratulations to the top three but congratulations are also due to all who took part, we are excited about seeing your new photographs for IWPOY 2009 so watch this space for the new competition details coming soon…

IWPOY – IWCP Calendar Press Release

Due to circumstances beyond the IWPOY organiser’s control including illness on both our part and that of the Isle of Wight County Press it been necessary to delay the judging of this category. The 12 selected images from this category will now be included in the IWCP 2010 calendar.

Thank you for your patience and we will update you as soon as the judging has taken place.


Statement 23/11/08

Whilst every effort has been made by the organisers to ensure that the IWPOY is fair to all Island photographers, due to recent events, we now find it necessary to issue the following statement

conduct not in keeping with the spirit of this competition, multiple single-user registrations, the use of false names and/or addresses will result in disqualification from receiving an IWPOY award and taking part in all future Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year events