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.

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.

Continue reading

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.