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.


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

IWPOY First Exhibition Launch for 2008

IWPOY Exhibition Launch

The first IWPOY exhibition of 2008 was launched at the Quay Arts Centre, Thursday 27th March and runs through to Monday 28th April on the ‘cafe wall’. The fifty shortlisted entries from the 2007 competition are being exhibited from a total of 35 Island photographers who were lucky enough to be selected by the panel of judges.  The IWPOY judges commented that it was a difficult task in deciding on the final 50 as there was once again such a high standard of entries.


The Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year competition, was the initial concept of Amanda Johnson ( Editor of Island Pulse and leading figure in the Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group IWDIG)  who said, 


It’s great to see how much interest the Isle of Wight Photographer of The Year competition has generated since its inception in 2006.  There are clearly a lot of talented people out there with a real passion for both photography and the Isle of Wight. I am grateful for the time and effort that all the entrants have put into their submissions. Whilst there are the obvious top three winners of the IWPOY, I feel all of the 50 chosen images including the 47 runners up, are representative of winners too! 


One of the sponsors of the competition, the Isle of Wight County Press, are also keen to acknowledge photographers on the Island.  Apart from supporting the IWPOY they are also calling for entries in an additional category for 2008 to raise awareness of the extraordinary beauty and variety of our Island entitled ‘Beautiful Island Scenes’ this new category will be going live at the beginning of April.

IWPOY Exhibition

This is a great opportunity to get out into the countryside and capture something special about the rich diversity of the Island landscape. The IW County Press having seen some of the winners from previous years commented that the images are fantastic. They are looking for new pictures to use in their 2009 calendar and they thought that the IWPOY is a good opportunity to get images that don’t just look great, but are also specific to the Isle of Wight and taken by Island photographers.  

Twelve images will be selected in September 2008 before the close of the main IWPOY competition (allowing time for printing the calendar) and will be judged by the IW County Press themselves. The normal IWPOY rules apply and entrants will be able to submit an extra 3 images in this new category as well as the 3 for the main IWPOY gallery. It’s a great opportunity for you to show off your best images with the chance of having them published, photographer’s will be awarded £50 for each image selected so good luck to everyone.

Jo Hummel-Newell Exhibition Co-ordinator

Over 40 photographers and guests attended the exhibition launch and commented on the quality of the images and new approach to the exhibition itself. A special thanks to both the Island Photo Centre and Essential for providing such high quality prints and a special thanks to Jo Hummel-Newell, Quay Arts Exhibition co-ordinator, for her hard work in setting the exhibition up. 

We hope that many of you will visit the Quay Arts to view this exhibition and recognise the talented photographers we have here on the Island.  Hopefully, it will inspire you to enter the Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year competition yourself, we look forward to seeing your images…

Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Awards 2007

It is with great pleasure that we are now able to announce the first, second and third place winners of the 2nd Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year competition. Along with these winning images all of the fifty shortlisted entries will be exhibited in both the Quay Arts and Dimbola Lodge in 2008 so everyone will be able to enjoy the quality and recognise the skills of our Island photographers.

IWPOY 2007 Winners

On Saturday 1st December 2007 the Quay Arts opened its doors for a drinks reception prior to the 2nd IWPOY Awards Ceremony. The room was buzzing with anticipation as the short-listed photographers and invited guests mingled and chatted.  Promptly at 7:15 everyone made their way into the theatre for the start of the ceremony…  Continue reading

IWPOY 2007 shortlist

This year’s judging is complete and the short-listed entries may be viewed in the slideshow top-right above or by clicking the Gallery link on the right. Thanks to the competition Judges and to local photographer David Betts stepping in and and helping out at the eleventh hour. We are also extremely pleased to announce that Island MP Andrew Turner will be presenting the awards to this year’s successful Island photographers

The IWPOY 2007 has finally closed for entries and with well over 200 images submitted the judge’s task will be quite daunting. This year’s theme of ‘lifestyles’ has received a great diversity of images and the judges will soon embark on selecting their fifty for the short-list. These short-listed images will be displayed in the IWPOY 2007 gallery as soon as the judge’s decisions have been finalised and the top three winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation evening. In addition all fifty shortlisted entries will be exhibited both at the Quay Arts and Dimbola Lodge in 2008 and through their support everyone will be able to recognise and appreciate the fantastic photographic talent that we have here on the Island.

We are very pleased to be able to confirm that Essential will once again be providing high quality canvas prints for the top three winners and the overall winner will also be able to spend the day with an Isle of Wight County Press photographer with the possibility of having some of their work published.

We are very much looking forward to the IWPOY 2007 Awards Presentation evening later this year and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors, supporters and of course, all of you, the Island’s photographers who have entered the competition. Good Luck to everyone and we hope to soon be able to see you on the shortlist!