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…

IWPOY Prize Fund grows with new 2008 Sponsors

We are very grateful to Island Photo Centre in association with Nikon for sponsoring extra prizes for the top three winners of the IWPOY 2008. Included with ‘a day with a Isle of Wight County Press Photographer’ and a large high quality canvas print, provided by Essential, the first place winner will also receive a Nikon P50 digital camera. The second place photographer will receive a Crumpler Photo Rucksack including Nikon accessories along with their canvas print and Photoshop Elements 6 with their canvas print will be awarded for third place.

IWPOY 2008 IPC & Nikon Sponsorship


The Nikon P50 is a high-performance 8.1 megapixel camera boasting a classic look and feel that is designed to satisfy camera purists. With a 3.6x Zoom-NIKKOR lens with 28mm wide-angle capability, an optical viewfinder, a solid grip, and a handy Mode dial for quick and easy access to Manual shooting mode. The COOLPIX P50 – a veritable powerhouse of pure photographic capability. 

A multi-purpose Nikon-Crumpler photo backpack  provides enough space for all your equipment and more. It features Crumpler’s all new ‘spread-em’ opening system so that you can reach your equipment without prying eyes seeing, an easy access outer side pocket, an inside mesh window pocket with zip, and super strong shoulder straps. The detachable photo compartment has internal divides and extra padding on the bottom, (specification may vary).  

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 6 software, is a major upgrade to the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software. Available now for Windows® and soon to be released for the Mac, Photoshop Elements combines power and simplicity for consumers to find, view and easily infuse creativity and personality into their photos. This landmark release helps consumers at all experience levels achieve outstanding results and provides interactive options for sharing unique creations via print and Web. 

The IWPOY would like to take this opportunity to thank all of this year’s competition sponsors as without their support the Isle of Wight Photgrapher of the Year online competition would not be possible and with their help the IWPOY is growing in strength and popularity year by year.

IWPOY Judges Evening 30th January 2008 Dimbola Lodge

Would you like the chance to meet the IWPOY judges from the 2007 competition and listen to how they arrived at their decisions. Maybe you’d like to discuss your entries with them and gain a few pointers for the IWPOY 2008. The Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group are hosting an IWPOY Judges evening on Wednesday 30th January 2008 at Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater Bay 7:30-9:30pm. 

During the evening you will also be able to try-out some of the latest digital photographic equipment as we are very pleased that our new sponsor the Island Photo Centre will be on-hand to show you what’s new and answer any questions you may have.

This is a strictly by invitation only evening as places are limited. So to reserve your place please fill in the contact form on this website and enter IWPOY Judges Evening as the subject header. You will be notified by email if you are successful. 

We know that it will be a very interesting evening and we look forward to seeing you there.

IPC New Sponsor for 2008

Island Photo Centre

The IWPOY is very pleased to welcome on-board its first new sponsor for the 2008 competition. The Island Photo Centre (IPC) will be supporting the IWPOY this year and providing additional prizes for the top three winners. IPC is in the process of developing their new website that will be going live in February and we will provide you with the link as soon as we can.

Thanks to IPC for their support and please use the link on the right for their address and phone contact details until their new website goes live.