IWPOY Winners 2015

Winnersb2015After a closely fought contest, with 72 Island photographers registered and just under 300 entries, the judges made their final selections and the winners were announced on Saturday 23rd January at Dimbola Museum & Galleries.

The judges, Frank and David,  were in complete agreement on the top three place winners and once again Victor Saltmeris won the first place honour with his take on “Indulgence”. Victor again demonstrated his talent having won the previous IWPOY competition in  2013.  I’m sure all photographers would like to join us in congratulating Victor on such a great achievement -‘ two in a row’.

Hot on Victor’s heels in second place with ‘Newtown Pano’ was Tim Bondsfield, a previous IWPOY entrant, with  Ed Garbett who is new to the competition taking the third spot with ‘The Birdwatcher”.

We will be updating the site soon with news about the Julia Cameron Award and the exhibitions but for now thanks to everyone who took part we look forward to seeing your entries for next year.

IWPOY 2015 Shortlist Online

Early yesterday evening the Isle of Wight twinned with the Netherlands for the final stage in the judging of the 2015 IWPOY photographic competition. Throughout the week the judges, Frank Doorhof international photographer & educator along with David Betts well known Island and South Coast wedding & portrait photographer, considered their selections for the shortlist of 30 images.

Frank & DaveThis culminated in face-to-face video meeting between Frank and David to discuss the finer points of the competition and decide on the winning top three photographs. Both were thinking along the same lines as they reached agreement fairly easily.

Therefore, we are very pleased to announce that the 30 photographs chosen for the IWPOY shortlist 2015 have been uploaded and are now ready for viewing online using the Galleries menu option on this site or by clicking this link: http://www.wightphoto.com/2015_shortlist

We would like to thank both Frank and David for their sterling work in judging this competition and for all of the 224 entries we received this year. All shortlisted photographers will be invited to the awards presentation evening 23rd January 2016 where the top three winners will be announced.

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We are very excited that both judges will be there for the awards and great news too that Frank will be launching an exhibition of some of his own work at Dimbola Museum & Galleries to run alongside the main exhibition.

We will also have more news soon about a second exhibition venue for 2016 so as they say watch this space and as always thanks to everyone for their support.

David Betts Judge For IWPOY 2015 Announced

Completing the judge’s line-up, we are pleased to be able to confirm David Betts as our final Judge for the IWPOY 2015 competition. We can always rely on David to provide a David-Bettsprofessional and objective view on all of the entries whilst making his selections.

As most of you already know David has a wealth of photographic experience gained over 30 years as one of the Islands’ foremost photographers specialising in Weddings and Portraiture. He has been published many times including in his book ‘Island Maidens’.

We are very pleased to have David on-board with us again this year and as the deadline for entries is rapidly approaching this is going to be a busy and exciting time for everyone involved with the competition.

Frank Doorhof first judge announced for IWPOY 2015

The Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year organisers have great pleasure in announcing the first judge for the 2015 competition is the internationally renown photographer and trainer Frank Doorhof. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome and thank Frank, along with his wife Annewiek, for agreeing to take part in the IWPOY this year and we very much look forward to catching up with them both at the awards presentation evening in January 2016.

Frank DoorhofWe are sure that most of you will already have seen Frank’s work online, at Kelby One training, maybe you met him at the photography show earlier in the year  or his website www.frankdoorhof.com , but for now just sit back and enjoy Frank’s Bio, it certainly makes for some interesting reading.

Frank was born on May 6th 1971 in Amsterdam. His parents and grandparents were very active with photography and film, so Frank was already in contact with photography and film at a very young age. Especially his grandfather had a deep impact on him and inspired him from the start to pick up photography. At a young age the whole family moved to the NoordOostPolder, now part of Flevoland. A wonderful area of the Netherlands with great nature and lots of photo opportunities.

At the start nature and sports were the primary interests and especially animals in motion were a subject that was photographed with passion, this passion for movement became later a prime subject in the model photography. After many years of shooting analogue mainly as a hobby Frank picked up video and completely switched to the video side of imaging. At that moment he had started a computer company together with his wife Annewiek and they were living in Zwolle. Continue reading

Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year 2013 Judging Begins…

Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Awards Image Subject to Copyright.The Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year (IWPOY) competition closed on 28th November 2013 – thank you to all those who entered – the task of now judging the exhibition shortlist and winner is about to take place.

We hope to have the shortlisted exhibition gallery uploaded and online next week and look forward to meeting all of the lucky photographers in January 2014.

Watch this space for more details coming soon…

Judges Line Up for IWPOY 2013

We are very pleased that Rachel Flynn has agreed to be one of the Judges for this year’s Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year  competition, bringing with her new skills and expertise thaRachel Flynnt will ensure the success of the IWPOY exhibitions running throughout 2014.

Rachel Flynn was born and brought up on the Isle of Wight before leaving to study Art History at the University of Bristol. In 2008 she completed a Masters course gaining a distinction for her study of the Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron and in 2012 went on to complete a PhD which examined the life and work of British artist Graham Sutherland.

She has curated a range of exhibitions for National Museum Wales where she was employed as Assistant Curator of Historic Art, has a number of publications and a forthcoming book on Sutherland (Autumn 2014) and has delivered talks and teaching across the UK at venues including Tate Britain and Modern Art Oxford. In Spring 2013 she returned to the Island, taking up the position of  Exhibitions and Collections Coordinator at Dimbola Museum and Galleries.

David BettsWe have great pleasure in welcoming back David Betts as one of the three judges for the 2013 IWPOY competition. David has been working in  photography, on the Island and South Coast for over 30 years and gained a reputation as one of the Island’s foremost Wedding and Portrait photographers.

In the past David was a member of a local photographic society where he worked mainly in black and white, he gives talks about photography and judges club competitions from time to time. At present he and his partner Heather are involved in wedding photography but they are always on the look-out for new projects.

David has been published in various photographic magazines and in his own book ‘Island Maidens’. Earlier in his career he produced several calendars showing both his skill in photographing the ‘female form’ and local landscapes of the Isle of Wight.

We are very pleased to announce Christian Warren (Style of Wight Magazine) as our final judge for the 2013 competition. Christian worked as a professional in the photographic and design industry for nearly 20 years. From the age of 17 he trained for 4 years in a commercial studio environment. Working initially in processes and developing skills of a colour darkroom, colour hand printing, developing films and Christian Warrentransparencies. It was here he earned his ‘LMPA’ Then moving into the studio as assistant to the chief photographer.

He then worked for major high street chains as a packaging photographer; clients included John Lewis, Laura Ashley, Asda, BQ and the agency in house brand. Work varied from lifestyle and conceptual imagery to pack shots and product photography, but was always closely tied into product development and trend forecasting.

After a 3 year spell working self-employed for various clients, commercial and private Christian set up a Lifestyle magazine on the Isle of Wight. Style of Wight is a high end visually design led lifestyle publication. His role is still heavily focused on design and photography; but more as a creative director. This role has seen his style fully develop and he has gained a wealth of experience and expertise across most if not all of the photographic disciplines from food and fashion to weddings and reportage.