IWPOY Judging January 2011

The judging for this year’s IWPOY will be going ahead shortly in January. Due to certain difficulties it had to be delayed this year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your patience.

 

The standard of entries has been exceptionally high and we are very much looking forward to displaying the shortlisted entries and even more to viewing the judge’s winning entries.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year and assure you that the IWPOY competition will once again be underway very soon.

IWPOY Welcomes Bob Barclay as Judge for 2009

Robert BarclayCompleting our 11th hour Press Pack of Judges for the Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Competition 2009 we would like to extend a warm welcome to Bob (Robert) Barclay.

As an Associate of The Royal Photographic Society and a member of The Master Photographers, Bob is in great demand and very busy with his own professional photography business, but also manages to run the Readers’ Masterclass for the  Amateur Photographer Magazine

As regular readers of the AP magazine will know, Bob gets to take three amateur photographers through their paces on a specific photoshoot. Continue reading

IWPOY Welcomes Larry Ellis as Judge for 2009

larryellispressA warm welcome to former press and celebrity photographer Larry Ellis as a judge for this year’s IWPOY.

Press Photographer Larry Ellis was born in East London in 1931. Like many who were eager to join  the rank and file of Fleet Street, he started at the bottom – as a messenger boy for Central Press Photos – before quickly progressing to darkrooms and  assignment work.

In 1951 he joined the Press Association and was taken on by the  Daily Express, soon working his way up to be their official Show Business Photographer.  In fact Larry performed a dual role he’d shoot celebrities for the Daily Express during the week and would switch to sports coverage over the weekend  for the Sunday Express – predominantly football, rugby, golf and cricket.

Larry, now retired lives on the Isle of Wight and can still talk the hind legs off of a donkey.   In fairness to the Donkey Sanctuary we will keep that location under wraps – his favourite phrase is “to cut a long story short…”  but he never does! Continue reading

IWPOY Welcomes Bob Aylott as Judge for 2009

Bob Aylott

The IWPOY is very pleased to Welcome former Fleet Street photographer and freelance writer Bob Aylott as the second judge for this year’s competition.
At 15 Bob started his career in journalism by becoming tea boy at ‘The Sport & General Press Agency’. He later moved into the darkroom at ‘Fox Photos’ and  became a photographer in 1967 with ‘The Keystone Press Agency’. In 1968 he was named British News Photographer of the Year; he joined the Daily Sketch and the Daily Mail in 1969 and then went on to The National Enquirer based in Los Angeles.
He returned to London in 1987 to join Express newspapers and The Daily Star. As an award winning photographer he covered assignments around the world and won numerous awards including Colour Sequence of the Year and a World Press Award for his prison pictures of killer Charles Manson.
We are very grateful to Bob for agreeing to assist with the judging this year and thanks to him for donating a copy of his new book ‘The Isle of Wight Festival 1970: Six Days That Rocked The World’ as an additional prize for the overall winner. For the full story on this exciting new book click here:

The IWPOY is very pleased to welcome former Fleet Street photographer and freelance writer Bob Aylott as the second judge for this year’s competition.

At 15 Bob started his career in journalism by becoming tea boy at ‘The Sport & General Press Agency’. He later moved into the darkroom at ‘Fox Photos’ and  became a photographer in 1967 with ‘The Keystone Press Agency’. In 1968 he was named British News Photographer of the Year; he joined the Daily Sketch and the Daily Mail in 1969 and then went on to The National Enquirer based in Los Angeles.

He returned to London in 1987 to join Express newspapers and The Daily Star. As an award winning photographer he covered assignments around the world and won numerous awards including Colour Sequence of the Year and a World Press Award for his prison pictures of killer Charles Manson.

We are very grateful to Bob for agreeing to assist with the judging this year and a special thanks to him for donating a copy of his new book ‘The Isle of Wight Festival 1970: Six Days That Rocked The World’ as an additional prize for the overall winner. For the full story on this exciting new book click HERE:

IWPOY Welcomes Chris Packham as Judge for 2009

A special thank you is due  to Chris Packham for agreeing to be a judge for the 2009 IWPOY and ‘Go Wild on Wight’ competitions. We are very excited to have Chris onboard  and know that his knowledge and skills as a photographer will be a great asset.

Chris was born in Southampton in 1961 and as soon as he was crawling around suburbia Ladybirds were being desiccated in matchboxes and tadpoles tortured in jam jars. Husbandry skills improved and the menagerie expanded to large collections of reptiles (inside) and birds of prey, foxes, badgers, squirrels etc (generally outside). A precocious young scientist, swot and nerd in training he studied Kestrels, Shrews and Badgers in his teens and undergraduate days at the Zoology department of Southampton University. He also embraced Punk Rock and played in a band and the DIY ethos and determination to never take ‘no’ for an answer are forcefully retained. Continue reading

Newport Minster 2009 Judges Announced

We are very pleased to be able to announce the judges for this year’s ‘Church at the Heart of the Island’ competition. Two of the judges Jennifer and Chris have judged the IWPOY in previous years and they are well aware of the difficult task ahead. We would also like to welcome Rodney onboard as the representative of the ‘Friends of the Minster’ and one of the main supporters of this competition. Continue reading

IWPOY 2008 Judges Announced

It is with great pleasure that we are now able to announce the judges for the IWPOY 2008 and to thank them in advance for the difficult task that they have already started. With such diversity and  quality of images this year their task is not an enviable one however, their photographic skills and backgrounds have equipped them well for this challenge.

Steve Gascoigne
Steve was born in Coventry in 1973. After achieving ‘A’ Levels in Art and Photography, Steve started his career as a photojournalist, before gaining the opportunity to become a photographic hand printer for a leading company in the field. Here he spent 10 years learning the skills and artistry involved in crafting photographic prints for some of the country’s top photographers.

Steve started Available Light Photography after moving to the Isle of Wight in October 2000. Struck by the allure and variety of the Island’s landscape, Steve decided to use his years of photographic experience to capture this beauty. His grounding in traditional photographic techniques helped immensely when Steve took the plunge and ‘went digital’ in 2003. No longer constrained to the darkroom, Steve now has more time to concentrate on taking the unique images he sells, and printing them using the latest archival inks and papers that outlast traditional photographic media.

As Ansel Adams famously said – “The negative can be seen as the score sheet, the print is the performance” and this holds true for digital as well as film. Each image has been crafted to be as close to the scene that was originally perceived, using the traditional darkroom techniques of dodging, burning and masking. This ensures that the beauty of the landscape is uncompromised, and the print can try and do justice to the scene it depicts.  All of Steve’s work can be viewed online on his website, www.availablelight.cc


Chris Barton
Chris was born on the Island way back in the sixties and showed an early interest in photography, setting up a school darkroom and becoming the official unofficial photographer of 1024 squadron air cadets (of which he was a member).

After a school career, in which Chris mostly stayed out of trouble, he spent some time on the mainland learning about photography at college.

Returning to the Island he worked for a photographer and then moved into colour and black & white processing before going into retail. Chris has spent some time as a member of several camera clubs over the years and carried out photographic judging work in the 80’s and 90’s.

Chris has worked for the Island Photo Centre for 18 years, seeing the company evolve to provide different services such as photo restoration, image recall, in-store large format printing, in-house teaching and product photography.


Ben Wood
Based at his studio in Bembridge on The Isle of Wight, where he runs his company Island Images, Ben is best known for his signature black and white marine photography and his highly successful landscape images from his book The Island. However, since re-locating to the island from London ten years ago Ben has diversified into motor-racing, equine and shooting photography.

His most recent exhibition Equus showed in London and Paris and featured 40 prints from the polo fields of Apremont and the race tracks of Chantilly and Longchamps. The shell series started as a private commission and has since developed into Ben’s most current project. The shells and coral are sourced from all over the world and then photographed using very soft light in his studio. In the printing stage the giclee paper is given extra texture by applying a glaze over the image.

Ben also takes on commercial commissions for a wide range of advertising, architectural and design clients and is represented in London by Getty Images and Corbis.

You can view Ben’s work at www.islandimages.org.uk

 

Please take a little time to view the competition judge’s websites – there are some great images in their galleries and as photographers we can all gain some benefit from their skills and professionalism.