IWPOY JMC Award Presentation

JMC Trophy  John Walker

John Walker is pictured receiving the Julia Margaret Cameron Trophy from Dr. Brian Hinton M.B.E. at the IWPOY Awards evening, Dimbola Museum & Galleries. The JMC trophy is presented to the photographer, technician or anyone envolved in photography for their services to photography on the Island as recognised by the IWPOY organisers.

Congratulations to John and as anyone who knows him, will know, it is well deserved.

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 Marks Julia Margaret Cameron Bicentenary

2015 bicentennial anniversary of Julia Margaret Cameron’s birthIWPOY will soon launch its 2015 Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Competition and in a brand new section for 2015 we will also be looking for the very best female photographer from the Isle of Wight.

Do you have what it takes to capture a prize-winning image? IWPOY are looking for inspiring photographers whose winning photos will take pride of place in an exclusive exibition at Dimbola to mark the bicentenary of Julia Margaret Cameron’s birthday.

The 2015 bicentennial anniversary of Julia Margaret Cameron’s birth creates a timely opportunity to generate renewed interest in one of the  most important and experimental photographers of the 19th century and celebrate her timeless photographic prowess.

IWPOY Founder, Professional Photographer & Tutor Gary Early, said: “We’re really excited about this years IWPOY and hope to receive a great selection of images. This is a ‘money can’t buy opportunity’ and a chance for everyone on the Isle of Wight to showcase their photographic talents.

Planned to coincide with the 2015 bicentenary celebrations of her birth this year’s 2015 IWPOY, as always, will be free to enter and the shortlist will be chosen by the judging panel.  ” Continue reading

Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Competition 2013

Good News! following an extended ‘Gap Year’, we are delighted to announce that the Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Competition & Awards (IWPOY) returns in January 2013.

The IWPOY competition and awards initiated in 2006, and provides an opportunity for all photographers across the Isle of Wight to communicate and share their skills with other Island photographers.

As  previous entrants already know, the IWPOY is open to all Isle of Wight resident photographers (amateur or professional) ONLY.   We will be bringing new and challenging themes, registrations now open click here

New Rules, Terms & Conditions  of IWPOY 2013 will be announced in January.

As they say watch this space…

Bob Aylott Wins Julia Margaret Cameron Award

Bob Aylott is this year’s recipient of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award Trophy.

The Silver Trophy provided by Dimbola, is presented each year to the person who the IWPOY recognises as having made a great contribution to photography and photographers on the Isle of Wight.

Bob Aylott has done a great deal in support of island photographers over the years. As freelance photographer and former Amateur Photographer Magazine (AP) features editor Bob, regularly focused on Island Photographers, such as last years IWPOY winner David Vennings and local photographers Ian Pratt and Gary Early to name but a few. Continue reading

IWPOY Awards Focus On Community

Over 100 people packed into the Cafe for the Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Awards at the Quay Arts.

We were very grateful to Isle of Wight Council Chairman Cllr Ian Stephens (pictured)  for presenting the Awards, although admitting he knew very little about photography and that his own attempts in snapping away left a lot to be desired, he really appreciated the invite. 

We were humbled when Cllr Stephens congratulated the efforts of the IWPOY and IWDIG ethos in bringing photography to a mass audience on the Island.  Anyone who is able to succesfully focus community attention and sustain interest in any subject 50 weeks a year is to be applauded.

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