Now in its 5th year and building on the success of previous Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Awards.
The island-wide photography competition themed ‘Elements – earth, wind, fire, and water’ offered photographers, of all abilities, a great subject to capture and entries were as expected of a very high standard.
All images from the IWPOY shortlist 2010, along with a selection of Young Photographers submissions, will now be showcased as part of the annual Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Exhibition on the Cafe ‘Wall Of Fame’ from 7th April – 23rd May 2011 in the Quay Arts, Newport.
There are a great many enthusiastic and talented photographers on the Island. The Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Awards, provide a free open community competition for anyone with an interest in photography, to showcase their creativity and artistic flair.
In anticipation of announcing the top three winners, all those photographers selected for IWPOY 2010 should certainly be very proud of their accomplishment.
“It never ceases to amaze that so many photographers, most of whom are very new to photography, can produce images of such quality. Submissions came from over 200 photographers across the photographic spectrum, and the judging panel was certainly met with a great deal of variety.”
The panel of three judges, comprising figures from the photographic and film industries, came together virtually (online) to view and make their selection.
What’s the difference between just another landscape and one that provides feeling? How does a photographer capture an image that’s out of the-ordinary and interesting?
The panel of judges (pictured), Ventnor based film maker David George, former Fleet Street photographer Bob Aylott and professional photographer David Betts concurred:
“It is pleasing to note that the imagery viewed was not only captured with photographic skill, but showed great communication in relaying the subject genre ‘earth, wind, fire and water’ to the viewing public.”
Hopefully the images selected by the judges will ensure audiences leave the Quay Arts or the IWPOY online exhibition galleries; educated, entertained and hungry for more.
There is a slight change to the exhibition format this year with only 40 instead of the usual 50 entries appearing in the shortlist. This change allows space to accommodate a selection of prints from Young Isle of Wight Photographers (My Life, My Island) to be displayed alongside the main short listed entries in the Quay Arts Exhibition.
The IWPOY Awards organisers emphasise, responsible social networking and provide a central place for like minded photographers of all skill levels to meet. Sponsored and supported by the Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group www.iwdig.org.uk, Wight Photo Breaks www.wightphotobreaks.co.uk and Island Pulse Online News Magazine www.islandpulse.co.uk, the annual awards recognise a wealth of creativity within the community that should be nurtured, celebrated and promoted.