Tonight at the Quay Arts with over 120 people in attendance, IWPOY organisers were happy to announce the winners of the Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Competition 2009.
This year along with the largest audience in IWPOY history, David Vennings from Wellow, was a most worthy winner in scooping the Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year 2009 Award with ‘Hey Good Looking’.
Second place went to Ian Scovell with ‘Solitude in a small world’ and third place secured by Jason Swain with ‘Rise Above Plastics – it all ends up somewhere’.
All of the shortlisted entries were outstanding this year, but the precision focusing coupled with the clever use of light, made David Vennings image ‘Hey Good Looking’ stand out from the rest.
David Vennings a member of the Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group (IWDIG) for many years, is well respected for his execution of fantastic macro photography. David also supplies the monthly extreme macro challenge photos for IWDIG members ‘Can you guess what it is yet?’ sponsored by the Island Photo Centre.
The ‘It’s a very small world: Go Wild on Wight category winner was Gay Farmer for her exquisite study of a ‘Dragonfly’. This was closely followed by Stuart Shore ‘Red Squirrel’ and Paul Blackley ‘Male Barn Owl’.
Along with these winning images all of the fifty shortlisted entries from the main IWPOY category and Go Wild on Wight winners will be exhibited in the Quay Arts and at other venues in 2010. This will further enable more people to recognise the quality and the skills of our Island photographers.
Other awards presented this evening, were to the winners of the recent ‘Church at the Heart of the Island’ Newport Minster Photo Competition. The winners of which were Nick Kidd with ‘Evensong’, Roger East ‘Another Fine Day In Newport’ and Vanessa Harris with ‘In The Distance’.
The Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2009 was presented to photographer and Manager of the Island Photo Centre (IPC) in Newport Chris Barton. The silver trophy is presented to the person who has done the most for photography on the Island over the preceeding year. Whilst this award is not necessarily for the best photographer it is awarded for services to the photographic community.
Thanks to everyone including the Judges Bob Aylott, Larry Ellis and Bob (Robert) Barclay for attending, a full review is coming soon…