Michael Cooper Wins Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year 2010

Michael Cooper’s image of a Misty Morning on the island has won him the title of Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year 2010.

Runners up in joint second place: Martin Sothcott, Windswept Clouds-Newtown Creek and Jamie Russell with Fishing the Calm Summer Waters-Shanklin Chine.

Together with his winning certificate, Michael and runners up received a large canvas print presented by Isle of Wight Council Chairman, Cllr Ian Stephens.  Everyone who entered and selected for the exhibition received a certificate too.

Over 100 people packed into the Cafe for the IWPOY Awards at the Quay Arts and all of the 40 shortlisted images by over 30 photographers are winners. The competition ethos from inception in 2006 is inclusion and the main aim to celebrate all photographers efforts. The added bonus being to give them a chance of being part of the largest exhibition of photographers on the Island.

Misty Morning a magical image of sweeping strands of early morning mist gently outlined by fluffy sun kissed clouds and broad skies, captivated the judges interest in the ‘Elements’ category earth: wind: fire: water.

Michael Cooper, said:

“The image, was one of several I took when I went out early one morning in October. It was great to find out that my image was shortlisted, there were some fantastic entries.”

IWDIG Founder & IWPOY Administrator, Gary Early, said:

“We had some exceptional images submitted for the 5th IWPOY and we would like to congratulate overall winners Michael, Martin and Jamie, each of whom received a large canvas print of their entries.”

As a side note, I believe, two of this years winners belong to established island photography clubs, although the awards are free and open for any photographer to enter. Michael a member of the Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group and Martin Sothcott is Treasurer of Sandown & Shanklin District Camera Club.”

“The IWPOY, now enters its sixth year and was the original concept of Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group (IWDIG) Founders Amanda Johnson and Gary Early. The competition and awards are held with support from the IWDIG, Wight Photo Breaks, Essential Signs & Print, Island Pulse and the Quay Arts in providing the Exhibition space. This year we would also like to thank The Island Wine Company for their hospitality in providing a fine selection of their wines for the reception.”

Thanks to Christian Beasley for providing this video, which provides an overview of the Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Awards.

Over 100 people attended with 30 photographers receiving awards and Christian received one too!

A gallery of photos will be available soon.

All of the IWPOY 2010 shortlisted images, along with a selection of images from Young Isle of Wight Photographers are on display at the Quay Arts Centre in Newport. IWPOY Exhibition runs from 7th April until 23rd May open daily and entry is free.