Analysis of a successful season 2015/16

07th July 2016
Catchlight ended the season as Top Club in NIPA for the 3rd year in a row. Over the 5 Rounds of competition, we managed a total of 22 starred images from 13 different club members.
In the IPF, we finished 2nd in the Club Championships overall, and top club in Mono.
In the PAGB Print Championships we just missed out on the Final, and finished 2nd in the Plate, losing out by 1 point to Smethwick PS. In the PAGB PDI competition at Warwick we finished 5th out of 29 UK Clubs in the Plate competition.
In the Will McCrum Cup for Portraiture hosted by CPA, Hugh Wilkinson DPAGB won the Trophy - the fourth time in its 4 year history that a Catchlight member has won.
On an individual level, more than a handful of members gained either new Photographic Distinctions, or gained a higher level of Distinction.
At least 8 members now regularly participate in National and International Exhibitions, gaining acceptances, and winning medals and awards literally all over the World. This is something that has been lacking in NIPA club photography, but it is noticeable that members of several other clubs within NIPA have started appearing in the lists of successful authors now too. The standard of NIPA photography can only improve as a result. The recent NIPA success in the mono print section of the PAGB inter-Federation competition is the proof!

In the local East Antrim Exhibition, Catchlight members won 5 awards in the Colour section, and 7 awards in the mono section.
In the NIPA Annual Exhibition, Catchlight members provided no less than 45% of the final 100 prints in the exhibition, winning 8 awards, and the Trophies for the top Mono Print and the top Colour Print. In the PDI section of the exhibition, Catchlight members provided an incredible 29 of the 45 selected images, equivalent to 64% - and they also won 6 of the 9 awards in PDI. 6 of the 9 medals available in the Exhibition were won by Catchlight members.

Our Firmus Energy series has gone from strength to strength, bringing top quality speakers from all over the UK and Ireland. These events are open to any member of NIPA or IPF affiliated Clubs and have been very well supported and attended throughout the season. Expect more of the same next season, with a super array of top quality speakers already arranged!

So all in all, a very successful season.


Here are some of the starred images from the 2015/16 season, which encompass everything from sport, to still life, environmental portraiture, fine art nude, street, nature, wildlife, portraiture and landscape. (Apologies for the quality, but these are screenshots from the NIPA website) :