*** Important Membership News ***
16th May 2014
Catchlight Camera Club has a current limit of 50 members but this has been increased to 65 for next Season after the AGM.
If you would like to join Catchlight, then you should let us know by sending an e-mail to or by using the CONTACT page on this website.
It is likely that any new intake of members will range from absolute beginners to intermediate and more advanced members.

In order to be considered for membership, please act quickly if you wish to join us!

*** Update 4/6/14 - we have now reached our full membership number - any applications received after this date will be added to the waiting list
POTY Round 2
06th May 2014
The theme for Photographer of the Year Round 2 was 'Window Light' and it was judged by Stephen McWilliams ARPS from CBPPU.

The Winner of the Novice Colour Section was Peter Lennon :

Closely followed by Hugh McGuckian:

The Novice Mono winner was Caroline Hughes:

And in second place was Fiona Taylor :

In the Advanced Section, the Colour Section was won by Hugh Wilkinson:

In second Place was Bob Given:

In the Advanced Mono Section, the winner was Stephen Wilson:

And in 2nd place Bob Given:

Overall Standings for the Competition:

1. Bob Given 35 points
2. Ross McKelvey 33
3. Hugh Wilkinson & Stephen Wilson 27 Points

In the Novice Section:

1. Ian Humes & Peter Lennon 31 points
3. Michael Ross 30 points
** 4 Catchlight Members gain awards in National Exhibition **
01st May 2014
The Rushden & District Photographic Society recently held its 32nd Rushden Open Photographic Exhibition 2014, which is one of the many National Photographic Exhibitions held under the patronage of the British Photographic Exhibitions or 'BPE.'

Bob Given DPAGB BPE3* PSA3, Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB LRPS BPE2*, Anne Given LRPS CPAGB LIPF and Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP BPE4* all gained acceptances and Awards. This is another feather in the cap for both the individuals concerned, as well as for Catchlight Camera Club and N.Ireland Camera Club Photography in general.
Congratulations also to Hugh Wilkinson for achieving the BPE2* milestone - for 50 acceptances in National Exhibitions!

If you are interested in entering National Exhibitions, please see the following link to the BPE umbrella organisation:

Bob Given received 2 Awards - a Bronze Medal as runner up in the Nature Section with 'Vulpes Vulpes.' This image was also awarded a Gold Medal in the Cheltenham International Salon 2014 recently!

Bob Given also got a Highly Commended Award for 'Ursus Martimus.'

Hugh Wilinson was awarded a PAGB Ribbon for 'Hard Times' (an image that was recently awarded Top PDI in the NIPA inter-club 'Portrait' Round) :

Ross McKelvey gained a Highly Commended Award for 'London's Calling' in the Creative Section:

Anne Given was awarded a PAGB Ribbon for 'Mature Ursus Maritimus'

Catchlight Camera Club was also honoured this week, to receive news that Ross McKelvey has been voted onto the National PAGB Judges List. Ross is one of the 3 Judges for the prestigious Edinburgh International Print Exhibition this Year, and has been a guest speaker or Judge no less than 12 times during the current season in Clubs both North & South!

Catchlight Camera Club
** RPS Day with Rikki O'Neill FRPS MPAGB
22nd April 2014
On Sunday 27th April the Royal Photographic Society NI Branch, is bringing Rikki O'Neill FRPS MPAGB to do a presentation at Newforge Country Club, 10am - 4.30pm. This is open to all.
Please confirm your attendance to Damian McDonald ARPS -

** Distinctions Evening a Success **
09th April 2014
Camera Club Members came from several Clubs to Catchlight CC on Wednesday 9th April, to view a large selection of successful LIPF, LRPS, ARPS and AIPF Panels. Catchlight CC would like to thank not only all the guests who attended on the night, but in particular those members from various Clubs who gave up their time and attended to display their panels.

Many thanks to:
Dermott Sweeney LIPF from BPIC
Gareth O'Cathain LRPS from BPIC
John Tinneny LRPS non affiliated
Pat McKeefry LRPS from CBPPU
Brendan Hinds LRPS from CBPPU
Martin Spackman ARPS from CBPPU
Paul Killeen LRPS from CBPPU
Damian McDonald ARPS from CBPPU
Hugh Wilkinson LRPS from Catchlight
Anne Given LRPS from Catchlight
Martin Courtney AIPF from Catchlight
Ian Humes from Catchlight
Valerie McKee LIPF from Catchlight
Peggy Turner LRPS from Catchlight

Damian McDonald ARPS:

Anne Given LRPS:

Brendan Hinds LRPS:

Dermott Sweeney LIPF:

Gareth O'Cathain LRPS:

Hugh Wilkinson LRPS:

Ian Humes LRPS:

John Tinneny LRPS:

Martin Courtney AIPF:

Martin Spackman ARPS:

Pat McKeefry LRPS:

Paul Killeen LRPS:

Peggy Turner LRPS:

Valerie McKee LIPF:

Ross McKelvey
Chairman, Catchlight CC
** Advice Leaflet for Distinctions Applicants **
08th April 2014
The following information leaflet will be available on Wednesday 9 April at Catchlight Camera Club. Feel free to copy and paste and print at home!


Distinctions are offered by 3 main bodies in UK & Ireland:

• Royal Photographic Society (RPS)
• Irish Photographic federation (IPF)
• Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB)

The RPS and IPF award Distinctions based on a cohesive panel of pictures, whether Print or PDI. There are 3 levels – the L, the A and the F. These stand for Licentiateship, Associateship and Fellowship respectively, leading to LRPS/LIPF, ARPS/AIPF and FRPS/FIPF.

The ‘L’ is based on a panel of 10 images. In order to obtain the ‘L’ your prints need to be of a good standard, properly presented (matching mounts, cohesive layout, not soft and not over-sharpened etc). Normally for an ‘L’ panel you will display variety, namely a variety in approach and techniques but not necessarily in subject matter. Most people tend to mix landscapes, portraits, nature/wildlife, still life, sport, street, travel etc but it is entirely possible to concentrate on your preferred genre – so long as you show a variety of approach.

The ‘A’ is based on a panel of 15 images. It is a significant step-up from the L. The ‘A’ requires pictures of a high standard, showing cohesion, personal style, and complete control of all technical aspects of photography. The ‘A’ is accompanied by a written ‘statement of intent’ where you explain why the images were taken, what you are trying to achieve and place the panel in a meaningful context.

The ‘F’ is based on 20 images. This requires images of an outstanding photographic and creative standard. It is also accompanied by a statement of intent. Only those with the ARPS/AIPF can apply.

The standard required for each of the Distinctions are broadly similar. There is a cost for application - €80 for the LIPF (€40 if submitted via a club affiliated to the IPF) and £60 for the LRPS. There is then an annual fee for IPF Distinctions Holders - €25 for the IPF. With the RPS, you MUST become a member, and you must remain a member in order to keep using the Distinction. The Annual Membership fee for the RPS is £114.00 and includes inter-alia, subscription to a monthly magazine publication.

PAGB – Awards for Photographic Merit
The PAGB also offers 3 levels of Distinction – the CPAGB, DPAGB and MPAGB. These stand for Credit, Distinction and Master respectively. Again the levels require 10, 15 and 20 images. However there are 2 major differences between the PAGB Distinctions and the RPS/IPF Distinctions –
• The PAGB Awards are for life, with no recurring fee other than the initial application fee.
• The entry images are judged (or more accurately ‘scored’) as individual images, not as a panel. Once all your images have been scored (from 12 to 30) by a panel of 6 experienced judges, your total combined score must reach the target score – 200 for the ‘C,’ 300 for the ‘D,’ and 450 for the ‘M.’
The CPAGB is judged to the standard of ‘Good Club Photography.’ In N.I terms, that means an image that would normally be Starred in an inter-club Round, or a near-miss (ie scoring 11+).
The DPAGB is judged to the standard of Open Exhibition Photography – ie an image that is more likely than not, to be accepted into an Open Exhibition.
The MPAGB seeks to recognize the Highest Standard of UK Amateur Photography – ie images that would achieve considerable success in International Exhibitions, with frequent and consistent acceptances.

Links for more information:

*** Wednesday 9th April - Distinctions Advice Night ***
02nd April 2014
On Wednesday 9th April Catchlight Camera Club will be holding a Distinctions Advice Night - this event is open to anyone, whether a member of a camera club or not.

There will be at least 5 recent LRPS and LIPF Panels on display - from Catchlight's Hugh Wilkinson LRPS; Anne Given LRPS; Ian Humes LRPS and Peggy Turner LRPS; Dermott Sweeney LIPF from BPIC -; Gareth O'Cathain LRPS from BPIC - Paul Killeen LRPS from CBPPU, and John Tinneny LRPS who recently gained his LRPS but who has not been a camera club member to date.

We will also have 2 AIPF Panels - Martin Courtney AIPF and John Lawell AIPF.

So if you have been considering going for a Distinction, but do not know how to go about it, this is an opportunity to see the standard required and to ask questions/seek advice from experienced Club Photographers.

** This event is entirely OPEN to anyone, whether a member of a camera club or not **

7.45pm at Finaghy Community Centre, Benmore Drive, Finaghy Rd South, Belfast.

** Wednesday 2 April - Gabriel O'Shaughnessy MFIAP FIPF FRPS EFIAP/b **
27th March 2014
On Wednesday 2nd April we have a Guest Presentation by Gabriel O'Shaughnessy MFIAP FIPF FRPS EFIAP/b. Gabriel, a long standing member of Dundalk Photographic Society, is a highly acclaimed photographer and Judge of International Salons. He will be displaying prints, including both Fellowship Panels from the Royal Photographic Society, and the Irish Photographic federation.
Gabriel was Chairman of Dundalk when it became the First Irish Club to win the FIAP World Cup.
A night not to be missed, and as usual for Catchlight Camera Club, ALL GUESTS AND FRIENDS ARE WELCOME!!


7.45PM sharp

** Photographer of the Year Competition - Round 1 **
26th March 2014
On Wednesday 26th March the Club held Round 1 of the Photographer of the Year Competition - with the theme being 'Movement.' The Judge was Brian McKenna from Merville CC.

In the Advanced Section the results were as follows:

Advanced Mono :

1st Gerald Gribbon

2nd Ross McKelvey

3rd Bob Given

4th Hugh Wilkinson

5th Anne Given

Advanced Colour:

1st Ross McKelvey

2nd Bob Given

3rd Tommy Dickson

4th Anne Given

5th Stephen Wilson


Novice Colour:

1st Peter Lennon

2nd Ian Humes

3rd Keith Wilson

4th Anto Dargan

5th Shirley O'Neill

Novice Mono:

1st Michael Ross

2nd Philip Sloan

3rd Ian Humes

4th Shirley O'Neill

5th Peter Lennon


Advanced -
Ross McKelvey 19 points
Bob Given 17 points
Gerald Gribbon 15 points
Anne Given 13 point
Hugh Wilkinson 12 points
Stephen Wilson 11 points

Novice -
Ian Humes 17 points
Peter Lennon 16 points
Michael Ross 15 points
Shirley O'Neill 13 points
Keith Wilson 13 points
Anto Dargan 12 points
** 22 Starred Images over 5 Rounds for Catchlight **
20th March 2014
During the Season's Top Club Competition, Catchlight Members managed to get 22 individual images 'Starred' by NIPA. A total of 21 individual members managed to have their work selected to represent the Club in the Competition, and 9 members got starred images. 4 were by Novice Members - Caroline Hughes, Ian Humes, Leo McCourt and Anto Dargan. The remainder were by Paul Hanley (1), Bob Given (5), Hugh Wilkinson (5), Ross McKelvey (6) and Anne Given (1).
(In 2012/13 when we marginally finished second, we had only 18 Starred images in the season)

The entire 22 Starred images were as follows:

Caroline Hughes - Tony

Hugh Wilkinson - Land of Giants

Paul Hanley - La Defense Reflected

Bob Given - Yellowstone Fox

Anto Dargan - Cathy

Bob Given - Wet Jumper

Ross McKelvey - Fredau's Shawl

Leo McCourt - George

Ross McKelvey - The Grey Hat

Ross McKelvey - Ekaterina

Hugh Wilkinson - Crunch Tackle

Bob Given - In the Drawing Room

Bob Given - Brokedown Palace

Hugh Wilkinson - Old Car

Ross McKelvey - Patricia

Ian Humes - Dungory Castle

Ross McKelvey - Cheeky Hanger

Ross McKelvey - Moody Hoody

Bob Given - Pat

Hugh Wilkinson - Fredau

Anne Given - Raphaella

Hugh Wilkinson - Hard Times

*** Top Club in NI - Catchlight Camera Club ***
19th March 2014

Catchlight Camera Club is extremely proud to have won the title of Top Club in the NIPA inter-club competition 2013/14! To win the competition, (which is run over 5 Rounds throughout the season), requires a lot of effort from ALL the clubs' members. CBPPU was the reigning Top Club from last season, and it was never going to relinquish the title without a tough competition.

The final Round was the 'Portrait' themed Round, and Catchlight managed 5 stars in total, taking its overall total score to 504 points. CBPPU came second on 475 points.

Ross McKelvey was the joint top Mono Print (along with Damian McDonald from CBPPU) with 'Moody Hoody' and Hugh Wilkinson and Anne Given both shared Top PDI with 'Hard Times' and 'Raphaella' respectively. Bob Given and Hugh Wilkinson also got 2nd in Colour Prints with 'Pat' and 'Fredau.'

However it is not the 'Starred' images that get you the Top Club Title - it is the scores across the board; the images that were NOT selected to go forward; the strength in depth throughout the Club. This was a real Team effort, with all members gracefully accepting the decisions as to what went forward to NIPA - even when it went against them. The themed Rounds in particular, require the members to go out and shoot images that will stand out from the crowd.

Catchlight also won the NIPA Novice inter-club competition, which is testament to the progression of our novice photographers throughout the season!

Congratulations and well done to all our members!

Catchlight Camera Club Committee

Moody Hoody - 1st Mono Print - Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP BPE4*

Hard Times - 1st PDI - Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB LIPF LRPS BPE1*

Raphaella - 1st PDI - Anne Given CPAGB LIPF LRPS BPE1*

Pat - 2nd Colour Prints - Bob Given DPAGB LBIPP BPE3*

Fredau - 2nd Colour Prints - Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB LIPF LRPS BPE1*

** Bob Given DPAGB LBIPP gains BPE3* Award **
13th March 2014
After the results from vale Of Evesham National Exhibition 2014, Bob Given has reached the milestone required for BPE3* - 100+ acceptances into BPE National Exhibitions. Bob got a total of 9 acceptances from 12, with 2 awards - a PAGB Ribbon for "Wet Jumper" and a BPE Ribbon for "Elephant Seals Mating."

Hugh Wilkinson is steadily approaching the BPE2* milestone, with a total of 6 acceptances from 8.

Anne Given had 4 acceptances and Ross McKelvey had 6 acceptances and one award - a BPE Ribbon for "50 Shades."

Incredibly, the 4 members between them managed a total of 14 out of a possible 16 mono images accepted - testimony to the standard of mono photography in Catchlight Camera Club!!

*** Catchlight excels in Basingstoke National Exhibition ***
05th March 2014
4 individual members of Catchlight Camera Club gained awards in the Basingstoke National Exhibition 2014, with a fantastic set of results:

Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP BPE4* was awarded Silver and Bronze Medals in the Portrait Section with "The Orange Shawl" and Moody Hoody."

Bob Given DPAGB LBIPP BPE2* was awarded a Silver Medal for "Loose ball" in the monochrome section, and a Selectors Award in the Portrait Section for "Pat."

Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB LIPF LRPS BPE1* was awarded Commended for "Heavy Tackle" in the monochrome section, and a Highly Commended for "Distant Gaze" in the Portrait Section.

Anne Given CPAGB LIPF LRPS BPE1* was awarded a Selectors Award for "Back Up" in the monochrome section, and Commended for "Raphaella" in the Portrait Section.

In all, Catchlight Camera Club had 5 Awards from 4 different members in the Portrait Section in this National Exhibition!!

The Orange Shawl - Silver Medal

Moody Hoody - Bronze Medal

Loose Ball - Silver Medal

Pat - Selectors Award

Heavy Tackle - Commended

Distant Gaze - Highly Commended

Back Up - Selectors Award

Raphaella - Commended

** Anne Given CPAGB LIPF LRPS **
25th February 2014
Anne Given's recent success in achieving the LIPF and LRPS Distinctions has spurred her on to entering the National and International Competitions - and we are proud to report that she has had considerable success on the larger stage.

Ann was awarded the Leigh Preston Judge's Medal in the Southport National Open Exhibition 2014 with 'Krossfjorden.'


In the Bristol International Salon 2014, Ann managed to get a whopping 8 acceptances, and 2 awards - with Honourable Mentions for 'Kittywakes' and 'Mean Left Hook.'


Mean Left Hook:

Why not make 2014 the year that YOU tried your luck on the larger stage?!
** Success at National Level Continues **
25th February 2014
Several Catchlight Camera Club members are now regularly competing at National & International level, through the various BPE Exhibitions and FIAP Salons.
We are delighted to report that Bob Given DPAGB BPE2* has won The Southport Trophy for the Top Mono image in the Southport Open Exhibition 2014, with "Wet Jumper." Bob managed 5 acceptances in total in the Southport Exhibition. Wet Jumper also received an Honourable mention Award in the Bristol Salon 2014.

Wet Jumper - The Southport Trophy 2014

At the Water Station

Loose Ball


Yellowstone Fox

Some of Bob's images that were accepted into the Bristol Salon 2014:

At the Livestock Auction


Scrum Half Pass

** 4 Catchlight Members gain LRPS **
24th February 2014
The Royal Photographic Society held an LRPS Panel assessment in Belfast for the first time on Sunday 23 February. 4 of our members applied, and all 4 were successful. Congratulations to Peggy Turner and Ian Humes who gained their first photographic Distinction, and to Anne Given and Hugh Wilkinson who added LRPS to their current Distinctions.

Peggy Turner LRPS:

Ian Humes LRPS:

Anne Given LRPS:

Hugh Wilkinson LRPS:

"Selfies" competition
16th February 2014
On Wednesday 12 February Catchlight Camera Club held a "Selfies" competition just for fun!

Here are some of the ideas that our clever members came up with!

** Mini Club Exhibition at Belfast City Hospital Tower Gallery **
28th January 2014
Catchlight Camera Club now has a mini exhibition consisting of 24 framed prints by 24 individual members of all abilities from novice to advanced, on display at the Tower Gallery, Belfast City Hospital.
The exhibition will hang throughout the month of February 2014, until early March, and is courtesy of Arts Care NI.

** Catchlight CC member Caroline Hughes wins Novice Competition **
27th January 2014
Caatchlight Camera Club Member Caroline Hughes has won the NIPA Annual Novice Competition with a mono print entitled "Tony." Caroline has been a member of Catchlight Camera Club for 2 years, and first came to prominence last Season when she was awarded a Bronze Medal in the East Antrim Exhibition with a portrait entitled "India." Caroline attended studio lighting workshops at Catchlight Studios, before hiring the studio entirely on her own to produce her winning print.

This latest accolade now means that Caroline Hughes will be in the Advanced Section of the Club next Season - something she has demonstrated she is more than ready for!

Well done Caroline!

"Tony" - top mono print in NIPA Annual Novice Competition, and overall top Novice Award 2013/14.

**Wed 15 January - Guest Speaker Ciaran DeBhal AIPF ARPS AFIAP
10th January 2014
On Wednesday 15th January we have a Guest Speaker from Dundalk PS - Cairan DeBhal. Ciaran has been a member of Dundalk Photo Society since 2001 and is currently Chairman. He was a Member of the winning panel in the FIAP Clubs World Cup in 2010 and runners-up in 2011. Gained ARPS and AIPF distinctions in 2008 and AFIAP in 2010.
Ciaran is a Popular club lecturer in Photoshop and Small Flash lighting as well as being in demand to judge club competitions. His passion is street portraiture and environmental portraiture.

Guests welcome!