** 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!

** Will McCrum Memorial Cup 2013 **
09th January 2014
The Will McCrum Memorial Cup for Portraiture was hosted by CPA Camera Club on Tuesday 7th January, and Catchlight Members put in a tremendous showing, with Club Chairman Ross McKelvey managing to lift the Trophy for the second time - with a portrait of fellow member Gerald Gribbon, entitled 'Moody hoody.'
In all, Catchlight members took the Top 3 places, with several Commended and Highly Commended.
The Will McCrum Memorial Cup Competition will hopefully go from strength to strength, with the support from camera clubs all over the province. It was great to see a large entry, and a good attendance to hear the Judge, professional photographer William Mateer from Templepatrick, provide positive and encouraging feedback on all the entries.

Martin Courtney was Commended :

Bob Given was Commended:

Ross McKelvey was Highly Commended:

Paul Jepps was highly Commended:

Ross McKelvey was Highly Commended:

Ross McKelvey was awarded 3rd Place:

Hugh Wilkinson was awarded 2nd Place:

Ross McKelvey was awarded 1st Place and the Will McCrum Trophy:

Multiple Success in Bebington Salon 2013
25th December 2013
Catchlight Camera Club members had several successes in the final BPE Salon of the Year - The Bebington National Salon 2013.

Bob Given DPAGB BPE2* LBIPP was awarded 2 medals and a Highly Commended; Anne Given LIPF CPAGB got a Commended and Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB LIPF BPE1* got a Commended!

PAGB Silver Medal for 'Loose Ball' by Bob Given:

PAGB Bronze Medal for 'Kittiwakes, Svalbard' by Bob Given:

Highly Commended 'Yellowstone Fox' by Bob Given:

Mean Left Hook by Anne Given:

The Shepherd by Hugh Wilkinson:

BPE1* Awarded to Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB LIPF
10th December 2013
Hugh Wilkinson has added BPE1* to his CPAGB and LIPF Distinctions, after getting a total of 25 images accepted into National Exhibitions throughout the UK.
The latest exhibition is The Solihull Open Exhibition 2013 where Hugh managed to get 6 acceptances including a Highly Commended Award!

Congratulations Hugh!

'Heavy Tackle' - Highly Commended

Young Buskers


Whistle Blower

BPE2* and BPE4* achieved by 2 Catchlight Members
29th November 2013
Congratulations to Club Members Bob Given and Ross McKelvey who this week achieved the BPE2* and BPE4* Awards respectively from British Photographic Exhibitions, after the results of the Frome National Exhibition were announced.

BPE2* requires 50 accepted images in UK National Exhibitions, and BPE4* requires 200. Hugh Wilkinson is also well on his way to achieving BPE1*

Bob Given was also awarded a Highly Commended in Frome for his image 'Wet Jumper' :

Blue Ice by Bob Given:

Loose Ball by Bob Given:

Fredau's Shawl by Ross McKelvey:

Ekaterina by Ross McKelvey :

Say it with Roses by Hugh Wilkinson:

Crunch Tackle by Hugh Wilkinson:

** 6 Starred Images in Round 2 NIPA Top Club Competition **
29th November 2013
Catchlight Camera Club members managed 6 starred images in Round 2 of the Top Club Competition held at Ballymoney Town Hall on Wednesday 27th November. Catchlight has now extended its lead in the overall competition, with Ballynahinch CC in 2nd place.

Ballymoney & Fairhead Clubs deserve great credit for the manner in which Round 2 was hosted - an excellent venue, well attended, and great hospitality with sandwiches and cakes provided during the refreshment break! Thank you to both clubs for your generosity and hospitality.

Starred Images:

Hugh Wilkinson - Top PDI for 'Crunch Tackle'

Ross McKelvey for Fredau's Shawl in Mono prints:

Ross McKelvey Top Colour Print for 'The Grey Hat':

Leo McCourt for 'George' in mono Prints:

Bob Given for 'Wet Jumper' in Mono Prints:

Ross McKelvey for 'Ekaterina' in Colour Prints:

*** Distinctions Success at Thurles ***
23rd November 2013
Several Catchlight members were successful in a Distinctions Sitting of the Irish Photographic federation today at Thurles, County Tipperary!

John Lawell LIPF became John Lawell AIPF, gaining the Associateship with a colourful panel of 15 flowers.
Hugh Wilkinson succeeded in gaining the LIPF to add to the CPAGB he already has;
And finally, Anne Given was also successful in gaining the LIPF to add to her CPAGB, with a panel of 10 prints.

John Lawell's AIPF Panel:

John Lawell AIPF getting presented with his certificate by John Cuddihy, President of the IPF:

Anne Given's LIPF Panel:

Anne Given LIPF getting presented with her certificate by John Cuddihy, President of the IPF:

Congratulations to our newly qualified members!

Ross McKelvey
Club Chairman
FIAP Clubs World Cup 2013
11th November 2013
Catchlight Camera Club is believed to be the first Camera Club from the North of ireland to enter the prestigious FIAP Clubs World Cup. Traditionally, Irish Camera Clubs have done well, with both Dundalk and Drogheda Camera Clubs having won the title in recent years. This Year Drogheda came 4th and Dundalk 9th. Catchlight managed an incredible 13th place!
Congratulations to Wigan10 who won the competition!

160 Clubs from around the World entered the competition, and Catchlight came in 13th place out of the 160, putting us in the top 8%! The Club had to enter 20 large files and our entry was as follows:

Our entries came from the following members:

Martin Courtney AIPF
Nolan Duffy
Anne Given CPAGB
Melissa Gordon LIPF
Paul Hanley LRPS
Valerie McKee LIPF
Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB
Steve Wilson

Congratulations to everyone in the Club for yet another remarkable achievement!

Club Chairman
Wednesday 6th November - Guests welcome! Bob Given guest speaker - Yellowstone Park/Grand Tetons
02nd November 2013
On Wednesday 6th November, Bob Given DPAGB LBIPP BPE1* will give a PDI Presentation entitled 'Yellowstone Park and the Grand Tetons.' Guests from other camera clubs, or family and friends etc are always very welcome to attend on a guest speaker evening at Catchlight Camera Club.

Finaghy Community Centre, Benmore Drive, off Finaghy Rd South at 7.45pm

Yellowstone Fox by Bob Given

Lone Bull Bison by Bob Given

Joint Winners of The Plate at PAGB Print Championships 2013
26th October 2013
Catchlight Camera Club was very proud to represent NIPA at the PAGB Print Championships at Connahs Quay on the mainland on Saturday 26 October. Only the top clubs from each member Federation get to enter this event, and Catchlight was the only club from NI taking part.

We put in the best performance ever by a Club from NIPA, coming 11th out of the 37 Clubs taking part overall, and just missing out on a place in the Final by 6 points!
Then we were joint winners of The Plate Competition, which requires 5 Prints, including 2 images which were not used in Round 1!

To cap it all, Ross McKelvey was awarded a PAGB Gold Medal for Top Mono print for 'Subway Muscle' and Bob Given was awarded a Judge's Medal by Des Clinton for 'Wet Jumper.'

All 12 prints used in Round 1 came from 8 individual Club members, all of whom have achieved Photographic Distinctions. The 12 prints in Round 1 of the main competition and their scores were as follows:

1. The Shepherd by Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB - 11 points

2. Damselfly by Valerie McKee LIPF - 12 points

3. Geordie Tuft by Martin Courtney AIPF - 12 points

4. Wet Jumper by Bob Given DPAGB LBIPP BPE1* - 14 points

5. La Defence Reflected by Paul Hanley LRPS - 9 points

6. Subway Muscle by Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP BPE3* - 15 points

7. Krossfjorden Spitsbergen by Anne Given CPAGB - 11 points

8. Lone Bull Bison by Bob Given DPAGB LBIPP BPE1* - 12 points

9. Land of Giants by Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB - 10 points

10. Fionnuala by Melissa Gordon LIPF - 11 points

11. One Black One, One White One by Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP BPE3* - 12 points

12. Pat by Bob Given DPAGB LBIPP BPE1* - 14 points

The Winning Plate Entry:

1. Subway Muscle by Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP BPE3* - 15 points

2. Oliver by Melissa Gordon LIPF - 11 Points

3. Wet Jumper by Bob Given DPAGB LBIPP BPE1* - 15 points

4. Pat by Bob Given DPAGB LBIPP BPE1* - 14 points

5. Stephen by Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP BPE3* - 13 points

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