** 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

NIPA Round 1 Results 2013/14
24th October 2013
Catchlight Camera Club Members managed a total of 5 Starred images in Round 1 of the NIPA inter-club competition!

1. Land of Giants by Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB

2. La Defence Reflected by Paul Hanley LRPS

3. Yellowstone Fox by Bob Given DPAGB LBIPP

4. Tony by Caroline Hughes

5. Cathy by Anto Dargan

BPE1 award for Bob Given
17th October 2013
Following another 8 acceptances in the Dingwall Salon (1 Mono, 3 Colour, 2 Nature and 2 Travel) Bob has qualified for the BPE1 award.
Congratulations Bob.

British Photographic Exhibitions (Opens link in new window)
More Exhibition Success
17th October 2013
Congratulations to Ross for achieving 9 acceptances and a PSA Ribbon in the Tallaght International Salon. He followed this up with 11 acceptances, 1 medal, 2 Highly Commended and 3 Commended images in the Yardley National Exhibition.
Double Success in Shrewsbury
10th October 2013
Congratulations to Bob Given and Ross McKelvey from Catchlight Camera Club, for their recent success in the Shrewsbury National Open Exhibition 2013. The Shrewsbury Exhibition is one of the many Salons on the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) Circuit, attracting entries from all over the UK. Ross won a PAGB Silver Medal for his image 'Moody Hoody' and Bob won a PAGB Silver Medal for 'Loose Ball' and two Commended ribbons from his 8 acceptances.
Hugh Wilkinson also managed an impressive 5 acceptances.

Well done guys!

Wed 9 October - Guest Speaker Charles McQuillan from Pacemaker Intnl
06th October 2013
This week we have a guest speaker - Charles McQuillan, Press Photographer of the Year, from Pacemaker International.
Charles will give a presentation and talk on his award winning work as a Press Photographer in Northern Ireland!

Guests welcome
Ross McKelvey MPAGB - Passion for Prints - Guests welcome
26th September 2013
On Wednesday 2nd October, Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP BPE3* will give a presentation entitled 'Passion for prints' - showcasing a selection of his favourite prints as well as the first showing of his successful MPAGB panel of prints since being awarded the Distinction in April 2013 in Birmingham.

The MPAGB is the highest Distinction awarded by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, and requires 20 prints, all individually judged to the benchmark of 'the highest standard of UK amateur photography.' Ross was only the 2nd photographer from NI to gain the Distinction, after Colin Thompson MPAGB who gained the award some 16 years ago! It is hoped that Colin Thompson MPAGB will also be in attendance.

There will also be an opportunity to view a fabulous selection of prints from 10+ members of the Club which will form the Club panel of prints for the forthcoming UK Top Club Print Championships at Connahs Quay on 26 October.

Guests and friends welcome

Catchlight Camera Club
Valerie McKee LIPF
14th September 2013
Catchlight Camera Club is delighted to announce that Valerie McKee was successful with an LIPF Panel in Waterford today! Congratulations to Valerie for the hard work and effort involved in putting this varied panel together. The Judges commented very favourably, and congratulated Valerie on the great variety of subject matter and the layout of the panel.

The LIPF Panel of Valerie McKee:

Catchlight Camera Club now has 10 members with Distinctions!
*** Notice Regarding Membership **
28th August 2013
Prospective new members are invited to attend our opening night on Wednesday 4th September, to view a selection of the members photographs, and to hear a brief outline of what membership entails, and what the Club has to offer.

However please be aware that there is a cap on the total number of members. We currently have space for approximately 18-20 new members, with a maximum of 50 members in total. This is in the best interests of the Club as a whole.

If there are more potential new members than there are spaces available, then there will have to be a selection process, and unfortunately that will mean some people will be disappointed. We hate to turn people away, but 50 members is more than enough for a healthy camera club. The committee will be tasked with carrying out a fair selection process, trying to get a fair mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced photographers of mixed age and gender.

***If you are unsuccessful, you are still welcome to attend any of our guest speaker evenings during the season, and also to participate in Beginner Workshops if appropriate. Anyone participating in our beginner workshops, and/or attending guest speaker evenings, will be first in line for future membership vacancies.***

Catchlight Camera Club Committee
*** Catchlight Camera Club - 9 members with Distinctions ***
24th August 2013
Catchlight Camera Club has 9 individual members with photographic distinctions from the various photographic bodies throughout the UK & Ireland.

Distinctions are an extremely worthwhile exercise - they involve reaching a certain standard, and there are slight differences between them, but by and large there are 3 levels of Distinction - entry level, mid level and top level. For example the Royal Photographic Society's Distinctions are LRPS, ARPS and FRPS; the photographic alliance of GB awards a CPAGB, DPAGB and an MPAGB etc.

Catchlight Camera Club encourages its members to try to achieve these standards and distinctions, as they are very good for focussing the mind, and giving your photography a purpose. We hope to add to these numbers in the current season by giving members encouragement, opportunities and advice.

Our 9 members with Distinctions are:

Brendan Gallagher LRPS
Paul Hanley LRPS

Melissa Gordon LIPF
John Lawell LIPF

Martin Courtney AIPF

Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB
Anne Given CPAGB

Club Programme for 2013/14
07th June 2013
The full Programme for 2013/14 Season is now available on this website or by clicking the link herein.

The Committee are delighted to have such a full and varied programme, which has been designed to appeal to all tastes, and in particular, we have secured the attendance of several notable speakers for the new Season:

Bob Given DPAGB a Catchlight CC member

Charles McQuillan NI Press Photographer of the Year from Pacemaker Press International

Ciaran deBhal AIPF ARPS AFIAP from Dundalk PS

Gabriel O'Shaughnessy FRPS FIPF EFIAP/b from Dundalk PS

** Visitors from other Clubs, or friends of members, are always welcome at Catchlight Camera Club, particularly for guest speakers, to ensure a full house and a big welcome! However it is normal etiquette to let us know in advance that you wish to attend on any particular evening. Please do so by sending an e-mail to catchlightcameraclub[at] (On some occasions there may be a nominal cover charge)
EAPU Exhibition - Catchlight Strikes Gold, Silver & Bronze!
06th June 2013
The East Antrim Photographic Union Open Exhibition 2013 was held at Clarion Hotel, Carrickfergus on Tuesday 4 June. This is a digital projected images exhibition, and is currently the only Open exhibition organised in N.Ireland for amateur photographers. Catchlight members accounted for 44% of the final exhibition!

We are very proud to say that Catchlight Members did extremely well in the Exhibition - in particular our members won the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in the Colour Section - Star showing was Melissa Gordon LIPF who won the PAGB Gold Medal with 'Oliver;' Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP won the PAGB Silver Medal with 'Poppyfields are Forever;' and Caroline Hughes won the Bronze Medal with 'India.'

1. PAGB Gold Medal - 'Oliver' by Melissa Gordon LIPF

2. PAGB Silver Medal - 'Poppyfields are Forever' by Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP

3. PAGB Bronze Medal - 'India' by Caroline Hughes

4. Commended - 'Flying Tackle' by Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB

5. Commended - 'Fields of Blue' by Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP

In the Mono Section, Ross McKelvey was awarded PAGB Silver and PAGB Bronze Medals for 'One Black One, One White One' and 'Subway Muscle' respectively.

6. PAGB Silver Medal - 'One Black One, One White One' by Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP

7. PAGB Bronze Medal - 'Subway Muscle' by Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP

8. PAGB Ribbon - 'The Round Window' by Paul Hanley LRPS

9. PAGB Ribbon - 'Stephen' by Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP

10. Commended - 'Chicago Morning' by Paul Hanley LRPS

11. Commended - 'Seana' by Ross McKelvey MPAGB AFIAP

In total, Catchlight Camera Club had 41 images selected in the final 95 images comprising the exhibition - a 44% representation by Catchlight Camera Club!

A selection of other images from Catchlight members. which were accepted into the exhibition:

Brendan Gallagher LRPS:

John Lawell LIPF

Martin Courtney AIPF

Gary McCulloch

Melissa Gordon LIPF

Paul Jepps

Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB

Gerald Gribbon

Hugh Wilkinson CPAGB

Melissa Gordon LIPF

Gerald Gribbon: