Photography success for Ross

NIPA President Vittorio Silvestri left presents Lisburn's Ross McKelvey from Catchlight Camera Club with his NIPA award.

NIPA President Vittorio Silvestri left presents Lisburn's Ross McKelvey from Catchlight Camera Club with his NIPA award.

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Lisburn photographer Ross McKelvey was amongst those from local camera clubs who attended the Braid Centre, Ballymena last Saturday for the announcements at World Club Photography level.

Lisburn man Ross had images within the Irish Photographic Federation’s ten image panel.

At the opening ceremony for the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain touring photographic exhibition, it was announced that four Northern Ireland camera club photographers had the previous day helped both the PAGB and the Irish Photographic Federation take an incredible first and second place respectively in one of the world’s most prestigious photographic competitions.

The 2016 Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique Monochrome Print Biennial competition saw 48 countries take part and both Bob Given from Ballynahinch and Coleraine’s Keith Elgin had images included in of the ten image panel to represent PAGB.

Lisburn’s Ross McKelvey and Ballynahinch’s Hugh Wilkinson also had images within the IPF’s ten image panel.

Such a launch onto the World stage by all three local amateurs has been hailed a huge achievement.

The four are from Catchlight Camera Club and Ballymoney Amateur Photography Club, which are just two of 28 amateur clubs affiliated to the Northern Ireland Photographic Association.

The main event at the Mid-Antrim Museum at The Braid, Bridge Street, Ballymena saw awards made to seven local photographers at the opening of the PAGB annual Print Exhibition.

In the Monochrome print section and Nature PDI sections, Hugh Wilkinson and Michael Rice were awarded prestigious Silver medals respectively.

PAGB Ribbons were also awarded to Keith Elgin from Ballymoney, Joe Vize from Newtownabbey, Kieran Murray from Banbridge, Gary Johnston and Ian Lyons both from Newtownabbey.

The 150 print exhibition at The Braid features both Colour print and Monochrome print work by club photographers from all 15 regional federations of the PAGB as selected by three selectors from entries in the Inter-Federation Competition recently hosted by NIPA in Belfast.

However, the competition saw NIPA win the prestigious Keighley Trophy for the top federation in the monochrome print section.

Last Thursday also saw the opening of the NIPA annual exhibition showing at ArtCetera Studio, Belfast.

The exhibition features 100 large size monochrome and colour prints, along with a selection of projected digital work.

This exhibition is the highlight of the NIPA annual calendar of events with this year’s Camera Jungle sponsored five round inter-club series of competitions leading up to the National successes in the PAGB Inter-federation Championships.

The NIPA exhibition will be on display from Tuesday to Saturday each week until 27 July, and the PAGB exhibition at The Braid will be on display until 25 August.