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BNDCC Annual Exhibition, NIPA Novice Competition & Club Annual Dinner

On Friday April 21 members of Bangor and North Down Camera Club gathered for their annual dinner and prize giving and on April 28 the Bangor club hosted The NIPA [Northern Ireland Photographic Association]Novice Competition


The annual dinner and prize giving was well attended as during this last year the club has returned to face to face meeting following the disruption of Covid restrictions.


This was a welcome return to the display of actual prints and but also images for digital projection and is celebrated as the final competition event in the formal season which extends from September to May.


It was thus that on Friday May 05 members welcomed Matthew Canning to judge the exhibition submissions.


Matthew took care to consider the work on display making comment and offering his advice on the many different sections of the competition as noted below:

  • CHAIRMANS CHALLENGE

  • GENERAL COLOUR

  • GENERAL MONO

  • LANDSCAPE COLOUR

  • LANDSCAPE MONO

  • LANDSCAPE MONO PDI GENERAL

  • PDI LANDSCAPE

  • PDI PORTRAIT

  • PORTRAIT CO;OUR

  • PORTRAIT MONO

  • TOP CO;OUR PRINT


As always the judge gave his verdict declaring the winners as follows:


Advanced Landscape Colour


Nigel Snell Inishturk Sunset First

Mandy Milliken Autumn Trees Third

Harry Graham Late In The Day Commended


Novice Landscape Colour


Hanna Brown Glenfinnan Viaduct First

Hanna Brown Morning Walk Second

Hanna Brown Lough Leven Third



Advanced General Colour

Ray Magill Below The Spiral Stair First


Harry Graham Urban Fox Second


Ray Magill Run for Home Third


Nigel Snell Eyes In The Sky Commended


Leanne Simpson Lighthouse Commended





Novice General Colour


Hanna Brown Brown Nero First

Hanna Brown Tulip with Sparkle Second

Hanna Brown Camellia Third



Advanced General Mono


Hugh Rooney The Armadillo First

Ray Magill Touching The Clouds Second

Ray Magill Reichstag Offices and Walker Third

Mandy Milliken Crooked Staircase Highly Commended

Mandy Milliken Staircase Triptych Commended

Advanced Landscape Mono


Hugh Rooney The Ladder First

Hugh Rooney Pier Second

Hugh Rooney The Dark Hedges Third


Novice Landscape Mono

Hanna Brown Downhill Demesne First

Advanced PDI General


Alastair Bell Classic Socks First

Leanne Simpson Take the Plunge Second

Mandy Milliken Tube Life Third

Leanne Simpson Waxwing Flypast Highly Commended

Alistair Bell Kelpie Commended


Novice PDI General

Elliot North Close Up of a Waxwing First

Elliot North Slippery Catch Second

Elliot North Icy Droplets Third


Advanced PDI Portrait

Peter Hughes Woman First

Alastair Bell Gaudi Geisha Second

Alastair Bell Chef Aquino - Canete Third

Leanne Simpson Little Lady Highly Commended


Novice PDI Portrait

Elliott North John Lennon Glasses First

Elliot North Guitarist Second

Elliot North We're On Our Way Third



Advanced Portrait Colour

Edward McCavana Senior Citizen First and top colour Print


Harry Graham Chloe Second


Mandy Milliken Buskers Third














Advanced Portrait Mono


Leanne Simpson Give Me Your Best Smile First


Chairman's Challenge Advanced




















Peter Hughes Beach Stones


This brings the 2022 -23 formal season to a close so now Wednesday informal meetings will continue until the return of the formal 23 -24 season in September .

The club welcomes new members both experienced photographers or those wishing to develop an interest in a challenging and rewarding skill .To this end the club is considering the launch of a programme of seminars aimed at those wishing to embark on their photographic development .Details of this have as yet to be finalised and it is hoped to provide details for a roll out during the summer Those wishing to join the club may contact the club secretary Hazel Newel at bndccsecretary@gmail.com

or come along on any Wednesday where you will be welcome to speak to established members and obtain further information .


It is hoped to stage an exhibition of members work during the summer, venue and details to be announced soon .

Congratulations to the winning photographers and thanks to all who entered their work and indeed to all who submitted their work during the 2022 –2023 season.

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