** Another 'First' for a NIPA Club **

16th July 2017
The PAGB holds an annual PDI Championships at Warwick in July. The top 2 Clubs from each Federation throughout the UK are invited to take part - a total of 38 clubs. This year Catchlight and Bangor Camera Clubs from N.Ireland took part from the NI Federation, NIPA.
The competition consists of 2 Rounds, with 8 images from each club in each Round. At the end of the 2 Rounds, the Top 8 clubs compete in the Final, and the remaining 30 clubs compete in The Plate Competition.

Catchlight qualified in 8th place, to take part in the Final - becoming the first club from NIPA ever to do so. This is no mean achievement, as those who have taken part in the past can testify - you are up against 'la creme de la creme' of UK club photography.
In the final, Catchlight remained in 8th spot overall with a very creditable 257 points, just one behind the 7th placed Club. Smethwick PS won the event, with an incredible average score of 14.1 per image, and a total score of 282.

Congratulations to new Club member Gregory McStraw, who was taking part in a competition of this standing for the first time - his 2 images scored 15/15 and 14/15 respectively, so he made a major contribution. Ross McKelvey also had images scoring 15 and 14. Bob Given had images that scored 14, 13, 13 and 13 respectively. In all, over 14 individual members contributed to the pool of images that were used in the competition.

The Club won a PAGB Bronze medal and an automatic qualification for next year's event! In the Final, the Club had 12 images that scored either 13, 14 or 15 and our average score across 20 images was 12.85.

Well done all!

15/15 - Waterfall at Kirkjufell by Gregory McStraw

15/15 - Ebony Dove by Ross McKelvey

14/15 - Space and Time by Gregory McStraw

14/15 - Morning Light by Ross McKelvey

14/15 - The Gentle Touch by Bob Given

13/15 - A Winter Warmer by Shirley O'Neill

13/15 - Sparrowhawk by Hugh Wilkinson

13/15 - Ninja Rugby by Bob Given

13/15 - One by Gerald Gribbon

13/15 - Esmerelda by Bob Given

13/15 - Feeling Blue by Ross McKelvey

13/15 - Baker Street by Bob Given