*** Top Club in NIPA - A Hat Trick **

19th March 2016
Catchlight Camera Club has been crowned Top Club in N.I for the 3rd year in a row! This is no mean feat, given the quality of opposition from several other Clubs within NIPA, and it guarantees our entry into the PAGB print Championships later this Year. Catchlight won the Colour Print Section, the Mono Print Section and the PDI Section as well as Top Novice Club, and Top Club overall.

We started the season in 5th place after Round 1, but quickly jumped into 1st place after Round 2, and consolidated our position thereafter with a very strong performance in Rounds 3 (Street theme) and 4 (Open). Round 5 with the tricky theme of 'contre jour' was just a matter of keeping our heads above water. The final score tally was as follows:

1st Place - Catchlight CC with 545 points
2nd Place - CBPPU with 509
3rd Place - CPA with 502.5
4th Place - BPIC and Banbridge each with 493 points

This was potentially a tricky year, having lost 2 very experienced members in Martin Courtney AIPF who joined CBPPU, and Paul Hanley LRPS who joined CPA. Paul had a whole clatter of images selected to represent CPA throughout the season, and managed several Starred images along the way - which helped to lift CPA from 12th place last year to 3rd spot this year!
Congratulations to all the Club members who contributed to this result by consistently raising the bar, and by providing the Club with a constant stream of quality images throughout the season. Most weekends, Catchlight members are out taking pictures whether in rain, hail or shine.

At least half a dozen of our members now regularly compete on the wider stage, learning what makes a good 'competition' image by competing in National & International Salons. We also had several members add the LIPF and/or CPAGB Distinctions to their name during the Year. This has produced a definite knock-on effect in our NIPA entries, as many of the images have already been accepted or won awards in larger-scale competitions.

Just some of our images from this year's Club entries:

PS - Just for "Jeff Smyth" - enjoy!