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NIPA Nature group trip to Castle Coole

September 27, 2018
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From: Darren Brown <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2018 at 20:55
Subject: NIPA Nature Group Outing
To: Darren Brown <>
A NIPA nature group outing has been arranged for Saturday 20th October with the venue being Castle Coole near Enniskillen. This National Trust property has extensive woodland so hopefully plenty of autumn colours and fungi to photograph on the day. Louise Borbely has kindly offered to help identify any fungi we do find.
If a national trust member it is of course free to enter, if not it costs £4 to wander around the grounds (more if you wish to visit the house itself).
There is a cafe or you could bring a packed lunch. 

Could all members who are attending please meet in Castle Coole carpark at 10.30am.
Remember this group is open to all members of NIPA who have an interest in photographing nature.

Lynn (chairperson)


Competition Rules 2018-19

September 20, 2018

EPS Competitions_General Information_2018-2019

NIPA Natural History Competition

November 9, 2017
Please note the extension of the deadline.
This is a natural history competition. More information here:
I think some people are planning to go to the Round 2 adjudication (Lurgan) on 21st Nov so prints could be left there.
Cheers Anita
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From: Darren Brown <>
Date: 8 November 2017 at 15:34
Subject: Fwd: Roy Finlay closing date Extension
To: “Darren Brown (NIPA Secretary)” <>

Hi Everyone

We had a great submission of prints for the Roy Finlay at November council on Monday.

Due to the judging date we are able to extend the closing date until Tuesday 21st November.

Prints should be left with me by arrangement or at the CPA club room on 14th November or at round 2 adjudication on the 21st November.

PDIs should be submitted online at this link

Entries are £1/image and cash for both should left with the prints. If you are only submitting PDIs please arrange to have the entry fee left with me.




Aerial photography by kite – Ciarán May – 9th November

November 9, 2017
Greetings All,
Just a friendly reminder that our meeting tonight is invited speaker and inspirational photographer Ciarán May, from Maguiresbridge. Ciarán has been making photos of scenery around Fermanagh and beyond from his camera dangling below a kite!
Please check out his website:
and his Facebook is: – please like and share.
Ciarán has been producing a calendar of Fermanagh for the last few years which has been a sell out, and now a new addition for 2018 on ‘Ireland’s coast’.
An evening not to be missed!
See you tomorrow.
Kind regards, Anita
PS the ticket for Bruce Percy is now taken!

Fireworks Field Trip

October 31, 2017
Greetings All,
Please find attached a map and directions to meet at the home of one of our members for photographing the fireworks on Tuesday night.
William Holmes
10 Lakeview Park
Contact Willie on 6632 7091
or Anita on 078 7156 1616
We will aim to meet there for 7.30pm on Tuesday. From there we will walk down Algeo Drive (Lake view Park) towards the playing fields to make photos. If you arrive late you may need to phone me to locate us.
Willie has invited people for a cuppa afterwards too. Traffic is likely to be busy up there, prior to the event and afterwards too.
Please can you try to set your camera to:
Manual mode
ISO – 100 or 200
aperture – f8
shutter speed – 5 seconds
I don’t know what we will get with these settings but it’s a starting point.
If our images are black we need to let in more light by opening up the aperture (e.g. f5.6) OR increase the shutter speed (open for 10 seconds) OR increase ISO to 200. Just change one of these, not all of them! We will be learning as we go!
If your camera can’t go to manual mode then we will use shutter priority mode, with ISO 100 or 200 and 5 seconds. (Camera will automatically set the aperture)
Check out beforehand, using your camera manual, if your camera can make ‘multiple exposures’. You can play with that during the fireworks too.
Things to bring with you:
cable release if you have one, or know where your self-timer is
warm clothing! nothing worse than being cold when you’re trying to photograph!
I am attaching links to documents with good information about photographing fireworks.
If anyone wants additional practice on fireworks then I’m aware of another display which is being held by SEFF at the old Lisnaskea High School on Monday 30th somewhere from 9pm onwards but I don’t know the time for sure.
See you on Tuesday!

Open Competition – Thu. 26th October

October 24, 2017
Hello Everyone,
A friendly reminder to email your photos to before 5pm on Wednesday.
Bring prints to our evening on Thursday and if possible come earlier with your prints please.
I have attached the information on competitions for further clarification of finer details. 
Our judge is Damian McDonald from West Court camera club in Belfast. 
We are in the Enniskeen Room just off the foyer for the evening (rather that the Hilliard Room). 
At this stage I am still planning to travel to Belfast on Wednesday evening for the adjudication of the Round 1 open competition (all the entries from clubs across NI including our own entries of course). It’s off the Lisburn Road in Belfast. Anyone that would like to travel up with me, please reply by email or phone 078 7156 1616.
See you then.
Kind regards, Anita

Dr Anita J Kirkpatrick

Competition Night Round 1 Open

September 27, 2017
Email entries to
​at absolute latest 5pm on 27th September.
Bring prints on the night.
Any questions, just ask here or on Facebook.
Our judge for the night will be Vittorio Sylvestre, from Belfast. He is currently President of NIPA (Northern Ireland Photographic Association). His website is
See you on Thursday 28 September. Please come a few minutes earlier to get your prints entered into competition to enable us to start on time.

Competition Rules

September 19, 2017

Click on the link to see a PDF of the EPS Competition rules.

EPS Competitions_General Information_2017-18

New Season Opening Night

August 31, 2017
Opening Night for our 2017-2018 Season is 7th September at 8pm and will be held in the new location of St. Macartin’s Cathedral Hall, Enniskillen. There is parking at the rear and signs will guide you to the Hilliard Room for the meeting.
The first meeting is an Introduction to your Camera (Part 1) in addition to looking at Champion Photos from our Annual Exhibition.
The next meeting is on 14th September for Introduction to your Camera (Part 2) and then meetings are every two weeks after that.
Click on the link below to see our Facebook site.

NIPA Annual Print Exhibition 2017

June 29, 2017
The opening night of the NIPA Annual Print Exhibition will be held on 6th July at 7.30pm – featuring 100 prints and the presentation of PAGB medals and ribbons.