We are delighted to welcome our judges for this year’s salon: Margaret Salisbury, Adrian Lines, Bill Power, Niamh Whitty, Gerry Kerr and Robert Given.


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Margaret has a lot of distinctions but the ones most important to her, and relevant when she is lecturing or judging, are: FRPS, MFIAP, FIPF and most recently the AWPF (Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation). She also has “honorary Membership” of several societies and was awarded the Fenton Medal with the RPS and APAGB for service to photography.

Interesting fact – Margaret is known as the Welsh Dragon as she draws a Dragon as a signature on the back of all her prints!

“I live on the coast of North Wales very close to the sea and most days I go to the beach to have an hour just walking or swimming in the sea when the tide is right, starting in early May I aim to swim when the weather is not too rough right up to end of November this is of course the Irish Sea and I often look across the sea and remember Ireland both the holidays and the visits I have made to judge and lecture so look forward to spending several days and meeting the people.”

Margaret runs courses for those wanting to improve their photography, attain exhibition acceptances or wishes to go for one of the many distinctions. Her talk aims a “something for everyone”, it is entirely a print lecture including “Travel, Events, Creative, Flowers, Places” in the first half and, her first love, in the second half is “People” including some of the images with which she was awarded the Irish Federation Fellowship and her Master Artist of FIAP.

Margaret is really looking forward to returning to Ireland and meeting old friends and making new friends.

She is sponsored by FOTOSPEED.


adrianlinesAdrian first became interested in photography after buying a digital camera in 2006.

He is currently a member of Chorley Photographic Society (and an executive committee member of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, and the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union).

Adrian enjoys and regularly enters national and international photography competitions (with reasonable success, including numerous FIAP blue badges and national and international medals). Adrian enjoy all forms of photography, especially people, but has developed a reputation for producing ‘altered reality’ images in photoshop.

Personal website http://adrianlines.com

Bill Power, FIPF, EFIAP

 Bill Power

Bill is Irish Photographer of the Year 2016.

He gained a licentiateship and associateship from the Irish Photographic Federation in 2012. In 2014, he became a Fellow of the IPF for a panel of twenty nature images. He is an adjudicator for all levels of distinctions in the IPF.

He entered his first salon in June 2013 and gained his AFIAP in 2015 and EFIAP in 2016.  He has won over 100 international salon awards in many genres including creative digital, portraiture, fine art nude, nature and landscape. He currently has 1,500 international salon acceptances from over thirty countries. Bill has also won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals in Irish regional and national competitions, the most important of which was winning IPF Photographer of the Year in 2016.

One of his images was selected by the Irish postal service for their 2014 Christmas stamp. It sold almost four-million copies.

Bill, who is a former news journalist and now works as an historian, defines his photographic style as eclectic and constantly changing. His motto is to ‘strive to be different; it’s easy to be ordinary’. He is a much sought after speaker and judge. ‘Photography is a never-ending journey,’ he says. ‘It has taught me to see the world differently’.

Bill is a member of the Council of the Irish Photographic Federation and is their international competitions selection co-ordinator.

His website is www.billpowerpx.com

Niamh Whitty FIPF ARPS

NiamhNiamh has been a member of Cork Camera Group since 2008. She’s gained many club titles along the way including four time winner of their Photographer of the Year.

She is a member of council of the Irish Photographic Federation and is an adjudicator of IPF distinctions and is a respected judge both in Ireland and overseas.  She is very active with the IPF as their webmaster and also editor of their monthly newsletter.

Niamh holds a fellowship with the IPF for her panel of abstract flowers (2011). She also gained an associateship with the RPS (2012).

She explores flowers through her camera in her own unique way using a macro lens and creates abstract dreamscapes through what she sees.  She is also a professional photographer.


gerry_kerrGerry has been involved in photography for the last 5 years. His interests include travel, people and nature/wildlife. He is a member of Celbridge camera club. At the moment, he is involved at a national level with the IPF, where he organises the national nature competition and various Youth competitions.

In 2005, he applied for an IPF distinction with the IPF and was successful, and in 2008, he followed up with an associateship panel. He is currently (slowly) working on a fellowship panel as well as progressing a FIAP distinction.

Gerry’s passions in photography are people in their environment and the natural world. His interest in photographing the natural world also reflects a desire to protect and enhance our environment. We are at a pivotal time in the cycle of thing in the world with many habitats under threat due to climate change. It seems a shame that human greed and indifference is adding to the destruction.



Bob started shooting film in 1975, particularly Sport, winning Northern Ireland Sports Photographer of the Year 2000, and NI Amateur Sports Photographer of the year in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Bob ‘went digital’ in 2004 and retirement the following year allowed digital photography to become a full-time passion. Since 2013 Bob has taken part in national and international salons of photography, with over 2,100 acceptances and some 100 awards, and the salon habit has become another, of many reasons, to keep looking for new images.

Sport and travel (for landscape, with its people and wildlife) have long been favourite genres, but studio and environmental portraiture are more recent and exciting directions. Bob is an active member and current Chairman of Catchlight Camera Club.