Images (L to R) by Matt Morrow and Andy Polakowski





Ian O'NeillIan has been interested in photography from an early age thanks to his brother, who used to develop his own pictures in a makeshift darkroom (their bathroom!), and for a six year old it was magic. A camera was the first thing he ever purchased with his first salary when starting work and he has never been without one since.

At the moment he uses the Olympus system which is light and gives excellent results; after 25 years with Canon, Olympus gives him what he wants in a small package. The genres he's most interested in photography-wise are People, Environmental, Landscapes and Macro . . . but he does turn his hand to other subjects when the urge is there. But his main interest is people photography and he enjoys the rapport to get the perfect shot ("yet to get it . . . still striving for it!").

He is a member of Blaenau Ffestiniog camera club and is their Competition Secretary, as well as webmaster.  It is a small club with some really impressive photographers across so many genres. He's also a member of Eryri Photo Group and the Royal Photographic Society.

He feels it has been privilege to be asked to judge and lecture in numerous clubs in the NWPA and has enjoyed every minute of it; he says "the enthusiasm of the members in photography is simply wonderful to behold, may it continue".

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Linda BellI am a local photographer who lives just outside Mold in North Wales.
I enjoy all types of photography but particularly enjoy doing Nature and still life.
I started entering exhibitions and photographic salons in 2012, and have received much pleasure from this, gaining some awards along the way. We live in a beautiful part of the world and it inspires me on a regular basis to get the camera out and go exploring.

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Andy Polakowski  APAGB DPAGB, AWPF, EFIAP/b, GPU-Cr2, BPE4*                          

Andy PolakowskiAndy was still in shorts when he started printing in his father's darkroom and photography, photographs, photographica have been a major part of his life ever since.
A past winner of The British Photography Competition it wasn't until moving to North Wales that he joined his one and only camera club, Mold Camera Club, 40 years ago where he is currently Vice-Chairman and External Competitions Secretary.
As a keen believer in getting photographic images seen, he is a prolific exhibitor both Nationally and Internationally gaining over 100 Awards not only with single images but also Audio-Visuals. Using one of the current crop of book self-publishers is another outlet that Andy is also pursuing and encouraging to others.
He maintains that clubs now have a greater than ever role to play in bringing out the best in everyone's photographic ambitions and to this end, for over 30 years, he has been lecturing and judging in photography clubs throughout North Wales and the North West and Midlands of England.
"Take pictures, show pictures, look at pictures" could be his motto.

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Terry has always had a camera, getting the photography bug when he was given a Brownie 127.
In his early 20s, while hitchhiking to Australia (!), he became more serious about photography after meeting
an obsessed camera man; when he saw the results of his proper efforts he was blown away and so got more
serious about it all.
Terry hadn’t really appreciated the club scene until he was introduced to Deudraeth Camera Club in 2002 and
since then has had various roles in the club, NWPA and PAGB. He acknowledges that because of that he has
met some great friends and learnt a lot about photography.
He likes to see his work used and so is involved with a couple of community groups and tends towards
photographic projects. One such project is “A Year in the Life of Criccieth” which has taken over 5 years thus
far as it just keeps expanding. But it does mean that he meets a lot of people and engages in new
"Photography has certainly enhanced my life".

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Iona O'Neill

Iona has been involved with photography from an early age, with a box brownie! but has evolved into the digital age..She now enjoys mostly Landscapes, Macro and table top photography. An active member of Blaenau CC, and has been a member for many years. She enjoyes seeing all manner of photography, and is often to be seen in lectures in and around North Wales.

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