Ipswich: Eye-catching shots on display at town’s first national exhibition

A Lonely Life by Roger Hance. One of the many photos set to go on display at Ipswich Town Hall.

A Lonely Life by Roger Hance. One of the many photos set to go on display at Ipswich Town Hall. - Credit: Roger Hance

Some of the most striking photographs taken around the country over the last year will be showcased during a five-day exhibition in Ipswich later this month.

It will be the seventh national exhibition staged by the Ipswich-based Beyond Group of photographers, and the first time the event has been hosted in the town.

Organisers promise to display some 855 photographs, representing the best work of about 460 photographers from across Britain, at the Town Hall from Tuesday, September 16 to Saturday, September 20

The exhibition will be divided into colour, monochrome, and nature photographs, and is set to include projected images in genres such as landscapes, portraits, wildlife, sport, urban, travel and fantasy.

The 15-member Beyond Group of photographers have been holding the event for the last seven years, and have this year attracted a record number of entries.

Jane and Adrian Lines, from the Wigan Photographic Society, and local photographer Liz Cutting took on the demanding task of judging more than 3,400 entries and selecting the final 855 images for the exhibition.

Barbie Lindsay, one of the Beyond Group’s founder members

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“This is a great opportunity to view some of the best photographs from photographers around the British Isles,” explains Barbie Lindsay, one of the Beyond Group’s founder members, said: “This is our seventh and most successful exhibition to date, making it one of the major exhibitions in the country. I am delighted to announce that this year, we will be giving visitors a chance to vote for their favourite print in the exhibition.”

The exhibition is one of only about 20 run under the auspices of the British Photographic Exhibitions organisation, and is the only one to be staged in East Anglia.

The exhibition is free and can be viewed on the first floor of the Town Hall. Doors open on the Tuesday, from 1.30pm-4.30pm, and from 10.30am-4.30pm for the remaining four days.

A presentation of awards will take place at 2pm on the Saturday and includes light refreshments.