The Irish Photographic Federation National Shield for 2019

 

 

 

The Irish Photographic Federation National Shield for 2019 takes place in Kilkenny and is proudly hosted by Kilkenny Photographic Society. Kilkenny Photographic Society would like to extend a warm welcome you to this year’s venue, Hotel Kilkenny, College Road, Kilkenny, R95 KPO8 and to also welcome our judges for this most difficult task! Our judges on the day are:

Ms Ann Cassidy MFA, FRPS, FIPF, AFIAP,
Ms Judy Boyle FIPF, FRPS, MFIAP
Mr Bob Given MPAGB, BPE3*, LBIPP

 

The Irish Photographic Federation are once again delighted to welcome back Sheldon Long and his Company Fine Art Papers as sponsors for this year’s National Shield. Fine Art Papers are the leading supplier of papers by Canson, Hahnemuhle, Fuji, Epson and St. Cuthbert’s in Ireland and are a fully accredited Gold, Epson Pro Partner for the supply of Epson printers and inks. You can check them out on the following link: www.sheldonphoto.com

 

In addition, Sheldon has a bespoke printing and framing service which he runs together with Framing Direct in Glenageary, Co. Dublin. www.fineartprintingdirect.ie. He is also available for printing and training workshops on both a club and individual level. Sheldon has had a long track record in supporting the IPF National Shield and acknowledges the efforts put in by nearly thirty clubs every year to showcase the works of their non-advanced members. In his own words, “it is fantastic to see camera club members grow from their initial involvement with the Shield to advance members competing on the world stage”.

 

Many members have their work first exhibited at the National Shield and it is important that as many clubs as possible compete as Sheldon feels it brings out the competitive streak in some, the building of friendships in others and a familiarity with major competition that helps raise the standard and promote photography in Ireland. Even if you or your club does not compete you should make a point of attending the IPF National Shield at the Hotel Kilkenny, College Road, Kilkenny on the 17th November next. Our sponsor Sheldon Long and his Company Fine Art Papers will be on hand with a large selection of fine art papers and other photographic supply’s on the day.

We are delighted to welcome Bernard Geraghty and Ian Carruthers to Kilkenny, two of Irelands leading landscape and astrophotography photographers who will be giving presentations during the course of the day. First up will be Bernard who will be presenting a selection of stunning images of his travel in Ireland, Iceland, Faroe Island, Isle of Skye, and many other places. Bernard’s presentation takes place at 10:00am.

Bernard Geraghty is a professional landscape photographer and the founder of Bernard Geraghty Landscape Tours, taking groups of photographers from around the world, all over the world. Having only found photography in late 2015, although always having a keen interest in hiking from a very young age, it was only when he got his first camera that the hiking adventures became truly fulfilling. After spending a year chasing sunrises, sunsets and the stars at night, Bernard quickly realised he found his calling.

Photography gave Bernard both the easiest and hardest decisions he’s ever had to make in life, the latter, the fact he worked as a plumber in a steady job, making a decent living, but the easy decision knowing that, with hard work, landscape photography is exactly what he wanted to turn into a career. Now in his 3rd year of business, Bernard’s job has taken him all over Ireland, North to Iceland, Norway, the Arctic Circle, Scotland and the Faroe Islands, South, to the Italian Dolomites, Tenerife, Switzerland and Africa and West to the U.S and Canada.

Bernard’s inspiration for being outdoors and travelling has many factors, he truly believes spending time outdoors can act as a medicine in a battle against mental health, while out shooting, taking time to sit or stand and enjoy the sounds around him and the priceless reaction of clients when shooting the likes of sunrises/sunsets, the Northern Lights and the Milky Way Galactic Core. Bernard is a brand ambassador for some of the biggest companies in photography like Manfrotto, Hahnel Industries and Formatt Hitech filters. More information:

www.bglandscapetours.ie

Our second presentation of the day will be Ian Carruthers at 13:30pm. Ian will  Present ‘Severe Weather and Astrophotography’. His main area of interest Meteorology, Astrophotography, Landscapes with a special interest in capturing rare events.

Ian have been serious about photography since 2012, however the passion behind it all was there ever since holding film cameras when he was young. Ian has a BSc in Mathematical science. His main areas of interest would be landscape, meteorology and astrophotography, with a particular interest in capturing rare events. Ian loves the planning, research and the finer details of getting a shot. Ian’s travels have taken him to America to study/chase severe storms including tornadoes, to the Isle of Skye to experience its stunning landscape, Iceland and the arctic for the aurora borealis and to Tenerife to witness the clear dark sky in all its glory.

In his spare time, he runs a weather page called Irish Weather Online which has close to 130k followers. His role on the page is short range forecasting, issuing short term forecasts and alerts for severe weather eg- Thunderstorms, Windstorms, Snowstorms and flooding. His photography work has featured in various forms of media including books, exhibitions and more recently got to tick off a long-time goal in which he won featured image of the month in BBC’s Sky At Night Magazine. Ian strives to get people interested in the outdoors and more especially, the night sky. Some of his photography goals for the future are to a) Go photograph an active volcano and b) to publish a book about the night skies of Ireland. More information:

www.facebook.com/iancarruthersphotography

Timetable IPF National Shield 2019

8:00am to 9:15am:

Registration and hanging of MONO Prints
All Mono Images must be in place by 9.30am

9:30am:

Judging of Mono images (No entry to room – restricted area)

10:00am to 11:30am:

1st Presentation by Bernard Geraghty Landscape Tours
A selection of stunning images of his travel in Ireland, Iceland, Faroe Island, Isle of Skye, and many other places.

Main Room will open once judging is completed from 11.30am to 13:30pm:

Viewing of Mono Images and Hanging of Colour Prints – All Colour Images must be in place by 13.30am

12:30pm to 13:30pm:

Lunch – Time to meet friends and have a chat

13:30pm:

Judging of Colour images (No entry to room – restricted area)

13:30pm to 15:00pm

2nd Presentation ‘Severe Weather and Astrophotography’ by Ian Carruthers
His main area of interest Meteorology, Astrophotography, Landscapes with a special interest in capturing rare events.

15:00pm to 16:00pm

Judges’ Comments

As in all IPF competitions, scoring is carried out separately by the judges whose scores are then totalled at the end of judging. Judging will be done in private, however, judges will provide commentary prior to the awards ceremony.

Our judges for the National Shield 2019 are:

Ms Ann Cassidy MFA, FRPS, FIPF, AFIAP,
Ms Judy Boyle FIPF, FRPS, MFIAP
Mr Bob Given MPAGB, BPE3*, LBIPP

16.00pm:

Awards Ceremony
Awards and certificates will be presented to winning clubs.

SACC & IPF POTY/NPOTY2020

The POTY and NPOTY for 2020 is fast approaching and this year we will have some major changes to the running of the competition. Further details will be announced shortly. Entry will open 25/10/19 and closing date will be 24/11/19. The plan this year is to run both competitions on the same day ( Provisionally Sat Jan 25 ) with the POTY in the morning and NPOTY in the afternoon. To facilitate this change prints for entry will be collected in advance of the competition and we are currently organising several locations so that we can save members travelling huge distances in order to enter.

Full sets fo rules will be published shortly but the format will be

POTY

1. OPEN Colour Print (CP) – up to four entries.

2. OPEN Monochrome Print (MP) – up to four entries.
3. OPEN Colour PDI (CPDI) – up to four entries.
4. OPEN Monochrome PDI (MPDI) – up to four entries.

NPOTY

1.Print (PA) Mammals and Marine – up to four entries.
2. Print (PB) Birds – up to four entries.
3. PDI (PDIA) Invertebrates – up to four entries.
4. PDI (PDIB) Flora & Fungi – up to four entries

 

Keep an eye out for further updates. SACC

Fota at Twilight

Notice to Camera Clubs from Fota Wildlife Park

 

Please note that the below is by invite only ** not to be posted publicly** as currently we are seeing if there is any interest in the below:

We plan to open the Park late – until 8pm on Wed 21st Aug –  to facilitate any camera clubs who may want to visit and take twilight /evening images here – as you may be aware our Photography Competition is closing on the 31st Aug, so it may be useful for that or indeed for your own photography or as your members wished.

If you and your group were interested I would need to hear back by close of business this Fri the 16th to facilitate the planning of this (and we will contact each of the club individually then regarding the details.)

Please see attached graphic for the competition as we have an offer of €10/ person for camera club members for the duration of the competition. Please do not hesitate to call me on the below if you or your club have any questions or queries.

For m ore information on the competition click here

Roisin FitzGerald Marketing Manager
Direct Line:
+353 (0)21 490 8142
Mobile: +353 (0)86 867 5796

St. Coleman’s Photography Competition

St. Colman’s Cathedral is celebrating its Centenary this year. Many events have been planned to commemorate and celebrate its 100 year milestone but nothing captures the moment better than a photo!

We are inviting all amateur photographers and hobbyists to enter a competition for this special occasion. The theme is naturally “St. Colman’s Cathedral Centenary”. St. Colman’s Cathedral took 47 years to build and it dominates the skyline of Cork Harbour and the town of Cobh. It is an architectural neo-gothic gem, steeped in history. It has been home to many happy and tragic occasions since its construction. It was the last land-mark seen by close to one million emigrants before they departed Irish shores since famine times, many of whom attended their last Mass in the Cathedral. If only its walls could talk! All we ask is that the Cathedral features in the main body or backdrop of the photograph. The way you capture the image is up to you i.e. inside or outside the building, protrait, landscape, an event etc. Closing date: for the competition is Wednesday 10th July 2019 Email your entry to: stcolmans100@gmail.com with your full name & town in subject line (please see T&Cs) Prize: 1st Prize is €100. In addition the finalists will have their photographs displayed in the Cathedral for the month of August. The Cathedral gets on average 50,000 visitors annually so it will be great exposure. Some of the finalists photos will also feature St. Colman’s Cathedral 2020 Calendar. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the fruit of your inspiration!

 

 

RULES T&C’s

Sizing & Spec of Files:

Photos should be submitted to the address provided in a jpeg format, be’ at least 1800px on the longest side. Photos may be colour or black and white, portrait or landscape orientation. Entrants, if successful may be requested to submit a higher res version of the file for printing purposes.

Rules:

  1. This competition is open to all amateur photographers and hobbyists. Email your entry to: stcolmans100@gmail.com with name & town in subject line. One photo entry per person and please add your name and telephone number in the file name.
  2. Entrants to the competition warrant that the photograph they submit has been taken by the entrant, that it is their own and that as the owner they are fully entitled to use it for the purpose of the Photo Competition.
  3. Where the photo submitted to the competition contains any recognisable person or persons the entrant warrants that those persons have given their permission for the photograph to be used in the competition. Please note that for child safeguarding purposes no photograph containing children will be considered.
  4. By submitting a photograph for entry to the competition entrants grant St. Colman’s Cathedral a full, irrevocable licence to use the photograph at any time and in any format for the purposes of promoting the competition and/or St. Colman’s Cathedral. Where an image is reproduced by St. Colman’s Cathedral, the photographer will be credited.

 

SACC INTERCLUB 2019

The 2019 SACC interclub will be an exciting new regional interclub competition that will be an all-digital salon style competition open to all clubs in good standing in the SACC region. 

The SACC Interclub Competition is an interclub competition open to all clubs in good standing with the Southern Association of Camera Clubs. There will be two separate competitions as follows: 

An SACC Cup (for larger/ more advanced Clubs). 

An SACC Shield(for smaller/ less advanced Clubs).

The SACC Cup will be for 2 x 10 Digital image panels (One colour and One Mono) with a restriction of two images from any one author on each panel. 

The SACC Shield will be for 2 x 10 Digital image panels (One colour and One Mono) with a restriction of two images from any one author on each panel.

Both events will be run simultaneously with public judging (as for POY/NPOY) on a Saturday 27th April 2019 at Horse & Jockey Hotel, Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

For details of the rules  click here.

Enter using the application form on the competition page or by clicking here.

SACC Nature POTY 2019

Congratulations to Kevin Day winner of the 2019 SACC Nature POTY. Up against amazing images Kevin won out on a busy day at the Cabragh Wetlands Centre in Thurles. The Thurles & District Camera Club helped the Blarney Photography Club stage this important regional round of the IPF competition. You can see from the awards how many clubs were represented and it was great to see so many at the event. 
 

Kevin Day winner of the SACC NPOTY 2019 with Judges Des Clinton, Dominic Redden and SACC Chairman Mark Gorman.

 
COLOUR PRINT OPEN – ADVANCED
Gold Kevin Day East Cork Camera Group
Silver Kieran O Mahony Blackwater Photographic Society
Bronze Tadhg Hurley Blarney Photography Club 

HM David Harris East Cork Camera Group
HM Kieran O Mahony Blackwater Photographic Society
HM David Triglia Blarney Photography Club
HM David Harris East Cork Camera Group
HM Pakie O Donoghue Blackwater Photographic Society

COLOUR PRINT OPEN – Non-ADVANCED

Gold Jim Heffernan Fermoy Camera Club
Silver Vincent  Higgins Mallow Camera Club
Bronze Donagh Cronin Fermoy Camera Club
HM Paul Madigan Blackwater Photographic Society

COLOUR PRINT THEME – ADVANCED
Flora & Fungi

Gold David Triglia Blarney Photography Club
Silver Edward Mahon Kilkenny Photo Society  

HM Paul Tips Mallow Camera Club
HM John O Neill Waterford Camera Club
COLOUR PRINT THEME – Non-ADVANCED
Flora & Fungi

Gold Donagh Cronin Fermoy Camera Club
Silver Donagh Cronin Fermoy Camera Club
HM Paul Madigan Blackwater Photographic Society

PROJECTED OPEN – ADVANCED

Gold Kevin Day East Cork Camera Group
Silver  Kevin Day East Cork Camera Group
Bronze Teresa O Dwyer Thurles &District Camera Club
HM Tadhg Hurley Blarney Photography Club

PROJECTED OPEN – Non-ADVANCED

Gold Jim Heffernan Fermoy Camera Club
Silver Vincent  Higgins Mallow Camera Club
Bronze Michael John Blade Carlow Photographic Society
HM Liam Good Kilkenny Photo Society 
PROJECTED OPEN THEME- ADVANCED
The Natural World

Gold Tadhg Hurley Blarney Photography Club Village 
Silver David Triglia Blarney Photography Club
Bronze Kevin DayEast Cork Camera Group
HM David Harris East Cork Camera Group
PROJECTED OPEN THEME – Non-ADVANCED
The Natural World

Gold Vincent  Higgins Mallow Camera Club
Silver Moira Fulton Kilkenny Photo Society

Bronze Vincent  Higgins Mallow Camera Club
HM Moira Fulton Kilkenny Photo Society Autumn
PROJECTED THEME- ADVANCED
Irish Birds & Wildlife

Gold David Harris East Cork Camera Group
Silver Kieran O Mahony Blackwater Photographic Society

HM Nicola Reddy Wexford Camera Club 
PROJECTED THEME – Non-ADVANCED
Irish Birds & Wildlife

Gold Paul Madigan Blackwater Photographic Society
Silver Donagh Cronin Fermoy Camera ClubC
HM Liam Good Kilkenny Photo Society 

POTY 2019

Results from the SACC 2019 POTY held in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Horse & Jockey, Thurles are below. Congratulation to Charlie O Donovan from Cork Camera Group winner of the SACC 2019 POTY. Also huge congratulations to all the winners with medals and Honourable mentions going to clubs from Cork, Blarney, Mallow, Kilkenny, Carrigaline, Blackwater, Carlow & Wexford. If you’re not in you can’t win!

POTY 2019 Winner – Charlie O Donovan – Cork Camera Group

Colour Print Open 

Advanced 

1st  – Paul Reidy – Blarney Photography Club

2nd –  Jim Linehan – Blarney Photography Club

3rd – Julia Trzesicka – Mallow Camera Club

Non Advanced

1st  – Lisa Egan – Mallow Camera Club

2nd –  Lisa Egan – Mallow Camera Club

 

Mono Print Open

Advanced

1st  – Charlie O Donovan – Cork Camera Group

2nd – Michael Joseph – Kilkenny Photographic Society

3rd – Michael Strapec – Blarney Photography Club

Non -Advanced 

1st – Paul Madigan – Blackwater Photographic Society

2nd – Lisa Egan – Mallow Camera Club

 

Projected Open 

Advanced 

1st – Michael Strapec – Blarney Photographic Society

2nd – Vytenis Hausauskas – Carrigaline Photographic Society

3rd – Edward Mahon – Kilkenny Photographic Society

Non – Advanced

1st – Vincent Higgins – Mallow Camera Club

2nd – Moira Fulton – Kilkenny Photographic Society

3rd – David Lawlor – Carlow Photographic Society

 

Colour Print Theme 

Advanced

1st – Michael Strapac – Blarney Photography Club

2nd  – Vladimir Morozov – Wexford Camera Club

 

Mono Print Theme

Advanced

1st – Michael Strapac – Blarney Photography Club

2nd Paul Tips – Mallow Camera Club

Non Advanced

1st  – Paul Madigan – Blackwater Photographic Society

2nd –  Paul Madigan – Blackwater Photographic Society

 

Projected Theme 

Advanced 

1st – Paul Reidy – Blarney Photography Club

2nd – Michael Joseph – Kilkenny Photographic Society

Non – Advanced

1st – Moira Fulton – Kilkenny Photographic Society

2nd – Sabrina Dunny – Carlow Photographic Society

During the awards, Honorable Mentions were also given in the advanced category to Paul Reidy, Michael Strapec, Mark Gorman, Vivian Buckley, Edward Mahon, Janusz Trzesicka, Kieran O Mahony, Kevin Day, & Michael Joseph. In the Non Advanced category Honorable mentions were awarded to Paul Madigan, Vincent Higgins, Eileen Cashman.

 

Full table sets of results will be updated to the website soon.