Nature POTY 2018


All the entries are in and a great day awaits us at the NPOTY in the Cabragh Wetlands Centre, Co. Tipperary on Saturday. The Wetlands have no less than 15 different habitats including ponds, reed swamps, hedgerows, streams and wild flower meadows. You might even get a few shots for next yeras competition!!  Registration for prints will be at 9AM and closes at 10AM. We are delighted to have Des Clinton and Ita Martin bringing a wealth of experience to judging this great competition.  

The Cabragh Wetlands  are located on the R659 just 4km from Thurles and 5 km from the M8 Motorway off exit 6. Google Maps Link Here.

We are looking forward to a great day !

SACC POTY 2017/2018

Results from the regional qualifier for the SACC region held in Horse and Jockey Dec 3rd 2017.


Colour Print Open (Advanced)

Gold – Morgan O‘Neill, Blarney Photography Club

Silver – Bill Power, Blarney Photography Club

Bronze – Morgan O‘Neill, Blarney Photography Club

HM – Janusz Trzesicki, Mallow Camera Club

Colour Print Themed (Advanced)

Gold – Seamus Costello, Kilkenny Photographic Society

Silver -Ann Frances, Cork Camera Group

HM – Bill Power, Blarney Photography Club

HM – Paul Reidy, Blarney Photography Club

HM – Morgan O’Neill, Blarney Photography Club

Mono Print Open (Advanced)

Gold – Morgan O’Neill, Blarney Photography Club

Silver – Derville Conroy, Kilkenny Photographic Society

Bronze – Seamus Costello, Kilkenny Photographic Society

HM – Paul Reidy, Blarney Photography Club

Mono Print Themed (Advanced)

Gold – Seamus Costello, Kilkenny Photographic Society

Silver – Bill Power, Blarney Photography Club

Projected Open (Advanced)

Gold – Bill Power, Blarney Photography Club

Silver – Bill Power, Blarney Photography Club

Bronze  – Vivien Buckley, Mallow Camera Club

HM – Morgan O’Neill, Blarney Photography Club

HM – Pat O’Donoghue, Blackwater Photographic Society

Projected Themed (Advanced ) 

Gold – Kirstin Gray, Wexford Camera Club

Silver – Bill Power, Blarney Photography Club

SACC Photographer of the Year 2017/2018 (Seamus Scullane Trophy)

Seamus Costello, Kilkenny Photographic Society

 Non Advanced

Colour Print Themed (Non Advanced) Gold – Henry O’Brien, Blarney Photography Club

Silver – Donna Foran, Wexford Camera Club


Colour Print Open (Non Advanced)

Gold – Val Walsh, Blackwater Photographic Society

Silver – Henry O’Brien, Blarney Photography Club

Bronze – John Mullane, Blackwater Photography Society

Mono Print Open (Non Advanced)

Gold – Julia Trzesicka, Mallow Camera Club

Silver – Liam Walsh, Waterford Camera Club

Bronze – Henry O’Brien, Blarney Photography Club

HM – Henry O’Brien, Blarney Photography Club

HM – Michael Strapec, Blarney Photography Club

HM – Michael Strapec, Blarney Photography Club

Mono Print Themed (Non Advanced)

Gold – Henry O’Brien, Blarney Photography Club

Silver – Henry O’Brien, Blarney Photography Club

Projected Open (Non Advanced)

Gold – Denis O’Reilly, Kilkenny

Silver – Vincent Higgins, Mallow

Bronze – Denis O’Reilly, Kilkenny Photographic Society

HM – Dieter Rowesetz, Kilkenny Photographic Society

HM – Denis O’Reilly, Kilkenny Photographic Society 

Projected Themed (Non Advanced)

Gold – Pat O’Meara, Mallow Camera Club

Silver – Eileen Cashman, Mallow Camera Club

IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2017/2018 – Open for Entries

The SACC Regional Round of the IPF Nature is now open for entries  2017/18.

Entries must be completed online.

Entry Form

Click here to enter

This year, the finals weekend will be held on 17th of February in the Talbot Hotel in Carlow.

Do you want to win the title of IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2018? 

Well, get your entries prepared, the online entry is open until midnight on Sunday the 7th of January. 

The format, sections, fees, and rules will remain the same as last year.

Nature Photographer of the Year Sections:

  • Print – Open
  • Print – Theme – Flora & Fungi
  • Projected Image – Open
  • Projected Image – Theme – Irish Wildbirds & Wildlife
  • Projected Image – Open – The Natural World

Entry fee structure listed below:

  • One Section: €15
  • Two Sections: €20
  • Three Sections: €25
  • Four or more Sections: €30

Closing Date:

Midnight on Sunday the 7th of January, 2018

Regional Competition

Saturday January 13th 2018

The Cabragh Wetlands Centre, Thurles, Co Tipperary.



Thank you to everyone who has been in contact with queries about the National Shield 2017. The information on this email is primarily aimed at clubs who have been busily selecting panels for the competition and will be followed by updates in the weeks ahead.

Please carefully read the competition rules, especially rules relating to two images from LIPF holders being allowed on each panel and the number of images per photographer. 

Note that Licentiate holders who have won national or international awards, or who have successfully gained multiple acceptances in international competitions, may not have images entered in the competition. If you are in any way unsure about this rule, please contact me. I’m pleased to note that the decision to admit a limited number of LIPF holders into the competition, which was in response to requests from several clubs, has been generally very well received across the country.

At registration, image titles must be provided on an A4 sheet, in list form numbered from 1-8, starting with the first image on the top left-hand corner of your panel. The sheet must NOT contain the name of the club or any photographer. This list will be available to the judges during the judging process and is intended to be an aid to the judging process. Again, please note what it says in the rules.

Please also note the specifications for size of mounts and the images contained in them.

Note also that photograph details (photographer’s name, club and image title) must be fixed to the back lower-half of each mount. Do not fix the title to the upper half please, as this makes it visible from the oposite side of the display panel.

Sunday, 12th November, is the closing date for receipt of entries. The entry fee is €80.

The programme for the day will be announced closer to the date of the competition. Registration will commence at 9am on Sunday, 26th November, in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick.

 Meanwhile, I recommend you have a look at this link on the IPF website –

SACC Qualifying Round of the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition 2018

The SACC Qualifying Round of the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition 2018

 will be held on Sunday, December 3rd in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co Tipperary. This competition is open to all individual members of SACC affiliated clubs and is the Southern Regional round of the IPF POTY Competition 2018. Check out the entry details and themes in the related post on  the IPF websites. 

Note: Closing date for entries:  Nov 30th 2017.   Please ensure that your print entries have the correct SACC label attached and filled out. Thank you. The label is available for download from the IPF website. The label download link may also be accessed from SACC POTY 2018 Label

Event Schedule:

9.00am-10.00am Hand in of print entries.
Prints for SACC POTY must have been pre-registered via online IPF system ( Closing date for entry Nov 30th). Prints that have not been pre-registered will not be accepted.
10.00 – close Judging starts after check-in and will continue with in the following sequence:

  • Colour Prints (open & themed)
  • Monochrome prints (open & themed)
  • Projected Images (open & themed).
  • Award Ceremony

( There will be a lunch break at approximately 1:00pm.)

Images that do not qualify for national finals can be collected AFTER awards ceremony.
Qualifying prints will be retained and forwarded to IPF for National Finals.

We wish all entrants the very Best of Luck! See you all in Horse & Jockey on the 3rd

Celtic Challenge 2018

The IPF is requesting photographers to submit images for consideration to represent Ireland in the forthcoming Celtic Challenge being held in Scotland. The Biennial Selection Committee will be choosing a total of thirty images for the competition, but images may also be considered for future selection to represent Ireland in other competitions. Please forward this email to your club members and encourage them to submit images.

The criteria for submission are as follows.
1. The photographer must have had images entered in an IPF competition after 1st January 2016. The qualifying competitions are the IPF POTY, Nature POTY, National Shield and National Championships. Photographers who submitted successful distinction panels to the IPF in the past year may also submit images.

2. Images must be accompanied by an image title (no longer than thirty characters), name of the photographer, his/her distinctions, club name and a contact telephone number.

3. Photographs can be of any subject. The do not have to be the ones you entered in competitions. There are no restrictions on this. We will be entering a variety of images in future competitions so we would like a choice of subjects to choose from.

4. Images MUST be in JPEG format;  3000px @ 300ppi on the longest side. Images smaller than 2,400px will not be considered.

5. Not more than five images per photographer may be submitted.

Submit to by Oct 4th.


KPS – 34th Annual Exhibition

Kilkenny Photographic Society – KPS  is delighted to announce its 34th Annual Exhibition which will take place at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Hebron Road, Kilkenny during the Kilkenny Arts Festival from the 11th to 20th, Aug, 2017.

The exhibition opening times are as follows: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12am-5pm.

The exhibition will take place in the unit beside Quigley’s, located in the Workhouse Square event space. The exhibition will be officially launched by The Irish Photographic Federation’s newly elected President, Dominic Reddin, on Friday the 11th of August at 7.00pm. Light refreshments will be served and our annual Photographer Of The Year competition [POTY] award ceremony will also take place. Full details of the event here


At the 2017 AGM and in keeping with well-established practice Blarney Photography Club took over responsibility for the administration of the SACC from Kilkenny Photographic Society who had undertaken that role for the preceding two years.

Mark Gorman – Chairman                                     Tadhg Hurley – Treasurer

Ger O’Halloran – Secretary                                      Henry O’Brien – Vice Chairman

One of the first tasks will be to re-establish contact with our member clubs. To that end we have sent an e-mail to the last known contact at each club asking them to respond directly to us or to pass the e-mail to the relevant person in their particular club for their attention.

Please send any corrections or updates to us to ensure continued notifications.

Once we have our address list up to date we anticipate contacting our member clubs again in relation to the forthcoming season.

In the interim, if your club have any particular events you wish to publicise or interesting items you may wish to share please let us know and we will publish the details on our web-site and Facebook pages.

You can update email addresses or send notifications to us via the contact page on the website or just click here.

Hoping to have a great couple of years with some brilliant photography!



Last few days of exhibition

Be sure to visit the east Cork camera Group Exhibition in Cork Airport as the last few days of the show is on. East Cork Camera Group decided to photograph every cruise liner visit to Cork Harbour in 2015 and, with over fifty visits scheduled, it was clear at the outset that it would be a commitment to get them all.

Regal Princess kicked the season off in style on 25th April, arriving with the sunrise on a beautiful Saturday morning and from then on they came thick and fast, with multiple arrivals sometimes on the same day. The months rolled by and, when Marco Polo recorded the fifty seventh and final visit of the year on 21st December, the club had maintained a 100% record and in the process, exhausted vantage points all around the harbour from Roche’s Point to Myrtleville with Cobh town, of course, being a favourite haunt. Particular highlights were the many beautiful early mornings and balmy summer evenings spent around and on the harbour, the great people we met along the way and being invited on board Royal Princess and MSC Splendida to shoot their palatial interiors.

After every visit, a gallery of images was posted to this website where there are now over 1,000 images from the project in 57 galleries. Realising that this was a unique collection, thoughts of an exhibition soon began to circulate. The Cobh Maritime Building became available for an exhibition for the month of July 2016 and forty-five images were selected, including seven from the Lusitania Centenary Commemoration events held during May of that year. The exhibition, which was supported by many sponsors, was open to the public during the month of July, 2016 and attracted over 6,000 visitors. The exhibition in Cork Airport has seen many visits and will end at the end of July.

In the group photo from left to right are Kevin Day (Vice Chairperson, East Cork Camera Group), Noelle Lowney (Treasurer, ECCG), Anthony O’Connor (Chairperson, ECCG), Kathleen Walshe, (Communications, Cork Airport) and Denis Barry (PRO, ECCG) 



Anthony from the ECCG presented an exhibition book to Kathleen Walshe, Communications, Cork Airport in acknowledgement of their support.


IPF – Council 2017

Following the IPF Council meeting of July 1st Dominic Reddin FIPF from Mountmellick Camera Club was elected as the new IPF President. Congratulations Dominic from all your SACC colleagues and best wishes for your term as President.

Replacing Dominic as IPF National Secretary is Joe Doyle from Malahide Camera Club. Joe has served for the past few years as National Shield Coordinator.  Best of luck in your new role Joe!   The Shield this year will be coordinated by Joe with assistance from Bill Power and Patrick Kavanagh. Patrick, from Palmerstown Camera Club, is the newest council member, following his election at the AGM in May.