NATIONAL SHIELD 2017 – INFORMATION

NATIONAL SHIELD 2017 – INFORMATION

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 –

http://irishphoto.ie/ipf-national-shield/

SACC Interclub Competition 2017 Report

The SACC Interclub Competition, which took place on April 9th, was another successful event for the organisation. It was held in the Loreto Convent in Kilkenny with 10 clubs taking part and a large number of attendees, particularly in the afternoon during the judges’ review and award ceremony. Thanks to our judges for the day, Deirdre Watson AIPF EFIAP, Frank Condra FIAP EFIAP, and Des Clinton FIPF FRPS EFIAP. They did an excellent job and their analysis of the competing panels were appreciated by all those attending.

Thanks to Kilkenny Photographic Society for hosting the event and arranging refreshments throughout the day and to the various SACC members who helped make the day run smoothly. Additionally, a big thank you is also due to Niamh Whitty, SACC Committee member, for her expert assistance with recording scores and results on the day.

As is usual at our Interclub Competition the SACC AGM was also held. There was also a larger attendance at the AGM and one of the main items on the agenda was handing over the stewardship of the Association to a new committee for the next 2 years. Our thanks to members of the Blarney Camera Club who have filled the various roles on the new committee. The election to the main committee positions was formally conducted with the following members from Blarney filling these roles:

  • Mark Gorman – Chairman
  • Ger O’Halloran – Secretary
  • Tadhg Hurley – Treasurer.

Following the committee election, the secretary, David Barrie, presented the results of a survey conducted among the regional clubs regarding their participation in SACC competitions. This generated considerable discussion from the members in attendance. Much of the debate revolved around how best to encourage clubs and their members to participate in SACC competitions. These suggestions will be taken on board by the incoming committee.

Judging of the print panels tool place during the morning, while the AGM was being held.  Projected panels were judged after lunch. This was followed by a public session during which the judges did an extensive review of all the panels, commenting at length on many individual images .

This was followed by the much anticipated announcement of the results and the presentation of awards. Congratulations to Cork Camera Group who won the competition for the fifth time in a row narrowly beating Blarney Photography Club into second place with Mallow Camera Club taking the third spot.  Blarney won the colour print section with Cork taking top spot in projected images and it was newcomer Blackwater Photographic Society who claimed the best monochrome print title.

Paul Reidy completed a hat trick of awards by adding best overall image title (& best colour print) for Autumn Queen to his IPF and SACC Photographer of the Year titles this year. Well done Paul!  Morgan O’Neill marginally missed out on the overall title, but will be adding his name to best monochrome print and best projected image trophies this year – both trophies already bear his name from previous wins to the engraver will have no problem!

For full results, please go to our Results Page.

We’d again like to thank Jim McSweeney for his wonderful penmanship on the award certificates!

Thanks again for your participation and we look forward to an even bigger event next year!

Thanks to Andy Megan, Kilkenny Photographic Society, for photographing the awards ceremonies. A gallery of his images can be seen below.

SACC Interclub 2017 – Now Open for Entries

The SACC Interclub Comeptition 2017 will be held on Sunday April 9th at Loreto Convent School, Grange Road, Kilkenny.

Rules are unchanged since last year and may be viewed on this link. In summary, panels are presented as colour print, monochrome print and projected image. A club may enter one, two or all three panels with ten images per panel. No photographer may be represented more then twice on any given panel.  Prints MUST fit on the panel boards.

We would love to see ALL clubs in the region taking part in the competition!  Don’t forget that a major part of this event is the public exhibition after judging has concluded, and representing your club on a panel is a very proud moment for every photographer.

The entry fee to this competition has remained unchanged from last year.  The fees are:

€30 for one panel
€40 for two panels
€50 for all three panels

Our judges for his years are:

  • Deirdre Watson AIPF EFIAP
  • Frank Condra AIPF EFIAP
  • Des Clinton FIPF FRPS EFIAP

What does my club need to do to enter?

  • Step 1 – Register & Pay by midnight April 2nd (Sunday)

Due to the logistics involved in arranging access to and transporting the panel boards, we need all participating clubs to complete their registration (see below) by Sunday April 2nd. So the first thing you need to do it to tell us you are entering (and which sections you are entering) and pay the entry fee either via Paypal or by sending a cheque to our treasurer Liam at his address below. PayPal is our preferred method of receiving payment. 

The Registration Form is at the foot of this post (Please scroll down)

If you don’t have a PayPal account, payment may be made by cheque to Liam Cahill, SACC Treasurer at the address below. Please include club name, club website, contact name, contact number and contact email address with all correspondence.

Liam Cahill,
SACC Treasurer,
1 The Meadows,
Callan,
Co. Kilkenny

  • Step 2 – Email completed entry form by April 2nd

Entry forms (the details of the images being submitted – titles and authors) need to be with us by Sunday April 2nd. The entry form for 2017 can be downloaded via this link.  Please complete, save and email a copy to interclub@sacc.ie by Sunday April 2nd 2017.  Please study the rules before submitting!

  • Step 3 – Prepare

• Pack double-sided sticky velcro

Lots of it! You’ll need double-sided sticky velcro to attach your prints to the panel boards.

• Watch out for mount size

Maximum mount size is 20 x 16 inches. The dimensions of the panel boards are 8 x 4 feet (96 x 48 inches). Please note that if you are using the maximum size mount, and all mounts on any row are landscape oriented, they are not going to fit on the panel boards. You need to either adjust the layout of your panel, or use slightly smaller mounts.

 

Event Schedule

  • 09:00 – 10:00 Hanging panels
  • 10:00 – 12:00  Judging Print panels (Print gallery closed to public)
                                  SACC AGM
  • 12:00 – 13:00  Judging Projected panels
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break (Print Gallery open for public viewing)
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Results, judges review and presentation of awards

 

What to bring on competition day:

To hang Print Panels:

• Prints & velcro. Measuring tapes, spirit levels, laser pointers etc., optional!
• Printed thumbnail view of each overall print panel layout – A4 print ideal on any kind of paper
• Jpg of thumbnail view of each overall panel layout on disc or memory stick
• Jpgs of each image on each print panel (sized to 1024 pixels on longest edge) on disc or memory stick

For Projected Panels:

• Jpg of thumbnail view of projected panel layout (x2, one with name of club included, the other without) on disc or memory stick
• Digital jpgs of each image on projected panel (sized to 2400 pixels on longest edge) on disc or memory stick, numbered 1-10

Registration Issues or Queries

For any issues or queries, please use the contact form on our website and a member of the committee will be in touch.

Please note that only members of paid up clubs will have access to SACC competitions and only paid up clubs will be eligible to enter SACC Interclub Competition. Please refer to fees page to pay your 2017 club fees and provide contact details for your club.

 

2017 Registration Form:

SACC Interclubs Competition 2017 – Update

The date and venue for the SACC Interclubs Competition 2017 have now been finalised:

  • Date: April 9th
  • Venue:  Loreto Convent School, Grange Road, Kilkenny.

We are currently in the process of finalising the judges for the event.

Full details regarding the competition and the links to the rules and entry form will be published in due course. 

As in previous years, entry panels should be presented as colour print, monochrome print and projected image, with 10 images in each panel (plus 2 substitute images). A club may enter one, two or all three sections. No photographer may be represented more than twice on any given panel.

Clubs should now start selecting images for their panels. We hope that all Association clubs will participate, and enter in as many sections as possible. Please remember that clubs need to be fully paid up members of the Association to compete in this event.

SACC Interclub Competition 2016 – Report

The SACC Interclubs Competition, which was held last weekend, was another very successful event for the organisation. It was held in the Lifetime Labs complex in Cork and had 13 clubs taking part and a record number of attendees for the judges’ comments in the afternoon which resulted in standing room only for a few of the attendees!  Thanks to our judges for the day, Helen Hanafin, AIPF, EFIAP, Paul Stanley FIAP EFIAP EsFIAP, and Bob Morrison FIPF ARPS. They did an excellent job and their insightful comments on the various panels were very well received. Many  SACC members attending were busy taking notes or making videos with their phones while the judges were commenting on their club’s panels.

Thanks to Cork Camera Group for hosting the event and the many club members who helped make the day run so smoothly. An unforeseen logistical hitch on the day meant that the panel boards and stands had to be carried about 100 meters into, and from, the event hall, so special thanks to all those who put in the effort to do that. Additionally a big thank you is also due to Niamh Whitty and Jason Town from Cork Camera Group for their expert assistance on the day. Thanks also to the excellent service staff at Lifetime Labs for their contribution during the day.

A couple of additional notable events were also held during the day, namely, a presentation by Charlie Lee of his nature photography and the SACC AGM. Charlie’s presentation was very well attended and his slideshow, prints and instructional commentary were thoroughly enjoyed by all. There was also a larger than usual attendance at the AGM and the plans for the coming year were discussed. There was also an interesting discussion on of some suggested changes pertaining to the SACC competition events with excellent audience participation. Discussion documents relating to these will be circulated by the committee to member clubs during the coming months and feedback and additional suggestion from the clubs are encouraged.

Congratulations go to Cork Camera Group who were the overall club winners, successfully chalking up four in a row. Blarney Photography Club took second place overall and Wexford Camera Club won third place.  The winning positions in the inter-club events are as follows:

Interclub Event – Overall Winners

  • 1st Place: Cork Camera Group
  • 2nd Place: Blarney Photography Club
  • 3rd Place: Wexford Camera Club

Interclub Event – Colour Panel

  • 1st Place: Cork Camera Group
  • 2nd Place: Wexford Camera Club
  • 3rd Place: Blarney Photography Club

Interclub Event – Monochrome Panel

  • 1st Place: Blarney Photography Club
  • 2nd Place: Kilkenny Photographic Society
  • 3rd Place: Cork Camera group

Interclub Event – Projected Panel

  • 1st Place: Blarney Photography Club
  • 2nd Place: Cork camera Group
  • 3rd Place: Kilkenny Photographic Society

Congratulations to all clubs and a special thanks to the club selection teams involved; they contribute hugely to making this such a great competition.

The individual award winners are as follows – and again, our congratulations!

  • Winning individual colour print: Bill Power, Cork Camera Group for his image “L’esprit du Fauconnier”
  • Winning individual monochrome print: Paul Reidy, Blarney Photography Club for his image “Pushing Time”
  • Winning individual projected image: Bill Power, Cork Camera Group for his image “A Secret Place”
  • Overall individual winner: Bill Power, Cork Camera Group for his image “A Secret Place”

All winning panels & images are shown below – click to enlarge.  These, along with presentation images from the day are now available over in SACC Interclub 2016 Gallery here on our website. For even more images from the day, take a look at some of the preparations over on our Facebook page (and be sure to ‘like’ the page while you are there!).

For full results, please go to our Results Page.

Thanks again for your participation and we look forward to an even bigger event next year!

SACC Interclub 2016 – Schedule

overall trophyWe’re looking forward to yet another exciting competition this coming Sunday (March 13th) as we wait to see the panels competing for the title of SACC Interclub Champions 2016.  The competition will be held at Lifetime Lab, Lee Road, Cork City.

The overall winning club trophy (pictured on the right) was donated by Enniscorthy Camera Club and we eagerly wait to see which club takes the overall honours. There are also trophies and certificates on offer at club level for each section and also gold medals for best image in each section individually!

Please note that the Annual General Meeting of the SACC is scheduled for 12.00. Representatives from all SACC clubs are encouraged to attend as plans for the coming year will be outlined and all are encouraged to give feedback and to get involved with your suggestions.

For some helpful advise on preparing panels, please read this article!

We extend our thanks to the members of Cork Camera Group who are helping to host the event.

The judges are listed below. Please note that no competing club or member is permitted to approach any judge with regard to any scores or decisions in relation to the competition.

  •  Helen Hanafin, AIPF, EFIAP
  •  Paul Stanley FIPF EFIAP EsFIAP
  •  Bob Morrison FIPF ARPS

Finally, we’d like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to all competing clubs and to wish them the very best of luck.

The schedule for the day is outlined below and while we will do our best to ensure we follow it as closely as possible, please bear in mind that some parts of the day are always unscripted! Please note that prints may not be removed from panel boards until the conclusion of the competition.  Each club will receive a printed copy of its scores at the end of competition – please be sure to pick up the copy for your club.

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Time Event
10:00 – 11.00am Hanging of Panels
11.00am-1.00pm Judging (Private)
11:00 – 12:00pm Presentation on Nature Photography by Charlie Lee
12:00 – 12:45pm SACC Annual General Meeting
  1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch / Hall open for public viewing
  3:00 – 4:00pm Judges reviews and comments
  4:00 Awards Ceremony

 

SACC Interclub 2016 – Now Open for Entries!

The SACC Interclub Comeptition 2016 will be held on Sunday March 13th at Lifetime Lab, Lee Road, Cork City.

Rules are unchanged since last year and may be viewed on this link. In summary, panels are presented as colour print, monochrome print and projected image. A club may enter one, two or all three panels with ten images per panel. No photographer may be represented more then twice on any given panel.  Prints MUST fit on the panel boards.

We would love to see ALL clubs in the region take this chance to compete!  Don’t forget that a major part of this event is the exhibition after judging is concluded and representing your club on a panel is a very proud moment for every photographer.

The entry fee to this competition has increased by €10 across the three options.  Unfortunately, this is now necessary due to both rising costs and the evolution of the competition into the great event it now is which requires bigger venues to accommodate ever growing crowds.

Fees for the 2016 competition are:

€30 for one panel
€40 for two panels
€50 for all three panels

What does my club need to do to enter?

  • Step 1 – Register & Pay by March 1st

Due to the logistics involved in arranging access to and transporting the panel boards, we need all participating clubs to complete registration below by Tuesday March 1st. So the first thing you need to do it to tell us you are entering (and which sections you are entering) and pay the entry fee either via Paypal or by sending a cheque to our treasurer Liam at his address below. PayPal is our preferred method of receiving payment. We are now closed for entries!

Payment can also be made by cheque to Liam Cahill, SACC Treasurer at the address below. Please include club name, club website, contact name, contact number and contact email address with all correspondence.

Liam Cahill,
SACC Treasurer,
1 The Meadows,
Callan,
Co. Kilkenny

  • Step 2 – Email completed entry form by March 11th

Entry forms (the details of the images being submitted – titles and authors) need to be with us by Friday March 11th. The entry form for 2016 can be downloaded via this link.  Please complete, save and mail a copy to interclub@sacc.ie by Friday March 11th 2016.  Please study the rules before submitting!

 

  • Step 3 – Prepare

• Pack double-sided sticky velcro

Lots of it! You’ll need double-sided sticky velcro to attach your prints to the panel boards.

• Watch out for mount size

Maximum mount size is 20 x 16 inches. The dimensions of the panel boards are 8 x 4 feet (96 x 48 inches). Please note that if you are using the maximum size mount, and all mounts on any row are landscape oriented, they are not going to fit on the panel boards. You need to either adjust the layout of your panel, or use slightly smaller mounts.

• Hang panels

We’ll be announcing schedule for the day shortly.

• What to bring on competition day?

• For Print Panels:

• Prints & velcro. Measuring tapes, levels, laser pointers etc optional!
• Printed thumbnail view of each overall print panel layout – A4 print ideal on any kind of paper
• Jpg of thumbnail view of each overall panel layout on disc or memory stick
• Jpegs of each image on each print panel (sized to 1024 pixels on longest edge) on disc or memory stick

• For Projected Panels:

• Jpg of thumbnail view of projected panel layout (x2, one with name of club included, the other without) on disc or memory stick
• Digital jpgs of each image on projected panel (sized to 2400 pixels on longest edge) on disc or memory stick, numbered 1-10

For any issues or queries, please use the contact form on our website and a member of the committee will be in touch.

Please note that only members of paid up clubs will have access to SACC competitions and only paid up clubs will be eligible to enter SACC Interclub Competition. Please refer to fees page to pay your 2016 club fees and provide contact details for your club.