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.

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,
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 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.