SACC Photographer of the Year competition 2016/17 – Regional Round Report and Results

Each November one of the most anticipated and competitive events on the SACC calendar is the southern round of the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition. This year was no exception with members from clubs all over the region submitting images to the event. This year again saw an increase over the number of images for last years competition. As always a high standard made the judges decision a difficult one for the individual events and in selecting the overall winner for The SACC Photographer of the Year which is also the Regional Qualifying Round of the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition 2016 / 2017.

Congratulations goes to Paul Reidy from Blarney Photography Club who was the overall winner and recipient of the Seamus Scullane Memorial Trophy at this year’s competition. 

Eamon Wall

The SACC regional rounds and the IPF PotY competition are sponsored by Bermingham Cameras this year. As part of this sponsorship Bermingham’s provided a gift voucher for the overall winner.

Please note that we are unable to show you the winning images as these have gone forward to IPF Photographer of the Year (PotY) national final which will take place in February 2017.

The SACC PotY Competition was held at the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co.Tipperary on Sunday Nov 20th and had a large attendance.  

We wish all those who qualified from the SACC region the very best of luck in the IPF finals. In his closing remark, the SACC Chairman, Richard Dwyer, thanked all involved in helping out on the day and particularly the judges: Joe Doyle AIPF, AFIAP; Michelle La Grue, AIPF and Denis Whelehan AIPF, EFIAP, who did a great job staying focused while reviewing the hundreds of images. He also thank the members of the SACC Committee and all those who entered the competition and those who travelled to the event for their valued support.

Regional and national events such as this bring together SACC and IPF members who share our common interest in photography. Participation in these events is a demonstration of that shared interest, and also their willingness to support each other, and the associations that represent them, by showcasing their best images.

Individual report cards will be sent by the end of this week. Results are below.

Overall Winner
1stPaul ReidyBlarney Photography ClubTHE OLD MASTERPIECE27
Colour Print - Open - Advanced
1stPAUL REIDYBlarney Photography ClubTHE OLD MASTERPIECE27
2ndPAUL REIDYBlarney Photography ClubAUTUMN QUEEN27
3rdBill PowerCork Camera GroupEternal Lines27
HMPAUL REIDYBlarney Photography ClubNELLIE RED27
HMSeamus CostelloeKilkenny Photo SocietyUlron 127
Colour Print - Open - Intermediate
1stTony CoakleyMallow Camera ClubWhose Out There27
2ndChristopher BourkeMallow Camera ClubOrange Tip Butterfly on Charlock27
3rdSeamus MulcahyBlarney Photography ClubWho is looking at me25
HMThomas HealyBlackwater Photographic SocietyWinter Robin24
HMhenry o brienBlarney Photography Clubmilk way24
Monochrome Print - Open - Advanced
1stMorgan O'NeillCork Camera GroupBird watcher27
2ndBill PowerCork Camera GroupShadows of a Past27
3rdVladimir MorozovWexford Camera ClubDistant relations27
HMBill PowerCork Camera GroupThe Meaning of a Sigh27
Monochrome Print - Open - Intermediate
1sthenry o brienBlarney Photography Clubhigh rise25
2ndDonna ForanWexford Camera ClubBeginnings25
3rdhenry o brienBlarney Photography Clubnice gi25
HMVincent HigginsMallow Camera ClubMighty Roar.24
HMAndrew MaganKilkenny Photo SocietyThe Chief24
Projected Image - Open -Advanced
1stMorgan O'NeillCork Camera GroupFalling apple27
2ndKieran O MahonyBlackwater Photographic SocietyThe hunter27
3rdMorgan O'NeillCork Camera GroupThe Wait26
HMBill PowerCork Camera GroupDark Blue26
HMKieran O MahonyBlackwater Photographic SocietyWet feet26
Projected Image - Open - Intermediate
1stKristin GrayWexford Camera ClubFairy Pools of Skye26
2ndBREDA OMULLANEMallow Camera ClubAn Spideog26
3rdKieran RussellDeise Camera ClubBallydwane Stream26
HMSeamus MulcahyBlarney Photography ClubBird on a log26
HMBREDA OMULLANEMallow Camera ClubHitchhiking25
Colour Print - Theme - Advanced
1stBill PowerCork Camera GroupNot my Destiny27
Colour Print - Theme - Intermediate
1stKevin BarrettBlarney Photography ClubLuna Rossa25
HMhenry o brienBlarney Photography Clubfire lady23
Monochrome Print - Theme - Advanced
1stSeamus CostelloeKilkenny Photo SocietyMan at Ofice27
HMJohn CuddihyKilkenny Photo SocietyStanleys Tailor27
Monochrome Print - Theme - Intermediate
1stSeamus MulcahyBlarney Photography ClubBird Man27
HMKristin GrayWexford Camera ClubGreat Unknown24
Projected Image - Theme - Advanced
1stBill PowerCork Camera GroupQuaint Dignity26
HMStephen ConwayWexford Camera ClubOur Man Jackie26
Projected Image - Theme - Intermediate
1sthenry o brienBlarney Photography Clubfrank26
HMSeamus MulcahyBlarney Photography ClubGirl with a wisp of haie24

SACC Photographer of the Year 2016 / 17 – Event Schedule


The SACC Qualifying Round of the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition 2016/17  in association with Bermingham Cameras will be held on Sunday, November 20th 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 2016/17. Check out the entry details and themes in the related post on the SACC or the IPF websites. 
Note: Closing date for entries: Tuesday, Nov 15th 2016.   Please ensure that your print entries have the correct SACC label attached and filled out. Thanks you. The label is available for download from the IPF website. The label download link may also be accessed from here.

Event Schedule:

9.00am-10.00am Hand in of print entries.
Prints for SACC PotY must have been pre-registered via online IPF system. Prints that have not been pre-registered will not be accepted.
10.45am – close Judging starts at 10.45am and will continue 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 20th.


SACC Photographer of the Year Competition 2016 – Open for Entries


The SACC Committee is delighted to announce that the 2016 SACC Photographer of the Year Competition will be held on Sunday, November 20th 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 2016/17
The best overall image in the SACC region is awarded the Seamus Scullane Memorial Trophy. There are 6 categories available to enter; 3 open and 3 themed.
(The national finals of the IPF PotY will take place in February).

The competition is now open for online entries via the IPF Website. Please note that this year the entries for all the regional PotY rounds are being centralised through the IPF Website.
Full details of the competition, including entry fees and the link to enter and upload your images, are available on the IPF Website:

There are two sections, Open and Themed:

Open sections:

  • Colour Print
  • Monochrome Print
  • Projected Image

Themed sections:

  • Colour Print – Creative / Experimental Photography
  • Monochrome Print – Environmental Portraiture
  • Projected Image – The Human Face and Body

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, Nov 15th 2016.

Our judges this year are:

  • Joe Doyle AIPF, AFIAP
  • Michelle La Grue, AIPF
  • Denis Whelehan AIPF, EFIAP (Dundalk CC)

This year we’re delighted to have Bermingham Cameras as our sponsor for the competition.

About our Sponsors

Bermingham Cameras is an Irish company set up in 1968 by Paddy Bermingham, the original owner. Now the store is owned by Brian Whelan, who has worked in the store since 1968, and is a family run business. They have a huge range of photographic equipment stock in both new and used equipment, and have been awarded the statuses of:

  • Nikon Professional Dealer
  • Canon Imaging Partner
  • Fugi X-Series Specialist
  • Panasonic Lumix Imaging Specialist
  • Sony Imaging Specialist

They pride themselves on their technical knowledge and after sales service and they welcome photographers of all levels. They run regular training events and talks for their customers and also exhibit at various trade shows throughout the year. They support camera clubs and the IPF in various ways including sponsorship and camera club events.

If you are not based close to them, their website carries the full inventory of their stock and they also have a very active social media presence with the latest news from their store.

Bermingham Cameras – Ireland’s No 1 for your photographic needs!
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